Glory's Garden

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

Don't get any funny ideas!

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My Peeps!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Z is for Zoomin'

The last letter of the alphabet is upon us, Z and Z is for Zoomin'. A moment some of us didn't think could come soon enough is finally here, the last installment of the alternately nerve-wracking, exhilarating, inspiring and/or infuriating A-Z Blogging Challenge is here.

Yay? I may be odd--most likely I am-- but I'm not at all thrilled with an end to this. I actually liked this April experiment. Anyway, Z is for Zoomin'.

Zoomin'? What's that mean? Apparently, different things to sundry people.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Y is for Yearning for Yarn



 Almost at the end of April's A-Z Blogging Challenge. We're on Y and Y is for yearning for yarn. Why would anyone--sane or otherwise-- yearn for yarn? Why don't you ask a crocheter or knitter?They certainly will tell you.


Ain't he cute?


Friday, April 27, 2012

X is Xanadu

Yep, the April A-Z Blogging Challenge is almost to the end...almost, but not quite. We're on X and X is for Xanadu.

What the heck is Xanadu?  Glad you asked.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

W is for Winnowing




Heading into the home stretch, April's A-Z Blogging challenge is on W and W is for Winnowing. Do you know what winnowing is? It's likely you at least will have heard of it.







Wednesday, April 25, 2012

V is for Violets

For the A-Z Blogging Challenge V is for Violets, but not just any Violets....Violet's in Bloom. I'll explain why at the end, but first...

When Doves Cry by Prince (or the artist formerly known as Prince or the Hieroglyphics which seemed to represent Prince for a while.)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

U is for Uncle Mac's Garden Shed




The A-Z Blogging Challenge takes a turn into the bizarre, the strange, the wacky with U. Why? Because U is for Uncle Mac's Garden Shed and if you've been anywhere near Uncle Mac's Garden Shed, you'll know there's no telling what you'll find there.





Monday, April 23, 2012

T is for Tea

T is for Tea in our A-Z Blogging Challenge. What kind of tea? The herbal variety, of course, because that is what I like.



Wild Camellia sinensis AKA black tea





 I'm not at all certain I could even grow the regular kind. No, I'm sure I can't, not in my Pocono Mountain garden. Orange Pekoe, black and green teas are grown in warm temperate regions is my understanding. I'm sure I would need a heated greenhouse for such, and frankly, I can name several things other than tea I'm more interested in growing within a heated greenhouse.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

S is for Spring in Fast-Forward

 A-Z Blogging Challenge is up to the letter S and S is for Spring in fast forward. How can spring come in fast forward. Well, I'll tell you!

Tom and I saw Spring in fast forward when we went down South. When we left Pennsylvania we had a few early spring bloomers like Forsythia, Daffodils,Star Magnolias and the Maples and ornamental Cherry trees had started to bloom as well.

Friday, April 20, 2012

R is for Relaxing

R is for Relaxing in this our...what day are we up to now? Ah yes, eighteenth day of April's A-Z Blogging Challenge.
Why, yes, I did finally get Tom to relax

Relaxing is as relaxing does, or so I say. What one person finds relaxing can be totally nerve-wracking to the next. For instance, I find the twittering of birds to be quite soothing, but I suppose that is because I'm a country girl. A city dweller might prefer to shoot the very same bird for disturbing his peace and may think nothing of blaring sirens and the loud, discordant music coming through the walls of his apartment. That would be hell to me!



Thursday, April 19, 2012

Q is for Queen of the world by Glory Lennon

 The A-Z Blogging Challenge hasn't bored you yet I hope, because it's going onto Q now and at Glory's Garden Q is for Queen of the world. 

*Sidebar-- shameless self promotion begins now! You have been warned--end sidebar.*


What's that you say? You think I'm talking about me? Silly you! I'm not the queen of the world. Violet is. That is to say, Victor believes her to be the queen of his world. Who are Violet and Victor? Why just the main characters of Violet's in Bloom my serialized romance novel. There's a whole other blog for this story and everything!

Any of you who have written a novel (or short story), attempted to write a novel and/or dream of writing a novel someday may already know this, but I'll say it anyway. Characters within any story, at times, take on a life of their own. That is to say, the writer, in essence, loses control of her own story. Often, these characters, who, because of the close relationship between the creator and the created, become alternately intimate friends, alter-egos and/or jealous rivals.

I have to admit this is what happened with me and Violet's In Bloom.  My characters pretty much took over the project and the writer--me in this case-- is merely along for the ride. Perhaps we should call ourselves the narrator then? In any case, the writer of said novel may have had a clear vision of what the story involved, where the story was going and exactly what would happen throughout, but then an odd thing happens. The characters start dictating the storyline, deviating from the original score--sometimes completely!-- new characters never dreamed of before appear out of nowhere and become an intrinsic part of the plot shifting the story this way and that and...well, you can imagine. 

Or can you?
Victor proposing to Violet for the second time or it the third?

 Until you've tried it, perhaps not. But no matter. The point is, Victor always thought of Violet as a precious being whom he wishes with all his heart to one day make his own. Violet, on the other hand is trying with all her might to resist him and it's taken 110 chapters (they are relatively short chapters, a new one posted each Monday barring disasters like too much time spent gardening with little time left for writing) and still Violet's In Bloom is only three-quarters of the way to the end of the tunnel...if Violet and Victor do not make another twist in the endlessly curvy road which is my story.

Oh, did I mention there is an Alternate Violet? That is to say, someone--who shall remain slightly nameless-- decided to poke fun at what he called my never-ending epic and to shake things up even more by writing an alternate Violet storyline with an intriguing character by the name of Lacey Delacroix. As if Violet's in Bloom needed that! This person, who seems to reside in Uncle Mac's Garden Shed has a wicked sense of humor. I so loved this alternate Violet story that I even incorporated some of it as a dream for Violet...a rather disturbing one of the pineapple kind. You'd have to read it to understand.
Lacey Delacriox, not to be confused with naive little Violet

Ah, well, such is life when you allow the Queen of the World to take over your story. Can I even call it my story anymore? Your guess is as good as mine!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

O is for Overstuffed

In the next thrilling installment of our April's A-Z Blogging Challenge O is for Overstuffed.


Some have over stuffed closets...that would be me, determined pack rat that I am.



Monday, April 16, 2012

N is for Nothing

The A-Z Blogging Challenge is up to the letter N and N is for nothing.


Don't you just love it when you have nothing to worry about, nothing to complain about and nothing wrong with your world?






Saturday, April 14, 2012

M is for Magnolia

For the A-Z Blogging Challenge M is for Magnolia, the Star Magnolia to be precise.


The Star Magnolia (M. Stellata) is a deciduous shrub growing in zones 4-8. It can get 10 feet tall with a 20 foot wide spread and is very slow growing. It gets its name from the somewhat star-shaped flowers most unlike other Magnolias.

Friday, April 13, 2012

L is for Litter

Still with the A-Z Blogging Challenge and L is for litter...litter of the pretty type, that is. Tom and I were at a botanical garden somewhere in the Belmont, North Carolina. We weren't even out of the parking lot when we saw the prettiest litter you'll ever see.




Thursday, April 12, 2012

K is for Kneeling

K is for kneeling today on this eleventh day of the A-Z blogging challenge. Gardener, as you should know do a heck of a lot of kneeling when out in the yard, but to tell you the truth, I don't like to kneel. Hurts my knees, it does.


So, instead I do my weeding while sitting.  Of course, that can get your toochie dirty and, in the case of my swampy garden, wet. That makes for rather uncomfortable weeding and I prefer to make weeding--which I find quite enjoyable unlike so many others-- as comfortable as possible. That way I can do it more often and for longer spans of time.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

J is for Julie's Kids


The A-Z Blogging Challenge continues with J and J is for Julie's kids.

I said I would tell you about our visit to Wooly Acres to see Julie's kids, so let's start with the goat kind.

There is an influx of kids for Julie this year, possibly more than she's ever had. Six new babies!





 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I is for Icy-sticky stuff by Glory Lennon

I is for icy-sticky stuff. I'm betting you think this rather strange thing to make for the next A-Z blogging challenge. It's my overwintered tomato plant's fault. It is exuding icy-sticky stuff and I really don't know what it is.

Monday, April 9, 2012

H is for Hyacinths by Glory Lennon

H is for hyacinths for the A-Z blogging challenge. Don't you love them? These come out about this time of year in gardens, but many folks just like to have them in the house.

Why would they do that? Because you can usually find hyacinths in bloom in supermarkets and florist shops. It's the winter blues that makes people eager for spring and forcing bulbs like these is an easy way to bring spring a bit early.





Saturday, April 7, 2012

G is for God and Gardeners by Glory Lennon

 G is for God and gardeners. Not certain if it is allowed in the A-Z blogging challenge to use two words for a letter, but I simply couldn't separate God and Gardeners. In my feeble mind they just go together...like sunshine and flowers, rain and waterfalls, clover and bunnies. Well, I think you get what I mean.


Friday, April 6, 2012

F is for Flowering Trees by Glory Lennon

A-Z Blogging Challenge keep hopping with F for flowering trees. Really, did you think F could stand for anything other than flowering trees at this glorious time of year?



Look at this beauty of a Crape Myrtle. It's rather different than most other crape myrtles of my acquaintance. The flowers are much smaller for instance. So much so that I didn't think it was a Crape Myrtle at all, but the exfoliating bark was a dead give-away. And there was the fact that it was labeled such and as we all know labels don't lie in botanical gardens...at least I hope they don't! That would totally throw me if they did!


Thursday, April 5, 2012

E is for Eliminating Stress by Glory Lennon

For April's A-Z Blogging Challenge E is for eliminating stress, Tommy stress to be precise. No-no-no! I don't get stressed from Tommy. I'm talking about getting rid of his stress, and boy does he have stress! He simply works too much, but occasionally I can help with that.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

D is For Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in NC by Glory Lennon

The A-Z Blogging challenge is going on with D is for Daniel Stowe Botanical garden in Belmont, NC.

This was a new one for us. WE had never seen it before mostly because we had never ventured to this part of North Carolina. It's located on the opposite side of a lake from where my brother lives so we never new it existed.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

C is for Crafting with Triangle Blocks

 Today, in keeping with our A-Z challenge C is for Crafting with triangle blocks.

Last Craft Tuesday I showed you how to make triangles out of squares. What I didn't show you is what to do with the triangle blocks once you did make them. That is what we're doing today, so get out your triangle blocks and get ready to play. I'm going to show you all the amazing designs you can make with just a few triangle blocks.
Sturdy denim potholders for Dan and Beth

Monday, April 2, 2012

B is for Bees

Continuing with April's A-Z Blogging Challenge today B is for Bees.

Recall if you will, when I said I wanted to learn about bees in the hope I could keep bees, honey bees in particular. Well, Tom and I went to Franklintown, PA for the workshop run by PennApic and we met Julie Helms there.


How lucky for Julie that it was just a hop, skip and jump away from her home at Wooly Acres, so I had the fun of visiting with her and her kids--both human and of the goat variety--and also learn about bees.




Sunday, April 1, 2012

April's A-Z challenge begins!

A is for Alexandra Heep who just informed me through Facebook--Yes, that again--that April's A-Z challenge is starting up again. I've told you about Alexandra. She writes on all sorts of topics and owns several blogs too. She even co-writes or ghost-writes for her Kitty Princess Gracie over at Gracie's Sunflower Patch.

A is also for apple