Gardens-Gladiolas and a Mystery Plant; a Mid-July Garden Update

A Mid-July 2006 look at the gardens. Gladiolas and a huge "mystery plant"
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Unattributed Common Sense

1. No one can ruin your day without YOUR permission.

2. Most people will be about as happy, as they decide to be.

3. Others can stop you temporarily, but only you can do it permanently.

4. Whatever you are willing to put up with, is exactly what you will have.

5. Success stops when you do.

6. When your ship comes in.... make sure you are willing to unload it.

7. You will never have it all together.

8. Life is a journey...not a destination. Enjoy the trip!

9. The biggest lie on the planet When I get what I want I will be happy.

10. The best way to escape your problem is to solve it.

11. I've learned that ultimately , 'takers' lose and 'givers' win.

12. Life's precious moments don't have value, unless they are shared.

13. If you don't start, it's certain you won't arrive.

14. We often fear the thing we want the most.

15. He or she who laughs......lasts.

16. Yesterday was the deadline for all complaints.

17. Look for opportunities...not guarantees.

18. Life is what's coming....not what was.

19. Success is getting up one more time.

20. Now is the most interesting time of all.

21. When things go wrong.....don't go with them.

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The Secret Language of Women - Keywords and Their Meaning

  • Fine
    This is the word a woman uses at the end of any argument in which she feels she is right about but needs to shut you up. Never use "fine" to describe how a woman looks. This will cause you to have one of those arguments.

  • Five Minutes
    This is really half an hour. It is equivalent to the same "five minutes" in a football game, before you take out the garbage.

  • Nothing
    This really means, "You'd never understand." "Nothing" is usually accompanied by a woman's desire to turn you inside out, upside-down, and backwards. "Nothing" is often said prior to an argument that will last "Five Minutes" and will end with the word "Fine."

  • Go Ahead (with raised eyebrows.)
    This is not permission. This is a dare. One that will result in a woman getting upset over "Nothing" and will end with the word "Fine.

  • Go Ahead (with normal eyebrows.)
    This means, "I give up" or "do what you want because I don't care." You will get the "Go Ahead" with raised eyebrows in just a few minutes, followed by "Nothing" and "Fine" and she will talk to you in about "Five Minutes" when she cools off.

  • Loud Sigh
    This is not actually a word, but is still a verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A "Loud Sigh" means she thinks you are an idiot at that moment and is wondering why she is wasting her time arguing over "Nothing."

  • Soft Sigh
    Again, not a word, but a verbal statement. "Soft Sighs" are one of the few things that some men actually understand. This means a woman is content and your best bet is to not move or breathe and she will stay content.

  • That's Okay
    This is one of the most dangerous statements a woman can say to a man. "That's Okay," means that she wants to think long and hard before paying you retributions for whatever it is that you have done. "That's Okay" is often used with the word "Fine" and used in conjunction with the raised Eyebrow "Go Ahead." At some point in the near future when she has plotted and planned, you are going to be in some mighty big trouble.

  • Please Do
    This is not a statement, it is an offer. A woman is giving you the chance to come up with whatever excuse or reason you have for doing whatever it is that you have done. You have a fair chance to tell the truth, so be careful and you should not get a "That's Okay."

  • Thanks
    A woman is thanking you. Do not faint; simply say, "You're welcome."

  • Thanks a lot
    This is much different than "Thanks." A woman will say, "Thanks a lot" when she is really ticked off at you. It signifies that you have hurt her in some callous way, and will be followed by the "Loud Sigh." Be careful not to ask what is wrong after the "Loud Sigh," as she will only tell you "Nothing."

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    The Mid-July Gardens Flourish

    There's been an abundance of rain during this past June month and the weather has been most conducive to plant growth. Every perennial has bloomed at its assigned time and the annuals sulked for a while but steadily began their climb to summer beauty.

    I've enjoyed the plantings but can only find two specific plantings worth noting.

    container garden

    First, the gladiolas. Yes indeed, gladiolas, that beloved flower of funeral homes, grows in my own gardens here in Serendipity Shore and hey, they were really pretty. One bloomed yellow, one bright red and now one is getting ready to bloom purple, I am not making this up.

    These gladiolas, purchased on impulse by me, are SUPPOSED to return next year. My only advice to any gardener attempting these, be sure to stake them! Two of mine flopped over from the weight of the blooms they carried and I must wonder about a plant so hybridized it cannot support the weight of its own flowers.

    front porch garden montage

    The only other garden oddity this year is the huge plant that I purchased from a "native plant sale". Which means this "plant", I type softly as this thing appears to be a full blown evergreen tree and I scratch my head as each day it grows an inch taller-is native to Delaware, which means it should grow happily in the soil and clime from which it has evolved.

    Well it sure does that. Except by me the thing is a bit ugly and for sure I wouldn't have put the thing in my front porch garden to block my view of the rest of the gardens. Somewhere in the pictures in this post I have a picture of this plant from "The Little Shop of Horrors".

    I don't know what it is and it's been growing for months now with nary a flower in sight. It doesn't appear to be a tree in that it appears to have "stalks" as opposed to a tree trunk. Except the stalks keep growing and by now this thing is almost six feet tall.

    Since the thing seems so happy to sit and grow I shall move it this coming fall and put it over by a fence or something.

    If I wanted a Christmas tree in my front porch garden I'd have planted one.

    Mystery plant

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