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Friday, September 28, 2018

A lively little garden, and a little Poppy story

Usually by late September or early October I've grown tired of the weeds and grass in the teeny tiny garden and cleared everything out. 

This year is different. Come peep through the fence...
the mystery vine keeps growing and seems determined to reach every corner before the first frost...


there are at least four mystery melons that look like watermelons. Poppy says these are citron melons?? Remember all the pretty citron melon seeds, and the preserves, a few years ago???


and the zinnias keep blooming and here late in the season one gomphrena plant has volunteered and come up, probably from a tiny seed left in the soil last year. You can see it there in the center back with the little purple blooms.

This little garden has taken on a life of it's own and I love it!

Even the collards are living...that's shocking!

and the stir-fry broccoli plants and marigolds look healthy...

We're not getting lots of vegetables, just peppers and okra, but that's okay. I like the pretty part..



okay, I'm sure you've seen and heard enough about the garden. 

So, here's something cute to share with you! 

Poppy was looking for one of his old yearbooks. He wanted to show me a cute little girl that used to flirt with him in seventh grade. Well, here's what he found...


A card he made for his mom on Mother's Day. Poppy says he remembers his mom laughing because of his spelling, "pitcher". How could any mom have kept from laughing. It's so funny!


I've sure she told Poppy how much she appreciated the card. She loved all her children, very much! Poppy seems to have turned out pretty normal to me. :)


old report cards. He made good grades too!

Better get busy. I just may go pick up a couple of fish plates for supper. Anything to get out of cooking once in a while!! :)

Love,
Henny

44 comments:

  1. Henny, its amazing for me to see that you still have a garden. I just went outside to feed the birds and squirrels and I saw that my Zinnia's were all frost bitten and dead. Just too cold here for a garden. The card your husband made as a boy is adorable. Its wonderful to be able to look back and have such memories!

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    1. I can't imagine seeing frost. I think that would make us happy. :) We are still having hot, very humid weather. I am enjoying the garden though. Thank you!!

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  2. Oh sweet Henny, I love Poppy's "pitcher." LOL In his little plaid shirt, so cute. That plate of peppers is beautiful. I feel tire of working around some of my plants and also want to clear it all out. But your garden is still looking fine. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Thank you Susie. We have had the hottest September on record. A little fall weather would feel good.

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  3. Poppy's pitcher :) made me laugh. Kids are so funny. And it's wonderful that he has kept these little treasures.I get a kick out of stuff my grandkids bring home to their parents now. Your garden is enjoying a long life this year. Ours is, too. My herbs are still healthy, brocolli, carrots and cauliflower doing well and tonight I just picked another bunch of yellow beans for dinner. The weather was so hot and humid this summer it really affected the plants. Nice to see your post and sending everyone a big hug.

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    1. Thank you Deb. It still feels like summer here. Hot and humid. I almost bought a pack of yellow seed beans to try. Maybe next year I will do that. You make them sound good.

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  4. Your garden really is pretty!
    I love the card and the "pitcher". If I was his mom I would have kept that one too.

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  5. Your garden is still so lush and green!! And that plate of peppers looks almost fake ( I know it isn't).
    Poppy's grade 5 picture is cute. Little M. had picture day to day ( grade 4). He wore a white shirt and tie ( his choice). He said he got really hot playing outside at recess all dressed up.

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    1. Oh, I bet Little M. was cute as a butt all dressed up. Aren't they sweet at that age? Sure wish other vegetables and flowers would grow as well as peppers do in the garden. Thank you Granny Marigold.

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  6. Your garden looks wonderful... and I've never heard of a citron melon (had to look it up).

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    1. Thank you Rian. My dad always said citron melons were good for nothing but hog food. They do make good preserves though.

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  7. Your garden has definitely taken on a life of it's own. Surprising. Interesting to haul out some of the old treasures.

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    1. Thank you Red. It is fun to look back at old school pictures.

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  8. I know what you mean about cooking!
    Your garden does look like it's have a good time now that the real work is done.

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    1. That may be why I am enjoying it so much now. It is doing it's own thing now. :) Thank you Linda.

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  9. Oh my gosh, such nice treasures. And a beautiful garden too.

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  10. Hello Henny - I like your postings- the adventures, delights, stories and photos. Best Wishes. KEV. (Sydney-AUSTRALIA).

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  11. Well, he is a cutie today, so no surprise he was adorable as a 5th grader! Those melons are so pretty. I have to google gomphrena plant because I can't figure out what youre talking about but yours is a wonderful little garden. We've chopped ours down already except for the dahlias which are still blooming. Your place doesn't look like fall has arrived, yet. Many blessings

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    1. Thank you Pilar. Oh, we have not had one bit of fall weather yet. It is still hot and humid. Last year I grew a big bunch of Gomphrena. It dries really well and keeps it's rich purple color.

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  12. My brother had and still has a laughable way of spelling things.

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    1. Words spelled wrong can sometimes be really funny.

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  13. Your garden is still beautiful. I went to wikipedia to read about citron melons a saw a picture of what one looks like inside. It sure resembles a watermelon on the outside, but not so much on the inside. The article says they have a lot of pectin so are use in fruit preserves. Do the preserves taste like melon or maybe any other more common fruit? That 'pitcher' of Poppy sure is cute. But, it makes me feel old. It's dated in 1965 when he was in 5th grade. That's the year I got married!

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    1. Thank you Peg. I did a post a few years ago on Citron Melons. My friend Nellie brought us several melons. I made preserves and they actually turned out good. Citron preserves remind me a lot of pear preserves. The seeds are so pretty and I had saved a bag full, but must have accidentally thrown them away. I can't find them. Hopefully, these are citron melons growing in the garden and I will post about them again. Talk about feeling old...my youngest daughter was born in 1965. Poppy is younger than me. :( Thank you Pam.

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  14. Those peppers are so nice and colorful. Your garden is looking great yet!!
    Nice to see the 'pitcher' of Poppy. : )

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  15. Henny, I loved your upbeat post today! Life is so wonderful for us today too. Bill got wonderful news from his oncologist yesterday. Seems the terminal cancer that could only be slowed has actually started to almost disappear! Some of the lymph nodes have reduced from a rating of 9.4 to 2.1 and the rest show no activity at all in the recent PET scan. Will be sharing more soon on the blog, but wanted to share with you and say thank you for your prayers for us. Love, Sharon

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    1. Sharon, that is the BEST news. There is no doubt that prayer can change things, and I'm sure there are many blogging friends praying for Bill, and you. Thank you for letting me know. I will be watching for your post.

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  16. Henny, your garden look great! Absolutely beautiful! And I don't see sign one of weeds. What did you do differently this year to not have to get tired of them by the start of autumn?

    Loved the story about Poppy. Fun to keep those kinds of mementos.

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    1. Thank you Leigh. Well I am certainly no expert at gardening. I just hate to chop grass and weeds, so as soon as the garden is planted I rake up rotted leaves and straw and anything else I can find and put it between the rows. It makes pulling the soil up around the plants hard to do, but over the years, it has killed off most of the weeds and grass and changed the red clay to black rich soil.

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  17. My garden is nothing but weeds, mainly wild morning glory vines that drape everything like a shroud, so I am enjoying yours. I might give up on gardening next year. I apparently only have a Northern green thumb! Love the card and photo of 5th grade Poppy!

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    1. And here I've been trying to grow a morning glory vine all summer. :) Thank you Cynthia.

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  18. what a joy to visit your blog and admire your beautiful garden. I did smile at the story of Poppy, such fun. Hope you enjoyed your fish supper.

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    1. Thank you! We did have a fish plate and it was good.

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  19. What an adorable card! Such a treasure to have it still. Your garden is very lush and looks more like summer!

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    1. Thank you Debra. It still feels like summer here too. We are ready for a little cooler weather. s

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  20. Your little garden looks fabulous, esp. for this time of year. Our garden, and all our yard, look just awful. I think we've lost our mojo for the year.

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  21. I was surprised to see the last name Kimball on the report cards. That's my maiden name!

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  22. Your little garden is looking lovely. I love the story about Poppy! Hope you all are doing well. Love you bunches

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  23. What a cute card I am certain his mother cherished it!

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