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Gardening and Spirituality

Plant Gardens & Eat Their Fruits – Watering [4:02]

Plant Gardens & Eat Their Fruits – Fig Tree [2:58]

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Springtime in Western Wisconsin

Here are some pictures taken in my yard recently.


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Farewell to summer

Autumn is here, and the flowers of summer are just a memory. But I wanted to let you all see what they were like when it was still summer.

These are the window boxes that surround the screen porch on the east side of my house. There are eight of them, and each one holds five flower pots, so it takes a lot of plants to fill them up. This year I filled them with browallia, marigolds, and globe amaranth.

The deck on the south side of the house is where I put things that like a lot of sunshine. The petunias certainly liked it there.

The morning glories grew quickly and formed nice thick vines, as you can see in picture above, but then they took forever to bloom. Usually if I plant them at the beginning of June (which is the earliest you can safely plant here), I can expect to see flowers by August, or late July if I’m lucky. For some reason this year they didn’t bloom until September. But as always, they were worth the wait.

Here’s a kind of artsy photograph my husband took of a couple of my morning glories.

He posted it on his Facebook wall, and my brother, who is an artist and an art teacher, thought it looked like a painting by Georgia O’Keeffe. He asked for a print of it, which he then framed and hung in his house.

It’s kind of nice to know that even though the morning glories are gone, their beauty still lives on.




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Mascot Update

Buzz and Bunny are making the most of Alaska’s short, but very bright summer. 2015_05 Mascot Update Mama Buzz loves to garden and quite possibly loves even more to share her garden photos with her avid-but-homebound gardener mommy. 2015_05 29 Begonias male and female Begonias grow male and female flowers on the same plant. I did not know this! The male is the one on the left with the yellow stamens.

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Baby Birds at Casa Buzz

[Texts that Mama Buzz sent with the photos.]

2014_06 14 and 22 Nest in pot

July 4, 2014: I managed to slowly water this pot around the edges so I can get the plants but leave the nest dry. The parents seem to know I am not a predator!

2014_07 04 Dark eyed junco nesting

July 4, 2014: I noticed the lighter belly on the male while he was in the tree today, which allowed me to finally identify them.

2014_07 07 Hatching

July 7, 2014: LOOK!!! I got pics while the parents were out getting food. They came back and I got chirped at, so I said my congrats and came inside ;).

2014_07 18 Flying lesson

July 18, 2014: The parents are super protective these days, flying around and chirping at me. I am nervous to back out of the driveway. I saw a squished bird in the road :(. I hope it’s not one of ours!


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My Amazingly Floriferous African Violet

Isn’t “floriferous” a great word?!  :o)
2014_07 11 My Tony's Jennifer Afr Violet composite

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Flowers that look like birds, bugs, and animals

And yes, all of them are real!

bird orchid

monkey orchid

parrot flower

fly orchid

white egret orchid

bee orchid

bird of paradise flower

dove orchid

lion orchid

bird’s head orchid

flying duck orchid

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Multi-colored tulips

Mama Buzz split white tulip stems and put them into different glasses of colored water. Twenty-four hours later, they were GORGEOUS. What a lovely Easter bouquet this would make!

2014_03 08 L split white tulip stems, put in colored water

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