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Being addicted to your garden would be like saying you are addicted to your home...after all your garden is an extension of your home...outdoor rooms ...we don't say we are addicted to to home hence garden addiction is a fallacy
Addicted to beauty ? yes
Addicted to joy? yes
Addicted to love yes
Addicted to peace yes
So we are just decorating!
We are a funny lot though ...we complain about the petrol ...the price of bread...the groceries...all the time ...but decorating? it does not register as expensive...why? because it is priceless in relation to the joy it gives.
Might as well face it we're addicted to ...love...might as well face it...we're addicted to...
Wow! Guess I used a "bad" word. I share the affliction in a big way so it was not a slam.
You are right, Chrissy. Whenever I spend money on the yard I tend not to count it. Same as when Mike spends money on groceries. Necessary to maintain life. Keep it up, Don.
LOL. If I had known you were looking for a bromelaid I could have sent you several from here at work that were in the compost pile. They were HUGE too. Still good plants they just have no use for them anymore.
Planning on buying the house next door to fit them all in TM?
are you enjoying your new guests...the little green frogs live in mine...hope you had a nice Dinner last night.
Hey Pepper do you rescue some of the discarded plant? some of my best things are rescued ones.I love the challenge of reviving very expensive plants that have been thrown out!
That one on the right is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do you know the name of it, so I can look it up and try to find one for me garden. :o)
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Where on earth did you find it???
hi everyone...we have had scalding hot dry dry winds again today...hey pepper look at my 6 pots dragged out of the bin at work by my daughter in law...you can't tell from the pic but they will be beautiful in my jungle ...just need some tender care!...happy me...sorry to hear of the trouble with the weather folks ...I saw it on the news last night very nasty! on the US weather map!
Shari your article on your Island was wonderful...(you could make a great tv series about it I think)...I haven't commented as I did not want to jump the gun again like I did with the plumerias!
Yes 6 of them all trimmed up and talked gently to ...they are little darlings...honestly fancy throwing stuff like that out! they already look good!
Wonder if they will be chucking out some broms next...I'll keep my fingers crossed!
Chrissy - now that I understand what is going on, you won't catch me unaware...you comment any and all you want to. I love hearing both good and bad comments...at least it means people are reading my articles!! ☺☺
Your re-cycles look wonderful! Lucky you!
I just collected an eight ft. schleferra from a couple that are leaving...had just the perfect spot in the garden for it...I don't get too many new ones anymore, because I am trying to concentrate on the seeds and cuttings I am getting from DG friends, but this I just couldn't resist. I'll post a pic later.
Love umbrella trees!
Loved your article!
Love saving the recycles!
Gotta plant up a large quantity of Fox tail palm seeds...have you seen them ...big red ones!
Got lots and lots of baby fruit on my fruit trees !despite terrible weather and fires (up all around the old churches)
Oh happy me:)
Hope you all are enjoying your day/evening/morning...whichever...you will never have it back again!
oooooooh lucky gal...love them! been busy with the paint brush hoping for babies...not that much available here so I am hoping to "invent some"...I have just planted out the cordylines and they look great I can hardly wait until they grow a little (or a lot!)...hmmmm foxtail ferns ...never come across them they sound interesting.
Hi LouC yes those ones but the firies and police and everyone all jumped in and saved them ...it happens almost every Summer...I wish they would ban smoking in cars ...most of the fires start that way Grrrrr...hate it!...that and lightening strikes...gonna be a bad year...usually don't start until mid Nov.,...hope you are well
Aaaah...I completely understand. When I first moved to Colorado I didn't know of anyplace to ride (mainly because I HATE to ride those rent-a-ride, by the hour, spiritless ponies)...started going through withdrawals!!! Finally found a gal who owned a stable - we became friends, and she would let me exercise the boarded horses...ahhhh heaven! Good luck my friend!
Didn't make it over there today since I had to work. I will email them to set up an appointment to talk to them.
I am so tired and sore it's crazy. As soon as I got home I kicked off my shoes and I swear my feet went THANK YOU!!! lol. And I was wearing tennis shoes, not boots. I always wear boots with jeans-the fashion diva in me, and my feet still hurt after this weekend. lol. And I have to go back tomorrow. And the rest of the week.
Tm, Crissy might have been kidding - but I want to see them! Do tell about your heritage, which tribes?
Chrissy, your pictures brighten up our day, just beautiful! I love Jacarandas but they only grow here "up country", at a higher elevation. Up in Kula the roads are lined in places with the Jacaranda and it is a beautiful sight in April and May. They even post it in the newspaper when the trees are in flower to alert us beach bums to drive up for a look!
Difficult to cultivate. Seed must be scattered in the fall on very poor ground. Depending on a dozen variations of climate and rain it may be years before it germinates. Then the plants must be left uncut and ugly looking for a long time so they drop their seeds for the next go round. Thanks to Lady Bird Johnson for founding the Texas Wildflower Center and what her influence did to enhance our highways nationwide. I believe in the long run her legacy will be equal or greater than LBJ.
On the Texas forum we have a lady who is an expert on Texas wildflowers, screenname :Frostweed, given name Josephine. If anyone is interested there is lots of information. Can't think of the URL for the Texas Wildflower Center...that could very well be it.
I wish we had the Lady Bird influence here...we are currently enlarging the road which goes though the center of Maui towards "town". All we could come up with is plantings of Hawaiian grasses with clumps of 3-5 trees every so often. Such a shame when you consider what we could have...I don't know the logic behind choosing grasses, perhaps it's to keep the views clear of the mountains...we could have done better, but nobody asked me!
What sort of trees? and grasses are supposed to be water wise but can be very dangerous if someone throws a ciggy near them...or don't you have to worry about fires where you are?...love to see a picture of your "Blue Bonnets" as I don't know what they are.
Tm tell us more!
Chrissy, here is a link to the plant files about our bluebonnet. These pictures are good but don't do justice to seeing in field and field. The Texas Department of Highways have planted various wildflower seed beside every road in Texas. Some years the blooms go from one kind of flower to the next or are all mixed together. for the most part they are finicky.
Its interesting what the media promotes in each state, isn't it? In Colorado, the news stations and papers all give directions to the glorious Aspen groves in the fall when the leaves change. Liquid gold! And I used to love wandering through the fields of wildflowers in Northern California when I was a kid...and ocean of color and fragrance...just exactly like in the Wizard of Oz.
LouC - talk about adventures...I could never have found my way around the fashion world like you did so well! That would have done me in, while you thrived! Seriously! I know as much about "hems" as I do about "hens"...which is zero! Not a good thing for a mother of 3 daughters! Poor kids! We each have our strengths and interests. Its sharing them with each other that makes this place so much fun!
The back of that world is really an ugly place. In more ways than one. No one bothers to dress. Waste of time. Except for the days I was in the private boutique, "The Atelier". Jealousy abounds and brings out the worst. It is all about creating a fantasy. If you look at a certain dress and envision yourself as 6 ft ( which is the minimum height for a model), willowy and irresitible...you'll buy it. IF, it fits into a rediculously low budget. I didn't always fit in.
When we came back to Dallas from La it was really funny. I got off the plane in Dallas in tight jeans, white blouse, black sweater around my shoulders, wrap-around dark sunglasses. The CEO picked us up at the airport and laughed himself silly at my getup. Everybody in the Warner Brothers lots looked the same. Some sort of clone uniform. no makeup and stringy hair.
I was told after being on a sound stage I would never see tv the same again. So true. Everything is an illusion...even their private lives. I worked as his personal stylist. Good work if you can get it. The studios have an arrangement with the high dollar chains in Beverly Hills Mall. Go to the studio office of each store, register, go with your driver/mule to any place you want in the whole store. Pick out anything, sign for it, the mule carries it to the office for final check out. Wait while he gets the car loads it and comes for you at the door. Pretty nice. Go to the 5 star hotel, order room service and flop because it is nearly midnight and the day starts again at 6AM. Not being tacky by using the term "mule".
Common for anyone that carries the packages there. I preferred to call the gentleman by his given name.
From watching the tv tonight, I feel sure the home I stayed in is gone. So sad. But very much like...why build a house in a flood plain or on the side of hill with nothing but brush and the Santa Anna winds?
I went to this adventure from owning my own company and manufacturing our designs of wearable art...big thing in late 80's and my partner and I happen to hit it in its infancy.
Only problem, you see, stores don't pay their bills. As I said "It is an ugly business."
If you could see what is going on behind the curtains at a style show, you wouldn't believe it. The typical runway walk is 20 SECONDS...practice till you get it right, baby. Then the illusion is gone.
These days I wear shorts and t-tops. Winter t-tops and long pants. Could care less about all that other junk. Just marketing...that's all it is.
I wouldn''t have lasted 20 seconds...someone would have said something to me with that haughty, superior attitude, and that's all she wrote. My verbal skills tend to the loud and obnoxious when I'm pissed off...just would never have been able to have that adventure, but thanks to Dave's I can enjoy a look behind the scenes though your experiences. You are a braver gal than I am Gunga LouC!
Missed is my gal Marie Osmond still on??
Ain't she a beauty!!!!!!
BHM,I'm cherokee,on my dads side and seminole,on my mothers,along with welch and Irish
what a mess huh!!!! LOL,Plus there were rumors from My dads grandma about crow and blackfoot,when they family had a sawmill in Michigan,in the early 1800's.
Chrissy those pics are just out of this world!!!!!!!
The colors are tremendously colorful and bright,I believe might hurt your eyes if you were to stay at them very long!!!! LOL
Just a pure sight of beauty!!!!
You know,as a small child,the grandparents wouldn't really didn't want to talk about it,as if they wanted to forget about it all to completely,almost ashamed,or embarrassed,but it was the same to about being Irish and Welsh.
Dad said it was something they just didn't talk about,because your in America,your an American now...funny how the older generations lived in those early times.
I know my sister had to get documentation for grants from the federal government for college,and what it stir it caused wanting to get the info from the elders about our past history.
Thank goodness nowadays things are different, perhaps it wasn't shame or embarrassment, I hope not. Could have been a family looking at the reality of life in those times and doing their best to make small children feel that they fit in and belonged just like everyone else...I have always though of Native Americans as very proud and noble people...
I was just watching a fasinating TV show (might have been Discovery or some such) about the first Americans. The new theory is that people from all over populated the Americas, not only did some come through the land bridge from the North but also people from Japan and from Europe followed the ice sheets to arrive in the New World.
My children and grandchildren are of course Americans, but when they were growing up they used two languages, American and English! You should hear my grandson Dustin, who is a wicked mimic, do his impression of me with my accent! It really is very funny.
We also spell words differently - colour, neighbour, etc!
Everywhere I go people say "I love your accent - where are you from?" My standard answer is England, but one young lady then asked "Oh, do they speak English there?" I really cracked up over that one!
I find Chrissy very easy to understand because so many of her phrases are ones I use too. Even if we do not use some of the same words they are very familiar to me because my SIL and nephews are Australian. One of my nephews came to live with us for a year to attend a basketball school here in the States and he taught us a lot...for instance "No Auntie, its my shout" (his turn to pay!).
LOL ! Jenny , just say.."here's your sign" and laugh, what else can you do? "Do they speak English there? " Oh, my. I actually heard a woman ask a young Marshallese mother "How do you get them to talk like that, its such a difficult language." ?????????? What did she think? All babies are born speaking english????
Hi everyone...yes thank goodness everyone is now proud of their bloodlines...in Australia it was once shamefull to have been of convict blood...now it is like a badge of honour (most were just children who had stolen food or cloth because of the starvation and great poverty in England)...Yes the genetic thread to the American Indian is mainly Japanese...wow!...ha ha ha and "speaking American" that is funny we are so used to hearing it on tv that when an Australian actor stars in an American show their accent sounds strange in that setting...things we find funny are ...
we say aunt and Americans say Ant (that is what it sounds like to our ears)...excuse this please we say arse and they say ass (slang for bottom) which is a kind of donkey...hey but we all speak a form of the English language.When I look at Italian cooking shows like Lydia's table it feels really weird to hear an American Italian accent compared to an Australian Italian accent...so familiar and yet so different.It is fascinating to me that while we sit here at the thingy our accents go" poof" and we are all the same except for an odd word here and there ...I find it quite delightful!
Well said, Chrissy. Even if it was in Australian something or other. To put a Texan and a New Englander in the same room would be downright hilarious. Even though the two were probably born on the continent. As long as we all understand...we love each other, all the rest is just icing on the cake.
The US,is a country of many English languages.
Take New York and Boston,too me it sounds like there talking out of there nose!
Then you got the southern rednecks,that talk like BuBa!!!LOL
Next comes the Midwestern dialog,by the time you get a answer from them,you've already forgot the question!!!!
Then there's walmart people,every kind of non english speaking people,if you were to shut your eyes and just listen,you wouldn't know where you were!!!
Seems spanish is the number one language spoken there!!!!
But most important is that were all humans,and should be treated as such everywhere!!!!
Funny you should mention Spanish TM my hubby's dialect is more Spanish than Italian ...and because of that I understand the Spanish even better than the Roman Italian...I found your history truly remarkable...I think you must be proud.You mentioned that my flowers may "hurt"your eyes...because of the colour and if you judge it by my pictures then it would seem so but the truth is that they are pools of colour amongst a great deal of softening green...the green would be boring to show in photos but I love the different shades of soothing greens and they frame the colours.
I know you understand what I mean by that because you have so much beautiful greenery in your garden (oh excuse me...in the greenhouse and penthouse)
Here in Oz we are getting terrible scenes re the California fies it looks like our fires a couple of years back when we lost over 500 homes and many lives in our Capitol City...we send prayers and love to anyone affected...take care and god bless everyone