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Winter Flowers Blooming!

Okay, not really. These are summer flowers still blooming! Whoever heard of a sunflower coming out in winter? And the marigolds are just as vibrant. In fact, even the milkweed are regrowing their leaves. But they will get a rude shock soon. The temps are dropping to freezing, but then up again in the 60’s. Even the honeybees were back, all over the roses yesterday, and I’ve seen more monarch butterflies and one of the yellow ones!

I’m still working on edits on Claiming the White Bear before I finish writing scenes. Moving a couple situations earlier in the story really made a mess. But I think I’ve about got it all sorted out.

Off to write! Have a great day!

Terry

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Fun in the Garden

Coreopsis, marigolds, giant zinnias, and gerbera daisy

We were supposed to have a beautiful storm, lots of rain, didn’t happen. BUT, it did cool down a bit last night and I was able to pull more grass. I had to water though. First thing at 5 am, it was beastly hot again.

I did finish edits on You Had Me at Shifter! I’ll be re-reading one scene over again this morning, turn it in, and then working on some more edits on SEAL Wolf Surrender. I also worked on Claiming the White Bear last night. I think that gives me 13,000 words. 57,000 more to go!!! So I need to type up my notes on that.

And today, I hope to get the St. Patrick’s Bear done and Santa ready to ship tomorrow.

Oh, and yeah, take pictures…just….because.

Have a lovely Sunday!!!

Terry

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Taking a Closer Look–Macro in the Garden

Macro red snapdragon, pink coneflower, lavender lantana, orange marigold, milkweed for the Monarch butterflies, radiation lantana

And a closer look at the book! I finished minimum word count, and now I have to finish the book! Not that I haven’t been working toward that all along. I can’t wait to figure out the final scenes. I’m going back in and fleshing out all the rest of the book first, finding more loose ends. I swear the fae are inserting new loose ends for me. I’m going to have to get my notebook out and begin to take notes on what needs to be tied up.

Okay, I’m just working on a couple of photos of the kids in their spider family costumes and then off to write!!!

Hope you have a spider-less day, unless it’s hero time!

Terry

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Volunteers in the Garden

I was surprised to see the yellow “Sunshine” ligustrum pop up in a new spot. I didn’t think it would volunteer like that. Though I’ve never had one before, so what do I know? I planted it 3 years ago. In the one picture, you can see the yellow leafed shrub near the end of the flowerbed. That’s the mother plant. These are brand new shoots a distance from the original shrub. I never expected that! I kept thinking I needed something taller in the background on some of that flowerbed, and voila, there’s the solution. I thought the shadows and light were cool too.

In these photos, the ivy is native, just popped up. The woodland fern was the same way, part of the original forest. I have wild grape I keep cutting out as it will take over. And in among the coneflowers and marigolds, a crepe myrtle made it’s appearance. that’s one of those areas that everything is growing. The pine tree, rosebush, and now a youpon holly (also a volunteer) and then on the other side of the tree, bare naked soil. I think something has been digging there because I did have mulch there. In the pot with the pine tree sapling I’m growing for my daughter, I also started a crepe myrtle branch and it’s taking hold!

Sometimes volunteers can be a nuisance. Sometimes they make fun giveaways, or planted in the right place, free plants! Usually, they do really well–life will find a way.

Only 15,000 words left to write on SEAL Wolf Surrender!

Off to take care of baby! Have a great Friday!!!

Terry

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Marigolds–Great as a Tomato Companion

But first: A great review from RT Magazine!

“Spear has become a master storyteller with striking depth of emotion and wonderful characters… if you’re looking for a love story with adventures, a little love humor and a sexy crime-fighting hero, this story would make a great addition to your collection.” – RT Book Reviews, 4 StarsAlpha Wolf Need Not Apply (487x800)marigolds and double knockout roses 001 (640x427)marigolds and double knockout roses 004 (640x545)I planted marigolds, planned to plant them around tomato bushes, but sort of got the cart before the horse. I ordered the planters for the tomato bushes, but they won’t be here for another few days. So I went ahead and planted these around the pine trees and they make it look like miniature fairy gardens.They’re great for deterring some kinds of bugs, which is why they’re perfect to plant with tomato plants. The first pine tree was no problem. I started working on the second, fire ants, ugh. So I moved to the third pine tree, more fire ants. There’s no better way to ruin a fun planting day! Especially if you manage to get bitten.

But it made me wonder if the marigolds would make the fire ants move. They have a noxious odor, but I love it because I know some of the more pesky bugs hate it. Their roots also emit a substance that deters some kinds of bugs. It made me wonder what other plants help with that. Here is a list of what works with what.

http://gardening.about.com/od/naturalorganiccontrol/a/Companion.htm

Someone was mentioning lavender is a great plant for chasing away mosquitoes, so I’m going to try some of that. 🙂  The article also talks about beneficial insects, and plants that compliment other plants, help them to do even better, which I hadn’t heard about.

Okay, back to Viking. Working on edits.

Have a great day!

Terry

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