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Bouganvillea Garden Project - Update #3

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

All twelve of my Bougainvilleas are planted. (Yeah! emoticon )

Today, I started planting my little flowers. See picture above. The flowers I picked up from Lowe's are called Vinca. Even though they are not in the Impatient family, they look like an Impatient. However, they like full sun. They bloom in the Summer & Fall though I think in Florida probably longer. In Southern Florida, Miami area, they are considered a perennial. They may or may not be so in Central Florida. I got the initial bunch because of the color combination with the Bougainvilleas.

Sunday as a reward to myself, I went to Bok Tower. I got 45 minutes of moving up and down the hillside. Part of the 45 minutes were broken up with breaks. It was too hot to push it. I love the place for exercise among beauty.

I was hoping for inspiration for what to plant in my little side beds. I got it. The Bougainvilleas are supposed to attract Hummingbirds. Love that. While I was at Bok Tower saw more than one butterfly. Realized I want a flowering bush that will attract butterflies. I've tentatively decided on Butterfly Weed. If I understand what I've read, they'll stay the right height. Not sure about the color combination. Most pictures of Butterfly Weed I've seen are in the orange family. Certain orange & pinks I do like. So I'm hoping it will work.

At this point, a lot of the Bougainvilleas have lost their initial flowers. They haven't put new flowers yet BUT they are growing. I do have one runt but it started that way.

So to recap:
12 of 12 Bougainvilleas planted.
1 of 13 sections of Vinca flowers planted.
0 of 2 Butterfly Weed plants put in.
Most initial weeding done between fences.
When done, all sections between fences will have mulch (see picture above.)
Will update when get more completed.

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MOJO0607 7/2/2014 10:30AM

    So beautiful...love the pics!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/1/2014 7:38PM

    Wow! It looks so great! When I bought our hanging pots, the person who worked in the garden section told me that the plants that are perennials where it doesn't get cold in the winter, can be perennials here too if you bring them inside in the winter. I am wondering if you can dig them up when the weather starts to get cold and put them in pots. Just a thought.....

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Bouganvillea Garden Project - Update #2

Monday, June 23, 2014

I'm up to nine of the twelve Bougainvillea plants planted. The little flowers were not looking very good so I have put them temporarily on my left additional bed. The right additional bed has landscape fabric covered with two bags of mulch & some bricks. I want to kill as much of the grass before I plant in it.

Set up the second main section with bricks & mulch. The last three Bougainvilleas are hanging out there waiting to be planted. Did I mention the landscape bricks I'm using for edging weigh close to 10#. This section had an additional eighteen. Only handled those about five times each. The original thirty bricks got handled at least seven times per brick. The next 24 for that bed only got handled three times. (Going to the Chiropractor every week during this process.)

After I finish planting all twelve Bougainvilleas, I'm going to take a day to celebrate by going to Bok Tower. After that, I'll put in the small plants. I'm going to space them differently than planned. Instead of every foot, I'll place them between the Bougainvilleas.

After the beds are all set up, I'll set up the drip irrigation system. Have everything I need for the two main beds.

I have spent hours trying to pull as much of the grass out of the six inch space between our fence & our neighbors. As I dig holes for my plants, taking the sand I dig out and putting it between fences as mulch. When I'm done, I put regular mulch over that. Came up with some better tools to do that job. The first sections I did have more grass growing than the newer. Will do some weeding before I put the mulch over the between fence section.

I'm not sure what I want to do with the side beds. First, I thought Hibiscus. Now I'm leaning towards something not as high. Will wait to see what the bed looks like in the fall to make up my mind. In the meantime, grass will be killed under those sections. Should make it easier to put in whatever.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/24/2014 8:28PM

    Looks great Eileen! Can't wait to see the finished gardens!

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EILEENV3 6/23/2014 9:55PM

    How tall is the dwarf hibiscus? Thanks!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/23/2014 8:46PM

    Lovely! Great job, Eileen.

We have a dwarf hibiscus that puts out an incredible number of blooms. Would that work for you??

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Bouganvillea Garden Project - Update #1

Friday, June 20, 2014

Have 7 of 12 Bougainvilleas planted but none of the little flowers. Will start on them when first section of bed done.

Have two more Bougainvilleas to plant in original bed. Need to put brick edging & mulch down for send Bougainvillea bed. Going to put two small sections on either end. Not sure if putting a Pink Hibiscus tree in either end. I'm liking the look of just bricks at this point.

At some point, I'll put the small flowers in front. Given how big the Bougainvilleas will get, they may only be for this season.

Did pictures in Landscape mode - hope they'll work ok in blog.

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MAGGIEVAN 6/20/2014 10:22PM

    They grow really wild in hot climates. Enjoy.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/20/2014 8:54PM

    Looks great Eileen! You did a very nice job! emoticon

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ALICIA214 6/20/2014 4:44PM


Looks Lovely... emoticon

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Bouganvillea Garden Project - Finally

Friday, June 13, 2014

I have always wanted bougainvilleas but my husband was not interested until our neighbor, over our misgivings, put a vinyl privacy fence roughly six inches from our chain link fence. This created an area that couldn't be mowed. That is the bad part; the good part is that he didn't care if I want to put bougainvilleas to grow on our fence.

Before I retired last August, I had planned to put newspapers down THAT month, cover with ground cloth, and weigh down with edging bricks. I figured the grass underneath would be dead enough to plant bougainvilleas when I got back in September from visiting my son's family in Virginia. I DID get donations of newspapers and bought my ground cover & stakes to hold down.

I have greatly enjoyed my retirement. Before I retired, I had several plans and/or goals. I've met my goal of becoming more physically active. I've gotten a start on my plan to declutter & organize my house. I enjoy the changes to my bedroom. It will be finished when I put up my art pictures. Toward that goal, I had several acrylics and one very special pencil drawing framed. The rest had odd ball sized matting and are too cost prohibitive to frame. I'll put them up as is. Have a lot more work to do on decluttering. Haven't started on weight loss or art work yet. AND until this week, didn't work on bougainvillea flower bed.

This past Monday, I got my bricks. My original plan was for a bed 2'x25" (size of ground cloth folded into four layers). I thought I wouldn't do the back fence area with bricks. I got 30 landscape edging bricks. Moved them several times on Monday. Each brick is 1' long by about 3" AND close to 10#.

Tuesday, I spent one very long & hot day putting my newspapers down. I worked hard to get them overlapping and even. In the process, I moved bricks around to keep papers from blowing around. I have no idea how many times I moved each 10# brick. After the newspapers were down, I put the ground cover on and put in 75 staples to hold it tight. When I got done, I realized I wanted to do the back next to the fence also. At this point, I WAS going to leave the ground alone until after I get back from a trip to Virginia over the summer. I wanted to kill the grass as originally planned.

Wednesday morning, I realized I did not want to wait until September. I wanted flowers NOW. At that point, I planned to put my bougainvilleas 2' apart with little flowers in front. We did have some drip irrigation parts around from a papaya project that didn't make it. Figured out what I needed & went to Lowe's. In two trips, I got 12 good size bougainvilleas, 24 little flowers, six bags of mulch, 24 bricks, and some drip irrigation parts. Both times, I parked near the garden exit but it started to rain while I was there. So I got to push heavy trolleys to the front cash register and then back to my car. My thighs are still burning from those trips as well as the other garden work.

Got the plants home, placed them 2' apart and put down mulch to keep them cooler until I plant them. II had extra bags of mulch [SO LUCKY WAS ABLE TO GET MELALEUCA MULCH - melaleuca is an invasive plant that they are trying irridaicate. Mulch is a byproduct of that process and so much more environmentally friendly than alternative.) Got a "great idea". Put those bags down next to bed. Have decided to extend bed another 8-9'. Will use bags of mulch to kill grass. Also decided to space bougainvilleas 2-1/2' apart.

By Thursday, my body was protesting. Luckily, I had a chiropractor appointment. Before went to Dr, I picked up four more bags of mulch to finish where I want covered.

Today, I planted my first bougainvillea plant. It was "interesting" cutting through the four layers of ground cover and newspapers. Would have done more but thunder showers were headed our way.

So now, will get up early most days to plant what I can before I lose shade in garden area. This is Florida and it can get VERY warm.

Next Monday, I'll pick up the ground cover for the additional bed area and my bricks.

Will post pictures as I progress.

So at this point, I have planted 1 of 12 bougainvillea plants and 0 of 23 little plants. Before I get done, I will be getting more little plants -- probably plant about 7 to 8.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/17/2014 5:50PM

    Oh how pretty! I can't wait to see pictures of the finished garden! Mike gave me two giant bushes and a palm tree for our 20th anniversary in 2013. One of the bushes is a Bougainvillea. It is the same color as yours. I love the bright pink!


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2014 Goal & Time of Reckoning

Friday, January 03, 2014

Re the Reckoning re Weight Gain
I started to gain my weight back when I stopped tracking food and doing daily scale check. My eating habits have gotten even more out of control since I retired in August. Based on clothes not fitting -- buying bigger sizes -- and then them not fitting, I knew I had gained weight but was in avoidance. Weighing myself has been a big wake up call. I will adjust the info on SparkPeople today to reflect the bad news.

Weight loss goals.
I've gotten close to 170. This is the most I have ever weighed in my life. My first goal will be to bring that weight down to 140 by May 1st. Around that time, I'll be doing to do a more rigorous 2 day hike in a state that has more elevation gain than Florida. I need to be physically prepared.
After that goal is reached, will set new goal of 130 to be reached by end of year.
A calorie strategy that has worked for me is to take goal weight x 18. From that number, I subtract 100 for odds & ends. The final number is my goal calorie per day. By eating that amount, I retrain my eating habits for the weight. It is a little slower than other methods but re jiggling fat - slower is better.

2013 GOALS
I am readjusting the priority of my 2013 goals. That being said, To Accept & Love myself is a life long goal.
1) Get physically fit
2) Loose weight
3) Cut down on Clutter
4) Accept myself
5) Enjoy life
6) Be more creative

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AQUAGIRL08 1/6/2014 8:29PM

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LILYBELLE8 1/5/2014 4:05PM

    I like this entire list and could easily make it my own! Good luck, friend.

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