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Monday In Bloom

I forgot to grab a screenshot of the weather off my phone, but I did find one from the daily weather record that I keep.  Man oh man was it muggy!  Blech!  I was just dripping after deadheading only a few plants Sunday.  Thankfully, the sun wasn’t beating down on me, too. 

The pansies are all gone now, as are the marigolds.  I went ahead and pulled them all because they were more dead than alive.  We did have a frost warning the other night, and while I don’t think it got down to freezing, it did get too cold for some of the plants.
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I don’t think this bodes well for the evergreen nearest our unit.
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The polka dot plants got a severe cutting back.  They survived the near-frost but were so gangly and unattractive with their dead branches, so I cut those off.  I think they’ll do well before freezing temps set in.
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The side patch is still holding strong.  It got some good rain this past week, and it’s close enough to the building that it gets a bit of “insulation” from the freezing temperatures.  Plus, I think the bricks gather heat from the sun during the day so it stays a bit warmer here. 
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I think this pot must be in the perfect spot.  It’s sheltered, not a lot of direct sun, close enough to the edge of the patio to get some rain.  The plants in this one are just thriving, still. 
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My adored Dusty Miller and purple Sweet Alyssum combination.  I think I’m trying to drink in as much as I can, because Winter’s coming.  I’m hoping the pictures will give me something to cling to.
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I was going to get rid of the mums, because they were so dead.  But when I looked closer, I could see lots of tiny buds underneath the dead blooms on both plants.  So I gave them each a good haircut.  We’ll see what happens – maybe they’ll have another bloom before frost!
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The potato vine sure is getting colorful.
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The overly friendly Artemisia, still making friends.  It just might make it out of the garden before frost sets in, lol.
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The Twins, lavender and sage. 
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I don’t know how long I stood there, trying to get a shot of the bees.  I swear, every time I walk outside, there are at least half a dozen bees that I can see flying all around the sage plant, busily buzzing away.  Lots of bumbles and some honey, which is a big YAY! because it means there’s a hive of honey bees around here not too far away.  They are all hustling now, trying to reap the last bits of pollen.  They all seem to really love the sage plant.  I did manage to finally catch one of the bumbles in this picture, he’s near the middle. 
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Another bumble! 
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This pot – it looks awkward the way the Sweet Alyssum is overflowing down the side, but I love the combination of colors and textures.  You can see Autumn’s fingerprints here. 
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I just loved the combination here with the spiky pink and purple flowers together. 
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More Autumnal pictures. 
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And that’s how my garden is surviving Autumn so far.  How’s your coming along?

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Posted in Quiz

The Haunted House Test

I guess it’s true that I believe the biggest fear is fear of the unknown.  And I do like sticking to the tried and true.  Hmm.  Seems like a contradiction, doesn’t it?

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You Are Classic and Chic

You don’t fall for old fads thinly disguised as new trends. You prefer to stick to what’s tried and true.
You are wise and savvy. You know history well, and you aren’t doomed to repeat it.

You aren’t scared of much. You prefer to get to the bottom of things rather than wonder about them.
You believe that most fear is fear of the unknown, so you try to know as much as possible.

Posted in Funnies, Jokes, Laughing


The Preacher and the Mayor

A preacher went to his church office on Monday morning and discovered a dead mule in the church yard. He called the police.

Since there did not appear to be any foul play, the police referred the preacher to the health department.

They said since there was no health threat that he should call the sanitation department.

The sanitation manager said he could not pick up the mule without authorization from the mayor.

Now the preacher knew the mayor and was not too eager to call him. The mayor had a bad temper and was generally hard to deal with, but the preacher called him anyway.

The mayor did not disappoint. He immediately began to rant and rave at the pastor and finally said, “Why did you call me anyway? Isn’t it your job to bury the dead?”

The preacher paused and then replied, “Yes, Mayor, it is my job to bury the dead, but I always like to notify the next of kin first!”


Ha!  Okay, that cracked me up!  It won’t win the preacher any points with the mayor, but it made me laugh.  Open-mouthed smile

Have an epic weekend!

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