Outside Gardening and Good News

Oh my, time is flying by! Son #2 was home on spring break last week. It coincided with son #3 so it worked out well and they got to hang out together.

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Also too, I had some free labor. Well, not free. He has been going to college for the past 5 years.
Graduation is coming up, yippee!

But as one finishes up college, one is getting ready to start.


We started this last year but only got a little bit done. This time we got the whole back area cleared out. It was just a mess back there. I have visions of layers of plants back there.  So, while both boys were home we spread out all the mulch. Four truck loads full! Now I have a lot of space to add some new bushes and flowers. I can plant a little at a time now which is great.

Some more oak leaf hydrangeas are on my list to get along with another butterfly bush.


I know it looks a little empty now but once I get things planted I’m sure it will fill out nicely.
I am still moving things around. Transplanting a few things too.


I got my vegetables planted in my new raised beds. They are small now but it won’t be long until they take off. I have tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, squash, eggplant, strawberries and some lettuce. I hope it’s not too late for the lettuce. Oh, and I have carrot seeds to plant.


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The sweet peas are already grabbing hold.


We moved the blueberry bushes last year so this is the first year we actually have berries!
I’m so glad we didn’t kill them.


The almost engineer made me a teepee with some bamboo I had laying around.
I planted my green beans around it today. I’ll show you again once they start to cover it. 

I also want to thank you for all the good wishes for son #3 and his college interview.
It worked! He got accepted to Florida State and even more exciting….

he got accepted into the Film School! Did I mention that part? That was what the interview was for. They only accept a small amount of freshman. He’s thrilled! He will go to FSU in Tallahassee his first year but then he goes to West Palm Beach to study animation and digital arts. So, that means he won’t be close to home. 
 I’m trying not to think about that part.

Hope you all have a great week!



  1. Pea envy. And strawberry and lettuce and squash envy. We can't even plant any flowers until after mid-late May because of below freezing temps at night.

    Oh, and having-young-strong-men-to-help-in-the-garden envy, too.

  2. At the request of my #2 son, I just "planted" squash in cotton balls. Does that count as gardening? Pathetic, I know!

  3. Having three sons in school all at
    the same time must have your life
    in a tither... and a good one!
    Congrats to your boys. Too bad #3
    is so young, I could hook him up
    with my girl living in W Palm.. lol
    I have raised bed envy... looking

  4. Congrats to you son. The gardens are looking good Anita. Here is my new url..www.debbie-debbiedoos.com

  5. i can't wait to get some new plants- i was going to today, but it got cold again... low last night was like 30. so i decided to wait a week or so!
    and congrats to your son!!!!! awesome awesome news!

  6. Oh, I'm so jealous of your raised beds! I want to have a vegetable garden this year, but I don't know if it's going to happen...my husband pretends he doesn't hear me when I say the word "garden."

    That's great news about your son. It makes me so happy when I see people making their dreams come true :)

  7. Congrats to your son Anita. Looks like you will be spending lots of time outside...I love working outside...so many people don't. Mr.CC is a little late getting his garden started...just so busy with his real job. Sounds lie you are going to have lots of wonderful veggies.


  8. Congratulations to the film student! That's awesome!
    We have 3 in school right now. They're all supposed to graduate at the same time. And they weren't even triplets!
    Your garden looks fantastic, Anita! I admire people who not only garden, but make it look good, too. :)

  9. Anita your backyard is beautiful and so spacious. I am so glad that you had some help. Congrats to your son, that is so cool!! HOw exciting to be starting a new chapter in his life.

  10. Good grief you've been busy! Your yard is def taking shape, and your garden looks great.
    Congrats to your son, that's wonderful news. So glad he's able to do what he loves.
    Does that mean all 3 sons will be living away, away from you?

  11. Your garden is looking fabulous, Anita - well done! AND congrats to your son - that's such exciting news. They sure do grow up fast!


  12. Congrats!!! I'm not sure most people know how DIFFICULT it is to get into that film school. My daughter applied before her frosh year and was heartbroken not to get in. She was however just accepted into the Media Production program at the FSU School of Communication. I'm over the moon for her since it's a limited access program as well. Go Seminoles!!

  13. Hi Anita, wow, the mailbox blog was great..I se I have missed a few..congrats on your guy getting accepted..well done.
    I love how your veggie beds turn out!


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