Sunday, May 31, 2015

Here They Come!

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Weekend Wishes

Friday, May 29, 2015


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mom's Fern Planter

any years ago, my father built an outdoor planter for my  mother.  Unfortunately, Dad passed before he had a chance to “plant” anything in it.

In the early 90s, while walking thru the deep woods of the property, I spotted wild ferns growing close to the railroad bank.  In what turned out be an extremely difficult task, I dug up four ferns and transplanted them to the planter.  All grew and have continued to thrive. 

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mom's Fern Garden

y mother loved ferns.  On a hot day just looking at them made her feel cool.  But on the bank facing the water we had only one native clump that, unfortunately, never spread.  It was her dream to plant them all along the steps in the hope they would bush out and create a “fern garden.”  For some reason, she never got around to putting her plan in action.   

Since her passing, it’s been my goal to implement as many of her unfulfilled projects as possible.  Six years ago I bought 20 of the hardy male variety and planted them in autumn.  The next spring not one came up.  I had to dig up all the corpses and take them back to the store for replacements.  This next batch brought me a bit more luck. Over half sprouted, grew and took hold.  Since then, each spring I replace the ones that didn’t survive the winter.   

It’s taken a while but Mom’s fern garden has finally come to fruition.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thoughts for the Work Week Ahead

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Blessings

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Weekend Wishes

Friday, May 22, 2015

Lilacs in Bloom

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

More Turkey Love

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Beautiful Butterflies!

The front yard’s Little Princess Spirea shrubs are a magnet for beautiful butterflies!  The other day a male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail spent the entire day snacking on nectar and leisurely flying from bush to bush.  No lawn ornament adds as much to the Enchanted Garden.  Thanks for the visit, little friend, and please come again!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Highway to Hell (Norell Avenue)

Oh, joy!  Norell Avenue (County Road 55) is undergoing resurfacing this summer. Personally, I wish the project would take all year as it’s keeping the traffic down on what’s turned into a speedway for non-residents, who must think it’s some sort of shortcut (to where?).  Truck traffic—in particular—is annoying as the rumbling noise they make racing over the railroad tracks disrupts the peace and quiet of rural life.

So, as the sign says, if you don’t live here, stay off the darn road and give us residents a real summer vacation.

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