Friday, June 30, 2017

Flowers by Color - PINK

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Flowers by Color - PINK

I am about half way through this post series featuring flowers by color.  For a total of nine weeks I will pick a different color and share my favorite flowers of that color (these lists are NOT a complete list of all flowers of that color, simply just my favorites).  This week is PINK flower week.

Certain featured flowers have links to previous posts on this blog - please feel free to click on these links to view the entire posts (they will be how-to-grow or maintenance posts).

Firstly, you will need to know the difference between annual, perennial & biennial:

Annual Plant - completes its lifecycle in one season/year.  By "lifecycle" I mean from germination to seed formation.  Here are some examples of annual plants:  green beans, petunia, sage, sunflower, morning glory and so much more.

Perennial Plant - lives for more than 2 years but produces seed in one season without dying afterward.  Some examples of perennials: most fruit trees like apple, vegetables like asparagus or leeks, day lilies, peonies and so much more.

Biennial Plant - 2 years to complete its lifecycle.  Examples are: parsley, caraway, foxglove, parsnips and so much more.

Rose of Sharon
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This is a flowering shrub and different varieties are available in white and purple also.
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Actually, Rose of Sharon and Hibiscus belong to the same family.  However, the varieties of Rose of Sharon that I grow in my garden are very different from the hibiscus.

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This is technically a tender perennial (which means that it is a perennial in warmer climates). HOWEVER, my dad (who lives in Canada) has grown these as perennials for my entire life.  This flower brings back wonderful childhood memories - I used to play with these flower heads because they could talk back (see the bottom two pictures below).
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Calla Lily
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This is considered a perennial but unfortunately I have not had any success growing this lovely flower outside since I am in growing zone 5.  These bulbs are hardy perennials in zones 7 to 10.
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These beautiful lilies are very easy to grow in my growing zone.  Maintenance is also very minimal.
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Morning Glory
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This is an annual flower that grows as a vine.  It can overtake other plants if you are not careful.  I usually save these seeds each year.
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This beauty is considered a flowering shrub or small tree.  It is very picky when it comes to soil.  They also require the exact partial shady/sunny spot.  This is NOT an easy one to grow and maintain.

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Rose Hip
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All roses produce fruit called "hip" but one specific variety has the largest and most flavorful rose hip: Rugosa Rose.

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Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
Climbing Rose
Certain rose varieties are climbers.  This pale pink beauty is a climbing rose.
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This is one of the beautiful roses in my dad's rose garden.  Not only is it visually stunning but the scent is also one of my favorites.

Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower

3 Mystery Plants
A few years ago I did a series on the Toledo Zoo.  While I was at the zoo I found myself looking more at the plants grown there than the animals (lol - a gardener at heart I guess)
If you know the name/variety of these plants please let me know in the comment section - Thank you.

First Mystery
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This was such a unique and fun flower.  It was grown in the greenhouse so I am assuming that it is a tropical plant - do you know the name of this pant?

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Second Mystery
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I have never seen such a light colored pink berry.  Do you know the name of this plant? (please answer in the comment section).

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Third Mystery
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This was a tree but I'm not sure if these pink growths are fruit or nuts.  Can you identify this tree?

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Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower


Recently on "Essential Oil Saturdays"
We learned how essential oils are extracted from flowers/leaves/roots.
Click HERE to read.
Essential Oil Saturdays
Click HERE to view more about Essential Oils

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report #72

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#72 - Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report

If you were following this blog in 2015 then you will be familiar with my "365 Days of Being Thankful" challenge.  I have missed reporting on my thankfulness since I finished my challenge last year, so I decided to at least give a weekly Thankfulness Report & include a Growth Report also.  Growth in our Christian walk, growth in the garden & growth on this blog.  Finally, I am also including a "Posts From the Past" feature - ENJOY!

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This week I have been thankful that my mom is home from the hospital.  I am thankful that I was able to be there for her surgery and I am so thankful for my parents and my sister.  I am most thankful to my protecting God - I am so amazed at how perfectly everything unfolded - God is so awesome!

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"When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!'  I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: 'Father, I  have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son;  make me like one of your hired men.'  So he got up and went to his father.  But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him;  he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.  The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you, I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'  But the father said to his servants, 'Quick!  Bring the best robe and put it on him.  Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  Bring the fattened calf and kill it.  Let's have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again;  he was lost and is found.'  So they began to celebrate." 

Luke 15:17 - 24
There are 3 aspects to the Parable of the Prodigal Son:  from the prodigal son himself, from the son who stayed home and from the father.  This featured post focuses on the son who ran away: 

Read: The Son Who Ran Away

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It has been weeks (almost a month actually) since we have had a significant rainfall - praying for rain.

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- Here are my Follower stats:
GFC (Google Friends Connect) - 2,269
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Twitter - 6,748
Pinterest - 5,998
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Linky Followers - 108
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Activate - 574
That's a grand total of 28,036 followers in some form or another (which is up 11 from last week).

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5 Years ago I shared with you this fun way of using lavender:
Woven Lavender Closet Bundles

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Time To Link Up! Tuesdays with a Twist #218

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #218!
Checkout the many great giveaways going on right now!
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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!

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We're your hosts & co-hosts 

Checkout my amazing "Featured" Pinterest Board

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Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
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My Features this Week are:

1. "Lighten Bug" by Debbie Goes Shabby
2. "Fungi Town Repurposed Garden Junk Mushrooms" by My Thrift Store Addiction
3.  "Cherry Muffins Are So Tasty"  by Gentle Joy Homemaker

If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

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The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!

*Pictures should be your own* 

By linking up you give us permission to use these photos

 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!


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Monday, June 26, 2017

You're the STAR - Week#5 EXTRA (June 2017)

I hope the weather is enjoyable wherever you are located - ENJOY!
Thank you again for joining us!
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WELCOME to the June "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:

Strawberry Syrup - Homemade & Home Canned

WELCOME to EXTRA feature week of the June "You're the STAR" blog hop!
(Sometimes we will have 5 Mondays in a month - these 5th special Mondays are called "EXTRA feature" days)
Meet all of your STAR Hosts 
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories (except for this special EXTRA day - we will be featuring 2 extra).  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  while remaining family friendly),
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the May "You're the Star" blog hop)

The Cupboard Was Bare by Ginx Craft

The 7 R's of Zero Waste by Skip The Bag

Super Simple Zucchini Boats by Wife Mommy Me

5 Ways To Keep Your Family Healthy Before Vacation Season by Curly Crafty Mom

If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:

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We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts).  For HOME feature week we  need 3 more Cohosts.
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.


All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
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(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )

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