Purple Fountain Grass

I love shopping at Lowes and their plant selection is always great.

Recently I found 3 purple fountain grass in quart containers for $3.00 each. They were on the clearance aisle but did not look bad at all. I think the regular price was $9.00 each.

I brought them home we planted them in pots and gave them some miracle grow and a few weeks later they have now doubled in size.

Taking pictures of grasses and blooms with my macro lens has always been something I enjoy.

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DIY – Concrete projects

I LOVE playing with concrete even though its hard to mix up and pour.

Recently I have been making stepping stones.
I buy the glass marble flat rocks for decoration they are cheapest at the dollar store.
The square mosaic tiles come in a sheet at Lowes and Home Depot.
To start out I bought a large plastic food tray at Walmart in the summer stuff, and some metal bowl pans in the dog section. I had a few plastic buckets from the dollar store to use.

Instructions:
Spray your mold with any nonstick cooking spray.
Mix up your sakrete as directed.
Pour some into the mold, then add the wire then pour the rest.
Let it sit 15 – 20 minutes and add the stones if they sink wait a bit longer.
Let dry overnight and they fall right out of the molds due to using the nonstick spray.

If you want to make a flower pot you will need a mold and something as the insert which will have to be weighted down. Use the nonstick cooking spray on the outside of what you are inserting in the middle and spray your mold just like before. I used some square containers and then inserted the plastic flower pots and weighted them down with rocks.
Wait about the same amount of time to insert your stones as above. You can use rocks like I used on the bigger one. Let dry overnight and both of the molds should pop right out. I made a mistake and did not allow for the drainage holes so make sure to do that first.

You can get about 4 stepping stones per bag of sakcrete maybe 5 if you do the smaller ones.

I love anything DIY and playing with concrete is fun and inexpensive.

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The succulent Purslane

This beautiful succulent is called Purslane or Portulaca.

It is an annual it works well in pots or planted in a flower bed.

The flowers bloom like crazy as long as the sun is shining but they close up every evening.

This plant is a good bang for the buck for instant, fast-growing color.

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Pulmonologist

I went to my first ever pulmonologist a few weeks ago and I really do not know a whole lot. I had a CT lung scan a few weeks before that.

In two more months, I will have another CT lung scan to recheck some things that were found on the first one.

I will also be doing some breathing test to check on some lung issues that were found.

Things show up on these scans that require further testing, rescanning and more evaluations with other tests. In other words, one test leads to another then to another.

Needless to say, I left there with an inhaler ( Symbicort) the first one I have ever had and very few answers as far as the CT lung scan report goes.

I am not a patient person and having to wait to see what is up really drives me crazy.

 

 

 

Fourth Of July

Everyone, please remember that most pets do not like fireworks. Many run away from home if left outside during the fireworks. Bring the pets in so they have the security.

Daisy does not seem bothered by them but then again she stays in the house.

Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July.

 

Texas Heat

It is quite hot here in Texas and the humidity seems to make it worse.

My sister Sheri and I walk 3 – days a week and we start walking at about 7:15 a.m. and it’s already hot.

We are determined to get in our exercise so we will persevere and wait patiently for the cooler fall temperatures.

We found a park nearby where the squirrels are all very friendly so yesterday we took some food for them some chicken scratch corn and sunflower seeds and they were quite grateful.

I would love to photograph them but carrying my camera on a walk like this is too much. Maybe I will try my phone but I am never crazy about the pictures I take with it.

When you can add natures beauty and the wildlife to your walks, it really makes your walks even more special.

Gladiola blooms

This year I had found 100 count gladiola bulbs in a box at Walmart for about $15.00 I bought two boxes.

We built a new bed around one of the oak trees in the backyard and made a gladiola bed.

According to the chart on the box, it was about a month past the date I should plant them. Well, I figured it was worth a try and low and behold they are now blooming.

The price was great but I did get tired of planting 200 bulbs lol. It takes a good size bed for that many flower bulbs. We built it up with a lot of dirt but they are still falling over does anyone have any suggestions? Do gladiolas always fall over because they are top heavy?

They are the most beautiful colors and color combinations of flowers I am truly enjoying them.

Flowers brighten our days and most of all make our yards more beautiful.

You are in charge of what makes you happy and for me, it’s always planting things that bloom.

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