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Gardening in America
2007, A Lazy Gardening Year

The year 2007 has been a lazy gardening time for me. Early in the spring my mind was made up. I would not spend so much time in the yard.  Mother at 94 seems to be a little weaker every day. It was imperative I spend time with her to write her story in  the book being published called, "Velma, Fleur de Narcissus," flower of the Narcissus (her father's name). There is the Fleur de Lis (Lily) or Iris, Fleur de Astor, and so many more, I'm sure.  My daughter works on her master's degree and her two year old is just too much fun to trade off for gardening, however much I do love everything with the outdoors.  The 50th anniversary I had worked toward for a number of years.  Finishing up projects started in the house was necessary.  The picture of the vines drooping down is the view I have every morning as I enjoy my morning coffee on the patio.

Sharing this small bit of the wonder of growing things is about all I can do.  The begonias I grow in the dollar hanging pots. They make wonderful gifts for showers, funerals, weddings, or just to share with a friend I love. I've heard the Mother in law tongue is great for purifying the air inside a house. Last year I potted up these Impatients before a frost and they bloomed all winter long. I plan to pot these up soon and hang them from the ceiling on the back porch. They will be nice for gifts, also. Space is becoming limited out there because my daughter puts her plants there, too, to over winter.

The apples are huge this year, and there have been a mass of these little black butterflies.  I love the aqua spots on them.  This one was opening its wings to catch the warm rays of sun and it held them flat for long enough to snap this photograph.

So there, King Author of Camelot, this is how the simple people live.

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