Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Joy of a Seed Catalog....in January

 
With January quickly coming to an end, it's time to start planning this years' vegetable and flower garden.
 
I know it must sound silly, but I actually get giddy thinking about the new seed catalog. Do you get excited thumbing through the pages?
 
 
Yesterday, the much anticipated catalog arrived !
 
 
I started ordering my seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds when I still owned the farm. Click HERE, if you would like to order their free catalog, or just browse the online catalog.
 
 
So tonight, after dinner, I will begin my 2015 Garden Plans. I know my eyes will be bigger than my budget.
 
 
What fun it is to grow something new from a faraway land, like the Kajari Melon. It is believed to originate in the Punjab region of India.
 
 
In the meantime, I still have a few herbs growing.
 
 
 
Even with the temperatures dipping in the 20's, I have managed to keep parsley, cilantro, chives, and sage growing. I simply cover them with a large clay pot, protecting them during the night.
 
 
The Iceland Poppy (Papaver) offers some cool weather blooms.
 
 
Also, the ornamental cabbage thrives through the cool nights.
 
 
And best of all, I will soon have a pot of blooming narcissus
to cheer me on....
 
Meggie Mac

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Awe Inspiring Ancient Temples for InSPIREd Sunday

 
Today's photos are on loan from my youngest daughter and her hubby. There are over 2,000 Temples and Pagodas on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwady in central Myanmar.
 
 
All of these photos were taken while they enjoyed the famous Balloons Over Bagan, Myanmar (Burma).
 
 
 

 
 
 
I find myself mesmerized with these photos...trying to imagine how my daughter felt floating above such an ancient site.
 
Meggie Mac
 
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday's Country Back Roads in the Forest

 
On my way home today.....
 
 
"How beautifully leaves grow old.
How full of light and color are their last days".
(1837-1921
American naturalist and nature essayist
 
Meggie Mac
 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Brown Betty for Thursday Show and Tell

 
So what is all the excitement about today. My new teapot arrived!
 
No...it is not an antique, but the Brown Betty does have a long history. Click Here to read some history on tea in the United Kingdom.
 
 
The Brown Betty is an iconic type teapot made from British red clay. According to my Internet research, there was a time almost every English household owned a Brown Betty.
 
Click HERE to link with Cauldon Ceramics, the British manufacturer of my tea pot.
 
 
I don't pretend  to know much about "Proper English Tea".  I do enjoy my morning and afternoon cup of green tea.
 
 
Even though I have some lovely tea cups....
 
 
I prefer my tea in a mug.
Meggie Mac

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holding Back the Icy Temperatures

 
Less than a week ago, this was the scene in the back garden. A transplanted iris, from my home on the Prairie, was about to bloom for the first time... at the Cottage.
 
 
The cold blast the upper part of the US has recently experienced, has now managed to lower our temperatures to freezing.
 
 
I decided to try to extend the green, long enough for the iris to bloom.
 
 
 I quickly covered everything, using wood stakes and clay pots to elevate a heavy  see-through tarp.
 
 
So why go to all the trouble to protect the iris from our first icy weather?
 
 
Early this morning, I rolled back the protective wrap to view a single iris bud.
 
 
It was so worth it....
Meggie Mac
 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remembering.....Veteran's Day 2014



For all those who have served our country!


Two years ago I wrote a post about another Veteran's Day Celebration in Praha, Texas.
Click HERE to read it again.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Dance of Autumn in Texas

 
November has arrived bringing some cooler weather. But in my part of Texas, Autumn still does the occasional dance with the lingering warm days of summer.
 
Once the calendar indicates Autumn has arrived, Texas usually has a few days where the temperatures take a dip.
 
Today it truly feels like Autumn is here.

 
 I have adorned all the outside doorways with the happy color of  pumpkins.

 
The sign, barely visible, says, "Every Garden Tells a Story".
My dear readers,
do you agree with this saying?
When looking at my garden, you know which colors I favor. My style is casual, with flowers spilling over the walkways.
 
 
The older cottage, I recently purchased, had no walkways, flowers or shrubs. Even with more stones to be set, the winding pathway to the front entrance is beginning to take shape.
 
 
My very own stone wall, waiting for shrubs to be planted.
 
 
As I had hoped, the flowers of the back garden are now draping over the retaining wall. You can read the story of the retaining wall ...HERE.
 
 
It pleases me to know the few flowers, I managed to plant in this "first year garden",
are thriving.....
 
 
And the rushing water, off the hill, has now been tamed....
Meggie Mac