Monday, December 29, 2008

Covering all subjects

I have been covering all aspects of the title of my blog. It's back to homeschooling as I am helping my daughter teach my grandson. I thought I was retired! Ha!! We still have our homeschooling group here in Socorro and that will provide a lot of help for us.

On the cleaning front, I have been busy, and have, in the past year, lost some people, and gained some. I guess I like cleaning as I am still doing it, and have done it for others a lot in my life. Then there's the cleaning here at home, which never stops. Since my dishwasher broke, and especially now, it seems that there are dirty dishes 24-7!!

On the gardening front, it's mainly my house plants which are getting all my attention. My Orchid Cactus is growing wild!!! My lime tree has one lime growing, I rescued two plants, on sale at Smiths, and they are doing well now. All my other older plants are hanging in there. Outside, there are still a few things living, and green. I think the area inside the adobe wall is a microclimate because the plants there don't seem to freeze.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Some plants still growing

I have found some plants surviving so far. I even have carnations blooming for the first time! My snapdragons are continuing to grow, and columbines too. So, I wonder if, for some of the plants, if they will grow all winter because they are in protected places? Places called micro climates, which are next to walls, or otherwise protected from the elements.

I continue to keep water out for my wild birds, and animals. Walked yesterday at the nature area, and it's as peaceful as ever, but not well maintained.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Gardening almost over

With the colder weather comes the demise of some of my plants. Some were lost to a freeze. My snapdragons, and a couple of other plants have survived so far. I took all the seed pods off my Moon Flower vines to let them dry over the winter. I took seeds from several plants to plant in the spring.

So, I'm kind of sad to see my gardening end for a few months. I already can't wait until next spring. In the meantime, I have plenty of houseplants and garden plans to keep me occupied.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Finally back!

My computer went down a long time ago. I am now using my daughter's computer and fast internet. This summer was at first a slow growing period, but toward the end of July, after our monsoon, things took off! Then I had all kinds of blooming plants. My moonflowers waited til September to really bloom in the cooler weather. Same with the cosmos. The snapdragons, however, bloomed all summer. I really was surprised when a bel pepper plant sprouted up in one of my containers.

So, I have been daydreaming about next spring already. Planning more surprises for my back yard garden. Also, I made a stepping stone, and plan to do that this winter for a pastime. Surprisingly, I like working with cement and plaster.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Much Needed Rain!!

I'm happy to report that we had a lot of rain this past week. It was very much needed and appreciated! My plants loved it.
I did find a way to keep the rabbits from eating my plants. I put a tire over my plant and nothing bothers it, and it grows so much better! Even my Spanish Broom, which I thought was dead, is coming back.
My container plants are now doing better. The Cosmos plants are about 7 inches high now. I have snapdragons, and petunias in containers also and they are doing great. I planted some Moonflower seeds and am waiting for them to come up.
I'm still taking pictures of my plants so I can put them on this site. Hopefully, it will be in the next couple of weeks.
Happy gardening!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Gardening in the Wind

I have been gardening-well, watering my plants, keeping them growing. We had horrible wind the past 3 days and being outside was not a good feeling. There was ice on the bird water containers this morning, but none of my plants froze. I have some planted in front of my porch and there is a wall surrounding them, so they might be in a microclimate which provides protection.
My Columbine is blooming, and also my Snapdragons. I have been taking pictures to put online so I can post them here. My flower seeds sprouted, so in a month I hope to see them growing and blooming soon. I am watering my bamboo a lot so it will get a good start also.
So, now all we need is rain! We haven't had any in so long. It would make a huge difference as things seem to bloom better with rain.
Also, rabbits have managed to eat anything coming up in my garden area, except for the mexican cactus I transplanted, and since I have several water containers for birds, there are always some to watch out there. I may have to be satisfied with trees and grass out there, or grow some hanging plants, out of reach of the rabbits.
So, hopefully, soon I will have some pictures on this blog.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Spring Planting and watering

I planted flower seeds last week, and dug up some plants at a friend's house to bring home and transplanted those. I planted poppies, black eyed susan, carnations, columbine, hollyhock, morning glory, and a few other seeds and plants. I've also been watering my grass and it is coming back to green now! I love this time of year.
On the other hand, it's also time to rake and burn weeds. I've spent a few early mornings doing that before the wind starts up. The main reason for doing so is-we are in a drought here in central NM and the fire danger is high. I want to keep a clear area around my house.
So, some of my flower seeds are coming up! I watch daily to see how much they've grown. I also worry about the things I planted in the back yard because rabbits eat almost everything.
I think I'll have to put some garden pictures on a CD and post them on here. The pictures I scanned wouldn't work on here.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Spring Is Here!!

It appears that spring is here. A sign of spring in New Mexico is the wind and dust which lasts for about a month. I hope April will bring the end to it!

I had forgotten that a friend gave my daughter many packets of flower seeds last summer, and instead of buying many plants, I will plant these seeds. I am going to Walmart to get a big bag of potting soil this week, and I will mainly plant in containers. Last summer, with the dry conditions and heat, I used containers all around my front yard and everything grew well.

I grew moonflowers in a container. The vines spread up my porch lattice and the flowers were beautiful. I want to plant those again. I am thinking about planting herbs also.

So, I hopefully will post some pictures here of my beautiful flowers this summer. Wish me luck.

Monday, January 28, 2008


After our freezing temperatures in December and January, and the bleak, gray color of winter, I am so ready for spring. I can't wait to buy plants, plan my garden, and beautify my yard and garden!

I already have plans to zeriscape certain areas of my garden, due to hot summer temperatures. I also want unusual containers for plants in my front yard, and on my porch. I am going to set aside a gardening fund and when the time is right I will excitedly rush out and buy plants in abundance.

My house plants are thriving. I just transplanted my lime tree and it has buds now, so hopefully I will have a few nice limes this summer. My orchid cactus is growing like crazy, and I hope I get to see it bloom again, even though the bloom just lasts for one night.

In the meantime, until spring is here, I will enjoy my plants in the house, and enjoy the flowers. I will keep working on the garden area so it will be ready for my eager planting, and planning soon.