Monday, September 5, 2016

What's Going On Around Here


Just a post about what is going on around here.  I have had these gorgeous flowers pop up everywhere.  I don't know what they are - I suppose some kind of lily????


They are all over the back yard.

Had a very interesting experience on Saturday morning.  My sister Jeannie was here and was up - early as usual.  I was still in bed.  All of a sudden the walls started shaking and rattling and a tremendous roar ensued.  Plates were rattling on the walls but thank goodness, none of them fell.  Some pictures got knocked askew but that was fixable.

Then, we started listening to the news.  A 5.6 earthquake!!  In Tulsa, Oklahoma and it lasted about a minute.  It seemed much longer than that.  So, I've survived my first earthquake that I have felt.

Quite an experience!!


The back fence is covered in these pretty white vines.


These are still blooming profusely.



This is what one side of my front yard looks like.  Remember me telling you a month or so ago that the electric company was starting to put all of the hi lines underground?  Well, this is the start.


This is the other side on the driveway.  Hopefully, it will be finished before too long.


These are the side lights on my garage.  They are original to the house and I love them.


I put my little stone and concrete houses out in the front flower bed.


In the process of the move, in the garage I found a brown paper sack full of bulbs that were from my Mom and Dad's house.  I planted them and look what has come up!!  Elephant ears.  Mother always had those in her flowerbeds.  It's been 13 years since she passed and I can't believe they still bloomed.

ALERT!!

If you are interested in any pillows on my Etsy shop, from today until September 10th you can use the code FALL2016 and get a 25% discount.  This is on the 25 pillows already listed.

I am hard at work on Christmas items for my Etsy shop and would just like to clear out some of the pillows.

Enjoy!

Judy

44 comments:

  1. I don't know what those flowers are in your first photo (lilies, alliums?) but they are pretty and frilly. How amazing those Elephant ear bulbs were viable after 13 years! That is a nice improvement to have underground power lines; we have the pole kind.

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    1. Yes - the underground lines will be nice when they get finished. You can hardly get down the street because of all of the big machinery and trucks. But, it will be great when they finish.

      Judy

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  2. I wondered if you were okay after the earth quake. They sure are scary and I hope I never have to go through another one. Your flowers are very pretty. I don't know what the red one is, probably in the lily family.

    How did Bella like the Earth Quake? Mine get really scared and Waldo look at the floor like something is going to come up LOL.

    Have a great week and so glad that none of your dishes broke. I had a lot of damage on the last one we had 2/1/2 year ago.

    Mary

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    1. Bella woke me up pacing and pawing at me so I think she knew before I did what was happening. It was really scary. I'm still amazed that I didn't loose anything on the walls because I have dishes hung in almost every room.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Judy

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  3. Judy,
    Goodness, dear friend!
    We, too, felt the earthquake on our side of the Prairie!
    We've had several, but none as hard or as long as the one on Saturday morning!
    Your flowers are lovely!
    Elephant ears!
    My beloved brother adored them and grew them in his front Garden in OK City, OK!
    Love those lantern original to your home!
    Looks as if all is well with all that's going on around there!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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    1. Yes Pat - I think the earthquake was felt for quite a distance. My flowers just keep amazing me with something new every few days. My Mom always loved the Elephant ears and I'm so glad mine grew.

      Have a good week.

      Judy

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  4. I am so glad you are ok after the earthquake.
    We are having really funky weather these days.
    I don't know what the first flower is but it is pretty :)

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    1. Yes Laura - The earthquake was scary. My niece lives in LA and is getting ready to move back here. I'm always telling her she needs to leave California before the big quake hits. Needless to say, she called Saturday to remind me of what I had said. LOL

      Judy

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  5. That would be scary, feeling an earthquake!!! Love the vintage outside light. I am getting ready to have my garage sale on Thursday. I hope most of it sells!
    warmly,
    deb

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    1. Good luck on your garage sale. Hope everything sells!

      Judy

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  6. Judy, You have some unusual flowers , I love them. It's so sweet that elephant ears grew. And amazing. Hope you had a fabulous weekend. Bless you, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Thanks Susie - I am constantly amazed at what pops up in my yard every few days. I have really enjoyed all of the varities.

      Judy

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  7. I'm glad you didn't lose any of your valuable china collectibles during the quake! And that's amazing that your elephant ear came up after sitting in a bag that long! Lucky you that your prior homeowner planted such exotic things. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Yes, I was lucky not to have lost any dishes. And I was amazed when the elephant ears popped up.

      Thanks for visiting,

      Judy

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  8. Hi Judy,
    Glad you did not have anything break with the earthquake. I bet that was a scary feeling to wake up too.
    Love those flowers that you think are lillies. They are really different and pretty. Have a great new week.
    Kris

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    1. It was a very scary feeling to wake up with the house shaking like that. But, apparently, I have no damage. I've checked all around the house and can't find any cracks.

      Have a great Wednesday.

      Judy

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  9. Glad you made it through the earthquake and had minimal damage. Unreal on the elephant ears. Have a great week!

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    1. Yes, the earthquake was a little scary!!

      Judy

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  10. Glad you are ok after the quake. I wonder if your flowers are nerines, it might be worth looking them up to see. If so you are lucky to have them as they can be difficult to grow!

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    1. Those flowers are all along the back of my house - probably 50-60 of them. They are so pretty. That's where I'm having a deck built so I will have the yard guy dig them up and move them for sure.

      Judy

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  11. Glad you didn't have any quake damage!

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    1. I'm grateful I didn't have damage too.

      Judy

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  12. My mom calls those spider lilies, and they always show up about the time school starts. Well, the TRADITIONAL time for school to start, not August 1st like some areas! I remember taking them to my teacher when I was in elementary school.

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    1. I think that is what they are - spider lilies. They just all popped up at the same time. Gorgeous.

      Judy

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  13. Your lilies are so pretty!

    Glad you survived the earthquake! That would be scary for sure!

    Elephant ears are such neat tropical plants. Amazing that they came up after all of these years.

    Enjoy your week ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thanks for visiting Lorraine. Yes, the earthquake was scary. I'm pretty sure those are lilies of some kind.

      Judy

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  14. Beautiful flowers and love the lights! OH NO, an earthquake... happy that you didn't have any damage! Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

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    1. Thanks Theresa. Earthquakes are so scary. That's the first one I have ever really felt. And I hope the last.

      Judy

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  15. Hi Judy, we felt the earthquake all the way here in North Texas. So glad you didn't have any big damage. Love those mystery flowers. Love your vintage side lights!! Enjoy the week and the adventures around your house. Hugs

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    1. Scary, eh? They said ours lasted about a minute - seemed longer than that. Thanks for visiting.

      Judy

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  16. I thought about you, my friend, when I heard about the earthquake. I've been through them (in CA) and they are quite frightening! I hope OK starts to back off on fracking, because that's what is causing the increase in earthquakes in your state. Love your flowers!

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. Yes, the paper the last few days is saying they have really cut down on the mines being dug. Hope that was the first and last one!

      Judy

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  17. Your first plant is a Spider Lily (Lycoris radiata) (aka Naked Lady since no leaves) and their origin is Japan and were brought over to North Carolina and were planted as bulbs. Your white vine is Sweet Autumn Clematis which should have a great fragrance to it. What you are calling elephants ears is really Colocasia, it leave shape is like an elephants ears. The previous owners really loved flower. Sorry I've been missing we are in remodel hell and it seem like it will never end.

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    1. Thanks for the info. I've been keeping track of your remodel and am so sorry you've had so many problems. Remodeling is not for the faint of heart.

      Have a good day.

      Judy

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  18. I heard about the earthquake! Good to know you are okay ♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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  19. The only plant I knew was the Autumn Clematis because my mom just posted a pic on FB of the same plant (her neighbor's) growing up their shared fence. It's beautiful! So scary about the earthquake. Glad there was no damage.

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    1. I've had several tell me the lily was a spider lily. The Clematis is all over the fence. Have a great day.

      Judy

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  20. Glad you and your dishes and antiques and HOME are all OK after that bad quake. The red lilies are Spider Lilies and aren't they beautiful?! I had some at our previous home and loved them.

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    1. Yes, so far we are all okay. I think if I was going to have had damage I would know by now. Love the spider lilies.

      Thanks for dropping by.

      Judy

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  21. Hi Judy, the first plant looks like it might be Cleome. They self seed and come up everywhere, they say. I have planted seeds and not had any luck. lol! An earthquake, that's a little scary.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Yes Jann - the earthquake was very scary. Those beautiful little red plant flowers are coming up in droves. They are gorgeous but don't last long in our 90+ degree weather.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Judy

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  22. Lovely to have lots of flowers popping up all over your garden, Judy! They look so pretty. So glad you are safe......how frightening to experience the earthquake. Wishing you a happy September.
    Helen xox

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    1. This place has been an ongoing collage of new flowers just every few days all summer long. I always take Bella out first thing in the morning and look around to see what is new on that day. Very special.

      Happy September to you too.

      Judy

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