New Addition to the Vine Wall

Cape Honeysuckle (aka Tecoma capensis) is one of those rampant shrubs you either love or hate!  It spreads like mad and tends to overtake the ground around it, but for gardeners entranced by the bold and beautiful (c’est moi! 😉 ) this winter bloomer is sure to please!

Tecoma capensis, 11/27/13My first awareness of this South African native occured last winter while I was weeding the wildflower garden at Hallstrom House.  By chance, I noticed a T. capensis sucker scrabbling across the ground and the rest as they say, is history ➡ I dug it up and brought it home to my vine wall, where it happily put down new roots!

Tecoma capensis and Passiflora lady Margaret,11/26/13

Cape Honeysuckle is one of 650 species in the bignonia plant family of woody stemmed ornamentals. It has finely textured, pinnately compound leaves and elongated racemes of 3″ long funnelform flowers: The next two pictures show the flower clusters as they look prior to opening. (click if you’d like to enlarge them!)

Cape Honeysuckle is hardy to zone 9 and prefers full sun.  Careful monitoring is needed to keep it in check, and a hard prune suggested for late winter to ensure heavy blooming the following year.

And now it’s time to start baking for tomorrow!  We’re celebrating Thanksgiving at my mother’s house, and bringing the sweet potatoes and cornbread. 🙂

I want you all to know how much I appreciate everyone who’s made blogging so educational and fun for me. Thank you!

Until next time…..

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

I’m surprised WordPress saved this topic ’til AFTER Thanksgiving day 😯 but no matter; the approach of year’s end always brings about reflection. What good things happened? What bad? What do I appreciate most…or least?  At the heart of these ruminations runs gratitude..I’m thankful I can awaken each day and experience whatever life has in store for me.  NA/AA refers to it as accepting (and dealing with) “life on life’s terms,” and I’m thankful I’m able to do it. 🙂

In early November I “made” this online poster combining one of my favorite American Indian quotations with a picture of my super cosmos . If you’ve already seen it on Facebook, I hope you don’t mind I’ve recycled it for this week’s challenge. 🙂


Until next time….

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For other interpretations of thankful, click on the links below.

First Anniversary!

Last Thursday was more than just Thanksgiving; it was also the anniversary of my blog’s first year ❗

I’ve enjoyed every minute spent writing up (and sharing) the minutiae of my extremely small life. I’ve uploaded 143 posts, yet I’m STILL astonished by followers, likes, and comments. 🙂  Thank you!

To show my appreciation, I’d like to pay it forward: each week, I’ll be sharing one special blog (out of 58 million!! eek!!) that caught my attention. Some will be humorous, others philosophical; some I follow avidly, others I’ve merely bookmarked.  My list has grown too huge, so let’s Pay it Forward! 🙂

This week’s highlighted post is written from the vantage of an ancestry seeking middle ager, reflecting on his childhood in an Italian American family living in New York during the 1960s. Time and place are written so evocatively, you will see this family and feel their emotions and surroundings.  A most beautiful story, and one I’ve read, and re-read several times.  I shared this once as a “related link” but it’s well worth an “official” presentation:

One of the best aspects of blogging is the opportunity to learn from others. Long time readers know I’m not the most organized seed sower nor am I adept at recognizing/naming wildflowers. Right now I could use some help identifying a plant!

Plant identification needed! 11/27/12 Vero Beach

The photo above gives you a good look at the leaf structure and flower bud; below, the plant is seen vertically, approximately 26″ tall.

Plant identification needed! 11/27/12

The part of the stem below the picture line is branched and woody, unlike the green section above it.  Initially I assumed some type of zinnia, but the woody stem threw me off; I also didn’t plant any zinnia seeds near this area.  Maybe a shrub?

If you have any ideas, do tell! 🙂

Until next time……

🙂 🙂 🙂

Green transport, green leaves

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I hope the day surrounded you with family, friends and festivities! 🙂   Instead of cooking, we celebrated at Mulligan’s Beach House, where I kept an eye out for all things green, the topic of this week’s photo challenge. :mrgreen:

In the gallery that follows, you’ll see:

  • kitschy blue-green bench
  • green roof
  • green ocean
  • green tropical plants seen through my shadow
  • people who feel green from eating too much
  • green transportation to work off the “too much” :mrgreen:

Until next time…..

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November, a month for gratitude.

Not a day goes by that I don’t drop to my knees in gratitude for this second half of my life. Seriously!  (Ask the people around me…I give voice to it daily.)

In keeping with this sentiment, I’d like to share some pictures I took this morning: a visual prayer-of-thanks for the good family, friends and beauty that surround me. Altogether, they make every single day a great pleasure!

Thank you for sunshine that brightens my life:

Early morning sunlight through the leaves, 11/11/12

Thank you for the chance to branch and grow a little each day

Mex donkey ears 11/11/2012

Thank you for people to lean on

Vine wall, November 2012

Thank you for prickly events to test my strength and mettle

Princess of the night cactus (selenicereus pteranthus) 11/11/2012

Thank you for plants that give coffee, the nectar of the gods 😉

Psychotria Nervosa (coffee bean plant)

But most of all, thank you for a fresh start 🙂

Cupid's Dark Seedlings planted nov 1 2012

Until next time…..

🙂 🙂