Thursday, May 14, 2009

Just a Piddlin'

Hello, Dear Ones! I thought I would just go outside into the back yard and piddle. We have a very small postage stamp sized back yard. So many of you have vast lawns and the most lovely of views and I drool over them all of the time! But this is what I have and I'm just happy to have a little place to piddle.
Oh, look! Here comes my little helper!
Hi, baby! This is my Chloe Dawn. Man! She needs a haircut!
Just recently planted these Celosia. They're a cousin to the old fashioned Cock's Comb.
Beautifulness!
We have an abundance of these little green 'ears'. Well, actually they grow rather large and are called 'elephant ears'.
I don't have a clue to what the name of this plant is, but I affectionately call her the 'the finger plant' just because the leaves look like fingers sticking out to me. She grows all year long and we just keep cutting off her dead fingers. That doesn't sound too gory, does it? ;)
Love this fox tail fern. Actually it's not a fern at all, but is related to the veggie - Asparagus! Cool, huh? See, I know some things! ;)
Also, since we're tropical, we do have lots of good old fashioned ferns. They love my teeny tiny postage stamp sized back yard! Smile sweeties! ;)
Here are my hydrangea ~ they've gone to pot! :) I don't have much luck with these beauties, but I'm gonna try one more time!
Here's another fern. I know she has a real name, but I just call her the 'florist fern'. Isn't she the daintiest thing?
This is Bunny Foo Foo and she guards the back yard for me. She is always very alert and oh, my goodness! Can you hear her calling Chloe Dawn!?
"What, what, Bunny Foo Foo? What is it?"
Shoot! The neighbors black cat is back and taunting Chloe Dawn. Oh, just another day in the backyard!
Isn't it great to be just a piddlin'?

Now Dear Ones, if you happen to notice I'm not commenting on your posts, just know I'm really off piddlin' and will be back sometime next week.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

In The Garden

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me,
And He talks with me,
And He tells me I am his own;
And the joy we share as we tary there,
none other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

I'd stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go;
Thru the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling


And He walks with me,
And he talks with me,
And he tells me I am his own;
And the joys we share as we tary there,
None other has ever known
~sung by me


50 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a good time out there, everything looks great. If that hydrangea doesn't work out, try another variety! I have had no luck with the ones that are out around Easter time so last summer I bought an Annabelle (I think that is the name) hydrangea and it is just taking off. I think I just had to find the right one for my yard. I'm going to try one of those endless summer ones too this year too.

    I hope yours grows and grows!
    ~Michelle

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  2. Good Morning Sweetness.... Thank you so much for visiting me the other day.... I love & miss you too... I am feeling much better and I am sure all will be well before we know it... LOVE you little back yard oasis... It is so peaceful looking and I just know you sit back there and enjoy all your lovely plants... Have fun piddling. Love Ya,

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  3. Good Morning Shelia. I am in love with all of your ferns. It's so fun when they all pop out again in the spring...although yours may not leave? Enjoy your piddlin'. I'm out to do some again today too.

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  4. I love ferns too. Yours are beautiful. I found that my hydrangeans do better in the shade.
    It's been raining here for days and I haven't been out much to do any piddlin. Can't wait to see it all when you are finished.
    blossom

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  5. Good Morning! I have been piddlin in my yard for about a week off and on. Your plants are beautiful. I love ferns.I wish I had a good place to plant them in the garden. I adore elephant ears. The finger plant is also a elephant ear. My favorite plants are tropicals. Why am I living in the midwest? I really am a southern girl at heart. I just planted a Endless Summer hydrangea. I hope it does well. They do love partial shade. I have a peegee hydrangea tree. It is the cutest thing. It is doing great. Have a beautiful day!
    Hugs, Terrie

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  6. Oh I think a small yard is the perfect place to piddle! You and Chloe Dawn have a fun time piddling (now that just might mean something else in "dog" talk!) LOL

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  7. small or not you have gorgeous things in your yard!

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  8. Sheila ~ Love your backyard, it is so green ! Your neighbors cat looks like my Zorro, funny ! Love
    your little Chloe Dawn - what a helper !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  9. I hope you're having fun piddling! There is so much to do this time of the year. (sprucing up and all.) Your plants look great. I love the "ferns". I just bought one yesterday.
    See ya next week!

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  10. Hi Shelia! I love your garden, your plants are so pretty. I must say, I've had small yards and I've had a big, big yard, and small yards are nicer. Less work and more wow! Have fun piddlin!

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  11. Mornin' Shelia, I think that finger thing is a very large variety of philodendron.
    Now I hate to shock and embarrass you but my mama use to say she was just piddlin' around like you are piddling but she also used the word to mean something else that I know you would not do in your back yard! lol So, when you said you are just cutting dead fingers and piddling in your yard, it sure struck my funny bone. Now if Buffie had said that, I would have known that she was doing what I think of when I hear that word!
    What can I say? ROFL
    Mrs. B. Silly

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  12. All of your plants look BEAUTIFUL in your yard! After being on a acre, I would gladly go back to a small yard! My parents have one of those "finger" type huge plants in their back yard in Houston.

    I keep wanting to try a hydrangea but have never bought one. I need to get one!

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  13. You have a beautiful little postage stamp garden Sheila! I am envious. We don't plant here in Maine until after Memorial day because of the chance of frost. It's very hard to wait but I am eager and ready to plant my gardens. You have so much energy Sheila! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comments. I love seeing you in there!:)

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  14. Beautiful flowers Shelia! Love those little furballs too! Kim

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  15. Aw, Chloe Dawn!!! She's so cute :) I like your little garden too! You keep it really nice :)

    All the best,
    Allison

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  16. Shelia, it is just perfect. And, you know the saying that good things come in small packages. ;-)

    I've been so busy, but I have been missing you.

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  17. We have a half acre and sometimes I so wish we just had a small little yard. I think I would do more if I only had a small space to work in. Your yard is beautiful and Chloe Dawn is so sweet and bad kitty...go away!

    The Raggedy Girl

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  18. This is beautiful Shelia.

    The Celosia reminds me, we bought old fashioned Cockscomb in every color I can think of and some I had never seen before, at Best of Missour Show at MO Botanical Gardens, in STL,last fall. We dried them and collected the seed. J planted them in the creek garden...I hope they take. He gave seeds to friends and neighbors. Maybe, one way or other, we'll see some growing. I still have the dried blooms and should use them in a wreath or something.

    When I saw the song, it made me think of Mother. I could hear her singing it, in her rich alto voice. Thank you!!

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  19. Hi Sheila
    Thanks for sharing pictures from your backyard. You have some lovely plants and flowers out there. I too have a small garden and would love a bigger one some day.
    Best Wishes
    Lindsay
    x

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  20. I love the look of your garden Shelia, I learned of hydrengeas while blogging, if it does well in the tropics then I simply must try them because they are soooo lovely!

    Good luck and happy gardening, I mean piddling! ha! love that word!

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  21. Hello Sheila, thank you for your visit to my blog and your sweet comments, as a garden piddler myself I know you had a lot of fun out there, your chloe Dawn is adorable, keep trying with the hydrangeas but I think the one you have there is just gorgeous, love the ferns and finger plant :-) and your Celosas are stunning, happy Thursday, Kathy.

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  22. GREAT post... I"m afraid I stole Chloe Dawn... too cute!

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  23. You have my shoes on! How did you get the pain drips off. hehe Thr ferns are great. You have a nice garden there. Now give me back my SHOES!!! hehe Kathy

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  24. Hi Shelia
    Your backyard is so darling..everything looks so pretty. Just a perfect size..
    enjoy your time until we meet again. Have fun whatever it is you will be doing.
    This is our May 24th weekend though we're having it early and we're off on MOnday.
    have a lovely day
    Judi

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  25. Hi Shelia
    Your backyard is so darling..everything looks so pretty. Just a perfect size..
    enjoy your time until we meet again. Have fun whatever it is you will be doing.
    This is our May 24th weekend though we're having it early and we're off on MOnday.
    have a lovely day
    Judi

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  26. Around here we call it 'putzing' - same thing as piddling! You are always a joy! Have a great weekend. Sally

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  27. Your finger plant is split leaf philodendrum.

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  28. Love the hostas.....and the ferns....you may not have quantity of yard, but you have QUALITY! Oh, the pink hydrangea - gorgeous! Linda

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  29. Hello dear Sheila, I am so sorry I haven't been visiting like I am wanting to. We have had company all week and we are packing for our trip out West. We leave on Sat. and our company leaves tomorrow. Whew, I wonder if I will ever get it all done.

    I adore Chloe Dawn. Where did that cat come from. What a little pill.

    Your garden may be small but it is beautiful. I love it all. Good luck with those pretty pink hydrangeas.

    Thank you for you sweet comments as always Sheila.

    Hugs...Jeanne

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  30. I think I have that same red pot you have your hydrangea in. Did you get it at Lowes? I think that's where I got mine. I haven't had any luck with hydrangeas. I'm thinking about trying her again as well. Love to piddle in the garden. And mine isn't very big either. I just junk it up a lot!
    Brenda

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  31. Have fun piddlin'! your yard is looking good. Poor Chloe Dawn wants to get that cat so badly! laurie

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  32. I love piddlin in the yard...and yours looks beautiful...and so does your hairy helper!

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  33. Shelia~

    What a lovely spot to piddle around in and your helper is priceless. The plant you called 'the finger plant' I'm going to ask Mammaw the name of it. They had one in front of their house for years and gave us one about 7 years ago. It just grows & grows. :)

    Enjoy!

    Hugs~ J

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  34. I love that Chloe Dawn! She's such a cutie! And I enjoyed piddlin' with you, Shelady!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  35. Shelia! I'm shocked! You can't "piddle" in the back yard! Girl, that means you're making pee pee back there! LOL!
    OMG, those first flowers are amazing. They almost look like tiny colored Christmas trees! I think that last, wispy fern is an asparagus fern, but don't quote me on that. and I think your "finger" plant is a philodendron, but don't quote me on that either! LOL

    Justine :o )

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  36. Happy pidding weekend to you my friend...may it be a great one...and Pickle I had problems with my Hydrangea until I moved it under shade and girl its hugh now..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria ps I'll take your postage size yard any day want to trade for 11 acres...

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  37. Wow...your yard is great, cute little helper too. Enjoy your time away from blogland...

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  38. Life just becomes sweeter when we can be ourselves in the blessed spring sunshine!

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  39. What a gorgeous post. Yes get out from behind the computer and go outside and garden. Postage stamp sized backyards are just the thing I think. Chloe Dawn is looking good I have to say! Enjoy the warmer weather Shelia and you have taken some glorious photos here.

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  40. Hi Shelia, I love your garden....so pretty and welcoming.

    I love those little shoes too. Ha.

    Hugs, Barb

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  41. You have a lovely yard filled with such pretty plants. I love your little girl, she is precious!!! I hope you are having a glorious weekend, Nicole

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  42. At our age, we can no longer manage a larger size yard than a postage stamp...which is what we have and we love it. So much easier to care for. I am trying Hydandgeas this year..I know dern well they won't do well out here in hot, dry, windy West Texas but I love them so much..just gotta try.
    I am going to take a PIDDLIN' breakness next week, too.....
    hugs, bj

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  43. I have a very small backyard also...you know what...I love it 'cuz it's all I need! Your's is full of lots of greenery and I love hydrangeas, so I'm wishing you luck and me also! It all looks great!

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  44. I have to do all my gardening in containers because I only have a deck. But we are getting new flowering bushes in my town home complex and I get to pick out what my duplex will have for both units.

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  45. Sigh--I just loved rambling around your backyard with you. I think you need to piddle as long as you want--it's good for the soul!

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  46. You sweet little thing, you just go piddlin' all you want! We love you and will be here when you get back. We all have piddlin' to do...as a matter of fact, I did a bit of piddlin' tha past couple of days! :)
    Hugs!
    Mona

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  47. Hello.....
    I love what you have growing in your little backyard..lol!
    Chloe looks like she could dig all that up in 2 seconds..! She is so cute! Love the feet pic!

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  48. Hi Sheila, Your plants are all so pretty! Hope you are having a wonderful time...off "piddling!" :) ~hugs, Rhonda

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  49. Hi Shelia...I'm just back from a bloggy break that nearly broke us...$$$$...as you can see in my last post...I hope your break is going better. Your yard is very pretty & sometimes the small spaces are the prettiest because they look more lush... See ya soon,
    ;-) Bo

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  50. Dear Sheila,
    Now I am really upset with blogger. I am so in love with all your beautiful plants and your fabulous sense of humor!! I don't know why my updates and dashboard have been so messed up but I am working my way through all your posts! Cindy

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I'm so pleased you would come to see me and so please leave me a comment and I'll do my very best to respond back to you. Be a sweetie...Shelia :)