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My husband has always wanted a cactus garden.  I on the other hand am less than interested.  My lack of enthusiasm comes from an incident as a child when I ended up in the cactus garden…not one of my happier memories.

My husband finally has his cactus garden…It is a beautiful mix…and it’s not very likely that I will take tumble into it, but only time will tell.

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An Amaryllis for Arlee…

Well we are off and running…It’s the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge!  This is my third year to participate in the A-Z Challenge.

Welcome to my little piece of the blogosphere.  This will be my third year to participate in the challenge.  I hope to experience the world through your A-Z postings!

Arlee Bird this flower is for you!!!  Thank you for hosting the challenge.  What a great way to experience the world… one letter at a time.

A is for Amaryllis

The amaryllis is a flowering bulb which originated in the subtropical regions of the Americas.  Amaryllis blooms in warm seasons, producing stalks ranging from twelve to twenty-four inches tall. The stalks each have up to six flowers which can be red, pink, white or variegated.  The amaryllis was discovered in Peru in June of 1867.

The Greek story of Amaryllis reveals her as a shepherdess who loved a shepherd possessing the strength of Hercules, and the beauty of Apollo. He was called Alteo, and he loved only flowers. He desired a woman who would bring him a new flower. Amaryllis, in an effort to capture his love, appeared at Alteo’s door each night for thirty days, dressed in white. With each appearance she pierced her heart with a golden arrow. On her final appearance, Alteo at last opened his door to find a beautiful crimson flower, created from the blood of Amaryllis’s heart.

The amaryllis bulb’s claim to fame is its ability to bloom for up to 75 years, proof of the determination and pride that this flower has come to symbolize.

I would also like to thank all of the dedicated A-Z Blogger Co-Hosts…Here’s to a month of A-Zing!!!

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Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/
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L. Diane Wolfe at Spunk on a Stick’s Tips  
Nicole at The Madlab Post  

Read more: History of the Amaryllis Flower | Garden Guides http://www.gardenguides.com/134275-history-amaryllis-flower.html#ixzz2PAhMfzvS

Read more: Meaning of an Amaryllis | Garden Guides http://www.gardenguides.com/130660-meaning-amaryllis.html#ixzz2PAgEvxgD


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

A single solitary piece of fruit on our pomelo, pomello, pumello tree…


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Wordless Wednesday…A n t i c i p a t i o n


Anticipation…realization in advance, foretaste, expectation of the flavor that can only come from a home-grown tomato!


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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


This post is part of the Blogging Challenge: A to Z April Challenge.  This post is brought to you by the letter “Y”!


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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. 


This blog post is part of the Blogging Challenge: A to Z April Challenge.  This post is brought to you by the letter “W”!


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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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Suncreek Garden Chronicles: Tall Tall Trees…

Tall tall trees…wait those aren’t trees they’re tomatoes!!!  It looks like Farmer Hubs is going to have a stellar tomato crop.  The plants are quite impressive.  They seem to be growing at least 2″ a week…the stems are as thick as my thumb…the leaves are large and dark green…and the plants are heavy with fruit…some plants have as many as 10 tomatoes clustered together.

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Weekly Archive Photo Challenge: “P”…pattypan…squash

This week’s topic for our A-Z ARCHIVE Tuesday’s photo challenge: the letter “P”: introduce one photo of your own archive with a “P” keyword. I’m sure you’ll find a picture in your own shoe boxes to scan – tag with “A-Z Archive” and put a link on your page to my site, so we’ll get a trackback-list including your post!

Our 2012 Suncreek Garden is planted and doing quite well.  However this is an archive photo from last years garden…PattyPan Squash is a very delicate summer squash…it is my favorite!


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