Negative fifteen !!

Minus fifteenWhite stick figure on a blue stool depressed


On a scale of one to twelve, one being best, I’m a FIFTEEN!! I’m so depressed, I just want to find a deep hole and crawl in. It has been almost a month since the air-conditioner was installed and David hasn’t been back to wire the thermostat. There’s a l-o-n-g- story but I won’t bore you with all the details. I’ve contacted three individuals in an effort to get someone else to finish the job. Three declined. I’m waiting for another contractor to call. I have several names and I’ll process through the list.

The heat and humidity is back with a vengeance. I can’t work off my frustration (depression) in my “yarden.” I can’t get interested in blog messages (so you know I’m not in a good space).

Check in
Just checking in!!

Night Blooming Cereus

Night Blooming Cereus getting special attention on Saturday, August 27, 2016. ~~ See my earlier blog message titled Pity Poor Cereus?!.

Posing the Cereus

Night Blooming Cereus


Cereus is lost in the crowdAn interested individual phoned requesting “Cereus”–and a Boston Fern. I rushed to take pictures. See why I needed a plain background? With so many plants, some of mine get “lost in the crowd.”Smiley face waving goodbye

An amusing observation: Advertise FREE plants and I’ve captured their attention. When I advertised I was “just the ‘foster parent’ eager for folks to adopt…” nobody responded. (LOL)

Yard Sale

Yard sale signSeveral of the following “Under the magnifying glass” blog messages were prompted because I’ve advertised the plants “for sale.” Currently, it takes a couple of hours to water all my plants! Planning ahead, it will take an hour (or more) to cover all my plants when we have a frost and freeze warning. ~~ Smiley face loveI’ll be honest, I’m sentimental about my plants and want to document their role in my “senior” life experience.

Truth be told, perhaps I’m the only person interested in these plants and they’ll remain in my yard.

Frost cover January 2016

South side April 2016

Under the magnifying glass: Mexican Petunia

Mexican Petunia June 2015 (1)

Mexican Petunia June 2015 (2)


Humble beginnings!! A simple planter with a clump of Mexican Petunia. (The plant was a gift from a resident in the adjacent Rainbow’s End RV Park.) I searched my pictures and came to the conclusion the plant had been in my garden for more than six months before I recorded its presence. Didn’t impress me, huh?

Mexican Petunia October 2015 (1)

Mexican Petunia October 2015 (2)


Magnifying glass with white stick figure and green plant

From smaller to larger planter November 2015


Cape Honeysuckle August 2016

Turk's Cap August 2016


Mexican Petunia bloomThe blooms are difficult to see in the other pictures. They are a deep purple blossom that appears in the early morning, lingers throughout the day, and dies mid-afternoon. Strangely, the next morning, the cycle repeats.