Date: November 27th, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: Fruit, Garden, Leaves, red, Seasonal, Texas, Trees, USA, winter.

Cotoneaster berries, Lewisville, TXSplashes of color on the Cotoneaster “Cornubia” in our next door neighbor’s yard… branches are redder on the other side of the fence! They will remain this way most of the winter, minus a few berries plucked by birds.


Date: November 19th, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: Animals, Canada, Children, Garden, Ontario, Smile.

Truly and George Xarchos, 1999Here is our sweet Truly, sadly no longer with us, as she was a few years into her rehabilitation after being bitten through the pituitary gland by a large dog when she was only 5 weeks old. She was never quite a normal dog, always looked like a perpetual puppy, and she was quirky but she was Truly Sweet for nine years longer than others might have allowed her to live. In this 1999 photo she and George Xarchos, who is now about 13 years old, are checking each other out with the same curious postures.


Date: November 16th, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: Design, food, Fruit, Garden, Green, pink, Seasonal, Series, Summer, Texas, USA.

Watermelon, apparently seedless


Seedless watermelon on September 19th, 2008Seedless watermelon on September 25th, 2008Seedless watermelon on October 21st, 2008One of the fun things about gardening is that you can never predict the exact outcome of a planted seed. Even seedless things insist on having seeds in them sometimes. Such was the case with the mother of this watermelon, apparently seedless, it had only one. This series of photos were taken on Sept.19th, 25th,  Oct. 25th and 27th, and Nov. 16th (2008).


Date: November 15th, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: fruit and veggies, Garden, Green, Leaves, Seasonal, Summer, Trees, USA.

Avacado leaves, Caterpillar ArtI haphazardly plunked a few avocado pits into the soil six years ago and one of them is now over seven feet high. However, it’s too close to the house and if I had known it would grow three feet in height and width this past summer I would have transplanted it somewhere smarter early last Spring.

In the South there are no basements and the foundations of houses are more susceptible to cracking and deterioration; maintenance and prevention is critical. Now, Avocados are supposed to develop fruit the seventh year…this one possibly next year. What to do? Should I move it next Spring to some location with completely different light and soil conditions and risk it dying, or allow it to do what it will and perhaps enjoy a few home-grown avocados (a dream come true for a northern gardener), knowing that next year’s roots will be anticipating serious business as far as where they establish themselves…most likely in our foundation and the accompanying sprinkler system. The best decision is to move it sooner than later. We may not live here long enough to enjoy the fruits of our labor, but hopefully this tree will reestablish itself and produce fruit sometime soon, and it’s cool to think that someone – whoever, whenever – will enjoy fresh avocados from it.


Date: November 14th, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, food, fruit and veggies, Garden, Green, Seasonal, Series, Texas, USA.

Healthy tomatoes in November - finally - do they have time to ripen before frost?If you can grow tomatoes in Texas, I figure you can grow anything. If the plants manage to survive Summer’s 105* F heat they will still not produce tomatoes on those leggy vines until November.

One day in July when I was outside tending to yard work, my neighbor came shrieking out of her yard with a tone higher than her usual typically high octave that native Texan women have. All the fuss was about a tomato presenting itself in her garden, and she was mighty excited about it. She told me that someone told her that someone else told them that throwing used coffee grounds on the base of the plant will do the trick. I had heard about putting coffee grounds on rose bushes and do know the goodness that composting provides, but for fear of attracting snakes, rats or scorpions into my yard – which I’ve never seen but apparently they exist here – I have not kept a compost at all in this garden. I’m not fond of the idea of Snake Surprise. Anyway, coffee grounds have regularly been sprinkled on the tomato patch since July, plus this particular plant was propped up onto a bird bath stand. It’s November on the verge of frosty nights and the fruits are looking quite healthy. Next year the tomatoes will have the advantage of this years’ supply of the ol’ Texas coffee-ground-trick a lot earlier in the growing season. I can hardly wait for next year’s giant tomatoes to appear in June.


Date: November 5th, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, Flowers, Garden, issues, Seasonal, Texas.

White Portulaca, Lewisville, TXExcerpt from “Heaven’s Here On Earth” by Tracy Chapman from her CD, “New Beginnings”:
…Heaven’s here on earth    In our faith in humankind    In our respect for what is earthly    In our unfaltering belief in peace and love and understanding     I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people leading ordinary lives    Filled with love compassion forgiveness and sacrifice     Heaven’s in our hearts…


Date: November 1st, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, Garden, Leaves, red, Seasonal, Texas, Trees.

Crepe Myrtle leaves, seasonal change, Lewisville, TXCrepe Myrtle leaves, seasonal change, Lewisville, TXThe changing seasons in Texas are not as dramatic as in the North. There’s more time to appreciate the cooler weather and enjoy the colors of lingering leaves. Autumn here is all about extremes though; AC on during the day and furnaces on at night. Petals in the wind blowing off the remaining white Crepe Myrtle flowers remind me of the snow already flying up north. It’s so beautiful today.



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