Who Is Anastasia?

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New Castle, Indiana Zone 5, United States
When I was 55, I decided to embrace the things I love and hold precious and dear, regardless of anyone else's thoughts and opinion. I am a visual folk artist who loves flowers - my own flowers, grown and/or painted by me. I love good, hearty, exotic foods, and I love to prepare them myself. I love the secret garden situated in my backyard, regardless of how overgrown and wild it gets. No longer able to afford a vacation, this will have to be it for the time being. In the winter months, I still enjoy it. Anyway, here I am sharing my art, favorite recipes, cocktails, gardening tips, and just my usual vents and bantering. After all, I'm old enough to say whatever the heck I want to now ...


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September 2, 2009

This Morning's Gift

Today, I ventured out into the garden with my tea. This is the time of the year when the garden acts up, become belligerent and aggressive; bees hover and quarrel, trying to sneak in the back door; birds begin to argue over the thistle and coneflower seeds; and the zinnias I so diligently broadcast in the spring, barely get through the nasty Butter 'n Egg weeds I so hate and STILL can't get rid of! Weeds are everywhere, blocking my path. My favorite Queen Anne's Lace is beginning to fade, and my roses are finally deciding to wake up and give a booming encore - sometimes this performance lasts well into November. Considering how cold and damp the summer's been, I doubt if they make it through September.

But this morning, I noticed my morning glories aren't there, and in their place is a lovely Moon Flower. I planted the seeds together, hoping they would compliment each other by overlapping their morning and evening bloom times. But, it seems the Moon Flower actually beat Morning Glory at her game, and took over. This bloom is close to 4" in diameter, and stays around til almost lunch time. She's hot, and she knows it!

1 comment:

  1. Interesting discussion, "Saving Bees: What We Know Now" NY Times on what might be causing disappearance of honeybees.


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The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot
A simple garden meal in the shade. No, it's not my backyard, but it looks identical to the one I grew up with at our home in Queens. Looking for an original pic of it to post soon!

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