Talko Tuesday: October 12, 2021

Good morning, News Viewers and Happy Tuesday; we got through another Monday and that’s a good thing. I actually remembered to get today’s free chat thread scheduled and ready to post. I love naps but they do jack up my sleep.

In my neck of the woods, we currently have these horrible, high, north wind gusts that just cause havoc on my allergies, make me tired, and pretty much ruin my day. The only thing they’re good for is cleaning up the sidewalk in front of my house. In my backyard, they blew stuff from who knows where all over my patio. Probably later today, I will bust out my handy dandy lawn leaf blower (electric, thank you) to get all this junk out of here. I’m surprised CA isn’t on fire, again, because of the high, dry, destructive winds.

But, because I took a nap in the afternoon, I’m up! Yahoo! Not really. I’m way past my bedtime but at least I got this thread up.

So, what’s up in your neck of the woods?

As usual, I’ve been doing some gardening. I just completed a mini rock garden in my front yard that I filled with succulents surrounded by tall, wild grasses and some other plants. I’m nowhere near finished; it won’t be completed until next spring. I have some awesome, silver plants in a garden box out back that will go out front after the holidays. Yes, it’s not even Halloween and I have already started a garden box dedicated to winter/Christmas.

I found these silver, cactus like plants that are just awesome; I cannot think of their name. My BFF was asking me about them on Saturday and NOPE, cannot recall. They almost look like silk flowers… as in fake… but they’re not. They aren’t Dusty Miller nor Lamb’s Ear; they’re so unique and just stunning.

My husband teases me when I use that word to describe various plants of ours. “Are they stunning? ” But, they’re stunning and unique so, once the holidays are over, I’ll pull them up from their container and in the ground they go…along with the silver lavender, Dusty Miller, Lamb’s Ear, and California Sage I have. I love silver; it’s stunning.

Since my front yard faces west, the deep, red Cyclamen that surrounds these stunning, silver plants won’t make it out front; it’s too hot and too much sun in the summer. I might be able to interspace them with some fern plants my neighbor gave me that I planted under my Japanese Maple last week. But, I have no clue what I will do with the dwarf Italian Cypress that I planted in the ‘winter’ box. Where I live, that dude will get a zillion feet tall and it’s allegedly a dwarf and ornamental for my intended purposes. I love Italian Cypress. If I keep it in a container, I can control its size and even practice my Edward Scissorhands on it.

Hmmmmm, I have an olive tree….Nah, leave it alone. My cousins always ‘manicured’ my aunt’s olive trees and made them into boxy, topiaries. Actually, they looked good but, no, I’ll leave mine alone. It’s a youngster but I do get olives.

So, if anyone has any suggestions on plants, pictures of them, or anything you want to talk about, please feel free to share.

Happy Tuesday and Happy Autumn. For serious gardeners, fall is like spring; don’t let the season go to waste.

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