Friday, September 24, 2021

Friday Smiles 440: In the herb garden


It's Friday and I'm once again joining Friday Smiles which is hosted by Annie (at A Stitch in Time).   Let's visit her and the other wonderful ladies who also share their smiles each Friday.

If you are one of my blogger friends I normally visit and you got a comment from me on Thursday, consider yourself lucky.  I was stacked with appointment after appointment, beginning at 7:30 a.m., not long after I had gone to bed.  My 1:30 appointment had been moved up to 11:30, so I had to drag myself out of bed, make coffee, and shower before calling and changing my 12:00 p.m. appointment to 1:00.  That threw my entire day off and I was almost late for the next two appointments as a result.  I like to get all my appointments scheduled on the same day, but sometimes it just doesn't work out that way.  That's also why I'm so late getting this post ready tonight.

I started Wednesday repotting my new mums.  I should have done this as soon as I got them, but of course, I had to wait till the last minute to do this.

I found two pots the same size and got them planted.

After Halloween, I'll plant them in the ground out front.  Until then, they will be decorations on my front porch, along with a small pumpkin Scott found for me.

I spent a good amount of time the rest of the day mowing and edging my front and back yards.   Even though it's only been a few weeks, my mints and the catnip are already showing signs of needing another haircut.

Of course, the thing that surprised and elated me the most was this cantaloupe I found after edging.  I just hope it gets large enough to pick and enjoy before it gets too cold out.

It appears there is another one hidden in the pot, too.

I'm extra excited about these sweet peppers that are finally starting to grow.

Oh dear!  It looks like something has taken a liking to this pepper!

After closer inspection, I count six peppers, one of which is not edible.  Can you see me doing a happy dance?

While I was mowing, I noticed my wild sunflowers had bloomed.

This is the first time I've seen them in two years because the bamboo covered and smothered them.  I nearly cut them down when I was removing the bamboo.

Several years ago (maybe about 10 years ago), the first time I noticed them, I didn't know what they were.  I think a bird must have gifted me with them.  A blogger friend told me they were wild sunflowers.  They sure don't look like the sunflowers I'm used to.

I know the bees love them. 

As much as I tried, every time a bee landed on one of the sunflowers, I would try to take a photo.  Obviously, my bees are far more camera shy than those which I've seen Erika and Helen photograph.

And now a few cat funnies:

Nature abhors a vacuum, but not as much as a cat does.
Q: What did the alien say to the cat? A: “Take me to your litter.”
Q: What’s the difference between a cat and a comma? A: One has claws at the end of its paws, while the other is a pause at the end of a clause.  

Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow. 
The military may have invented the Internet, but not all government schemes have worked as well. In 
the ’60s, the CIA hatched a plan to implant a battery and a microphone in a cat so the furry feline could 
spy on unsuspecting targets. The program was halted when, after years of research and millions of 
dollars spent, the spy cat was run over by a cab.
A boss's secretary was visibly distraught one morning when she arrived at the office and explained that her children’s parrot had escaped from his cage and flown out an open window. Of all the dangers the tame bird would face outdoors alone, she seemed most concerned about what would happen if the bird started talking. Confused, her boss asked what the parrot could say. “Well,” she explained, “he mostly says, ‘Here, kitty, kitty.’ ”

Now let's join Annie (at A Stitch in Time) and the lovely ladies who join her for Friday Smiles.  Thanks again for visiting and spending a bit of time with Bleubeard and me this Friday.  We would love to have you join us, too.  Bleubeard let me know he wants to push Squiggles under the vacuum or possibly throw him under a cab, just for kicks and giggles!


18 thoughtful remarks:

Iris Flavia said...

Oh, and another procrastinator!
You sure have a green thumb! I had to look up cantaloupe - and what was the translation? "Kantaloupe". Wonderful. Not. Thanks to wiki I reckon it´s a melon?
Sweet peppers? Never heard of that, oh, they are small!
Yes, happy dance!!!
Beautiful wild sunflowers, great gift.

Good jokes, thanks for the laugh! :-)

Valerie-Jael said...

Hi Elizabeth, your garden is doing well, nice to see so much growing. My balcony herbs are being eaten by snails, how do they get up here? I like the joke with the cat and the comma. Hope you will have a more relaxed day today with less appointments! Hugs, Valerie

Elephant's Child said...

Loving your garden.
And Jazz certainly does abhore the suckmonster.

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

The garden is looking lovely and those flowers are gorgeous. I think you're right about cat's intelligence which is why I prefer a dog, you've more chance of making it behave Lol! Happy weekend my friend. Hugs, Angela xXx

mamapez5 said...

Your 'mums' are lovely. I hopethey last well for you. I don't 'do' halloween but I know it is big America, and catching on everywhere too, but I still mange to ignor it so far.
It is always lovely to pick home grown produce. It is thanking you for all the care you give it throughout the year. And the sunflowers may not be as showy as the cultivated ones, but they are very pretty and I bet the birds will enjoy the seeds when they come.
I scrolled down through your previous post and there is some very beautiful pieces of sculpture there, and some rather strange ones.
I hope you have recovered from your very busy day. Kate x

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Your plants look great. You have an excellent green thumb. I thought Mums died once a hard frost / snow hits them. You're planting yours after Halloween. Do they grow again in the Spring?

CJ Kennedy said...

What a bounty! A melon and peppers. Your garden looks so nice and cheery with the wild sunflowers.

Barbara said...

You have natural ability for growing things, Elizabeth. It’s hard work for me, soI am content to just see what happens!

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, your garden is looking wonderful with all those veggies and flowers 😁. I always enjoy seeing the mums and pumpkins this time of year too, your display is looking lovely. Happy weekend! Hugs Jo x

Sandra Cox said...

Loved the post, dear Elizabeth.
Your mums are beautiful. Glad you found your sunflowers. And your veggie garden is wondrous. I going to do sweet peppers next year.
The cat jokes are hilarious.Except for the cat getting run over:(
YOU have a weekend as special as you are.

Mae Travels said...

You inspired me to look up the history of sunflowers -- very amazing! They were domesticated by North American Native People very early in the history of agriculture, as much as 5000 years ago -- a valuable source of nutrition. Almost all species of sunflowers are native to North America, but they are raised as crops, especially for oil, almost everywhere they can be grown.

best... mae at

My name is Erika. said...

Your veggies are looking fantastic. I've never known anyone to grow cantaloupe, and I hope you get to enjoy it. I love how you get to still have veggies growing in late September. And nice mums too. With the deck construction I didn't bother to buy any this year, but I do miss them. And those wild sunflowers are looking great too. Nice gardens my friend. Hope you're not too tired tonight from all those appointments. Have a great start to the weekend. hugs-Erika

Jeanie said...

We always get days like that. Don't worry about it, Elizabeth. You are always so faithful -- don't worry if you miss or skip! I am loving the garden and three cheers on the veggies. The mums look beautiful too, and I love the sunflowers. Well done. Have a wonderful weekend! Don't overdo!

kathyinozarks said...

Hi Elizabeth, I enjoyed seeing your garden and I love mums I almost bought one the other day-but they are usually not perenials any more Happy Friday and weekend

aussie aNNie said...

BEAUTIFUL garden, lovely colourful post. xx

Rita said...

LOvely garden! Great cat jokes. :)

LA Paylor said...

here kitty kitty... lol!
sorry about getting the wizard of oz wrong... I corrected it thank you for the link! my mind... distracted.
I want some mums too! it's plenty hot here still and I have hopes that it's the right hot. It's been TOO hot for vege to grow all summer but now that it's under 90 they are starting to bloom out. I have a couple of barbie sized peppers and one tiny tomato. Here's hoping the watering has been worth it! LeeAnna

Divers and Sundry said...

Those mums are a great color for Autumn. My wild sunflowers haven't bloomed yet, but there are buds :) They got taller than usual this year. I'm impressed you still have veggies growing. Here's hoping you get to eat them and that the critters don't beat you to it.