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We live in a world that is disposable! Sure one can recycle as there are centers everywhere. You can recycle old TV’s, cell phones, paper, plastics and many more…But sometimes one ends up with something that there is no local recycling center. So then, what does one do? They REPURPOSE the item! See if you can see the item that we repurpossed recently in this photo!

Notice anything odd?

Notice anything odd?

Did you see it? Well if not…Here is the item!

A new planter from an old item

A new planter from an old item

Yes! It’s an ugly green toilet! This is one item that was in the house when we bought it that has has always bothered me. This and the sink. So, we decided to make this toilet part of the garden. Planted in the bowl is a lovely lemon balm plant, and in the tank I planted two salvia!

It works!

It works!

The sink? Well that was one of the first things to go. It was a pedestal sink which gave us no space to store stuff in the bathroom.

The old sink has been in use for a while

The old sink has been in use for a while

So this was planted in the front yard years ago with a plant, whose name alludes me right now, that has a lovely blue flower.

What have you repurposed lately? Before throwing something away, put on your thinking cap of how else and where else you can use the item….like in the garden!

Have a wonderful Thursday! Thanks for stopping by and be well! ^..^

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Back in May we planted up the vegetable garden in wine barrels. You might remember that post. If not, you can see this post by clicking HERE! The garden is growing beautifully and I wanted to share some photos with you! Now I do need to mention that I am having issues with the birds eating seedlings, and the earwigs doing some nibbling too…How about a preview of some of our tomatoes?

We have tomatoes!

We have tomatoes!

Going back in time…Here is a view of the vegetable garden when we planted. Mother’s Day is when you want to plant a garden here in the Sierra Foothills! Ready?

May 17th

May 17th

Here is a view from the deck of the garden today!

Looking over the garden today

Looking over the garden today

Quite a difference eh? I have already harvested zucchini! Here is a shot of the zucchini with the acorn squash plants in front.

Zucchini and acorn squash

Zucchini and acorn squash

My corn is now in bloom and is over 6 feet tall!

Corn

Corn

We have 3 different varieties of tomatoes. Celebrity, a purple heirloom and a Roma.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

And, this year I am growing fingerling potatoes!

Fingerling potatoes

Fingerling potatoes

Also in the garden are wax beans and green beans. Having bird issues with these plants! We also have onions and carrots. The radishes have been eaten by something and same with the cantaloupe. My peppers are just seedlings and the cilantro is starting to get bigger! I will be replacing the melon plants with something else that I might see if I can get today.

I hope you have enjoyed this garden tour! Now go out and have a wonderful Wednesday! Thanks for dropping by!

Be well! ^..^

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I have always loved the flower on the Hollyhock plant going back to the days when I was a kid. This plant is in the mallow family of which there are about 60 varieties! When we moved to our house here in the Sierra Foothills, this plant appeared in our garden one year. It was a beautiful shade of pink…

Pink

Pink

We have had this particular color in our yard now for about 6 years. Maybe three years ago, a darker colored hollyhock showed up. I am not sure how we ended up with this lovely contrasting color. This one is almost black in color.

Black

Black

This year more colors have shown up! They showed up in an area where I harvested seeds last year. Do these mutate themselves? I have no idea! None of our neighbors have this plant in their yards, so maybe they do!

Here are photos of these new volunteers showing all their lovely colors!

Pale Pink

Pale Pink

Red

Red

White

White

Burgundy

Burgundy

The seed pods on this plant are round buttons that have numerous flat round seeds inside. The plant does survive our snow fall in the winter, and are drought tolerant. We do not water these plants and they make it through the hot summers here just fine!

The deer: They find the leaves a tasty morsel as the summer season progresses. I noticed yesterday that the deer are already feeding on this plant. As much as they mow these down, the plants come back! I would have included a shot of the area where all of these lovely plants are, but all you see are the flower stalks! Maybe later in the season as they recover I can post a photo!

Have a great Monday! Thank you for taking the time to stop by! Be well! ^..^

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This year my pink peonies bloomed later than the white ones. I have no idea why. And, there was only one bloom! It still is a glorious flower and I wanted to share with you this lovely blossom! so let’s head out into the garden – shall we?

Here is one lovely blossom!

One lovely pink peony

One lovely pink peony

Isn’t it pretty? Check out this side view.

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

The center of this blossom is just beautiful!

Into the center

Into the center

One more side view!

Ruffles

Ruffles

I would love to have more of these lovely flowers in my yard! Trouble is that they need to be caged as the gophers find them very tasty!

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thank you for stopping by! Be well!

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Due to all the issues with the gophers and voles in my vegetable garden, and also a bad back, I bought a whole slew of barrels to create a raised bed garden of wine barrels! You might remember the post that I did a couple of months ago on what is inside a wine barrel. That post was the second step in creating this garden!

To get the garden going, we had to reduce the area that held the raspberries, and also the strawberry patch. And, we cleared the whole bed of weeds. I am hoping that this garden will do really well this year! So let’s go and check out what we did here!

Here is the first area that we put the barrels.

One area of barrels

One area of barrels

Here is the other area…

The other area

The other area

I just planted these last weekend while I still could because of the upcoming chemo. Check this next photo out! My potatoes are emerging! This year’s potato crop are fingerling potatoes!

Emerging potato

Emerging potato

My tomatoes have been in pots now for a month, and here is the Celebrity variety! I have my first of the season tomato!

First tomato - Celebrity

First tomato – Celebrity

Check out my zucchini plants!

Zucchini

Zucchini

In other areas, I have artichokes and of course those raspberries!

Artichoke

Artichoke

Golden raspberries

Golden raspberries

I hope that you enjoyed today’s tour of the vegetable garden! As the garden develops I will share with you more views!

Hugs and be well, and thank you for stopping by!

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Before dashing off for chemo treatments, today and tomorrow, I wanted to do a quickie post of the most glorious flower right now in my garden! This flower is the first of the peonies to open, and are the ones featured with all of the ants in a previous post! The colors on this glorious bloom reminds me of, what else, food! Hee hee! If you know my passions, then you will know that photography and food go hand in hand! My husband rolled his eyes at me when I told him what I was doing for this post!

How do you like your eggs? I like mine sunny side up! A bit like this actually! That is without the garden bugs!

Sunny Side Up!

Sunny Side Up!

How do you like yours?

How would you like yours?

How would you like yours?

I am always open to the possibilities in life! How about you?

Opening up to the possibilities

Opening up to the possibilities

This flower is so glorious! It reminds me of a sunrise!

The sun rises!

The sun rises!

And, I found visitors, other than you of course!

Visitors

Visitors

So? What do you think? Do you like yours Sunny Side Up?

Have a wonderful day, and I hope to be back on Friday with Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers! Until then, be well, and thank you for taking the time to drop by today! And, BE WELL! :)

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What with a drought here in California, drought tolerant plants are making more of an appearance then ever before at nurseries and the big hardware stores. Germander is one of those! It is a shrub that is not only drought tolerant, once the roots get established, and the deer and bunnies? They leave this plant alone!

I picked up one of these the other day to take the place of a plant that did not make it. The plant has a really strong scent when the leaves are rubbed, and has a lovely purple flower that I think the bees, hummingbirds and butterflies will like! Here are some photos of the lovely blossom on this plant.

Beautiful germander

Beautiful germander

A lovely pair of flowers

A lovely pair of flowers

Profile shot

Profile shot

The star

The star

Isn’t that a lovely flower?

I hope that you have had an amazing day! Be well!

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Every year, before the peony blossoms erupt in their glorious shades of pinks and whites, the ants move in. There must be something savory on the blossom heads that attracts them each year. Today, on a trip down to the peony bed, I added some photos to the ones that I took the other day. Would you like to check out the ants with me? Let’s go!

If you look closely at this photo, you can almost see this little ant looking at you!

Can you see my face?

Can you see my face?

If this was a world, then they have it covered!

All over the world!

All over the world!

They truly are colorful. I can see stripes on their rear ends!

Colorful ants

Colorful ants

How is it that they can hang upside down?

Hanging in the shade

Hanging in the shade

Something in that one area must taste pretty good! They keep going back to the one spot where they seem to congregate!

What's that?

What’s that?

Cool aren’t they? As long as they stay outside, they are!

Have a great day and enjoy your evening! Thanks for stopping by!

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Wandering through my fruit orchard I see that the blooms are fading. This year, due to the drought, I will not have a lot of fruit but I did find that we will have some, that is if I can get to the ripening fruit before the birds and raccoons! So today I wanted to share what I found on my fruit trees!

The 3 in 1 cherry tree is fully loaded! We have never gotten a lot off of this tree, and this year each and every branch is heavy with fruit!

Just one mass of cherries

Just one mass of cherries

Most of the almonds on my tree are close to the top. Not quite what we had last year, but still there will be enough!

Almonds

Almonds

Check out these itty bitty nectarines!

Nectarines

Nectarines

And, this fuzzy little fruit is tomorrow’s peach!

Peach

Peach

On my plum tree, which is a 5 in 1, only one branch is fully loaded. We had some hail damage and that knocked off the blossoms…

Plums

Plums

One final shot…These blossoms are on one of my apple trees. I got lucky with this shot to have this lovely little pollinator in the photo!

Apple blossoms

Apple blossoms

I can just imagine the flavors of each one of these! How about you? :)

Have a great Tuesday, and thanks for taking the time to drop on by today!

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Today I wanted to feature some photos of the amazingly beautiful cherry blossoms on our trees. We have two trees. One is the tart Montgomery cherry, and the other tree is a 3 in one. This tree has Rainier, Black Tartarian, and a Lapins. So far I have tasted two cherries off of both trees as the birds and raccoons sometimes get there before I do!

So let’s take a look at what will hopefully become this year’s bumper crop of cherries! These trees are now about 6 years old!

I just love the cherry blossoms. They are so fragrant!

Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms

As I was taking photos of these lovely flowers the tree was humming with bee activity! Check out the chunk of pollen collected by this bee! If you double click on this photo you will see it full screen!

A pollinator

A pollinator

The flowers have a pattern that is unique to the cherry. Check out the striations in the petals. You will not see this in other fruit blossoms.

Patterns in the petals

Patterns in the petals

Here is a blossom raising its face to the sun!

Looking up at the sun

Looking up at the sun

The flowers are in clusters. Here is a shot with five blossoms…Can’t you just imagine five lovely cherries hanging from this tree, ready for me to pick and pop in my mouth? :)

Tomorrow's fruit

Tomorrow’s fruit

I can just imagine the sweet juices filling my mouth…mmmm….

Thanks for dropping by today, and I hope that you enjoyed today’s photos! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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