Working On It…

Achillea ‘Moondust’ on 5-25-19.

Hello everyone! I hope this post finds you well. I am well, but we have gotten a lot of rain in the past few weeks. It is hard to mow, keep up with the weeds and try and work on the beds when it is raining or wet. The plants I did put in the ground were done so in a hurry without much thought or amending the soil. I did put in some composted cow manure with the Colocasia bulbs, but cow manure only provides so much. There is a lot more to it and some plants need more of this and that. I think I need to write a post about plant requirements as I learn and experiment.

I always feel a little strange when people compliment me about my skills as a gardener and talk about my green thumb. Seriously, there are many great gardeners whos plants and flower beds look much better than mine. I have plants I think should be doing better while others do so well it is shocking. What is worse is to bring home a plant that is supposed to perform a certain way and it doesn’t. Then I realize it was labeled wrong and isn’t even the plant I thought it was. So, how does it perform like so when it isn’t even supposed to? 🙂 Sometimes it takes many years to even realize “this isn’t even the right plant!”

Hmmm… I can sense something about to happen with this post but I am trying to avoid it…


Achillea ‘Moondust’ on 5-25-19.

We have had a lot of rain, as I mentioned, and wind and some plants are beginning to lean. The Achillea ‘Moondust’ isn’t that tall, but I noticed it leaning as I took its photo. When this happens, you need to put a rock or something next to their stems or firn the soil a little. Otherwise, they can start growing crooked. I staked almost everything when I was living in Mississippi but I don’t have to do that here. That’s a good thing and I am thankful. I am thankful for the rain even though we have gotten plenty for now. But you know, it is always that way this time of the year.

One thing I have realized is to be thankful for everything. The good, the bad, and the ugly. We have so much to be thankful for and take so much for granted. We should spend our day saying “thank you” for every experience and everything we encounter, everything we use, the air we breathe, our abilities, running water, the food we eat, friends and family, a bed to sleep in, the clothes we wear… One thank you can just lead to another because one thing leads to another. One thought leads to another. One action leads to another and so on.


Achillea tomentosa ‘LoGrowâ„¢ Goldie’ on 5-25-19.

The Achillea tomentosa ‘LowGrowâ„¢ Goldie” is doing well and looking a little shaggy. I haven’t noticed any buds yet but I am thankful it is doing well.


I have hesitated to talk about certain things because this is a blog about gardening and plants. There is more to my life than gardening and plants. I think I need to work on opening up about other things like my spiritual journey. I know so many people struggle with the same problems and issues I have. We are all unique in our needs and life’s journey, which means we struggle with the same issues.


Agave univittata var. lophantha on 5-25-19.

Well, this is supposedly an Agave univittata var. lophantha (Center Stripe Agave). It looked much different when I brought it home, unlabeled, and did research to find out what it was. When it was just a pup, its leaves were shorter and broad now they are long and narrow. Maybe it is because it hasn’t had enough sun in the past so this summer it gets FULL sun… I am sure it will be thankful, too.


I was brought up in a Christian home and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was young. My mom made sure us kids were in Sunday school every week no matter what. She would drive past the speed limit going down the street to get there on time, but we were always late anyway. I had the same questions about the bible many of us do and was given the same answers many us were told… “There are things we don’t know, but we have to believe and live by faith that what it says is true.”


Allium ampeloprasum var. ampeloprasum (Elephant Garlic) on 5-25-19.

I have a lot of Elephant Garlic in the south flower bed and they make neat plants and have these beautiful flowers. My start was given to me by my neighbor in Leland, Mississippi 8-10 years ago and they always do well and spread.


We get into this rut believing things we still question. Sometimes when we believe in something, we close our minds to other possibilities. Then, when the truth comes, you don’t believe it. Therefore, I have always had an open mind and have always believed there is more to life than what the Bible teaches. And to think I have been nominated to be an elder at the church I attend. I used to call myself a “progressive Christian” until I recently found that there is already a movement by that name. Now I have to come up with another name because I am not involved with Progressive Christianity. I am just me.

I always say, “the truth is the truth whether you believe it or not.”

So, if we believe and accept what the Bible says, if it isn’t exactly true, we will believe many other things that aren’t exactly true as well. And we have.


Amoracia rusticana (Horseradish) on 5-25-19.

The Horseradish is looking awesomely well! I took a photo of it in full bloom on May 5.


Armoracia rusticana (Horseradish) flowers on 5-5-19.

I took a close-up but it turned out a little blurry. Most members of the Brassica family of plants have yellow flowers and interesting seed pods. Horseradish is different…


As we humans get older, we naturally have a few physical issues to deal with. It is like we are fine one day and the next we have new pains. Our joints get somewhat stiff, sometimes our digestion gets out of whack, we have weird sleep patterns, and so on. Not to mention getting bald on the top of our heads while the hair on our ears and eyebrows seems to need trimmed daily. We try this and that to feel better but barely anything works (usually because we are fine already). I am still healthy and fully functional, but sometimes a little extra energy would help. Some of go on this health kick, hopefully, and learn that we need to eat better. We realize the importance of reading labels and try to avoid GMO’s… Eating out, especially fast foods, is a no-no. But, sometimes we revert back to our old ways for one reason or another. Next thing you know, we are back to eating out and still taking our natural supplements. We think maybe if we just go ahead and eat whatever we want, take natural supplements, get plenty of exercise and do a cleanse every 6 months or so… Hmmm… We need to eat healthy for our physical body, mental focus, and our spiritual growth.


Aptenia cordifolia/Mesembryanthemum cordifolium f. variegata on 5-25-19.

The Heartleaf Ice Plant is looking much better now. It was one long branched stem so I took cuttings and put them in the same pot. I am patiently waiting for more flowers now.


Ummm… I deleted A LOT of paragraphs and have started over more than once. I have a lot to talk about but I am not sure how to go about it…

I feel like as we are growing up we are spinning around in a funnel as we learn. We are taught about the theory of evolution in school and the Biblical theory of creation in Sunday school. Once we accept Christ, we fall through the hole in the bottom of the funnel and into a bottle with all the other believers. The glass bottle is dirty and you can’t see out… Kind of like the scripture, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face…” (1 Corinthians 12:13 ESV). Well, maybe that isn’t what the scripture pertains to, but it reminds me of it anyway. That bottle is like a tiny speck of dust floating around in the Universe. I climbed out of the bottle and funnel and peered into the Universe in December 2016…


Astilbe x arendsii ‘Fanal’ and Hosta ‘Empress Wu’ on 5-25-19.

The Astilbe x arendsii and Hosta ‘Empress Wu’ next to the porch in bed on the north side of the house are making great companions. I bought the Astilbe last spring and it is the third year for the Hosta ‘Empress Wu’. Both are very impressive plants that make a bold statement. Of course, the gold-leaved Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Goldilocks’) also makes a bold statement as well. It is like a living mulch that knows no boundaries in the right conditions. I thought it preferred a more shady area, but let me tell you, it has gone really wild in more sun. With the rain and lingering cool temps, the Chickweed in the north bed has been a challenge. The plant in the lower right corner of the photo is a Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ (‘Goldstrum’).


Deleted and started over more…

As I mentioned, we are taught the theory of evolution in school, but we have been taught it is wrong in Sunday school. Everyone knows most everything has gone through a process of evolution, even the people that tell you it is wrong.


Baptisia australis seed pods on 5-25-19.

The beautiful flowers of the Baptisia australis (Wild Blue Indigo, Blue False Indigo) have been replaced by these HUGE seed pods. While the flowers were beautiful, the plant doesn’t flower long enough. Deadheading doesn’t encourage more flowers as it does with a lot of annuals and perennials. After flowering, the Baptisia have these huge seed pods which turn black when mature that can be used in flower arrangements.


Since December 2016, I have enjoyed watching documentaries about ancient origins, ancient civilizations, new discoveries both in archaeology and science, and so on. It just fascinates me what has been found. Since modern scientists have said, “who are we”, the Universe has answered. Archeology and science are coming together more and more, but religious leaders and theologians are still stuck in old beliefs for the most part. They cannot admit the truth, even though so many know the truth. I think it is because they didn’t know the truth and believed what they were taught, even though it couldn’t be explained. Very little in the Bible can actually be backed up with physical proof. One reason is because the names of cities and people in the Bible are different than the actual names. Even names change from time periods and cultures. Their “gods” were given different names even though they were the same “gods”. Notice I wrote it with a small “g”. I could not figure out why the name Sumer wasn’t mentioned in the Bible when several Sumerian cities are. Then I realized the Bible calls it Shinar. Ur, a Sumerian city, was the birthplace of Abraham and his father and grandfather were high priests to the Sumerian “god” Enlil. Most people in the early part of the Bible were Samarians including Noah, although his name was different. One reason some things cannot be backed up is that they are myths. GEEZ! Like I said, I am supposed to be an elder, but I am just saying what most Christians believe but won’t admit to. Christianity is a multi-billion dollar “industry”.

To make it worse, many sacred documents that have been discovered are hidden or have been destroyed because they contradict what was written in the Bible.

I am not going to get into the Sumerian tablets. Maybe later. I do have the entire set of The Earth Chronicles by Zacharia Stitchin even though I haven’t even made it through the first book. In the first book, The 12th Planet, Mr. Stitchin has done a great job comparing old testament scriptures with the Sumerian tablets. Umm… Even though it is “controversial”.

I am not going to get into the Moses controversy…


Most of the cactus collection on 5-25-19.

Most of the cactus collection is on the back porch while most of the succulents are on the front porch. If there were more room on the back porch… All are doing well for the most part and some need re-potting. Experimenting with pumice will continue.


Celosia argentea var. spicata ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ and Talinum paniculatum (Jewels of Opar) seedlings on 5-25-19.

Patiently waiting for the Celosia argentea var. spicata ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ to come up can be a real pain. I need to get the south bed planted so it will look good, but I have to wait for the re-seeders to come up. The Rudbeckia hirta ‘Denver Daisy’ came up first last spring but they haven’t made an appearance yet. So, likely they will not come up at all. USUALLY, the Jewels of Opar (Talinum paniculatum) come up after the Celosia but this year they came up first… By the thousands!


Canna and Colocasia esculenta along the garage on 5-25-19.

Something weird happened. Last year I dug all along the south side of the garage and spread out the Cannas. Then, I planted several of the smaller Colocasia esculenta rhizomes in front of the Cannas. The Colocasia didn’t do all that great here probably because I didn’t water them enough. After the “F” zapped everything in the fall, I removed the dead and mulched the bed with leaves. I did not dig up the Colocasia and take them to the basement because I already had plenty. Technically, not even the Cannas are supposed to survive the winter here, but mine are not the only ones in town that do. What was surprising, though, was that the Colocasia also survived the winter in the ground with the leaves on them. I often wondered what would happen if I tried that but never did. I wouldn’t try it with the bigger Colocasia rhizomes because that would be a disaster if they rotted in the ground because I neglected to dig and store them.


Cylindropuntia imbricata on 5-25-19.

The flowers are on the Sedum kamtschaticum ‘Variegatum’ but this photo is supposed to be about the Tree Cholla (Cylindropuntia imbricata) next to it. Since the Sedum is doing so well, it is hard to take a photo of the Tree Cholla without the Sedum being in it, too. The Tree Cholla does weird things in the spring and early summer, growing leaves and new branches and is very interesting to watch. The drawback of this plant is its thorns that just seem to reach out and grab you… The Chickweed seems to like growing in it perhaps because it thinks it is protected. Hmmm…


Euphorbia mammillaris on 5-25-19.

As tempted as I am to do something different with this Euphorbia mammillaris, I am going to leave it alone and see what happens. I really like this plant and it is going to be fun to watch grow.


What I would like to really talk about is meditation. Meditation can be awesome for you for many reasons. The problem for me was understanding how to do it. If you have been brought up as a Christian, meditation is something we don’t even practice and is barely ever mentioned. How can something so important and valuable not be taught in Christian churches? I don’t get it… I think I understand why, but I still don’t get it.


Ferocactus wislizeni on 5-25-19.

When I was taking photos, I noticed a red glow on the Ferocactus wislizeni. Apparently, the new spines emerge red from a tuft of cotton. NICE! Ummm… the glob in the photo are the remains of a strawflower that was hot glued to this plant. The hot glue is stuck to a few of the spines and won’t come off yet.


I tried and tried to meditate and it seemed like nothing was working. I read this and that, watched videos, and I would always wind up giving up. Well, I prayed about it… Next thing I know, I had a new follower on my blog who made a comment. I always check out new follower’s blogs and it was good I looked at hers. I sent her an email and she sent a link to DailyOM. Since then, I have taken many courses on DailyOM and have learned A LOT. The courses on the Archangels, meditation, manifestation, and so on have helped a lot. Masha’s blog is called A Sweeter Life…


Heuchera ‘Lime Rickey’ on 5-25-19.

The Heuchera ‘Lime Rickey’ is really glowing now. I had to remove some Chickweed to get a good photo and noticed something interesting…


Heuchera ‘Lime Rickey’ flowers on 5-25-19.

It has the tiniest flowers I have ever seen on any of the other Heuchera. I almost pulled it off with the Chickweed!


Most of the courses I have taken on DailyOM have been very good, but there have been a couple I couldn’t sink my teeth into. Before DailyOM, I had difficulty meditating because of various reasons. Some say you have to quiet your mind and sit like so. Getting your mind to stop thinking is like getting your heart to stop beating. It is impossible… One said to count your breaths in order to stop thinking… Count one on the inhale, two on the exhale, and so on until you get to seven then start over. Sometimes I would be on 23 before I realized I was thinking about not thinking…


Matricaria discoidea (Pineapple Weed) on 5-25-19.

One of the neatest plants on the farm is the Matricaria discoidea also known as Pineapple Weed, May Flower, Wild Chamomile, Etc. It is a cousin to Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla with 48 synonyms)


Matricaria discoidea flowers.

The flowers look like little yellow balls and the plant’s bloom all summer. The only place they grow here is in and along the driveway. I have tried moving a few to the flower bed to see how tall they would get if they weren’t mowed off all the time. Information online says they grow from 2-16″ tall. As one of their common names implies, they have a nice pineapple scent which fills the air when I mow. You can make tea with their leaves and flowers and also use them in salads. The Wikipedia says their leaves may become bitter by the time they flower… I have never tried them even though there are hundreds of plants.


Then there were the ones that said you need to “be present” but wouldn’t explain what that even meant. Well, with DailyOM, I figured it out. You can take guided meditation courses that lead you through the whole process and it works… You eventually get the hang of it.

Then, on, I watched an interview with Belinda Womac (Open Minds, season 7 episode 12). I had taken courses about the Archangels on DailyOM, but then I bought Belinda’s book titled Lessons from the 12 Archangels. It is very good! My favorite course about the Archangels on DailyOM is titled Angelic Infusions: Live the Truth of Who You Are by Mark Mezadourian.

While it is interesting to know about our past, knowing how much truth has been lost, hidden and destroyed and why can be a little upsetting at first. To realize how we have been deceived will only lead you to watch more documentaries and reading more about the deception. This will lead you to watch and read any and everything, a lot of which is deceptive in itself. Many authors and people on YouTube don’t agree either which can be even more confusing.

I think the most important thing is to realize who we are, what we are, how to have what we want and need, how to get it, advance spiritually and know why that is necessary. Most of all, we are to love one another, encourage one another, learn about awareness and teach others along this journey. We all have gifts, even though we may not realize it now, to use to help others.


Spirea flowers on 5-25-19.

The Spirea is LOADED with flowers as always this time of the year. When I lived on the farm in the early 1980’s, this Spirea was in front of the house with the Junipers. I moved it between the back porch and basement steps so it would have a better chance. Well, after all these years, it has survived. Dad removed the old Juniper shrubs in front of the old foundation and now there are Iris in the area… PLUS several of this Spirea that came up from the roots left behind. They don’t do well, though, because they are in full shade.

I took more photos on May 25 but they are mainly for updates on the plant pages to the right of the blog.

I think I am going to work on something different along with sharing photos and information about plants and gardening… I tried it with this post but wound up deleting and re-writing MANY paragraphs. I have a lot to talk about but I am just not sure how to go about it…

SOOOOO, for now, I will close this post before I go back and delete everything again and start over. I have photos for the next post already so I better get it posted before they become outdated. OH, I found some NEW wildflowers on another farm I need to photograph and post about. I even found an Achillea millefolium with pink flowers. I have seen HUNDREDS of Achillea millefolium but NEVER one with pink flowers! Now I need to find it again before disappears.

Until next time, be safe, stay well, stay positive be thankful AND GET DIRTY!



9 comments on “Working On It…

  1. Excellent work Mr R.. You have been busy.. 😀

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  2. Jim R says:

    That was a most interesting post. You covered a lot of territory. On the topic of meditation, I think there is a lot of cross-over with a practice called mindfulness. It is also a big industry of trying to help people get a sense of control of their lives, focus on the important, and discard things that are not. We can find meditative or mindful situations in many ways. I am at peace when I walk, or draw. You might when you are intently gardening your many plants. The challenge for most people to finding that which brings them calm, joy, and peace. It lets us feel better. We can reach out and help others along their way.

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    • Hello Jim! Great comment! There are a lot of courses online and many books on many subjects including mindfulness, meditation, the law of attraction, awareness, and so on. Yes, it is a big industry and some courses cost a lot of money. I could never figure out how the people who need the most help have to pay out the nose to get it. Religion, for the most part, is free. You can go to any church for free, so if we are supposed to help people with “mindfulness, awareness, meditation”, and so on… I think there are a lot of people searching and the “teachers” get overwhelmed and it takes so much of their time they have to charge in order to support themselves. Then, there are the ones who charge a fee that is completely ridiculous! I think they will believe it will weed out the people who are serious… But, I think we all start out serious and sometimes get discouraged. Once we find our “sweet spot”, we find inner peace and joy. There are many ways we can help and encourage others. It’s all about love, joy, and awareness. Being thankful for our many blessings as well. Thanks again for the great comment.


      • Helen says:

        I wish you well in your spiritual journey and I hope you find a new equilibrium. It is brave to challenge the status quo (even in your own mind, or perhaps especially in your own mind).

        It is a shame that meditation courses cost so much. Perhaps there is an offline community you can access which doesn’t come with such costs. Have you tried Meetup? It is online but solely with the aim of bringing like-minded people together. Ie one person starts a group (say basketweaving in Brooklyn) and if that interests you and you’re in the area you request to join. Then when you can you go to the meetings advertised.

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        • Hello Helen! There are many situations where everyone feels the same way about something but they don’t want anyone to know. Afraid of rocking the boat, so to speak, when the boat is already sinking. Rocking the boat would be a good thing. Good idea about checking on Meetup. I have joined a few online groups in the past but no one was ever there. I buy books on Amazon, read, and do the meditations. I have no problems paying for courses, but some are WAY overpriced. Mind Valley, for example, would be great, but it seems to be geared to people who are already highly motivated and have money to pay the high cost. That is why they have a high success rate. That is NOT how they started out. To me, that doesn’t help the poor and unemployed to succeed. Maybe they are not interested in helping those who have all but given up. Thanks for the comment!


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