'My Mom...turns 86 years old July 8, 2012
This is my mother, Alma. She is decorating her table for the Mother's Day Tea her Senior's club hosted last year. This is one of her favorite pasttimes...decorating tables for her Senior's club luncheons. She always has a theme, and co-ordinates floral arrangements around her table settings. Mom is celebrating her 86th Birthday on July 8, 2012, and, can STILL chase me down!
Mom is a very active 86 year old, participating in many community functions and clubs...she even helps pack meals for 'Meals on Wheels'! She is the Vice President and Senior Advisor for the Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group. She helps organize luncheons, and reservations for the various field trips and programs sponsored by the club. And, mom helps plant and maintain the herb and floral garden for the club that is planted at the club's site within Loose Park in Kansas City. She also is a member of a weekly reading group, and knitting club...WOW! That was a mouthfull!!! I'm telling you, she can still dance around me!
Anyway, I'm here to celebrate Mom and her accomplishments. I have learned much about gardening from her. Oh...she didn't sit me down with a book-I just COPIED her methods, and listened without letting her know! Mom's best piece of advice to all is:
"Start small, and grow what you know"
Now, that's a broad statement, isn't it? What do you think it means? Well, I think, from my own experience that you should try to stay within the boundaries of what appears to thrive best in your climate and area. I know, I know-it's fun to try new and exotic plants and flowers...and, I think you should! I have!!! And, sometimes you find that you can 'master' the beautiful orchids, or raise your own carnations. Trial and error is the best way...
...that's how we discover what works best for us, n'est-ce pas?♫
Here we go! I decided to post a few photos of some of my mom's garden work in honor of her Birthday!
Mom's patriotic gazing balls highlight this garden of plants in her
front yard. There's a lot of color on display here!
Photo by Suzanne on July 7, 2009
And, the Crane overlooks what? We'll find out soon!
photo by Suzanne * July 2009
Here she is, working around her pond, checking the lily pads
and, other water plants!
How do you like the elephant fountain? I think the Crane is on
the other side looking on...and, marveling!
And, this is one of my favorite places in Mom's back yard.
It faces the pond, and, is a shady and relaxing spot.
I took this photo, and, loaned it to Susan at
The KardKorner (haha!) to make invitations and thank you notes from.
*** OK...just one more photo!
Remember my little 'floral confidante' Chloe?
Chloe assisted me with a post last August on container gardening.
Well, here she is engrossed in the beauty of Great Grandma's
big shade tree! Chloe enjoys water features, as do all children.
I think she's about to make a wish in the (I think the water is for the birds) bowl!
You can see the English Ivy and a hosta behind her. This is a wonderful large tree with a lot of goodies surrounding it. I love to walk around it when we visit and look at all of the different plants and trinkets.
Mom, you've created a wonderland for all ages!
My mother loves all of the plants and flowers we enjoy in Texas, like the Oleander...she's the reason I took an interest in them. Oleanders are all over my neighborhood in colors of red and pink. I have a white one, and, it is truly a beauty. But in Kansas City, mom has to take hers inside for the winter, which can be a chore in a large pot. In my neighborhood, they stay in the ground all winter, and, for the most part, are evergreen. Sometimes the leaves will get frost bitten and you have to trim them off in the spring. And, mom sends zinnia seeds our way every year-you've seen what we've reaped so far...they're bursting with color and make beautiful floral arrangements.
Well, I could go on and on, but, it's time for the finale!
Mom's Birthday video shot by Karo on July 4th!
You'll like this one mom...Happy Birthday!
MOM, if you're reading this from your e-mail, you'll have to go to the bottom of the e-mail and click on MyTexasGardens, coming to my blog so you can see this video!
Video shot by Karo, July 4, 2012
Edited and produced by Susan from KardKorner headquarters
A quick Thanks to:
and a BIG Thank You to all of my wonderful readers, near and far (and, of that certain age, lol!) hope you all are feeling well, and having a pleasant weekend-rain or shine!
I wish you joy, laughter, and music!♫
"The caterpillar does all of the work,
but the butterfly gets all the publicity."
~attributed to George Carlin