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Thanksgiving Reflection


Thanksgiving  Reflection…

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him   with music and song. Psalm 95:2

During a recent 12 day trip through New England to photograph the famous fall colors we were a struck by the incredible beauty and serenity . Driving through the Berkshire mountains or traveling winding roads through the countryside of Vermont, the trees stand shimmering in the sun or sparkling in the dancing light of raindrops, an unimaginable array of color.

As we set up our tripods and prepared to shoot a particularly colorful scene with sugar maples reflected in a small pond out in the middle of the New York countryside, others began to pull over to photograph it as well.  A man  came over to tell me he drives by this pond every single day and always thinks to himself, ” I should really stop and take a picture of that-it’s so  beautiful”….but he never had, until now.

His comment made me think about how often I fail to appreciate beautiful and praise worthy things that surround me and how often I forget to thank the one who provides them…

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12:28
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift. 2 Corinthians 9:15
Give thanks in all circumstances…1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good His love endures forever. Psalm 136
…whatever is true  whatever is noble, whatever   is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if   anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Philippians   4:8
…he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my   soul…Psalm 23 :2,3

Wishing  you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!




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Fall Garden Transformation


Fall is here and it’s time to clean up the garden! This weekend I pulled out the zucchini, a dozen ragged statice plants,some overgrown chard and a spent cucumber plant. Once everything is pulled out it’s a great time to add compost to refill your raised beds and get them ready for spring planting. I bought bags of Gro Mulch compost at Home Depot for $5.00 each. Make sure to read the ingredients. You want a mix of manure and compost and not just “forest products”.  And, after you clean up  you can plant a few bulbs for a burst of color and fragrance come spring!

First, clean up the garden beds and add compost .I love the nice clean look but I couldn’t pull out the dahlias, which need to stay until they really send all the energy back into the tuber (a few more weeks), or the beans that I planted in late July which are just now giving us a few meals!  And, I left the Big Boy tomatoes and the Sweet 100 plant since they’re still giving us a crop!

Next I planted bulbs to enjoy next spring. The fragrance of Freesias is my absolute favorite scent.  The yellow ones smell the strongest but I put in an assortment of orange, yellow and blue since that’s what came in the huge Costco bag of bulbs. (Costco has huge bags of large bulbs for an incredible price every fall!)

Since any dirt not already planted in my garden is too full of tree roots to turn over, I planted all my bulbs in barrels or boxes and eventually they will all be over planted with pansies!

Next up: Garlic! I planted 20 bulbs in two long rows to try it out for the first time:



I followed the instructions above which came with the bulbs I bought at Harmony Farms. Can’t wait till next spring/summer to see how they do!

With all this cleaning and digging I still had to make time for my daily “chat with the chickens”. I love to sit on the bench I put just outside their coop and watch them go crazy for the treats I give them. A few green bean leaves and a watermelon rind and they’re in heaven.  They certainly aren’t afraid of Chloe are they:

Have fun in your fall garden and get ready for spring at the same time!


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African Violets – How to Get Many From One!

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African violets looks nice and full when you buy them. However, if you leave them that way you’ll soon notice it’s because there are two or more plants in the pot! They grow shoots out the sides and end up all twisted and crooked instead of nice and flat with flowers floating above the foliage. So, there are two good reasons to learn to divide them! You get free plants to keep or share and you get far more attractive plants.



Succulent Garden Extravaganza!

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I’m becoming a little obsessed with succulents! They offer texture and colors and variety, they’re easy to grow and lend themselves well to arrangements and decor both inside the house and outside in the garden!

Though we just visited Succulent Gardens in Castroville, Ca. a few weeks ago, I learned about their “Extravaganza” event happening this past weekend and just had to go back.



How to Use a Decorative Bird Cage!


A trip to Beverly’s or Michael’s crafts usually means a visit to the sale section. Decorative bird cages were the hot buy a few weeks ago so I picked up a few and finally figured out what to do with them!

You can use them as bird feeders! Just put a saucer filled with seed inside-they love it!



You can also use one to hang a plant!


And, finally, you can use one to hang citronella candles at your next BBQ!


It’s fun to “re-purpose” things!


All photos by Donna Jones

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Trim Roses for Another Round of Blooms…


Once your roses are done with a nice flush of bloom you can let the petals slowly fall away ….or….you can “dead head” them by cutting off the old blossoms to an outward facing leaf, feed them and stand back for another round of color!


Right around the 4th of July these Iceberg roses finished blooming and I let them sit that way till last week:


While, at the same time,  these roses were “dead headed” right after blooms faded…with this result:

In our area, (northern Calif.