Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Fog as thick as Pea Soup

It's a pea-souper out there!!!
I havent thought of that expression in soooo long.

Seems we're due for some cold.  Brrrr!  It was 70 degrees this AM.
No, really!  It is supposed to get cold.

I couldn't not stop to get a few pics.

I do love a foggy morning but it can be a little depressing.

So when I got home I had to go find something bloomin'.  This is one of my "ill-gotten" ground orchids.
Pretty little thing, Huh?

Friday, November 13, 2009

What a way to start the day

In the silence of misty dawn
warm breath collides with the autum chill

Worries and troubles fade
We are here.  At this moment

Creator and created

All is well

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thank You Veterans

I remember when I was a kid, the plastic poppies that were given out on VeteransDay.    When I was young I didn't know what they really meant.  I haven't thought of them in so long and as I was watching the news, I spotted one.

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row

For those who gave their lives.
For those who lost thier loved ones.
To all who have sacraficed
                             Thank you

The 8th of November
~ Big & Rich ~

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Take me to my happy place.... take me to my happy place... take me to my happy place

(how I felt as friday rolled around) 
The dreaded semi-annual plant sale was set to commence on Friday.  As much as I love plants, I pretty much refuse to purchase anything at our "sale" out of pure principle.  I have a problem giving any of the pittance I make each week back to the owner of this place.    

Shelley, our GH manager is very understanding of our desire not to come back from our route to put in more time at the greenhouse.  She usually tries her best to get the place in order.  Until our "Fearless Leader" throws a wrench in any plan she has.  He is good at such things and I believe he enjoys messing with us.  "Fearless Leader" is not our usual handle (although the first letter is an "f") but I do my best to try to keep my posts clean!

For example. Intent on organizing the cut-back house she is called  to the office to organize and dispense new work shirts.  Priority?  I think not!  Or, instead of sending  two very capable men out on a job... he sends all four!  Leaving Shelley alone.
 We bring back plants from accounts and "regrow" them.  Hundreds of mass canes, marginatas, ags, pothos.  Instead of grouping them together and putting a price on them.  Such as, 10" mass cane... $5, 6" pothos... $2, and so on.  Thursday after our route, we arm ourselves with sharpies and tape and follow "F L" around like little baby ducks follow momma duck.  Individually tagging  each and every plant, as he shouts out the price.

It is an "event" all us techs dread.  Thankfully it is only twice a year.  The best part of it is watching how the "newbies" respond to the whole fiasco.

The snow-birds are back which has made the already unbearable traffic, worse.  By Friday, it's all I can do to not get pulled over for road rage.  Self control must prevail!  I tell myself.  The fact our office phone # is splattered all over our trucks helps a little too.  As I climb on my bike.  Knowing it's almost over.  Just dodge a few more drivers unaware of anyone else on the road but themselves... I'll be home free.
I love the weekend!

    So.  Most of the time my "happy place" is with my honey or with my plants.  As everything was bone dry and neglected I opted for the plants.  I found my Oncidium in bloom.  Another "ill-gotten" aquisition.  Well... some would consider it ill-gotten.  I even came across a humorous article this morning about seed snatchin

Most of my plants are in containers as we rent and the plants go with.  The weather here in SW FL has finally started  to break.  I even had to don (is that the correct spelling?) pants for the ride to work.  It got down to 66 degrees a couple mornings.  I still have to change into shorts because the afternoons are too warm for pants.  There has been a pretty strong wind all week because Ida is blowing in the Gulf so I have been picking up overturned plants the last few days.  The Poinciana I started has really gotten  beat up.  Poor thing.  So after picking everything up and watering.  And watering some more.  Like I said.  BONE DRY. I had to adress the mite problem on my frangipangi and the scale on the oleanders. 

Next issue.  Squirrels.  Now, we do love our little critters.  Most days I can put up with their intrusions into my world.  I will usually pack some peanuts in my pocket because they usually follow me around the yard waiting for a handout.  But it's been a rough week.  No handouts today!As I repotted my lillies, again.  Redistributed the soil they dug up in 90% of my containers.  I was rethinking if I made the right choice.

The weekend is still not over.  I can still burn dinner!! Not really.  Maybe my guy will win in Texas!  Yeah right!  Guess I better leave well enough alone.  

  He found his "happy place"

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

National Chocolate Day

This is definatly a day to celebrate!!!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

What's in store ???

Can you picture yourself growing old and cruddy with the one your with???

For most of my life I couldn't.  Yeah... I may have been with someone.  But actually going through life with them was another story.  I cringe at the thought.  Most I could barely stand after the initial fascination was over.  The fascination stage usually lasted about 4 months.  Why I stayed?  Boredom.  Rebellion.  Afraid of being alone.  There are a lot of sick reasons.  I had issues!

Back to the initial question....

Can you picture yourself actually going through life, till the very end, with the one your with?
I am happy to say.  Now I can.

When I picture Tim and I.  Too old to hold up two wheels.  This is what I see.    

The perfect picture!  This is our dream.  After grinding out a few more years, we're throwin what we can in the sidecar and headin out.  It's on our Bucket List. Headin out on Rt 66.  What fun!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

West Coast Rally 2009

The most fun I've had making a fool of myself sober!  I entered the motorcycle games, ended up with 0 points!  It can only get better from here on in.

~This is me knocking over most of the poles~

We met Bob from Haps Cycles.  Very cool guy.
 He invited me on board as a rider in the doubles.

~we rocked~
  Like I said... Bob was a cool guy.
He gave Tim and I his gift cards he won.  They were for the Harley Shop.   He's GM at Honda.
I wonder if I can turn them in for some riding lessons!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Good Morning!!!

Monday Monday!!!

AHHH... what a way to start the week!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cuban Sandwich

I wanted to do a little something different for raceday munchies. 

Have you ever tried something new and had it turn out like pooh?  I have, and it sometimes keeps me from experimenting.

I used this recipe from Three Guys from Miami
There is a link to follow for the lechon (pork).

Hope ya like garlic!  I LOVE garlic.

I had to smash'em using a brick wrapped in foil.  This worked great if you don't have a press. 

                         Made some of these bad-boys for desert.

My honey is a patient man.  I made him wait till I got a decent shot of the sandwich before he could eat. 

 Yummy-yum.  I love sugar!!!

Update:  The Cubans were excellant! 
One of the things that really makes me happy is when I make something and Tim really likes it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

My orchids new home

I really needed to get some of my orchids out of the tree.
 I don't want them to root in there so much it's difficult to get them out.
So off to Wally World I go
 Wally World sells orchids, orchid mix, orchid fertilizer, but no orchid boxes! 
They didn't even have orchid pots.   

As I am way too lazy to run around Sarasota looking for stuff.  I came up with this handy dandy coconut planter.  Whatever works, right?

This is where I stash my starts till I'm energetic enough to pot them up.  In my punk tree.  They love it.

As I was digging some of them out of the tree I found this guy!  A newbie!
I've said it before...
They thrive on neglect

Saturday, September 19, 2009


I got to work and Sandy was on the phone with her sister.  She's somewhere in Indiana I think.  She was saying it was 44 degrees that morning.  BRRRRR!!!

Here's what I had to deal with.....

~Check out some Florida Wildflowers~

My boss would probably pop a vein if he knew I was playing photographer on his time.
I can't help but take a few minutes out of the daily grind and appreciate the beauty that surrounds me.
It helps me to remember that God is there and still in controll

Greenhouse News

Usually the greenhouse kitties greet me when I arrive in the AM.  Actually they aren't greeting me. 
They just want their treat.
I thought it strange when only two showed up.

White paws and bandit got fed.
Where could Smokey be???

White Paws was none too happy when these guys showed up.
She was Queen Kitty since the other one went to kitty heaven a few months back.
We think she coaxed the little guy into the critter trap. 
Rotten kitty!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Quotable Quotes

It matters more whats in a womans face
than whats on it
~Claudette Colbert~

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Survival Stories

This plumeria is a cutting my mom was going to throw away.
Excuse me.  Not while I'm around!
I started him about three months ago.  Blooms already!
I love it!!!  
I have to smell him every time I go by.  The fragrance has got to be somewhere close to heaven. 
To think he was headed to the trash. 
Hibiscus are a regular in SW FL landscape.  They are everywhere!!!
You see so many you might miss their beauty.  I did.
Check out the flowers.
The hibuscus below was actually planted in the ground.   Most of my stuff is in containers in case we move.  Anyway... his spot got too crowded so we had to yank him up.  In the process, his trunk split.  OUCH!  I felt bad. 
He was pretty sad looking for about three weeks.  Tons of yellow leaves.  Droopy. 
Two weeks ago I pruned him back pretty good and look.  He's blooming.  I think he likes his new home.
Another survivor!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Whats growin' today???

It's probably been three months ago.  The neighbor up front moved out and we were cleaning up the lawn.  I, of course, had to grab some of the bulbs that  were there. 
I thought they were amaryllis.

I do a walk-a-bout everyday and am usually the one who spots someting blooming.
Not today. My honey spotted this.
Turns out what I thought was an amaryllis is actually Hymenocallis, a genus of the ammaryllis family.

I ran across a cool site while searching for the proper name of the bulb.

I was also excited to see the Alamanda seeds I had planted are sprouting.  I had grabbed a couple pods off a bush.  They have been sitting around for quite a while.  Not knowing whether they would grow or not, I planted 5 and 4 have sprouted.
Easy... that's what I like.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Whatever... Just Bloggin'

I've posted before about our squirrels (click)
They do entertain us while we have our saturday mornin' coffe
This guy decided we didn't hand out enough peanuts so he's takin' matters into his own paws and lookin' through my seed cache.
The other day I found random peanuts around the house. 
We sometimes keep our back door open and they help themselves to the stash.
They know where we keep the goods.
Sorry if you find feeding rodents offending, but it amuses us.
I've said it before...
We're simple people!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Timmy... I'm Still Lovin' You

Happy Anniversary to us
Four years ago we met at a place somewhere just north of Hell, I think.  On the corner of Tenth and Central.  I swear God arranged it.  We both did life wrong up to this point.  Lost everything too many times.  Had more than our share of do-overs.  I think He thought we couldn't stand another failed attempt so He stepped in. 
Never before have I known what it was like to feel safe.  I never knew what it was like to trust the one you're with... until you.
Our life is simple.  But it's paid for.  
What we thought was an impossibility... we have accomplished. 
Our "Little Girls"
and the wind in our face... once again

Thursday, September 10, 2009

High "Tech" Anxiety III

Another post in the series High "Tech" Anxiety

There is a happy ending so it's OK

Please leave a supply of strong sedatives next to the hose bib if you are going to have me come to your house to water and your plants look like this.
This particular woman does not want us to prune or to spray.
Just water please.
Now I admit, here, there is a reason for not spraying. She raises butterfly's. I believe she should invest in some ladybugs or something. Or have a nice neighbor who doesn't care that the scale is now sucking the life out of the moss growing between the pavers.
The not pruning thing is beyond me. Do people really find a tuft of foliage at the end of a 3' snake-like limb attractive? I wonder. Anyway. It stresses me out. Just let me loose with some pruners.
This whole place is like the cottage garden gone bad.

Like I said there is a happy ending.

I got a cutting off this wonderful desert rose.
~Adenium Obesum~

And I got some pink  Ruellia. I have some of the "Purple Showers" so I thought this was a necessary addition to the family. Snip, snip.
I just have to bathe the cutting in some soap to get the critters of them.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Random Ramblin

A view of the Gulf of Mexico.

(It must suck to wake up and have to look at this!!!)

I don't know the name of this piece but it's cool

(just my opinion)

My job takes me a lot of different places.
I've learned to always carry my camera.
Except for today.
It turned out to be a good thing 'cause I lost my rain-gear off the back of my bike and I was going to wrap my camera inside it.
My honey would have been pretty disappointed as we just got the thing about a month ago. My other camera died (click).

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Big Plants... small spaces

I must start by saying I love my job.
I get to see things as they grow.  Watch how the seasons affect the plants.  Meet people.

With that in mind...I am human and as I would never address a client like this,
It is my blog and I can pretty much say whatever I want.
That being said...
Before your plants are to the point of puking thier guts out of the pot...
get a larger container!  Do some root pruning!  Whatever.
Have you ever tried to shove your size 9 foot into a size 6 shoe?  I have and it sucks.
Well, how do you think this plant feels? 
Do you know what it's like to get some water into the pot?  Let alone enough to last till the next time I visit.

Big Plants... small spaces.  It doesn't work! 

Here we have a nice little Bismarkia Nobilis.

The homeowner tucked it nicely under a Ligustrum.
Half way between the house and the wall where the boug lives.  Exists might be a better choice of words. The sticks in back... that's the boug.

Here we have a mature Bismarkia.
Beautiful isn't it?
I see it all the time...
Big Plants... Small Spaces.
It doesn't work

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Pineapple Orange Yum Yum

So, I'm no food photographer. I just like pics with my posts.

Don't let the photograph fool ya

This stuff is like a citrus celebration for the taste buds!!!

1 yellow cake mix

(don't follow box instructions)

1/2 C veggie oil

4 eggs

11 oz Mandarin Oranges (undrained)

Place all the stuff in a bowl and stir

Pour into a 9 1/2 x 11 cake pan.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 min.
Frosting: 20 oz crushed pineapple (undrained)
1 pkg. vanilla instant pudding
1 tub Cool Whip
Mix pudding and pineapple together. Fold in Cool Whip.
Store in fridge till cake is cool.
Store cake in the fridge.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

One man's trash is another mans treasure

I was stunned when I found out Air Potatoes (Dioscorea bulbifera) are being sold on the Internet. I worked with a guy from Ohio who had me out gathering them with him so he could take them back up north. WHATEVER! They're pretty enough until they have engulfed your landscape.
Then there are all kinds of sites on "How To Grow Spanish Moss"
(Tillandsia usneoides)
There's even a person on Daves Gardens that has it on her tradelist.
I guess there is the southern ambiance thing going on.
Old oaks dripping in the stuff.
It's great when a big wad of it gets caught in the mower. Or how the hurricane force winds blow it from the trees and piles of it lay like so many cow pies in your yard.

One mans trash is another mans treasure

I guess we all see things differently. In one part of the country we're rootin' out and pullin' up. In another... they're wondering how to propagate it.
Go figure