29 May 2007

Green Thumb Sunday (New Orleans Edition)

Yes, I know... I'm late with this post. Sorry for the delay, things have just been unbelievably hectic. So here are some picture of plants, flowers and trees that I took while in New Orleans. I hope you enjoy them. Next Sunday we will return to my boring old garden photos! :-)

Above is a beautiful tree that I fell in love with during one of the cemetery walks. I can't remember which cemetery. I think the one across from Greenwood.

This is a photo of a plant in Congo Square. None of us knew what it was. Can anyone help? Below is a closeup of the flowers.

Here is another photo, this from the French Quarter. Aren't they beautiful?

A closeup of my favorite...


25 May 2007

Back home

I'm back. The trip was wonderful and miserable. I don't really know which just yet. I have some pictures and will try to get them posted this weekend.

Hope everyone has had a great week. I have a lot of catching up to do on my blog reading! :-)


18 May 2007

Leaving tomorrow...

This time tomorrow night I'll be driving down the highway headed to New Orleans. Yay! I'm so very excited! I'm also exhausted... It has been quite a busy week but I'm really looking forward to the trip.

I won't get to post Saturday Sky or Green Thumb Sunday this week. I've decided not to take my laptop with me. The hotel has Internet, but I just don't think I want to worry about losing it or having it stolen as well as keeping up with it.

I've started packing and am almost ready. Tomorrow I'm getting my car inspected (it's due this month) and have to pick up a couple of things from the craft store and the grocery. I also have to drop off the dog at the vet in the am. We aren't leaving until 5, but I'm hoping to push that up just a little bit. The more daylight to see the road with, the better.

Sorry for all the rambling, I'm just too excited to talk or think straight. :-)

Alright, I'm signing off for now. I'll be back sometime on Thursday. I'll try to have lots of pictures to post. :-)


14 May 2007

Monday blues...

Monday is usually a crappy day for me. I'm not sure why, but something invariably goes wrong on Mondays. Today is no different. I woke this morning around 3 with a serious migraine. I was finally able to drag myself to work around 9 this morning. I pretty much stayed in the office and did as little as possible. Every time I moved my head I'd get a shooting pain. The joy of my head...

I did go meet my friend to shop at lunch. She found an outfit for our trip, but I didn't find anything. In case you haven't read my other blog, I'm going to New Orleans this weekend for the first time ever! It is a place I have longed to go since I was a little girl. I'm really looking forward to this trip.

Anyway, I went to a few stores after work and found a couple of tops. I just have to find a white skirt. One of the things we are doing is attending a voudou ceremony and we have to dress in white. (I'm so excited about this!)

So, I'm trying to get ready for my trip and haven't done much knitting. I keep meaning to get a picture of my progress but I want to take it outside for the lighting but never remember until it is dark. I have my last knitting class tomorrow night, so I'll get at least two hours of knitting done. I'll try to get a picture tomorrow of my progress and post it.

Well, I'm going back to watching 24 now.


13 May 2007

Green Thumb Sunday...

I have so many pictures I could post, but I won't. I'll try to just post the really good ones! Above is my pink David Austin Olde English Rose. I love that variety. They are my favorite. I think this one is really pretty.

Next we have a picture of honeysuckle blooms. I didn't realize it was time for them to bloom until I was working in they yard and found it. I love the smell of honeysuckle, don't you?

Here is a picture of the herbs I planted in my vegetable garden. I just couldn't find a better spot so I decided to use part of the vegetable garden as an herb garden. I planted patchouli, blue vervain, horehound, st. johns wort, mugwort and feverfew. I sure hope they survive!

Does anyone have any idea what the above plant is? I have no idea, but have seen a few growing in my yard. It is very pretty and the color of the flowers in this photo is not accurate, it is more blue. I'd really love to know what it is. I also have one more mystery plant, only this one is a tree.

So, anyone know what this tree is? I'd love to know!

That is about all for today. I have more photos but I'll try to post them later in the week.

Happy Mother's Day to the moms.


11 May 2007

I have been knitting...

...I just don't have any picture to show yet. I'm working on the first of sixteen panels for this afghan. I think it is going to be a year long project. It will definitely move slowly during the spring and summer months. I'm spending so much time in my yard that I don't have the time or energy to work on it when I get in at night. I still have about 6 inches to go on the first panel. Ugh...

I'll try to post pictures this weekend.

Yesterday I was finally able to get to the store and get my vegetables for the garden. Here is what I ended up with:
2 cherry tomato plants
1 beefmaster tomato plant
1 green bell pepper plants
2 habanero pepper plants
2 cayenne pepper plants
2 zucchini plants
2 squash plants
1 jalapeno plant.

My original list had 1 of everything except the bell peppers and jalapenos. I was going to get 2 bell pepper plants and no jalapenos since I have so many in the freezer. But, I was just overwhelmed at the store. All the plants I listed above cost me just under $7. I couldn't believe it! I got my plants from them last year and they all did so well. I can't wait to see what happens this year. Oh, I forgot to mention the onion sets. :-)

I got everything in the ground last night except for the onion sets. I hope to get them in this weekend, but things are going to be busy. I have to bake tonight for dinner tomorrow night, then shopping for my trip to NOLA, dinner tomorrow night for mother's day, and of course, Sunday is Mother's day so I will end up spending the day with my mother and grandmother.

Anyway, somewhere in there I have to mow and do laundry. :-)

I'll try to check in later.


06 May 2007

Green Thumb Sunday...

Sorry to have been so quiet. I just haven't had a lot to say lately...

The above is a snowball bush that my mum gave me. She originally got hers from my Grandmother's yard, so now it is like I have part of my Grandmother in my yard.

Next we have a Birdsnest Fern. I had been given one a few years ago that died and I was finally able to replace it. I hope I'm able to keep this one alive. :-)

Here we have more herbs that I got at the state's Herb Guild sale that they had at a local farmers market. I picked up Blue Vervain, Mugwort, St. John's Wort, Patchouli, Cilantro and Horehound. (I can't remember if that is all or not.)

I still have several left to plant, but have run out of room. I'm considering adding some to my vegetable garden but I don't want to plant anything that I can't plow under next spring. So, I'm trying to figure out where to plant them.

Anyway, my roses are blooming. I'll try to get a picture tomorrow.


02 May 2007

She's gone...

I can't write this twice...

if you are interested, see the post on my other blog...