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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Let Me Ask You A Question


This cucumber was hanging on the
side of the trellis growing happily
in this shape.

My question is . . .
What do you do when you want to make a post,
and have nothing to say?



If you're like me . . .
I enjoy touring other blogger's gardens.
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So today's post will be few words and 
lots of photos :)
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Grandpa Tony's Wheelbarrow.



Morning Glories climbing up
the side of the barn.








The blackberries are ready to start picking :) 


I saw this done over forty years ago . . .
making a hammock for your smaller melons
keeps them off the ground.


Our Dill is 8 feet tall.


This little Hen was my Momma's


It goes with this rooster 
and they are over fifty years old.
They are getting pretty shabby
but I love them,
because they remind me of her :)


Last but not least . . .
Are you familiar with Autumn Joy?
It is becoming one of my all time favorite
succulents.


I hope you enjoyed the tour.


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Keep Smiling!

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Your blogging sister,
Connie:)

Have a sweet day
&
if you have the time 
please leave a comment:)

62 comments:

  1. Wow what an odd shaped cucumber!
    So enjoyed all the flowers - beautiful. You came up with a great post. : )

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  2. Yes, I certainly did enjoy touring your garden and seeing all your lovely flowers... and your funny cucumber! Mine are not that curved but still not at all straight. I wonder why that happens.
    I love my Sedum Autumn Joy. I started with one clump and have been dividing it over and over through the years. Apparently there's a new one quite similar to Autumn Joy but the flower heads are more raspberry than brick red. I haven't seen it in the plant shops yet.

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    1. I have taken a lot of starts off of mine too. My Mums by the well house died, so last week I planted some Autumn Joy out there.

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  3. I like looking at other people's gardens, too -- especially when they use something interesting as some of those in this post have, for decoration!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today, Connie!

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    1. and thank you for returning the visit :)

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  4. I love seeing the photos of what you are seeing this summer. Sure wish I was there to 'help' you pick blackberries. That's one of my favorite things to do. I would put on a denim long sleeved shirt and pick away! And the cucumber is amazing! It needs to go to the fair!

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    1. When I saw the cumber I just had to take it's picture before adding it to a salad. It didn't escape being eaten, but it did go down in blogging history, LOL.

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  5. Love that cucumber!
    Your garden is beautiful and prolific too. I love the hen and rooster too, and even more because it was your moms!

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    1. I love them because they were Momma's too. She bought them on a trip to Mexico.

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  6. Hi Connie, It is always nice to tour gardens! That cucumber and tomato make such a cute question mark! Clever!! I had Autumn Joy sedum at both of my previous homes but I don't have any here. That is not to say I won't if I can fit it in somewhere!! Dill 8 foot tall! Wow! You will be busy making pickles! Have a nice rest of week! Nancy

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    1. The dill that I planted this year is only about 4 foot tall, but the dill that the birds planted is over 8 feet :) Those little creatures don't even have hands and they still have greener thumbs that I do, LOL.

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  7. I enjoyed the tour very much. Love your Momma’s rooster and hen. I haven’t heard of Autumn Joy before. It’s beautiful.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Betsy, it grows so well and need very little care. It's green all summer and in the fall those blooms turn burgundy.

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  8. Love Grampa Tony's rusty wheelbarrow full of flowers!
    Cheryl

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    1. He hauled many a wheelbarrow of concrete with that old barrow . . . we love that we have it.

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  9. Your garden is lovely and I'm amazed how tall that dill is.

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  10. I get stuck or a post a lot too. A lot of the times, I will read through other blogs and evenually something will trigger an idea to write about. Sometimes I will just snap pictures of things then later look through them and try to post about what I see in the photo. You seem to always have good post.
    Lisa

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    1. Thank Lisa, There is so much going on around here that I normally don't have any trouble coming up with something . . . but then there are a few times when I draw a blank, or worry that I might be boring my sweet blogging readers.

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  11. I really did enjoy the tour, in fact it was inspirational. The cucumber made me smile, a joy to visit.

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    1. If that cucumber wouldn't have gotten stuck in the trellis, it would have been as ordinary as I am. Now it's part of my blogging history :)

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  12. You did pretty good for not having anything to blog about. Mine have been pretty pitiful lately. Love how the cucumber grew. I've never seen that Autumn Joy before. Love the look of it.

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    1. Autumn Joy is probably the easiest of all plants to grow. If you have a spot in the yard that gets little care I suggest planting it :)

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  13. Beautiful gardens. I'd share a tour of mine, but I have 6 foot thistle in the rose bed, and it's looking terrible. That cucumber is shaped very oddly. Thanks for the tour.

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    1. It doesn't take very long indeed for weeds to take over . . . why is it that they grow three times as fast as plants?

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  14. Lovely photos of your garden blooms. I have a pink Sedum. I've never heard it called Autumn Joy before. We know it as the Ica plant....dont know why!

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    1. I just Googled Pink Sedum and I think that they are the very same plant . . . either that or very close cousins :)

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  15. I did enjoy the tour, thanks, Connie! Those chicken pots that your mama had are charming! I love old pottery. I didn't know dill could get so tall!!

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    1. I didn't know it would grow that tall either. I had to cut a lot of it out because it was shading my tomatoes. Don't get between me and my tomatoes and expect to live, LOL.

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  16. So much beautiful colour in your garden. I love the question mark cucumber!

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    1. That cucumber was shaped that way because it started growing around the trellis . . . I just had to take it's picture before using it :)

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  17. Hi Connie, loved the tour never saw that done with melons very cool! Better get picking those berries! Have fun Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

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    1. I picked one pint this morning. They are ripening, but I only pick the very blackest because they are the sweetest.

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  18. Oh Connie, I did enjoy the tour. Every picture is amazing. Why won't things grow for me like they do for you?? I have had Autumn Joy Sedum for years and no matter where I plant it, it sprawls out like a vine and has spindly blooms. The catalog it was ordered from pictured tall strong stems with large pink flowers, like yours. That cucumber/cherry tomato "question mark" is the cutest thing!

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    1. I have a sedum that sounds like the one you got . . . I think they sent you the wrong one. Thanks for your kind words, believe everything does grow that well for me, but I find that every year is different.

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  19. Love all your flowers and veggies...your gardens are always so beautiful. How wonderful that you still have some of your mother's garden items in yours! I have sedum (Autumn Joy) growing in my butterfly garden. I do absolutely nothing to it - never water it. And it comes back beautifully every year. That wheelbarrow full of succulents and flowers is amazing. And I had no idea dill would grow to 8 ft tall! Mine is in a pot and is only about a foot tall, lol.

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    1. Hi Melanie, I had no idea that it would grow that tall either. These are the plants that seeded themselves, the ones that I planted are only about 3 or 4 feet tall.

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  20. I love garden tours and yours certainly didn't disappoint me: Grandpa's wheelbarrow, the hens and chicks, and those beautiful zinnias! I have very few blooms at this time of year; dry weather and heat always hit about the time they start.

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    1. I know, my Mums are starting to bloom and it is just too hot for them. I don't know why they have to start during our hot August weather.

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  21. For not having anything to post about, it was a fun and interesting post! I do that sometimes too.. just want to say "hi" to everyone and sometimes I would just like to gab,,,, like I'm writing a letter. I'll then go through my photos and see if there are any I can throw in too! Love all of your flowers.. and love how there are interesting and whimsical features... anything with some sort of old wood I absolutely love! Old fences, pieces of boxes or old chairs, etc. and your Rooster and hen are just precious. And that dill! Wow wow wow.. have never seen it grow that tall before. Amazing! Love the Autumn Joy and I made a note in my OneNote folder about getting some. I need something for a hot dry climate and that is hardy and that the bugs don't like. The wagon wheel adds such a nice point of interest and that green bench in the first picture? Gorgeous! Sometimes I just want to write and "talk" and not even post pictures! Maybe one day I'll try it... Have a good week! Hugs... Marilyn

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    1. Autumn Joy would be perfect for your yard and solve a lot of your gardening problems. They like hot, they need little water and they come back every year.

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  22. Your place is so much fun, I can't imagine you would ever have trouble finding something to post about. I hardly ever have anything to post about, on my blog. Probably why I have just a few readers, but such is life of a soon-to-be 55 year old who spends most of her time keeping grandbabies. I can't believe anyone would ever be bored with anything you post about!

    Grace & Peace,
    Pam

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    1. You are so sweet. I feel like I'm just a big bore and not very interesting. I do have fun though :)

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  23. Thanks for the lovely summery tour Connie .. your garden looks wonderful to me here as we put more wood on the fire to keep the house warm. I am looking forward to spring & seeing some things come to life again. I love all your planters but the wheelbarrow is my favourite as I have one very similar. Xx

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    1. You're so sweet. I remember last winter, looking through garden books and seed catalogs dreaming of spring. This winter I'll be visiting your blog and watching your garden grow :)

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  24. I enjoyed the post very much, sometimes there is no need for a lot of words, good to see you are enjoying your summer :)

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    1. I love summer, don't you? I enjoy being outside in the sunshine:)

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  25. As always friend, another amazing post and photo's what a lovely place you have.

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    1. Thank you, that's very kind. We love our little acre of heaven :)

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  26. I love love love the tour Connie! The rooster and the chicken that belonged to your mom is my favorite. I've never seen a melon in a hammock or a dill plant that tall! Every photo interesting. Sometimes a lot of words are not needed. A picture says it all. I will look for the autumn joy plant.. I love how it looks.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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    1. I think you will truly like Autumn Joy, they are easy to grow and adapt to all climates.

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  27. The picture of the cucumber and your title made me laugh. I used to have Autumn Joy at one of our previous homes. I was able to keep them year after year so they must be easy to grow.
    xx Beca

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    1. They are very easy to grow and pretty too :)
      I'm delighted that I made you laugh.

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  28. Seeing that cucumber in that shape is so perfect in your post. I love that. Wonderful pictures and I wish I hadn't pulled up all of my Autumn Joy.
    betsy

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    1. It's so pretty and it's pretty much carefree to grow. I love this plant :)

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  29. I love Autumn Joy- I have had them in front of my house for about 10 years or so. I loved all your pictures today, Connie. Sometimes pictures make all the "words" we need.
    I hope you and your hubby have a wonderful weekend. xo Diana
    ps-LOVE the question mark in the beginning. lol

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    1. Hi Diana, thank you . . . Steve and I are enjoying retirement. We're not doing anything special, just hanging out at home and working in the garden and yard. It's just nice having him home :)

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  30. Your pictures are adorable.I enjoyed the tour so much,thanks!

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  31. 8 ft tall dill --that is some dill! :-) Your garden produce and kitchen products are beautiful! Also, the flowers so pretty in the last post. You definitely are a professional gardener --and preserver. Thank you for sharing all this beauty and bounty. God bless!

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