Monthly Archives: April 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together!

Together…squash blossom and patty pan squash…the existence of one is totally dependent on the other.

Genesis 1: 11 ‑ 12

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed‑bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

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BuzzzZZZZZZ…..like a Bee!

This past Saturday, the Hubs and I were enjoying our morning cup of coffee on the front porch.  We live in a ranch style community and typically there is very little traffic on our street.  On this particular morning we heard what sounded like a truck coming down the road…yes it’s that quite…the sound was getting closer and closer, until the sound was upon us but there was no sign of a vehicle. 

Upon closer inspection…

We discovered that we were being checked out…

By a colony of beeezzzz  that were in search of new residence.

They buzzed around our big oak tree for about 20 minutes…before deciding it was not suitable for there needs.  I have to say that I was happy to see them go.  It was an amazzzing site to see….buzzzzing beeezzzz!

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Appearances can be deceiving

By all appearances…Suncreek Garden is going to provide a bountiful harvest this summer.

Farmer Hubs and I have been extremely excited by the overall appearance of this years plantings.  The tomatoes have grown by leaps and bounds and are heavy with fruit.  The cucumber and squash plants are covered with an abundance of flowers and the veggies are beginning to mature.  The bell pepper and hot pepper plants are the show offs and are almost ready for harvest.  I would say that overall things are looking very promising. 

However, upon closer inspection…Our garden is in the midst of a family crisis.

A few challenges that have popped up almost overnight…The cucumber plants are like unruly teenagers.  They have a mind of their own are wandering here and there with no regard for rules or boundaries.  Our beautiful over zealous tomato plants have come down with some sort of childhood disease…spots…Stemphylium Grey Leaf Spot!  The tomato version of  the measles.

Grey leaf spot is a fungal disease found in crops all over the world.  The spores flourish in warm environments, where there is alternation between wet and dry periods.  I have read that once the disease has set in it cannot be reversed.  The main harm that the disease causes to the Tomato plant is it impedes the maturation of seedling plants.  The expanding brown, grey yellow lesions on the affected plants slowly dry and leave holes in the leaves.  In particularly severe cases it can cause the whole leaf to fall off.  The loss of the leaves can result in the sunburn of the fruits.  The disease in itself does not affect the fruit.

Our leaf spots only recently showed up…after our plants were fully matured.  We believe the onset of our problem was caused by watering using a sprinkler instead of hand watering the plants at the roots.  I have read that we should remove the affected leaves…but that would mean our plants would be left bare and naked…with no protection for the fruit. 

We did not experience this with last years tomato crop.  However, this year we chose to only plant heirloom varieties.  I would have thought the older seed varieties would be less susceptible to disease.  Only time will tell if we can overcome this gardening challenge.

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Mellow Yellow…

As I have mentioned before…most of the flowers in my garden were gifted to me by my Dad.  I have about a dozen assorted daylilys, 6 Amaryllis and a confederate rose I consider Heritage Plants .  These photos were taken today, April 27, 2012.  For today’s post I have only shared the daylilys that are shades of yellow.

The shade of yellow determines the meaning. Pure, bright and sunny yellow is the easiest color to see. People who are blind to other colors can usually see yellow. Yellow is full of creative and intellectual energy. Always use yellow note pads.

Yellow symbolizes wisdom. Yellow means joy and happiness. People of high intellect favor yellow. Yellow daffodils are a symbol of unrequited love. Sunday’s color is yellow-gold.

Yellow Energy

Like the energy of a bright sunny day, yellow brings clarity and awareness. The shade of yellow determines its effect: Yellow-green can mean deceit, and creates a disoriented feeling. Orange-yellow imparts a sense of establishment. Clean light yellow clears the mind, making it active and alert.

Put some yellow in your life when you want:

  • clarity for decision-making
  • relief from ‘burnout’, panic, nervousness, exhaustion
  • sharper memory and concentration skills
  • protection from lethargy and depression during dull weather

Color information provided by http://crystal-cure.com/yellow.html

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Xel-Ha

In 2008 we took a little vacation south of the border…and landed in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  We took up residence at the Iberostar, Quetzal all-inclusive resort located on the beautiful Playacar Beach. 

Our visit was filled with food, fun and sun…we swam, snorkeled and parasailed.  We shopped in the small town of Playa del Carmen…and enjoyed the entertainment at the infamous Carlos and Charlies. 

About 4 days into our little getaway we decided to spend the day at Xel Ha. The worlds largest aquarium…if you have ever gazed into a saltwater aquarium and wondered what it would be like…or if you have ever seen the Don Knots movie, The Incredible Mr. Limpet and thought “I wish I were a Fish”,  then Xel Ha can make that dream come true.

Xel Ha is a natural park composed of a group of inlets, lagoons, cenotes and caves.  A low deciduous forest and water system that is a mix of the salty waters from the Caribbean Sea  and fresh water from springs from underground rivers from the Yucatan Peninsula. Xel Ha’s rainforest is home to over 100 species of birds and over 230 varieties of plants, flowers and trees.  It’s lagoon is home to more than 90 marine species.

Xel Ha offers a wide variety of water related activities.  We floated through the mangrove forest…we did a little cave diving…we snorkeled…we hung out in the greatest hammocks ever made…and we swam with the fish!!!  It was like swimming in a giant aquarium with Mr. Limpet.

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Whatever…is

This is one of my favorite bible verses… “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8…I choose to think on such things…

Whatever…. anything or everything, no matter what…is,

True…honest, just, ideal, essential, conformable to a standard…is,

Honorable… attesting to creditable conduct, consistent with an untarnished reputation…is,

Right…being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper ; suitable, appropriate, genuine, real…is,

Pure…containing nothing that does not properly belong…is,

Lovely…delightful for beauty, harmony, or grace…is,

Admirable…deserving the highest esteem…is excellent and praise worthy!

Day Lily…Daylilies are perennial plants. This name alludes to the attractive flowers which typically last no more than 24 hours. The flowers of most species open in early morning and wither during the following night, possibly replaced by another one on the same flower stalk the next day. Some species are night-blooming. Daylilies are not commonly used as cut flowers for formal flower arranging, yet they make good cut flowers otherwise as new flowers continue to open on cut stems over several days.

Iris…There are over 260 species of Iris’.  They are a perennial herb.  There name is taken from the Greek word meaning rainbow. Iris’ are found growing in a wide range of climates; from the riverbanks of Europe to North America.

Agapanthas…also know as Lily of the Nile, but it is not a lily.  This lovely flower mostly blooms in the summer…but it has graced our garden a little early this year. 

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Variegation…variegated…variety…

My flower beds are filled with a variety of day lilies and Amaryllis that were gifted to me by my Dad.  The flowers vary in color from one plant to the next. There is also variety within the individual flower…This is the time of year when the plants are full of buds.  In keeping with their name every day there is a new bloom to admire and enjoy and photograph.  They are like little gifts from my Dad sprinkled throughout my flower beds and my day. 

Variegation is the appearance of differently coloured zones in the leaves, and sometimes the stems, of plants. This may be due to a number of causes. Some variegation is attractive and ornamental and gardeners tend to preserve these. The term is also sometimes used to refer to colour zonation in flowers, minerals, and the skin, fur, feathers or scales of animals. (according to Wikipedia)

Variegated is having streaks, marks, or patches of a different color or colors; varicolored: Distinguished or characterized by variety; diversified.

Variety is the state of being varied or diversified: to give variety to a diet, difference; discrepancy; a number of different types of things, especially ones in the same general category: a large variety of fruits. A kind or sort, a different form, condition, or phase of something. (Websters Dictionary)

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