Grateful for CARE volunteers !!

CARE volunteerFailed to tell you that I’ve had a continuing problem with air-conditioner breaker “tripping” off. It’s a long story, I’ll spare you the details. This afternoon a CARE volunteer checked the electric panel and pulled the weak breaker. I made a late afternoon mad dash into Livingston for a new breaker. “Third times a charm!!” Yes, I was finally able to get the replacement at the third shop.

Bad breaker**IF** I had replaced the $18.00 breaker a month ago, I would have saved the expense of a $1,000.00 new air-conditioner (and the stress waiting for David to install the thermostat).

Foster parent says “goodbye”…

…to several….

Asparagus Fern

Boston Fern

Elephant EarSmiley face waving goodbyeWishing you a happy life with your new family!!

If you (the reader) have followed my blog, you know I love my garden. My situation is similar to “the old lady who lived in a shoe” but I have “so many plants I don’t know what to do.” Our rainy days are numbered; I’ll return to daily ritual of two hours early morning watering plants!! Time to downsize!!

Under the magnifying glass: Turk’s Cap

Check this earlier blog message. Another south-side-of-my-trailer-home plant. Very few pictures. I was introduced to Turk’s Cap in North Carolina. There… the plant was enormous with an awesome array of flowers. Maybe next summer this plant will explode with blooms??

Turk's Cap September 2015

Turk's Cap Oct 2015

Turk's Cap August 2016

Magnifying glass with white stick figure bending overHonestly, I only took these last several pictures because I’ve advertised the plants (on the south side) for sale. For the record, I want to document the growth of the plants.

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Turk's Cap late August 2016

Hugging the trailer picture of Turk's Cap

Under the magnifying glass: Cape Honeysuckle (south side)

Quoting from an earlier blog: I made a special trip to Lowe’s yesterday afternoon  [8/09/15] to purchase a “mark down” Cape Honeysuckle bush. I saw it the day before but decided I have enough plants. With 20/20 hindsight, I thought it was worth a twelve-mile round trip to see if it was still available. ~~ I’ll have a new next-door neighbor soon and she wants a garden like mine!! A Cape Honeysuckle has beautiful flowers that attract Hummingbirds. I/we can hang a feeder and both of us enjoy…. (She asked for my help.) Conceivably–in time–I may have a lovely garden on both sides of my trailer home?!”

When I decided to put Cape Honeysuckle “under the magnifying glass,” I discovered that very few pictures had been taken. Why so few?? Perhaps, in part, out-of-sight out-of mind? I only “see” the several plants when I’m watering, weeding, or fertilizing. The neighbor has never complimented the attractive plants she sees from dawn ’til dark.

Cape Honeysuckle December 2015

Cape Honeysuckle August 2016

Cape Honeysuckle bloom

Magnifying glass with orange stick figure (1)

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Below, left, April, 2016 ~~ right, August 2016. The plants have doubled in size, and blooming beautifully.

South side April 2016

Cape Honeysuckle August 2016