Living In Atlanta

22 08 2011

Gardening For Birds & Feeding Wild Birds While Living In A One Bedroom Apartment

I put together a web page to kinda show you fellow gardeners how I got started  fooling around with gardening and feeding wild birds. How I started piddling around with plants, flowers, potting soil, mulch, stakes, containers, Black Kow Composted Cow Manure, gardening tools of every kind and description, hoses, sprayers, plant tags, organic fertilizers, bird feeders, bird baths, fountains, suet, grapes, pecans, peanuts and last but certainly not LEAST about how I fed my wild birds and critters about 2 tons of bird seed, maybe a little more give or take a few hundred pounds in two years!!!…..You read that right fellow gardeners,  let me say (type) that again. Two Tons, 2 Tons,  4,000 pounds of bird seed in about 2 years…You see between having so many bird feeders and so many wild birds before I knew it, I was feeding my wild bird guests about 200 pounds 0f black oil sun flower seed a month. When the people who I bought bird seed from saw me walk in the door or pull in the parking lot they had brass bands playing and red carpets laid out for my arrival. ….:-)

A Few Annuals, A Few Perennials, A Few Bird Feeders, A Few Bird Baths - Before You Know It You're A Gardener

When I first started buying from this one store that had pretty good prices and real good quality seeds too they thought I was buying for the myself and my neighbors and when I told the man who owned the store all of the seed was for me and I lived in a one bedroom apartment with virtually no yard he didn’t actually come out and call me a liar but for the first few months till I brought some pictures to show him he always gave me that look like whenever I said something it was going to be a whopper but I guess he didn’t care as I was the best customer he’d ever dreamed of having……:-) After I really got to know him we used to laugh at him telling me he thought I was kinda “strange” and a bit of a “liar” when I first started shopping with him but after a while he came to the conclusion that I might have been strange but I wasn’t a liar. No, I was just a somewhat enthusiastic but for sure out of control gardener and wild bird feeder……..:-) Who had more bird feeders and more wild birds to feed than I had good sense, as you can imagine my wife and him were in complete agreement on both those points……:-) But enough about my little quirks and eccentricities check this out fellow gardeners: http://paulfromalabama.com/our-garden-at-a-one-bedroom-apartment-in-atlanta-2003-2005/

Oh By The Way, It Helps To Have An Apartment Manager Who Loves Flowers & Birds Too...:-)

Paul From Alabama

Addendum:

Whoever said “everything in moderation” never really loved something so much it was about all they wanted to do and just about everything they did revolved around that one thing….Moderation? Moderation is for sissies…….:-)

Paul From Alabama

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20 08 2011

'Princess Caroline' Pennisetum

OK, it’s 4 p.m. and it’s 98 degrees outside. I know how hot is out there, I been outside moving around my Jack Spears Original Irrigation Contraption, it ain’t pretty but it sure works just peachy till I get my new irrigation system installed. I turn it on all the way and I leave it in place maybe an hour and then move it, it does a good job of keeping everything alive but I wouldn’t swear everything looks it’s best though….:-) And it takes me about two days of moving it around from one area to another to cover most everything…..but when it’s 98 degrees it beats standing around with a hose in your hand and black spots from the heat dangling in front of your eyes……:-)

I had company a few minutes ago and got to do one of my favorite things that I love about gardening, I gave away some plants….3 Amonsia hubrichtii, a few lilies and a bronze fennel, plants I either had potted up or potted up while my friend Diane was here. It ain’t the best time to planting anything I reckon but if you got some good soil, good roots to begin with and watch your watering you should be alright. Funny gardening, I ain’t seen Diane in like 30 years but she knocked on the door and I came outside talking plants and she was talking plants and you’d thought we’d been best friends and inseparable since we graduated from high school…

Gardening is funny like that. The love of plants, flowers, veggies. The birds, butterflies, bees and critters that certain plants attract. The nurturing of the plants from either seeds or tiny starts to bloom time and beyond, all of that kind of binds folks together in this weird, wonderful way. When Diane left she was smiling and when I saw her at the door I was smiling and in between my smiles and her smiles it was like we’d ran around together for years…From now on when I look at my Amsonia hubrechtii to see how it’s doing and if it’s doing just fine and growing happily in my garden I’ll be thinking about how it’s doing over at Diane’s….We got something in common now that we didn’t have just a couple of hours ago.

We both graduated from the same high school and were from the same hometown, Piedmont, but now we got something else in common. We  both love to grow the same plants and now we got something in common that keeps on growing and growing and it continues and is reborn every year from now on. You see Diane and I aren’t just two people who went to the same high school or from the same home town anymore, we’re gardeners too, flower gardeners……

While I was showing Diane some of my flowers my wife walked up from running some errands and she just started talking about the plant we were talking about and before I could introduce them it was kinda unnecessary….Plants are like that too they kind of introduce themselves and introduce us to other folks in a ways that make the usual introductions kinda unnecessary…..:-)

I tell you fooling around, piddling around with plants, flowering plants is something that just keeps filling your life with beautiful blooms, beautiful foliage, amazing fragrances, attracts gorgeous butterflies and birds and on top of all that it gives you the opportunity of seeing Diane after 30 something years. The last time I saw her I think I said two words to her, “You alright?’ and she probably said, “Yea, you?” and today we never stopped talking, asking each other questions about planting this or planting that and I was still talking to her when she drove off down the street…..Gardening, boy I love it……

Paul From Alabama





Where Is Everybody?

18 08 2011

Your garden without drip irrigation....:-)

What:  Landscape Solutions –Water Smart — A Waterwise Landscape Workshop

Where: Longleaf Botanical Gardens (formerly Lenlock Community Center)

Cost: Free

Time:  8 until 11 AM

Date:  Thursday, August 18th

Speakers:   Hayes Jackson, Alabama Cooperative Extension, and Jay Cummings, Green Way Sprinklers

Pre-Register if you can : Calhoun County Extension Office at 256-237-1621

Open to the Public

I got that invitation in an email about a week ago. It was from Sherry Blanton, this nice lady who is with the Calhoun Master Gardeners. I’m so glad I went.  But what I don’t understand for the life of me is why more folks weren’t there.  A dozen folks showed maybe and it wasn’t that the folks that did show up were disappointed or anything, they weren’t.  For me it was just with the temperatures so hot these days, gardens burning up right and left with the rain deficit  we got now, watering bans not that long ago and coming back again for sure, well I would have been happier if more folks had shown an interest and showed up….I mean as popular as veggie gardens are now, landscaping your house adding so much value to your house and folks staying closer to home these days and kinda wanting to make a paradise in their backyards instead of catching a plane and going to somebody else’s paradise, water conservation so important now and the thing of the future, the thing we’re all going to be dealing with in the future for sure, things like the rising cost of water and it getting scarcer…like I said I just thought more folks would have shown up…..

Now I knew some of the things Hayes and Jay went over and I learned some new things too.  And talking to me about irrigation is like preaching to the choir, though I don’t have an irrigation system myself yet. It’s kinda like having something you remember and you know you know and it’s on the tip of your tongue, I know I got to get me an irrigation system and now I am………:-)  It was a good program as usual from Hayes Jackson and it was nice to finally meet Jay Cummings, who talks about irrigation and is as excited about it as I am about coneflowers and old fashion climbing roses…. It was an interesting presentation by both of them but going over to the Museum and seeing the irrigation setup over there and see it running and keeping the plants hydrated, fresh and healthy looking was just a good reminder of what a wonderful thing drip irrigation really is. Not only for the PLANTS but for the PLANET, for YOUR POCKET BOOK and for YOURSELF.  So when the conversation turns to how hot it is and how somebodies flowers or veggies or both are burning up and its too hot  for them to get out there and hold a water hose like the Statue Of Liberty for hours and hours and then half the time you either don’t water enough or you water too much or too fast or not enough or too much in the right place or the wrong place….and on and on and on…..Kinda like having a conversation about whose got a better football team this year, University of Alabama or Auburn, before the season even starts and sometimes even when it’s  already over, it’s a never ending conversation that kinda sounds the same every time…:-)

There are lots of ways to irrigate you’re garden. Soakers hoses, drip irrigation, new type sprinklers or like I said standing out there with a hose in your hand. Now I been standing out there with a hose in my hand for the last 6 years and it’s not been all bad by any means. I like standing out there every now and then in April, May, maybe even June, but July and August and September? Are you kidding me? Forget it…..I love gardening and I want to take care of my plants as well as I can and keep them from stressing about as much as I want to take care of my wife and keep her from stressing but sometimes no matter what you do, how long you got that hose in your hand it just ain’t enough or not as good as it could be for the plants and for you too….An irrigation system will give me more time to do the things I really like to do, which is take care of my plants as best I can, drip irrigation is only one of those nurturing things. There’s deadheading, weeding, replenishing the mulch, moving a plant here or there, trying something new here or there, a dab of compost here, a dab there, planning for next year, evaluating what you did this year and last but not least by any means, not doing a darn thing, just walking around your garden and enjoying just being there…Looking at the new buds breaking, enjoying new blooms, watching butterflies flitter about from flower to flower and the sound of the birds singing and if by any chance there are no nosey neighbors around, singing yourself……:-)

So I reckon I’m going to finally have me an irrigation system and I got lots to irrigate for sure. Not as much as some folks I reckon but I got lots more than a good many fellow gardeners have I’d venture to say….But a little or a lot, drip irrigation is the way to go. I know those of you who read my little stories regularly or even every now and then know I’m the biggest liar that ever that set down in front of a keyboard……:-) But you gotta believe me this time  fellow gardeners and I gotta a feeling you do this time…DRIP IRRIGATION IS THE BEE’S KNEE’S, THE BOMB, NEAT, COOL, SMART, COST EFFECTIVE, GREEN AS GREEN CAN BE, CUTTING EDGE AND IT’S WHAT I LIKE TO CALL A “NO- BRAINER”,  SO JUST DO IT….

Listen if it’ll help at all just forget about how much money you’ll save in the long run, how good it’ll be for the planet and for your plants and blah, blah, blah, just do it for one reason and one reason only, the most important reason I can think of…….DO IT FOR ME……..:-)

Paul From Alabama

Addendum:

Remember 2007 Alabama gardeners and some of you other folks from other states down this way?  Yea 2007, well I didn’t forget it and here is a friendly reminder from Paul From Alabama:  http://paulfromalabama.com/105-2/

I’m always asking, inviting, begging and threatening fellow gardeners to come by and let me share our garden with you and when and if you do come by, and I sure hope you do, this time next year, well I can promise you one thing. Our garden and all the plants in it will be happier and healthier  and so will I when you drop by…So here’s a toast to drip irrigation and to you coming over to enjoy our garden and the birds and butterflies whenever you can…..

Here's a toast to drip irrigation and to what you're garden will look like without it, where I was at back then, THE SINAI DESERT.....;-)





Bogart

16 08 2011

Bogart

 

Tomorrow is going to be like Christmas, Hanukkah, Halloween, my birthday and the first day of spring all rolled into one……And why? Cause Turner Classic Movies is going to show Bogart movies all day tomorrow. Have I seen all the movies they’re going to show tomorrow? Of course I have, what a dumb question Paul From Alabama to ask yourself…..:-) I know I’ve watched the Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep and To Have And Have Not maybe 300 or 400 times a piece, no exaggeration fellow gardeners. What I don’t understand is why everybody hasn’t……:-) I don’t even know how to explain it, watching Bogart just makes me feel good. I know not only all the plots by heart, good Lord I know the dialog by heart too. I know the endings, I know the beginnings and I know what happens in the middle too….:-) But no matter I’m going to be glued to the screen tomorrow.

In this age of DVD’s, movies on demand and digital video recorders don’t I already have all the movies myself on one or all these formats? Of course I do…..:-) I got two copies of the Maltese Falcon on DVD and both versions of the Big Sleep on one “Deluxe” DVD….:-)  So why in the world would I make such a big deal about all those movies showing on Turner Classic Movies tomorrow? One reason fellow gardeners and it’s just this…..Not only me but thousands of other Bogart fans are all going to be sitting in front of the TV tomorrow enjoying the movies together, even though we don’t even know each other, don’t matter…..I know they’re there, enjoying Bogart along with me.

Smiling when Bogart makes saps out to the bad guys…Envious with jealousy when he gets the girl every time….Even after all cigarette smoking has cost me in my life, my voice and nearly my life, I still get a kick out of Bogart smoking one  cigarette right after another, I ain’t never seen a guy enjoy a cigarette so much, even me…..:-)

Good guy, bad guy, leading man, supporting actor, scoundrel, hero and the “everyman” of all time, you gotta love Bogart……

So this evening I watered all the containers real good. I deadheaded the daisies and whatever else needed it. I filled the bird feeders and the bird baths cause tomorrow me and thousands of other folks, strangers to one another are all going to be watching Bogart movies all morning, all afternoon and all night long and thinking the same thing, “I wanna be  just like Bogart”……:-)

And one last thing about Bogart. At the end of the  movie, The Maltese Falcon when Bogart is talking to Ward Bond, who plays the police detective, Ward Bond asks Bogart, “What is that thing?” Looking at what was supposed to be the real Maltese Falcon.  And Bogart stares at the black bird, the fake Maltese Falcon, a lifeless figurine of a falcon that has cost so many lives and Bogart says,”It’s the stuff that dreams are made of” and that’s what Bogart movies are, the stuff that dreams are made of…….Sweet Dreams Fellow Gardeners…….

Paul From Alabama

Addendum:

Here’s the Turner Classic Movie schedule for tomorrow, August 17, 2011:

17 Wednesday

6:00 AM

BOGART: THE UNTOLD STORY (1996)

Stephen Bogart hosts this one-hour special on the life and career of his legendary father, Humphrey Bogart.

DirChris Hunt Cast:  Stephen Bogart , Lauren Bacall , Robert Sklar .

C-46 mins, TV-G, CC,

7:00 AM

BULLETS OR BALLOTS (1936)

A cop goes undercover to crack an influential crime ring.

DirWilliam Keighley Cast:  Edward G. Robinson , Joan Blondell , Barton MacLane .

BW-82 mins, TV-G, CC,

8:30 AM

SAN QUENTIN (1937)

A convict’s sister falls for the captain of the prison guards.

DirLloyd Bacon Cast:  Pat O’Brien , Humphrey Bogart , Ann Sheridan .

BW-70 mins, TV-PG, CC,

9:45 AM

KING OF THE UNDERWORLD (1939)

A lady doctor gets mixed up with a criminal gang.

DirLewis Seiler Cast:  Humphrey Bogart , Kay Francis , James Stephenson .

BW-67 mins, TV-PG, CC,

11:00 AM

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (1944)

A skipper-for-hire’s romance with a beautiful drifter is complicated by his growing involvement with the French resistance.

DirHoward Hawks Cast:  Humphrey Bogart , Walter Brennan , Lauren Bacall .

BW-100 mins, TV-G, CC,

12:45 PM

BIG SLEEP, THE (1946)

Private eye Philip Marlowe investigates a society girl’s involvement in the murder of a pornographer.

DirHoward Hawks Cast:  Humphrey Bogart , Lauren Bacall , John Ridgely .

BW-114 mins, TV-PG, CC,

2:45 PM

HIGH SIERRA (1941)

An aging ex-con sets out to pull one more big heist.

DirRaoul Walsh Cast:  Ida Lupino , Humphrey Bogart , Alan Curtis .

BW-100 mins, TV-G, CC,

4:30 PM

THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT (1940)

Truck driving brothers are framed for murder by a lady psycho.

DirRaoul Walsh Cast:  George Raft , Ann Sheridan , Ida Lupino .

BW-95 mins, TV-PG, CC,

6:15 PM

IN A LONELY PLACE (1950)

An aspiring actress begins to suspect that her temperamental boyfriend is a murderer.

DirNicholas Ray Cast:  Humphrey Bogart , Gloria Grahame , Frank Lovejoy .

BW-93 mins, TV-PG, CC,

8:00 PM

MALTESE FALCON, THE (1941)

Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade gets caught up in the murderous search for a priceless statue.

DirJohn Huston Cast:  Humphrey Bogart , Mary Astor , Gladys George .

BW-101 mins, TV-PG, CC,

10:00 PM

SAHARA (1943)

An international platoon fights off Nazis in World War II Africa.

DirZoltan Korda Cast:  Humphrey Bogart , Bruce Bennett , J. Carroll Naish .

BW-98 mins, TV-PG, CC,

12:00 AM

BEAT THE DEVIL (1954)

A group of con artists stake their claim on a bogus uranium mine.

DirJohn Huston Cast:  Humphrey Bogart , Jennifer Jones , Gina Lollobrigida .

BW-90 mins, TV-PG, CC,

2:00 AM

CAINE MUTINY, THE (1954)

Naval officers begin to suspect their captain of insanity.

DirEdward Dmytryk Cast:  Humphrey Bogart , Jose Ferrer , Van Johnson .

C-125 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

4:15 AM

TOKYO JOE (1949)

An American in post-war Japan gets caught up in the black market.

DirStuart Heisler Cast:  Humphrey Bogart , Alexander Knox , Florence Marley .

BW-89 mins, TV-PG, CC,

 





Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – August 2011

15 08 2011

Carol from “May Dreams Gardens” blog, which you can find right here: http://www.maydreamsgardens.com/  is nice enough to host something called “Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day” which is where other garden bloggers post photos of their garden blooms on any particular day as long it’s the 15th of that month, that particular month….:-)  You can post pictures from your garden from the 14th of that month or even the 16th of that month, but you’ll be liable for prosecution to the full extent of the law and let me tell you fellow gardeners something right now, Carol from May Dreams Gardens means what she says about the rules cause I know one gardener who just got out of prison after doing 3 years for posting pictures of her ‘Zeprhine Drouhin’ roses she took in April when they were really peaking and at the best but the silly girl posted them in the May Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day trying to slip them in. Carol and her investigators had her picked up almost immediately, they locked the poor girl up, she went to trial, was prosecuted  and convicted for unlawfully posting pretty pictures of her roses in the wrong month, she did 3 years in the “Joint” and the investigators that Carol sent to her house to arrest her pulled up her ‘Zeprhine Drouhin’ roses just for spite !!!!……What did I tell you fellow gardeners?  That Carol from “May Dreams Gardens” blog is just a barrel of laughs……:-)

But other than that one little thing, you know posting photos of your garden blooms from some other day than the day that Carol says you should, well other than that, Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is lots of fun…..:-) And I hope you’ll participate too if you already haven’t…..I’m going to participate today and I might even try to slip  in a couple of pictures that I DIDN’T take today but you see I already been in prison so prison don’t scare me. Only thing that scares me is mildew on my phlox paniculata (‘David’ ) or God forbid on my Monarda didyma (‘Jacob Cline’). I’m terrified of that. I used to be terrified that I might actually kill a plant that I’d planted in my garden but I’ve killed so many plants now it don’t scare me anymore at all, no it just sends me into bouts of deep depression from say early March to late September…..:-) But enough about me and my little quirks and enough about Carol and her unreasonable rules and vindictiveness….:-) How about some photos of my garden blooms I took early this morning or NOT….:-) Photo slide show is below, Photo galldery is below that, take your pick, both have the same photos along with intelligent, cogent, informative captions written by the same guy who took the pictures at 6 0’clock this morning…..:-)  The ‘Addendum’ is below the photo gallery below, way below……:-)

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Addendum:

I’m glad you dropped by for Garden Bloggers’s Bloom Day. It’s fun and I love to post pictures of my garden as much as I love visiting all the other gardeners’ blogs who participate in GBBD. Thanks so much for taking the time to either read one of my little stories or to take a look at my photos on Garden Bloggers’s Bloom Day. Either way I hope you have a good time while you’re here and leave with a smile on your face. If you have time please leave a comment, I really loved hearing from folks who visit. Again thanks.





Volunteers

14 08 2011

Amsonia hubrichtii 3 plants planted in a triangle about 18 inches apart. It grows into one large shrub-like beauty. Here it's with it's spring blue flowers right before it really starts to get it's full size, around 4 feet wide and about 3 feet high.

I frequent a good many gardening blogs every chance I get cause I always learn something new and they usually have photos of their plants that are always beautiful and sometimes real instructive. Such is “fairegarden” You can check it out right here and believe me it’s well worth your time: http://fairegarden.wordpress.com But what I wanted to bring to your attention in particular is this article on “How To Weed For Volunteer Seedlings” right here: http://fairegarden.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/how-to-weed-for-volunteer-seedlings/  Now I know about volunteers, I know about some volunteers with a vengeance, but the way Frances of fairegarden writes her articles it either reinforces what I already know or it propels me into doing something I forgot or like I said it might be something I didn’t even know. One thing for sure, her blog always has great photographs and great writing.

Now that’s what I spent doing this morning, weeding volunteer seedlings. How many Alabamian’s does it take to weed volunteer seedlings? Two in our garden. One digger, me and one potter, Linda…..:-)  This morning we were digging up and potting Amsonia hubrichtii whose common name is Arkansas Blue Star, just about my favorite plant. Low maintenance, I haven’t even watered mine once in 6 years. Fertilizers need not apply cause they don’t need any. Does it need really good soil? Well I think about any plant need good drainage unless it’s a water plant…:-) but the soil I got mine planted in ain’t nothing special cause the lady I bought my plants from told me they didn’t need anything special and I took her word for it and she was right too. If it likes anything its full sun or a good bit of sun, the more the merrier.

Now the first year I grew  Amsonia hubrichtii it died back to the ground from the 3 little plants I planted in a triangle about 18 inches apart that fall. Then come spring it came back but it grew up looking like mules tails. A feathery looking thing that just sprawled out on the ground horizontally!!!. I started to chuck it then but for some reason I felt like I needed  to have a little more patience and thank goodness I did. Cause the next year it took off and made a beautiful shrub-like plant with thread leaf foliage covered with little light blue flowers in the spring and then stays green all summer long and then in the fall it turns a beautiful traffic stopping gold. There just ain’t no downside to this plant fellow gardeners, well OK maybe one. Let me show you what it looks like growing in my garden with it’s green thread leaf foliage, only one problem with it, if you want to call this a problem, that’s keeping from running your hands through the foliage all the time, it’s soft, soft as anything you can think of…OK enough words, here’s a photo.

Amsonia hubrichtii growing right inside my rose arbor. Thread leaf foliage stays nice and green all spring and summer and then turns a beautiful gold in the fall.

Now Linda potted up maybe 20 or so plants and we’re going to use 3 of them triangulated  right behind my mail box when we build a new flower bed around and behind the mail box this fall. So that’ll leave us with a few extras, so if you’re in the neighborhood come by and I’ll give you one and you can grow one of you own but just try to keep your hands from running through it when you walk past it. Good luck with that fellow gardeners…..;-)

Paul From Alabama

Addendum:

Hope any of you that live around here and are interested in trying it will come by and I’ll be glad to give you an Amsonia hubrichtii till the last one is gone. Funny thing though about these volunteers, I’ve had this plant growing in the same place for 6 years now and this is the first year it’s volunteered for me. And then all the plants are growing right under edges of the plant or about a foot or so away. So it’s not an invasive type plant by any means, just a happy one that’ll make you happy too…..

Paul From Alabama





Blessed

13 08 2011

I may not look "blessed" but I am .......:-)

I know it’s hot as Hades outside and I know that some of you fellow gardeners are dying for some rain, well your plants are literally dying for some rain anyways. My heart goes out to you, no joke and no LOL (laugh out loud), cause I been there and done that. I wish I could send you some rain like I’d send you some email but I can’t……Now I been pretty blessed here in Alabama this year, we’ve got some rain off and on and the ground isn’t parched like some years about this time and my flowers are looking pretty good and really healthy if I do say so myself and I do, say so myself that is….And I feel pretty blessed today cause I’m alive and healthy sitting here on the back porch writing this little story for you and me. You see I write these little stories cause I enjoy writing them and it’s fun and I write them cause I hope you enjoy them and I hope it’s fun for you to read them.

And I feel blessed cause I got so much done today in our garden on what I knew was going to be a scorcher of a day in August. Blessed cause there’s butterflies flying all around everywhere today…Blessed cause I got so many birds that come to our garden everyday but seems like there’s even more today….Blessed cause I look out over our garden and it’s so pretty all framed in the little bit of freshly cut grass I got left.  Freshly cut cause I got up at 4 o’clock this morning and sat on the porch till nearly 5 when it was barely light enough to see what I was doing and then I filled all my bird feeders up, cleaned and filled my bird baths, cleaned my hummingbird feeders and filled them up (well I’m going to fill them up as soon I finish this little story..;-)) and then while I was edging the borders of my flower beds, I turned on that irrigation contraption that my buddy Jack Spears gave me to use in my garden. I set it up and let it run a few minutes in the few places that usually need a little extra help this time of year given the amount of rain we’ve gotten here lately. And I did all that and deadheaded my flowers too before 9 o’clock. And now? Well I just feel blessed that’s all…

Speaking of being blessed, my wife came outside about 9 o’clock and helped me clean the porch. We blew it off first with my leaf blower that’s so loud it’ll wake up the dead up at the cemetery on the hill about a quarter mile or so away from my house. How do I know that? Mental telepathy I reckon, I just know when I turn it on that folks up there are saying to themselves, “Good Lord Paul From Alabama, it’s early on a Saturday morning and folks are probably sleeping in your neighborhood still and we know we’re trying to sleep up here on cemetery hill”……:-) I don’t often hear from the dead but when I do I try to pay attention to what they say so I hurried up and blew the porch off and the grass clippings from around the containers around the porch and then shut the darn thing off. Shut that thing off before that nice, reasonable fellow that lives right behind me, Hank, came out of his house and took a shot at me…..:-) Like I said, I listen to the dead talking to me sometimes but I ain’t scared of them, but angry, irritated neighbors, well I’m kind scared of them fellow gardeners…..:-) So then Linda sprayed off the porch with some water and sprayed off the furniture too. And when she was finished doing her magic the porch looked so nice I was ready to sit out here till the Moon Flowers start blooming about dark thirty this evening…..:-)

Now I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about today. I reckon I could have written another goofy story about something crazy I’ve done in the past, I seem to have a limitless supply of those fellow gardeners……:-)  But Linda said, “why don’t you just write about what you did today in the garden”.  A novel idea for a “gardening” blog I thought to myself ….:-)  But as always she was right. She sure seems to be right a lot. I used to wonder if that was a good thing or not but I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s just another thing to feel blessed about. Is your wife right all the time? Or is your husband right all the time? I hope so cause if he or she is you should  feel blessed too…..Now I ain’t kidding about feeling real blessed about my wife being right all the time. I’m serious about it, no joke.

Well she’s right 99% of the time anyways. And what about that 1% of the time when she’s not right? Exactly what are those things that she’s wrong about that 1% of the time. Well that fellow gardeners was what Linda asked me herself when I told her one time she was “right all the time, well 99% of time anyways” And what did I feel like when she asked me that? You know, feel like when she asked me what EXACTLY were those things she was wrong about that 1% of the time? Well fellow gardeners I can tell one thing for sure, I didn’t feel BLESSED……:-)

Paul From Alabama

Addendum: I just feel better when I catch up on all my “piddling” in the garden. Don’t you? But you never really catch up on everything do you?  Well not for long anyways, cause things change every single day in the garden….Cause of the passage of time, even one day, even just an hour sometimes….Cause of the weather….. Cause you see some things today you didn’t see yesterday and well fellow gardeners just “because”…..:-) And you know what else? Even if it’s hot as Hades today, I still feel good looking out over my garden and I feel blessed. And I feel really good and really blessed just looking over at Linda and just knowing that she’s my wife and I just love her and she loves me and well I feel good and blessed just “because”…. And if today, hot as it is, feels this good, this blessed, well just think how good and how blessed we’re all gonna feel when Fall gets here…..

Paul From Alabama