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Saturday, April 25, 2009


My computer crashed on March 31st and I got it working until right before Easter. I have had to deal with Dell on my warranty which wasn't worth a red cent. I wound up getting it fixed locally and found to my dismay that Dell had even sent the wrong parts. Now I'm dealing with trying to get my money back on the extended warranty. For what that cost me, I could have gotten my computer fixed 4 times.

In the meantime, I had plenty of time on my hands. I made about 9 dolls, finished up some crib bumpers I had procrastinated on and helped on getting our veggie garden planted, flower pots and flower beds filled and helped clear off the property to the back of the house. In fact it was quite pleasant so I've vowed not to spend all my time here and spend more time outside and doing things that need to be done around here.

The photo here is of an old garden cart we had. We used to use it behind our lawn mower but now have larger ones that our mule pulls. So we moved it to the front of the house and painted it this pale green. Notice the chicken wire attached to it. We have a dog who is notorious for sleeping in it. Also found an old bottomless chair and used it for a pot of wave petunias. And geraniums are in the cute birdhouse planter. Hope you enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed fixing it up. More to come later.

  
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PJOY@EMAIL.COM 4/28/2009 10:52AM

    Beautiful.

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GRALLEN 4/27/2009 10:05PM

    How lovely. Thanks for including the photo. I need you to come help me in my yard. I have no imagination on gardening what so ever. I just buy what looks pretty and hope it lives. lol

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SUNNY332 4/27/2009 8:51PM

    Looks great, Barb!

Sunny

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DORATHYINMN. 4/25/2009 10:18PM

 

Dear Barb,

I love your flower beds, they are very neat. It gives me an idea on how to do my yard.

That's cool how your dog likes to sleep in the cart.

My you have fun in your yard.

Dorathyinmn. emoticon

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TZH4145 4/25/2009 7:29PM

    I love your flowers and I love those marvelous ideas of yours on using a cart, a bottomless chair and a birdhouse planter for flowers. You have such a beautiful front yard.!!

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Meaning of the iris

Thursday, April 09, 2009


As you by now know...the iris is my favorite flower of all times. I did a little research on the iris and this is what I found.

Few other flowers can match the elegant beauty of the iris. Representing faith, hope, and wisdom, the iris is a flower that can be used for many different occasions. While it is most known for its distinctive blue varieties, the iris can also be found in other colors such as yellow and white.
The iris's history is rich, dating back to Ancient Greek times when the Greek Goddess Iris, the messenger of the gods and the personification of the rainbow, acted as the link between heaven and earth. Purple irises were planted over the graves of women to summon the Goddess to guide the dead in their journey. Ancient Egyptian kings marveled in the irisís exotic nature, and drawings have been found of the flower in a number of Egyptian palaces. During the Middle Ages, the meaning of irises became linked to the French monarchy, and the Fleur-de-lis eventually became the recognized national symbol of France. From their earliest years, irises were used to make perfume and as a medicinal remedy. Today, they are primarily seen in gardens, in bouquets, and in the wild all over the world.
Through its intricate history, the meanings of the iris has come to include faith, hope, and wisdom. Depending on factors such as color and region, irises may bear additional meanings as well. In some parts of the world, the dark blue or purple iris can denote royalty, whereas the yellow iris can be a symbol of passion. Irises may also express courage and admiration. The many meanings of the iris makes the flower a great choice for an array of gift giving occasions: corporate, sympathy, get well, thinking of you, and birthday are just some of the occasions for which irises might be the perfect choice.

Today, the iris is the state flower of Tennessee, and the Fleur-de-lis is the emblem for the city of New Orleans. Irises are cultivated all over the world, and they can be found naturally in Europe, the Middle East, northern Africa, Asia, and North America.


  
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PJOY@EMAIL.COM 4/28/2009 10:55AM

    I have never heard of this before. Thank you for sharing. Beautiful flower.

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WYOBZM 4/10/2009 9:35AM

    Thanks. I love flowers. Check out my photo gallery. I have been cataloging the Wyoming ones for the last few years. Just planted some iris bulbs last year and hope they come up. The wild irises in the boggy parts of our forests are beautiful, but that won't happen until June.
Looking forward to more flower history from you. emoticon

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ANGORA4 4/9/2009 11:51PM

    You sure are a fount of fascinating information! I do love iris as well, especially the striped and speckled ones. Mom has a funny one that was my grandma's (of course, grandma was born in 1876, so it's still old!) It's a purple and lavendar iris, and the first blossom opens normally, with the upright standards and the drooping falls. But the succeeding flowers open flat like a japanese iris. Until it gets back to the last few flowers, which revert back to the original form. Really odd.

We have tiny little rock garden irises. And the slender graceful siberian iris. Some wild yellow swamp iris. A selection of bearded iris. A lone Japanese iris.

Last fall, I bought a frilly bright yellow iris, and hopefully a 'Steppin' Out' type striped violet and white. I've tried the tie dye pattern violet and white 'Batik', but haven't got one to grow yet. Hopefully soon!

Mom has a coppery one similar to your photo, think it was called 'Fire (something or other)'. It's such an unusual color.

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MICHAELEWELLS 4/9/2009 7:35PM

    I did not know this
Thanks

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Give thanks today!!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


I'm just so thankful to live where I live and enjoy the outdoors like I do. Also enjoy gardening and have the room to have garden space. I'm very thankful for having dodged the freeze on Tuesday morning and then today it go all the way up to 79F. What a difference a day makes. Blue birds are nesting and the mockingbirds are back and singing. We got the garden retilled and the lawn mowed. We need to remember the true meaning of Easter and Passover!!!

  
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ANGORA4 4/8/2009 10:46PM

    Looking for blessings is always a good way to start the day! And so excited for your good news about the freezes! Woo hoo!

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Escaped the freeze!!!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


I just have to let everyone know that we escaped the freeze this morning and only have one more morning to go through but it is predicted to be much higher temps than this morning. I was praying and my prayers were answered. (Praise the Lord) and we narrowly missed the freeze. We wound up being the warm spot for our entire state!!.

Our iris are just beginning to bud. We have had one to open and it was small. So I'm posting a picture from last year of our bronze iris. I'm so looking forward to warming temps, planting the garden, planting flowers and the iris blooming. I'm so so thankful too for the Lord's provision and for my friends here.

  
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ANGORA4 4/8/2009 10:45PM

    What beautiful colors you have! We won't see iris for a long time yet, we've still got forsythia in bud!

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iris for bloom Tuesday

Monday, April 06, 2009


Well we are do a hard freeze tonight so thought I would put up my bloom today on my single iris that is blooming. There are several others that are in buds so don't imagine I will see them bloom after tonight. We did cover the ferns we planted and have a light on them tonight but there isn't much we can do about the fruit trees. So looks like another year without fruit. I'm still praying abou it. Last night it was predicted for morning temps on Tuesday to be 26F and this morning they said 28F. This afternoon the report said 29F. But looked again and it is back to 27F. I don't think they know what it is going to do. And God can work miracles and put us in a warm spot. At least that is what I'm praying. And if that isn't possible then at least pray it doesn't kill the trees like it did one year. At least we have enjoyed the blooms on the trees. I will report tomorrow what it did.

  


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