Glory's Garden

All the world's a garden, you know, and we are mere flowers within it. Come, I'll show you!

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Friday, December 30, 2011

In winter desperation

Tom and I wake up on Christmas morning huddled together for warmth and he says exactly what I'm thinking--this isn't unusual, he does it all the time-- he says: "We should have gone away."

I know the feeling and that feeling is bitter cold, my winter desperation. We didn't want to get out of bed. It was too cold out of it! Yes, I have a warm house--warmish, anyway-- but it simply doesn't feel warm without the sun and gosh-darn-it the sun's been barely making an appearance lately. Whenever it does show up, I stand at the window basking in the faint rays. Hmm, I may be turning into a cat!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Going to extremes for blossoms

A while back...let's say some time in the of my Facebook friends asked about hydrangeas. Her problem was that her plant never bloomed. After ascertaining that her particular hydrangea grande flora--you know, those big, showy, mop-top ones-- was simply not hardy enough for her climate, I explained a method I discovered to help in such a situation.

Let me clarify one thing. The hydrangea was root hardy which meant it survived the winter and she always had foliage, but as hydrangeas produce flowers on old wood, if she didn't find some way to keep those stems and branches from dying during the cold winter months, she would never get flowers.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

More tropical gardens

Because I'm feeling especially forlorn without my sunny days, I wish to indulge in some tropical gardens. Crotons on parade! Love those vibrant colors.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Me and my Knitting looms

It’s Crafting Tuesday. Crafting is a big part of my life, so I’m taking Tuesday as the day for talking crafts. As much as I would like to be in the garden all the time, all year long, my short growing season and perpetual inclement weather-- I must do something inside and that is where sewing, crocheting, knitting and other crafts come to save my sanity.

If you follow my Thursday posts on Self Reliance Works, you'll know I love my knitting looms. Why? Well, I find them super easy to work with. I can start and finish a project in just a few hours and sometimes, in just a few minutes, such as my spool knifty knitter candy cane ornament which took all of ten minutes! Which begs the question, why didn't I make more of them for my Charlie Brown Christmas tree? Ah, well, there is always next year.
4-loom set

Monday, December 26, 2011

Garden at the Villa

While most people would be too busy being lazy sunning themselves beside the pool, I was taking a tour of the garden villas...or more accurately put, the garden at our particular villa.

Friday, December 23, 2011

If the Grinch can figure it out....

And the who's down in Who-ville stand close together, hand in hand with Christmas bells ringing for a Christmas Day sing:

♫…Fa-who-for-rays, Da-who-dor-rays,

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Going bananas

On the perimeter of the villa property we found a long row of banana plants growing. Talk about going bananas for banana plants.

Oh, you do know Bananas are not trees, right? Know why? They have no bark. They are just really tall perennials.

Not too many folks know that there are many varieties of banana, some sweet, some bland, some for raw eating and some which should only be consumed after cooking and all of them have a taste all their own. Those living in northern climes don't get to have but one kind of banana, Cavendish. Yes, they are good, but it's a pity we don't get to taste the others. Ah well, perhaps in another life we'll all get to go bananas for a while.

The leaves of the banana plant are often used in cooking. No, they are not eaten, but food is wrapped within the leaves and then either baked, boiled or steamed. Funny, huh? The many uses of plants still boggle the mind. Now if I could only have my own banana plant in my house...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My own Charlie Brown Christmas tree

This will be the first time in about ten years we're to stay home for Christmas.  Why this is the case is that Brandon and Tyler are now homeowners and their new home isn't. Isn't new, I mean. It needs a lot done to it before they can live in it. We're talking a new heating system, floors, baths, appliances, the works. Some of the work they can do themselves, but they do need a knowledgeable supervisor of sorts and that would be Tom. So, that's what they will be doing instead of wandering off to a warm place. ~Where is my extra sweater?~
Justin loves Brandon and Tyler's new house

Anyway, I rarely decorate for the holidays ordinarily because I figure, "What's the use if I won't be around to see it?" Well, this time I will be so...I wanted a Christmas tree. But I am the new Lorax, you know, and the thought of getting a cut tree sent an evil shiver up my spine. Yes, I see the cut Christmas tree stands all over town, at Agway, next to the auto shop, at the garden centers, well, everywhere! And I can only think of the massacre.
This tree in front of the house is to be dug up and replanted elsewhere. A job for Tom's new toy.

Yes, I know they are grown specifically for this holiday. I know farmers grow more and more of them each year as the demand grows and therefore there are always more trees being planted--a great thing in my view--- and I try to tell myself that it is no different than cut flowers, sort of like a dozen long stemmed red roses given to a lover. Alas, I cannot convince myself of this. Flowers, for instance the cut-and-come again Zinnia or the perennial favorite the daisy, when you cut a flower, another takes its place. Not so with Christmas trees. Once it is cut, the roots are useless and need to be dug up for mulch.
Oh, the humanity!

Balsam firs, spruces and other evergreens used for Christmas trees normally grow about half a foot a year and when properly tended and overly fed, possibly more. This means that 6 foot tree you see in the store is about 6-10 years old and that 10 foot tree was similarly 10-14 years old when their lives were snuffed out. So, when that 80-100 foot high tree is erected at Rockefeller Center or on the White House lawn you can imagine I just about cry. That's at the very least 40-50 years of growth down the drain. Oy, the humanity! Okay, maybe not humanity, but there is no word for this mass flora genocide.

Yes, I know getting a cut tree is tradition. Doesn't mean I like it. So, when I said I wanted a Christmas tree, I never mean a cut one. I could go the artificial way, but have you seen the prices for those at the store??? WOWSA! I'd just as soon not have one at all. We had, when we first got this house, bought live Christmas trees complete with root ball which we would plant out in the yard. That worked out fine, but only when we first recalled to dig a hole for the proposed tree sometime in October saving the soil for back fill and hoping it doesn't freeze solid, as sometimes happens. After years of this practice, we ran out of room for trees. So much for that!

Christmas trees become yard ornaments and homes for the birds

So, how was I to get a Christmas tree without going against my illogical principals and without hurting a poor tree which should live to be much older and bigger? Well, this is where Brandon and Tyler's new dwelling came into play. The land on which their house resides is overcrowded with trees. Some have to come down in order to make the driveway big enough for both their cars and some are growing too close to the house, dangerously so. Well, Tommy saw a smallish Eastern Hemlock which was in a bad spot, too close to the house, and if allowed to grow there it would end up damaging the foundation of the house. No, this one had to go and it ended up at my house.

If you know anything about Hemlocks, then you'll know why I call it a Charlie Brown tree. This poor little tree, growing amongst kindred giants with little sunlight and less proper tending, well, let's just say it made for an unusual Christmas tree, limbs sparse and weak. I doubt anyone will envy me this tree.
Is there such a thing as a Christmas Shrub?
Am I complaining? Oh no! I think it's cute in a sort of pathetic way. I also like that this particular tree will have a little flash of grandeur before it makes it's way outside for me to snip its branches to be useful around my more delicate plants, much like a winter blanket. I hope that is how most people will use their cut Christmas trees after the holidays. If not, bring them on over to my house and I will put them to use. Nothing from nature should be wasted, after all. Such is my belief, silly as it may be.
All dress up for Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! I always liked your tree best of all.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Recycle yarn

It’s Crafting Tuesday. Crafting is a big part of my life, so I’m taking Tuesday as the day for talking crafts. As much as I would like to be in the garden all the time, all year long, my short growing season and perpetual bad weather, I must do something inside the house and that is where sewing, crocheting, knitting and other crafts come to save my sanity.

When I have a new knitting or crocheting project in mind, I always first go to my stash looking for the re-used knitting yarn. I rarely have to head to the store to find the perfect skein for a project. I almost always have it right here in my craft room.

How did I ever think of re-using yarn? Well, let me tell you a little tale.

Can't tell these are re-used knitting yarn, can you?

Monday, December 19, 2011

The real dragons

Raymond Alexander Kukkee of Incoming Bytes  has written guest posts for Glory's Garden in the past--recall if you will his guide to making bonsai and he has, once or thrice, mentioned my musings about maples and sundry other gardening topics on his blog.  Alas, I am sad to inform you, he, the poor dear, has now gone off the deep end.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Will the pilfering ever cease?

Yes, I have been pilfering again, and to answer the question, not likely will I ever cease. It's a sickness I tell ya, and frankly, I've yet to find a seed pilferers anonymous. In my defense, I had forgotten about this little...shall we call it borrowing of plant material? I remembered only after I unpacked from our trip to the Dominican. No, I didn't get these from there. I would have been hanged by the agriculture czar if I had! No, these came from the USA, harvested, snagged, pilfered and/or stolen somewhere along our route from Pennsylvania to Florida...I just don't quite recall where.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A trip to New Hampshire

I promised to tell you about our trip to New Hampshire. I like to keep my promises.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Visit to Kip's Castle

We took a detour on our way home from New Hampshire...oh, wait, I forgot to tell you about that trip, didn't I? I'll do that tomorrow... Promise! For now I'll tell you of our detour which took us to Essex county, New Jersey.
Frederic Kip himself in a portrait done by the prominent artist Irvin Wiles

You may be asking why we would go from New Hampshire to New Jersey instead of straight home to Pennsylvania. I mean to say, at that point we had driven almost 900 miles and we were a bit stiff from such a long time in the car and we should have been eager to get home, but we weren't.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Crocheted Christmas Stocking: Guest post by MJ Joachim

Crocheted Christmas Stocking Guidelines
You can use any of your favorite crochet stitches to make delightful Christmas stockings for anyone on your list. Personally, I prefer using doily thread to make my stockings. However, you can use whatever thread works best for the desired effect of your intended stocking.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Horseback riding with Justin

In thing we do as a family in the Dominican...okay, part of a horseback riding. Justin loves it!
Happy camper is Justin!

The first few years he had a buddy ride with him, but he's so experienced now he can go it alone. Boy, is he happy about that!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Winter wonderland

I awoke yesterday to a winter wonderland. I have to say, it looked exceedingly beautiful and I thought I'd share it. Although, I'm sure many of you have quite enough of the white stuff--I know I do--but there is always something special when it's the first time in the season that you get to see every tree, shrub and mailbox covered in snow.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Some inhabitants of the Everglades

So, there we were with a few hours to kill before we had to be at the airport and what should Tom decide to do? Why visit everglade and you should see some of the inhabitants we met!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I must confess

I must confess something. I've been pilfering again. This time chartreuse and burgundy colored Coleus in Orlando, Florida. I love Coleus.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Make a candy cane on a knitting spool loom

It’s Crafting Tuesday. Crafting is a big part of my life, so I’m taking Tuesday as the day for talking crafts. As much as I would like to be in the garden all the time, all year long, my short growing season and perpetual cloud bursts--yes, it tends to rain too much around here at times-- I must do something inside and that is where sewing, crocheting, knitting and other crafts come to save my sanity.

Just in time for Christmas, I thought I'd show you how I made this cute little candy cane using a knitting spool loom--the knifty knitter--and some scrap yarn. It just kind of popped into my head to do it and within a few minutes it was done. No, really, not more than fifteen minutes from start to finish.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Fort de la Carolina

Because you can only stay in a car, no matter how comfortable and entertained you may be with movies on CD, great music and lively chatting, you just gotta stop the car and get out every once in a while.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Swirling sherbert surprise

So, there we were somewhere along the way on our trip down south--Did you really think I know where I am at any given moment? I want to say Georgia, but I could be wrong...very likely I am!-- when the sky suddenly becomes a Swirling sherbert surprise.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Glory as bumble-bee

So, here I come home from holiday and one of the very first things I do is check my houseplants to see if Tyler did indeed water them as I had explicitly asked of him and what do I find? ~Well, besides an extremely messy house of which Tyler says, "It's not messy at all. What are you talking about?" But that, my friends, is another post entirely.~

I found this! Baby tomatoes growing on my window sill, the very one I confiscated from the sunbathing cats. Now, I'm betting you're sitting there saying, "So, what? Like she hasn't grown tomatoes before? She's already told us she has, indoors, too. So, what's the big deal?"