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From New Gardners Site January 24, 2010

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Vegetables: Flowers:
Tomatoes Cosmos
Lettuce Marigolds
Green beans Sunflowers
Spinach, cool weather Sweet alyssum
Zucchini, Summer Squash Zinnias, from transplants
Broccoli, Cabbage Balsam
Peas (spring planting) Cleome
Asian Greens Morning Glories
Onions (from sets) Nasturtium
Winter Squash Four O’ Clocks
Beets Poppies, Annual types (sow in fall or very early spring)
Pumpkins California Poppies (sow in fall or very early spring)
Radishes Impatiens in shade, from transplants
Tomatillos in full sun Begonias, from transplants

Gardening, a Post Similar to My Own Thoughts June 27, 2009

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This post has some ideas I have used (small plants, native plants) and others that I hadn’t even thought of (taking cuttings).


About Knockout Roses April 23, 2009

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//  basically, prune to shape in spring and continue to do so through the summer.  Deadhead as needed.  Keep the heartiest canes if you have to make a choice.

Information about Knockout roses history can be found here.


Looks Like I’m Late

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but there may be hope per this information:

Planting seeds indoors in transplant pots


If it’s spring or summer (late March thru July) and you missed out on planting in the fall or winter, you can stratify the seeds artificially. Just mix equal parts moist sand with the seeds directly in their plastic packet. Place the packets in the refrigerator (not the freezer). After about 45 days you can plant the seeds indoors in pots. Don’t worry about the sand, it can be put in the pots with the seeds.

Germinate the seeds indoors, because the indoor temperature is optimal for seed germination. Outdoor temperatures tend to be too warm to promote seed germination.

Transplanting your seedlings

When the seedlings have two or three true leaves, they are ready for transplanting into their permanent location.


Be sure to water the seedlings after transplanting. Keep watering them until they are established – usually for a couple weeks. Mulching is helpful to keep weeds down and conserve moisture.

Many plants will flower their first or second year from seed!



Purple Lupines April 19, 2009

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I love purple and yellow together.  So pretty.


All About Blue! April 4, 2009

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It’s Blue Monday! I stumbled upon Smiling Sally who hosts a weekly event called Blue Monday.  I love Blue so I decided this is for me.

Blue Skies, love them  When I'm sleeping, I slow down my breathing...Living in dreams, dreams that come true...thinking of the color blue... ZZZzzzzzz... by neloqua

I love them in the mountains, in the winter, in the summer, whether they are royal blue, or sky blue.  I just love blue.  How about you?


Friday’s Fave Five April 2, 2009

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1.  Tonight we got an unexpected night to ourselves as our 10 year old was invited to spend the night with a friend.  DH and got to talk about a lot of things coming up, about our days and just generally connect without interruption.

2.  The smell of hyacinths, need I say more.

3.  I’ve decided my prayer chair will be the exercise ball since that will be a good place to store it, it is close to the computer and I need to work on my core body strength.

4.  I was offered the replacement position to teach school of religion for the remainder of the year.  My son told me, that he thought I would be good at it.  That made me feel so wonderful.

5.  I was able to start reading my book again, The Zookeepers Wife.  I had been having trouble settling down to read of late and since I love to read that was distressing.

To see how everyone else’s weeks went head over here.


7 Quick Takes March 27, 2009

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I started reading Conversion Diary again recently and found she has a blog party called 7 Quick Takes.  I thought I’d give it a try.

1.  On my heart this week has been our country and my church.  I am so grateful for the strong, faithful priests and bishops who are speaking truth to power about how our politicians are harming our country.  I’m especially proud of our Archbishop, Joseph Naumann and his publicly standing up to our current governor, Kathleen Sebelius and your soon to be Health and Human Services Cabinet Secretary.  Don’t even get me started on Notre Dame and President Obama.

2.  The weather has been, how can I say it. . .odd.  70’s at the beginning of the week and 6 to 12 inches of snow predicted for tomorrow.  Things are blooming people!  I’m thinking I better go clip my forsythia and cover the roses.

3.  My dear friend, Beth is moving home again in two months.  I’m so excited.  It has been two years.  The years have actually gone by fairly fast, assisted in part by her three visits home but still.  I am so happy.

4.  My doctor upped my ADD medication as I requested so we will see how I do.  I hope that some of that clarity comes back.

5.  My husband brought home five more fish last night.  We determined that of the six platys we had only one of them was female so she needed some help.  He also replaced the two little black angels that died when the Opaline gouromi ATE them.  She is in time out in a little tank all by herself.  I’m still mad at her.

6.  Looking forward to Red Envelope day.

7.  Oh! and Rock Chalk Jayhawk KU!  I know probably not but one can hope; and a shout out to the Missouri Tigers, gotta  support The Big 12.



This is the Yellow in My Kitchen March 17, 2009

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This just isn’t my kitchen but I do use forsythia to decorate with! 


Add These to My List of Beautiful Flowers October 15, 2008

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The flowers from the above blog are gorgeous and the gal says she doesn’t have a green thumb!