The Legend of the Willow Tree

I came across this legend and thought it interesting with Easter approaching. After his marriage to Bathsheba, David felt happy and played his harp. Two angels appeared and accused him of great sin. ( I’m assuming because his wife wasn’t Christian?)  For 40 days and nights, David wept tears of repentance and  his tears formed two streams. From the  streams, sprang two trees.nature-water-garden-trees.jpg One was the willow, which weeps and mourns incessantly. The other was the frankincense tree, which sheds large tears in remembrance of David’s repentance.

This squirrel I have dubbed Mittens. He is bigger than the other squirrels that frequent my backyard and his paws and inner coat are white. He’s smart too. He figured out how to get into the birdfeeders even with gadgets supposed to stop squirrels. The other squirrels couldn’t figure out how to get up there. One day he took a leap from the ground and managed to land on the bird feeder. I decided to use the old bird bath and put peanuts and corn in it which the squirrels like. Now I have to figure out how to keep the crows away.20171231_105322 squirrel

Autumn Gardening Tips


Autumn can still produce some beautiful blooms. Pansies thrive in the fall and can last up to two seasons with proper care. Mums come in various colors and go well with fall colors. Autumn is the best time to plant spring bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils, because they need a dormant, cold period before they bloom. Dig a hole and pour in a little bone meal before sitting the bulbs inside. Cover with dirt and you should have beautiful blooms in the spring. Did you know that tulips were more valuable than gold in the 17th century?

Some vegetables can also be planted in the fall. Lettuce, kale, and spinach are a few hardy species. My carrots usually last through the early part of winter also.

So bundle up and get outside.


My husband had placed a towel over the doggie door yesterday and I was showing my little dog that he can still go out it, by pushing on the towel. The dog backed up. I saw something hanging from the edge of the towel and pulled it off, thinking it was a piece of fabric. To my surprise, it was cold and slimy. I realized I was holding some slugs entwined around each other and immediately dropped it. I was totally grossed out! My husband threw them outside and I ran to wash my hands. I can’t believe I got slimed!

Welcome The Pollinators

Gardeners can change the world by what they plant. Our choices have a direct effect on our health and the creatures we share space with. Plant bright colored flowers and you’ll have hummingbirds, bees, and birds flocking to your yard. Hummingbirds love lilies and the trumpet flowers. This year, I added Nasturtiums to my hanging baskets and found out the hummingbirds loved them. Add bird feeders to your yard and you’ll have them eating bugs off your flowers too. Bees are great pollinators and like the flowers too. A garden with a diversity of plants has far less need of pesticides and a healthier you.