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Not The Woman’s Club Garden Tour

Each summer, I publish a post, sharing photos of the flowers in our yard that the deer have allowed me to enjoy. Most of these plants are ones that are somewhat deer resistant. But others have survived due to the nearly constant application of Liquid Stench Fence, sometimes at wee hours of the morning after a night-time rain.

Early in the spring, I planted this old wash tub with petunias, marigolds and a purple Veronica. And added the little wooden birdhouse/welcome stake.

wash tub beginning 6-14-2016 1-20-54 PM

It seems to approve of the location I chose.

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 Several years ago, I discovered this beautiful little vine called Mezoo (Livingstone Daisy). The deer completely ignore it (YAY!),  it’s easy to grow and has a tiny red bloom at the tip. I planted a variegated geranium with it. This picture was taken about a month ago.

geraniums and mezoo 6-14-2016 1-25-11 PM

And although the lighting is different and it’s been moved to a new location, you can see how much that sweet little vine has grown. I consider it a pretty version of the Addams Family Cousin Itt.

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We’ve had this garden bench for several years. We bought it new, but I love how it’s aged.  Pink petunias seem happy growing in the watering can, and I couldn’t resist the pillow at Walmart for $5.

bench and petunias 7-19-2016 5-52-26 PM

An idea borrowed from Pinterest: white petunias in a little old galvanized bucket.

old bucket white petunias 7-19-2016 5-52-30 PM

Succulents planted in a colander on an old wooden chair, another Pinterest idea.

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And, finally, this is my first year planting caladiums. This picture was taken about a month ago.

caladiums before 6-14-2016 1-24-56 PM

And this was yesterday.

caladiums after 7-19-2016 5-55-38 PM

So, some things have survived the deer.  I’ve ordered a new deer repellent that is supposedly water resistant, so it only needs to be applied every few weeks. As soon as it’s delivered, I’m going to test it on either sunflowers, begonias, garden phlox….. all lessons learned in the past. If it works, that will be worthy of a blog post of its own.

~These Days Of Mine~

Spicy Garden Salad

Last week, I shared that something had been eating the blooms off my petunias, and that I had started using crushed red pepper in addition to Liquid Stench Fence to help deter the critters.

That combo seems to be working.

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I’ve also now begun adding a little cayenne pepper to the mix.  And I have petunias again.

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These pink ones were never affected (perhaps they’re a different flavor?), but I also doused them with my new concoction, as well as the budding white glad there to the right. Deer just love glads.

petunias and glad 6-14-2016 1-21-19 PM

While I was at it, I also used the SSS (stinky spicy stuff) on these pots of petunias and sweet potato vines. Yes, they’re on the front porch, but you may recall that a deer recently climbed the steps to our deck, so I don’t put anything past those rascals.

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Although I haven’t seen any signs that deer find this begonia appetizing, I’m not taking any chances. It’s also getting the SSS.

peach begonia 6-14-2016 1-22-30 PM

So far, so good.  Hopefully the deer/rabbits/whatever won’t develop a taste for the SSS; if so I’ll be looking to change the recipe.

Ah…..the challenges of a wannabe gardener in the summertime…..

~These Days Of Mine~

“Bloom Where You’re Planted”

The title of today’s post is one of my favorite quotes and seems fitting for my annual post, sharing photos of this summer’s flowers in and around our yard.

This old wheelbarrow has been a fixture on our front porch for several years. As usual, a sweet potato vine is part of this summer’s display, along with a gerbera daisy, blooming proudly.

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I love to shop the plant clearance aisles at Lowe’s or Home Depot. This orange zinnia was on sale earlier this summer for a couple of dollars. It just needed a little love.

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Another sale item: this gorgeous petunia. (It was rather sad looking when I brought it home. I think it’s happier on our deck than it was on the clearance rack at Lowe’s.)

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I’d never thought of planting purslane in a flowerbed rather than a container until I saw it at the entrance to a business in town. (The yellow lantana, vinca and zinnia were planted last year; I’m happy they’re back.)

front flowerbed purslane 8-9-2014 12-43-10 PM

Speaking of purslane, I love this variegated one that I planted in an old enamel coffeepot.

purslane in coffeepot and mini birdbath 8-9-2014 12-47-22 PM

A friend gave me this huge hanging begonia for my birthday. I don’t have anywhere to hang it, so it will have afternoon shade. But it seems content on the deck.

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And, last but not least,  “that ol moss”, planted in an old tea kettle that I found recently at an antique shop. It’s mine for now, but, in the future, could be a gift for a friend.

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I’ll miss all these blooms when summer’s over.

~These Days Of Mine~

Friday’s Fences – Pretty In Purple

For Friday’s Fences this week, a little section of fence in town, all decked out in purple.

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I see asters in the back, purple heart in front and a couple of purple-blue petunias in the middle.

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Random? Or carefully thought out and planted?

fridays fences

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Springtime

Before I share pictures taken in our yard this week, I have a confession to make.  I am SO far behind in accepting blog awards, so I’m going to take care of that today.  I know I’ve probably overlooked some, and if so, I apologize.

Recently I was awarded the Moment in Time award by both Georgette Sullins AND Mama at Mama’s Empty Nest. Thanks to both of them!


There are several questions to answer in accepting this award:

Who inspires you?  This time of year, it’s especially easy to be inspired by God’s work, as plants and flowers that have been dormant all winter re-emerge and bloom.

What is the hardest part about blogging, if any?  After over two years of blogging, I sometimes feel at a loss for a blog topic. That’s usually when Sundae steps in.

What is your favorite quote?  I have so many favorites, and I’ve shared those in previous posts.  This one comes to mind right now: “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt”.

What is your favorite dessert?  Good Meadows Chocolate Fudge Pie from Kroger’s. We keep one in the freezer at all times.

What skill do you wish you had taken the time to learn when you were growing up? I don’t know that it’s a “skill”, but I wish I’d learned to swim before I became afraid of the water.

What is the one activity you wish you had the time to pursue? Since I’m semi-retired, I’m fortunate that I have time to enjoy blogging, taking pictures, visiting with friends…

If money was no issue, where would you like to travel? If I were to ever get the courage to cross the Atlantic, I’d love to visit Ireland and Scotland. Until/unless that time comes, there are many places in the US I’ve never been: the southwest for one.

What is your favorite holiday? Christmas is usually everyone’s favorite, but it can be a difficult time too, with bittersweet memories of loved ones no longer with us. I like the festivities of July 4.

What is your favorite pastime?  This will come as no surprise: riding on the beach at the Outer Banks with Motor Man in our old 4-wheel-drive Jeep, looking for the wild horses.

What book are you currently reading? I’m not reading any books right now – just blogs!

Do you play a musical instrument?   The piano.

I was also nominated for the WordPress Family Award by Dor at doranrules and Savannah of Savannah’s Paw Tracks. Thanks, Dor and Savannah!


Upon researching this award, I learned that it was started by Shaun at Praying For One Day.  Shaun wrote: “This is an award for everyone who is part of the “Word Press Family” I start this award on the basis that the WordPress family has taken me in, and showed me love and a caring side only WordPress can. The way people take a second to be nice, to answer a question and not make things a competition amazes me here. I know I have been given many awards, but I wanted to leave my own legacy on here by creating my own award, as many have done before. This represents “Family” we never meet, but are there for us as family. It is my honour to start this award.”

This award has no questions to answer (did I just hear a collective sigh of relief?). Although it requests that you nominate 10 people in your blogging family, I’m going to bend the rules a little, and just nominate three fellow bloggers for the Moment in Time award as well as the Word Press Family Award. (It seems that everyone either already has these awards or their blog is award-free.)

MJ at Emjay And Them

Texas, A Cat In New York

Suzanne at A Window Into The Walls

And, as promised, here’s a slideshow of springtime in our yard.

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