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Spring Blooming Flowers 4-24-2017

Happy Monday!

Is everyone ready for Spring?? I am, for the most part, nothing has changed in all the years I’ve been in Midwestern landscaping. The phones at work are starting to glow, emails are filled with requests for new projects to be done ASAP. Seriously?!! Where were you all winter? I’m working on the projects that smart folks called me about in February. Smarter folks actually called me last December. Their plans have been approved, permits pulled, material produced and trees dug. All while you thought about your winter vacation and forgot about your landscape. And now you are angry that I’ve not gotten a quote back to you in less than three days? On top of that, do you really think you’re going to get into the construction schedule anytime soon? Huge belly laugh!!! Foolish 1%er. The economy is better now and your yelling for prime service is falling on deaf ears.

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Muscari spp. ~ Grape Hyacinth

Erythronium americanum ~ Trout lily

Dicentra cucullaria ~ Dutchman’s Breechs

These are related to the Bleeding heart.

     

Viburnum × burkwoodii ~ Burkwood Viburnum   ||   Mertensia virginica ~ Virginia Bluebells

Stylophorum diphyllum ~ Celandine poppy

A fav of mine. I’ve had these in my garden for the last 11 years. They are hassle free and continue to grow without any assistance from me. They are one of the longest blooming flowers I know of. It has bloomed for me from April through October, fairly regularly. It is very happy under a limbed-up spruce on the East side of my property.

     

Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ ~ Chanticleer Pear  ||  Special Daffy in my yard.

Sanguinaria canadensis ~ Bloodroot

Another one in my East-side shade garden. These bloom for such a short time, it’s a shame. They even close their flowers at night. Remember where these are in the fall, as the leaves turn a brilliant red during the harvest months.

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Twin Tuesday ~ Mad Cap Dog Edition

Scifihammy over at Mad Cap Dog cracks me up on Sunday’s with her ‘Sunday Musings’. Here’s my attempt at a Tuesday Musing…

Tuesday: The day after Monday that reminds you that you still have four more days of not trying to slap a fellow co-worker.   

Three horrible facts: 1. Today is not Friday 2. Tomorrow is not Friday 3. Even the day after tomorrow is not Friday.

Dear Tuesday, nobody likes you either. You’re just Monday’s ugly cousin.

Remember ~ I’m a blogger, Jim. Not a Sunday Muser!

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Punked my Pups!

I don’t like to waste food, and lucky for the boys there was some left over ham from the weeks sandwiches. Instead of cutting it up and mixing it in, I decided to be an a$$hole and stick it to the bottom of the bowl, under their food >:-D

   

I don’t normally feed them in the living room, however I knew I’d be documenting their progress.

Oreo went straight to working on getting the ham out.

Breck was just gobbling! So much so, his bowl was rolling all over.

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Irony

My hubby just installed our new, large, toyhauler mailbox last weekend. Our mail person is going to love it, as they can fit much larger packages in it and not have to drive up to the house to drop them off.

I do have an odd set-up for the front of my home. The true, front door is not convenient to use, as it drops you off into a small hallway in the living room. I much prefer using the garage entrance that then goes into the kitchen. Way more accessible to everything and a much larger foyer, so to speak.

I have a long bench right by this door that is out of the elements and a great place to leave packages, as I will see them walking up. The front door has no protection from rain. Even though I have blocked the front stoop from access with flower pots, it doesn’t stop them from hopping over and putting them there. It’s really only UPS and FedEx that does it. I usually have a note in the mailbox, telling the mail carrier to place them on the bench…

Since I had a new mailbox, I needed to write out a new note to hang inside, informing the carriers of my wishes that larger packages be placed on the bench. This was my first attempt. DOH!!!!

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Twin Tuesday – Key Image Photographers and Bertie the Bear

There’s a cute, reoccurring adventurer that graces the pages of Key Image Photography called Bertie.  He is just the most adorable bear and along with his friend Croc who joins him on some pretty crazy travels!

I also have a traveling friend that goes everywhere my convertible goes. His name is ‘Goatee’, clearly because he is a goat that sports a pretty rad goatee! He likes to ride in my passenger seat visor, high up so he can see all the sights. Making sure there’s no Smokies on my tail… Goatee and I really get along great as we’re both Capricorns! He also never complains about my driving. That’s key in this relationship.

    

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

In Lieu of Awards… Twin Tuesday is Here!

When I started blogging about 4 years ago, I wondered how some blogs had so many awards and how could I also become so beloved!! I stalked some bloggers. I wasn’t ashamed…. Commenting on every post. The need for recognition festered with every non-mention in the next award hand-out ceremony. I was desperate. .. I ended up finding a blog (I think) that basically invited everyone to take a certain award. I can’t even remember the name of it, and I even tried to search it to no avail. After I graciously accepted my award, applied my badge to my blog, high on my sidebar… I started awarding everyone I met. YOU’VE BEEN SELECTED!!!!

 

After getting three under my belt (not even gonna link to them, if you’re that curious, hit the search box), The first line of the fourth was, “MY BLOG IS NOW AWARD FREE”. I think after the first one I wrote, I was trying to follow the ‘Promote 15 other bloggers for the award’ dealio and noticed many folks noted that they were award free on their ABOUT page. I didn’t understand the problem with award posts until I tried to write one… They’re HARD. There’s also only so much information I’m going to write about myself.

Of course, the moment I didn’t want any awards, did I start to start receive them… in droves!

Isn’t it Ironic? Don’t you think?

Anyway. I did still like the idea of the awards…. To share the blogs that I found enjoyable with my MP fans. I did write a few thank you posts when I arrived at some milestones. Again, I feel that that was a no pressure way to promote a fellow blogger. However, I’ve thought of a clever way to celebrate and share my favorite bloggers yet again! Drumroll……. Twin Tuesday will start next Tuesday! My Tuesday’s post will be dedicated to one blog that I follow, in where I try to mimic their posting style.

Oddly enough, while searching for some of these meme’s (et all, for this post), I did run across a few articles/posts about how some folks freak-out when other folks do things like this…. ie, copy their blog premise or posts, more-so on a regular basis or flat-out verbatim. It basically creeped them out, huge! I sincerely hope I do not offend anyone, I also do not plan on changing my blog, this is a one and done thang. I really just want to celebrate the blogs I love 🙂 So! If you have a blog that I regularly comment on, you are most likely going to be doppleganged! If you DO NOT want this to happen, please email me. I will also respect anyone asking me to remove it, post publishing.

I really hope that my blogging community will enjoy my attempts at imitation. Some will be easy… some will be hard. I’m going to enjoy the challenge and I hope the blogs I choose to honor and my fans will enjoy my attempts at doppelgangering! However, more importantly, I hope by sharing my favorite blogs with you, you’ll go check them out yourself.

I hope you enjoy the upcoming posts!!! Ilex

Where’s Your Food?

We never spent a bunch of time training our boys to do parlor tricks. They do enough cute things throughout the day to entertain us! However, sometimes it’s not so much dog training as much as human training. Their food and treats are kept in this pantry. I started to notice Breck would paw at the door while I was in sight of it. Every time he did it, he would try to eyeball me. Who was being trained here?!? I started to ask him, “Where’s your food?”  After a little while, I was able to ask him and he would paw the door. Oreo can’t be outdone. He didn’t paw the door, his answer was to point his nose at it.

     

Where’s your food???

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Simple Amusements – Nail Polish Edition 

When I was knee high to a grasshopper, I was a Tom-Boy. Any dolls I may have been given soon became buried in the bottom of the toy box, unused. I was happier playing with a hammer and pail of nails my Father would give to me.

It wasn’t too long after seventh grade that I discovered boys and the need to pretty myself for them. I became somewhat of a ‘lipstick dyke’, a pretty Tom-Boy, that still knew how to over-haul an engine, however wore a skirt while doing it.

After I passed 40, I stopped wearing make-up and ditched many of my skirts for jeans. I used to be ‘little in the middle, but I had much back’, which made wearing jeans very difficult. Now that I have a middle, my jeans don’t fall down when I walk 😉

Only two of my girly traits have stuck with me all these years. My love for doing braids (etc) in my hair and my love for nail art. I had some color change nail polish years ago, but it didn’t work too well and was only two colors. Ah modern technology has many more options now! This is a no-chip type of polish and it changes to three colors!! Find it here on Amazon. There are many color options. Here, I clearly have two different color polishes, however they both work quite quickly with the temperature change. They are so much fun!

John, this video is for you, my buddy from down under, who always seems to notice my nails in the shot!

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Grass Flip-Flops Brings Summer to Winter

When it’s cold outside and there’s snow on the grass… These grass-lined flip-flops sure bring back memories of summer.
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Brrr! Only about 4 more months till summer… Sigh.

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PS – (Added to post much later than above was originally written) To a keen eye or another Midwesterner… This photo was clearly taken over a month ago, back when there was actually snow on the ground. True. It’s been floating in my ‘Scheduled’ folder for awhile. I almost thought about pushing it off yet again, until there was some snow on the ground to exaggerate my point of needing these grass-lined flip-flops… After checking the forecast for the next few months… I feel there’s very little hope in seeing any decent amount of snow the rest of this winter. Oh. so. NOT. sad!!!! Seems we may have an early spring. I sure hope so. Toes crossed!

© Ilex ~Midwestern Plant Girl