WordPress is an easy and fun place to write. Believe me, I don’t always enjoy writing, but I have to do it to promote my business. And I like to do it to share my interests. I’ve written at Google, but had a much harder time navigating that blog.
AT the end of the year WP does a review of each blog over the past year. Although this is a relatively new blog for me, and I neglected it for many months, I did get a bunch of interaction and readers. Thanks to all! I hope to continue updating this year more often. So check it out. It’s interesting and informative and here is the one they did for this HydranageasBlue site.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,800 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Click here to see the complete report.
Skittle Enjoying the Tree
The days are filled with bored house cats chasing each other and fighting. The nights bring scampering and sliding through the halls chasing mice. Winter is here! With snow and cold, my two cats don’t go outside much anymore. Skittle loves to roll in the sand all summer, but now she must be wondering how all that white stuff got here and where did her sand go? She has to find something else to occupy her tiny brain, and that something usually includes disturbing me.
When I’m trying to work, she is walking across the desk trying to mess up my typing. I have tape on a nearby windowsill trying to keep out the cold – and she eats it. This year I have an added sideshow with my daughter and her cat living here too. My cats don’t like her old man cat, which is added entertainment. One hisses, one growls, pounce, bat and off they go.
We have the big, artificial Christmas tree set up, but this year it has no lights or decorations. Last year I discovered that it was useless to try and have a nice looking tree. I only set it up this year because the kids wanted to, but it doesn’t contain a single ornament. Before we even finished putting it together, Skittle was racing up the branches with a wild look in her eyes.
I am writing this at 3am because they woke me up chasing a mouse. I’ll bet you are thinking, “Hey, at least they are good for catching mice.” Not quite. They run, bang into things and have fun for about 10 minutes – long enough for me to be up and wide awake wondering where the heck that mouse is going- and then they lose the mouse. Lucky for me I ordered new mouse traps last week and they will arrive tomorrow. But I’ll probably be asleep when they arrive.
Fresh Pickin’s From The Garden
Throughout the summer my garden produced some delicious vegetables and herbs for my family to enjoy. I have been picking basil for months, and now that it’s October, I can still go out and grab a handful. This year I used the flowers from my zucchini in some stir fry and omelets. I found a recipe for stuffed squash flowers, but never had the time to try it.
I mostly grow radishes for fun, as they are not one of my favorite things to eat, and the peas were not very abundant so I ate them raw in salads.
Parsley is one of the best new plants that I enjoy all summer and it’s good for my kidneys too, so I eat it as much as I can. Even now, it’s still sending off stalks for me to use, but I know the deer will be munching on it soon.
I even bought a dehydrator and dried some parsley and basil. The basil took forever, but I may try some more parsley before it’s gone. My local organic grocer has fresh parsley available year round, so I won’t have to do without.
Summer is a busy time. Between getting the gardens ready to plant, weeding and picking and cooking, there is not enough time in my day for blogging. Things are calming down, and all the pictures I have been taking for the past four months will now be added to my blogs.
I hope your gardening kept you busy this summer too, eating good, fresh food and enjoying beautiful flowers.
End of Summer Pinky Winky
It’s hard to believe that it is the end of summer now. I recently took some photos of the flowers remaining in bloom in the yard, and the Pinky Winky is one of the hydrangeas that still looks good.
Although the many deer that frequent my yard come to eat hydrangea buds and leaves, my Pinky Winky shrub still has flowers. They started white then began to show some light pink, and ended up dark pink with some white at the top. Some of the flowers are totally pink.
I think I will try to shape my hydrangeas better before they start blooming next year. This one could end up being a tall tree with the flowers standing upright out of the reach of deer maybe. Pruning will be an experiment, and hopefully I won’t mess up the plant so it won’t bloom. This year I let all my hydrangeas grow “wild” in any way they chose. It’s only their second year in my yard, so I didn’t want to mess with them too much. The Limelight plants are really long and droopy, but have loads of very pretty flowers. Those would do better if they were trimmed for next spring.
Endless Summer – Year 2
Last summer I planted this Endless Summer hydrangea variety in my front yard. This year it is larger and has bigger flowers. All flowers are blue except one which began as lavender and is now pink. You can see it in my photo here, on the right, lower side of the plant.
I guess my issue with this macrophylla type of plant is that the flowers are often hidden by the big leaves. It’s also called a “big leaf” hydrangea.
The one with big white flowers is also hiding the beautiful blooms. I hope that in time, as the plants age and get stronger stems, that the flowers will show up better.
The plants are nice and healthy looking so I expect improvement each summer. This type will only be around 4 feet across. They don’t get really huge, to my knowledge.
Hydrangea Wedding Invitation
I’ve been working on light green floral wedding invitations. This design has kept me busy for most of the day.
Everyone is tremendously busy these days it seems. Summer is naturally a busy time with vacations, travel, gardening and just getting outdoors for some sun and fun.
Brides-to-be are busy buying up wedding paper from Zazzle as there is a tremendously good sale going on through today – Thursday the 26th of July (2013). With 65% off cards and invitations, it’s Christmas in July, I’ve been designing for customers for the past 2 days. Who wouldn’t want over half off a beautiful wedding suite? Upgrade that paper too – today you can afford it!
This brand new invitation (the light green) was created from last year’s limelight photo. It has just the right green shade, IMO, and I hope that brides will think so too! Wish I had advertised this earlier, but I’ve been too busy!