Sunday, November 12, 2017

🍁 Colorful Fall in Kentucky 🍂

Hello Everyone!  We recently had the great pleasure of visiting the beautiful city of Lexington, Kentucky.  I especially love the state of Kentucky,  probably because I was born in the beautiful blue-grass state.  

We were mainly wanting to spend time with family while visiting, but we did take some time to sightsee around a little.  While driving around town,  we happened on this very colorful and beautifully decorated flower shop.

Louis' Flower Shop in Lexington, Kentucky

Just in case you are not familiar with the U. S. map, you can see
approximatelywhere Lexington is located on the map below.

Of course I had to take my camera and get a closer
look at all the beautiful Fall flowers, pumpkins and gourds.

There were beautiful mums available in just about every color.

And the mums looked so pretty mixed in with the pumpkins and gourds.

Such a beautiful Fall display.

And this was a lovely combination of mums mixed together.

There were pumpkins available in all sizes and shapes.

These large pink-purple mums were huge.

At that time not many leaves had begun to have Fall colors, but as we left the flower shop we could not help but notice this very colorful tree seen below, which was in the parking lot.  It looks like a Dogwood tree, but I'm not sure Dogwoods even grow that far north.

Lexington, Kentucky is a very beautiful and interesting city.
Join us next time as we see more photos and interesting places in and around the city.

Wishing you many blessings as we begin a new week in this beautiful Fall month of November.

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Cotton Fields of South Georgia

In the Fall each year we have the great pleasure of traveling through South Georgia on our way to North Carolina to visit our mountain cabin in hopes of seeing the beautiful Fall leaves. We also traveled to Lexington, Kentucky to visit one of our daughters and her family.  Our home in Tallahassee, Florida is only 9 miles away from the Georgia State Line.  Driving north from home in no time at all we find ourselves in the heart of cotton growing country.

I have shared photos of the cotton fields of South Georgia on previous blogposts, but each time I see these beautiful snowy white fields as far as the eye can see I must grab my camera to capture these beautiful sights.

A former slave from the mid 1800s, Solomon Northup, is said to have admired these beautiful cotton fields and he left us with this quote:  "There are few sights more pleasant to the eye than a wide cotton field when it is in bloom.  It presents an appearance of purity,  like an immaculate expanse of light, or new-fallen snow."

As we drove along, my sweet husband began to reminisce about his cotton picking days in his small South Georgia home town of Moultrie, Georgia, which is only about an hours drive from our home in Tallahassee.  

He recalls that by the end of his third grade in school, during Summertime, it was his job to pick cotton.  He continued to pick cotton each Summer for the next four years.  He said he and his cousins were given a large sack for collecting the cotton.  They began in the fields as the sun was coming up,  and they worked to dark picking the cotton.  He said, on a good day he could pick about 100 pounds of cotton.  

He also recalls that the cotton picking time had special memories because he and his cousins would work picking the cotton and at the same time all of them together would sing their favorite old country gospel songs that they loved.  

He talks about how the bolls that held the cotton had sharp spurs and how difficult it was to pick all of the cotton without hurting his hands.

I recently read a quote by Glenn Campbell that said: "Picking a guitar is a lot easier than picking cotton."

Thank goodness most cotton farmers have cotton picking machines 
these days and do not have to pick by hand.

Mr. Google tells us that Georgia is the second largest cotton producing state with Texas being the largest.  Then comes Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, California, Missouri and South Carolina.

In 2017 the state of Georgia is estimated to have produced 2.9 million bales of cotton.
And as we drive on through Georgia and see miles and miles of cotton fields that is not hart to believe.

Mr. Google also tells us that the state of Georgia planted 1.29 million acres of cotton.  Wow!

It was a beautiful day with the blue skies and the clouds as white as the cotton.

We noticed what looked like a very old blue bird house on a post near one of the cotton fields.

And close to one of the cotton fields we saw this charming country home
with the cute pumpkin decoration on the front door.

We could not resist breaking off a couple of stalks of the beautiful cotton to take with us to Lexington.
As you can see stalks of cotton make a very pretty Fall bouquet.

Thank you for visiting and walking through the cotton fields of South Georgia with us.
Wishing you blessed days and a happy weekend wherever you may be.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Pretty Wildflower

Hello Everyone!  I sure do hope you have been doing well and enjoying these beautiful Fall days.  Time  flies by in our world here in Tallahassee as I am sure it does in your world.  We have been coming and going a good bit and I always have my camera by my side to try to capture the beauty all around us.  In later posts I will be sharing some of those photos.

Many years ago when the children were very young, one of our favorite things to do was to take long walks together, and enjoy all we saw along the way.  Always at this time of year, when we were walking, the children were delighted whenever we came upon wildflowers like the ones seen in the below photos.

The years have gone by and the children are all grown, but when these wildflowers begin to bloom each year we all still remember the fun we had with these flowers.

These pretty bright yellow wildflowers bloom at this time of year and only for a short time

If you look closely in the below photo you will see multiple elongated, large, light green, bean-like pods growing along with the flowers.  These pods are what made this plant so much fun for the children.  The children called them "pop-beans" and still call them that to this day.  They will say even now, "Mom the pop-beans are blooming."

Each one of those bean-like pods could be popped by firmly holding and squeezing each one which was delightful to the children,  because they would make a loud popping sound.

The photo below shows one of these wildflower plants which happened to be growing outside of the fence.  We often times bring some of these flowers back home with us and they  make a beautiful dining room table arrangement.  The flowers last in the vase in water for a long time.

A Master Gardener friend of mine from the Garden Club was good enough to share the name of this flower with me. She says this wildflower is called Crotalaria Spectabilis.  It is an annual legume native to Indomalaysia.  This plant is often found growing on roadside slopes, or open pastures in the Mid-South regions of the United States.  The flowers attract bees, butterflies and birds.  The plant grows best in full sun, is drought tolerant and does not require a lot of water.

In checking with Mr. Google I find that these wildflower seeds are available on Amazon through other sellers.  Can you believe that!  

  If interested in obtaining these seeds you can click on this site:  

Just to let you know one must be careful in planting this wildflower because it is known to be poisonous to livestock. This was a real surprise since they are OK for bees, butterflies and birds.

Thank you for visiting with us and enjoying some of the Lord's special creations.  Wishing you a wonderful rest of your week wherever you may be.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Last Day of Summer 2017

Hello Everyone!  It is so hard to believe today is the last day of Summer for this year.

In these last couple of weeks we have been busy here in North Florida dodging the hurricanes coming our way.  We were lucky with only hurricane Irma stopping by for a visit. By the time she reached us, she was very weak and did not cause much damage.  There were fallen tree branches, a few trees down and we were without power for two days.  Compared to our South Florida neighbors, Texas and those in the Caribbean we were very lucky.  

Our prayers go out to all who were so adversely impacted by the storms this Summer.  And, also our prayers are with the people of Mexico who now are trying to recover from the major earthquake that hit their area yesterday.  Wow!  Mother Nature can really get angry!

School has begun in our area and so have Garden Club meetings.  One of our members invited our Circle to her home for our first meeting, a tour of her lovely garden and a delicious brunch.  Of course I brought my camera along to try to capture the special moments.

It was an inspiration to see all of the beautiful back patio plants seen in the below photo.

Our hostess Mary Ann lead the tour of her beautiful garden.  

I especially loved the Morning Glories blooming in her garden.

And, the Zinnias were so pretty too.

The below photo shows the pretty plant on the back patio table ... Possibly a Zinnia too!

This was a very tropical looking flower blooming up against the back brick wall ... So pretty!

And in the below photo we see pretty little red peppers.

Another colorful plant growing in the garden.

And, another unusual flower growing in the garden.

And in the below photo we see a very charming Blue Bird home.

The lovely red plant seen in the below photo looks like it 
may be part of the coleus plant family.

In the below photo we see the most common hurricane lily in Florida, also known as red spider lily.

And, another unusual flower.

The fruit seen in the below photo is called Meyer Lemon.

Meyer Lemon trees are a popular citrus tree in our area.

Meyer Lemon fruits have a sweeter, less acidic flavor 
than the more common lemons purchased from the grocery store.

In the below photo we see garden plants lining the back patio.

Below we see some of the tour group learning more about individual plants.

The ladies gathered together for a group photo on the back patio.

After the garden tour our group had their business meeting.  Then we adjourned to enjoy the delicious brunch with covered dish items brought by Daffodil Circle members.

We see breakfast egg muffins, spinach/artichoke dip with kale chips, broccoli casserole, Caesar salad, lemon pound cake, bean and corn salad, cheese and crackers, chocolate cake with cherries and whip cream, ham quiche, fruit salad and coconut cake.

Unusual "bird house" salad fork and spoon.

Lovely centerpiece by hostess Mary Ann.

Thank you for coming along with all of us as we enjoyed this beautiful garden and the last few days of Summer for this year.   In a way I hate to see Summer come to an end, but then Fall has it's own beauty and fresh, dry and cool air coming into the area before too long.

We surely do hope you and yours were not affected by the winds and rains from the Summer hurricanes.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend and many special blessings wherever you may be.