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A Weed or a Fern?

Do you have plants you can’t identify? I have this happen all the time. The whole area was forest at one time, so a lot of the plants that are popping up were native–like youpon holly (not shown, but I have several of them that volunteered to grow in the yard), the fern, and whatever the other plant is. I think it might be a fern of some kind. The silk and seeds are from a yellow flowering milkweed. You can see the yellow flowers behind it. I keep finding more crape myrtles in the flowerbeds. They are beautiful, but if I’m not careful, I will have a forest of them. lol

I’m also trying to propagate some of the sunny ligustrum to add to the yard. I don’t have a very big yard, so I have to be careful that I don’t lose my whole yard to plants!

I wrote several more scenes yesterday on Claiming, but need to write one more, I think. Hopefully, I can get it done today, but need to run an errand and the dogs aren’t leaving until later this afternoon. But I need to also start writing all the promo blogs for You Had Me at Jaguar.

So much to do. So little time!

Hope you have all kinds of time to do the fun things you enjoy doing!

Terry

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Earth Day…so?

I used to plant tons of trees, when I had a lot of acreage–I love forests. But I was so disappointed to learn the people who bought my home in Oklahoma clearcut most of the trees. Beautiful pines, helped to stop erosion on the hillside, and they provided homes for birds, beauty, solitude. There’s no prettier sound than wind blowing through a forest and hearing the rustle of branches or pine needles.

We have old forest in and around our neighborhood. Most new home developments, they just clearcut the trees, leaving barren land. But here, I have several old pines. And behind me, one of my neighbors has beautiful oaks. He wants to cut them down. Why? Because they drop leaves and twigs and he has to pick them up. Really? He has to cut the grass too!  Maybe he should dig it up?

In Texas heat, shade trees are at a premium. They’re beautiful. You see them towering a hundred feet above the homes. Why would you want to cut them down??? I had to have one of the pine trees taken down because it had died, but that’s the only reason to do so, or if the roots are getting into the foundation.

But with such a small lot, which I’m thankful for in that it’s much easier to water and maintain, I’m restricted to small shrubs and flowers and such for the most part. Though….I’d like to get some more crepe myrtles, they’re like small trees.

I have planted all of the flowers here, the zinnias from seeds which should turn into flowers soon, the marigolds and daylilies and Mexican heather, the dianthus, and much more. Many will come back next year as they’re perennials. Many will reseed and return even if they’re annuals. I started last year with the daylilies and a few salvia and coneflowers, and the builders had planted coreopsis and snapdragons. So each year, the flowerbeds should be even more beautiful. Oh, and sunflowers. They’re coming up from the seeds dropped by the birds, but I love seeing them in the garden as they remind me of my father who used to plant them.

What I love about the flowers, besides the color and vibrancy, is that the honeybees, bumblebees, hummingbirds and butterflies love them.

So think about Earth Day, and if you can, plant something to give back to nature.

Have a lovely day!

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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Moving Plants

I met three of my neighbors today, and we were all talking about how we have to move plants that the builders had planted too close together and on top of the houses. 🙂 I want to do that before mine get too big for their space and are harder to move. But it’s fun having neighbors who are interested in that sort of thing.

pink plants (640x502)plants neighbors 023 (640x427)These were a pretty annual of some sort that my one neighbor put it. Love them. But I love perennials that come back year after year. Silver Cockscomb: http://www.flowersofindia.net/…/Silver%20Cockscomb.html

plants neighbors 007 (640x427)plants neighbors 008 (640x427)These were flowers that had come back from last year, so perennials.

plants neighbors 032 (640x427)And this is the flower to that tall grass.

plants neighbors 034 (640x427)plants neighbors 015 (545x640) (2)And this was another mystery flower. Perennial.

Well, I bought a couple of double roses, a couple of trailing roses, and a couple of skyrocket holly. 🙂 Moving burford holly to the backyard tomorrow. They get to 6 ft tall, around 4 feet wide? Anyway, they need to be planted 2 1/2 feet from each other, I think the 6 are planted about a foot from each other. And they’ll be blocking the windows.  I hope I put them in a good location and don’t have to move anything again. 🙂

Do you find that the little shrub or tree looks so little that you need to plant a lot of them closer together, then one day they’re way too big? Or you have to take your pruners or hedge trimmers to them all the time? That’s what I want to avoid. 🙂

Have a super great day!!!!

Terry

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What Else Do I Do?

One of the questions I’m often asked on interviews–when you’re not writing (me, not writing, ever???), what else do you do???

Well, I blog. 🙂

I bird watch, which wouldn’t be half the fun if I didn’t also photograph them and share them.

cardinal eating on feeder

I take trips and see fun stuff. Photograph them. Share them.

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Create teddy bears. And share them.

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Garden–which for now means planting new plants to replace the new ones I planted last year that didn’t make it through our summer heat and drought–these are supposed to be more drought resistant.

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And a million other things.

And then I also write, write, write! 🙂

What are some of your favorite things to do?

Terry

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