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Recent Entries to this Blog Reflections on a Wedding
Posted: 02 Nov 2010
It's almost here!
Posted: 30 Sep 2010
I'm ready and waiting
Posted: 27 Sep 2010
The Wedding Planners
Posted: 14 Sep 2010
Spring fling in New Jersey
Posted: 31 Mar 2010

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Gail's Garden Blog




Reflections on a Wedding

Category: Sharing Garden photos | Posted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:40 am

It's hard to believe that it has been a month since our daughter was married. We were blessed with a gorgeous day. The wedding & reception were all that we hoped it would be...a magical day! It was over much too quickly but we have wonderful memories and an excellent photographer who captured the emotion and excitement of the day.

We do not have all the photographer photos but she put together a preview slideshow. It takes about 15 minutes to view and it begins with the rehersal dinner. If you would like to view it here is the link. The wedding photos begin about 1/4 of the way through so you can click on the bar at the bottom to advance it.

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.andreataylorstudio.com%2FSlideshows%2FKindraJamesWedding%2F&h=2504a

These are two of my favorite photos that the photographer took before the wedding.


Our daughter Kindra ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )




Our daughter, Kindra ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )




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Spring fling in New Jersey

Category: Sharing Garden photos | Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:37 am

I'm off to visit my family on the Jersey shore. The weather is going to be sunny and near 70 most of the week. I will be checking in periodically as time permits. Have a great week, hope you all have good weather and can get out and garden.

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Gardens Under Construction

Category: Sharing Garden photos | Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:14 am


Garden under construction ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )

On Thursday we had 3 stumps removed from the gardens.
The trees were taken down before we moved in and I have been working around them for 5 years. Two of them had bird baths over them and the third had a large planter. The ground was wet when he removed them and we have had 3 days of rain.



backyard bed ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )




side yard garden ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )




front yard bed ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )

He could only take part of the stump in the front because of utility line.

I am still trying to decide what to plant. Even though the stumps are gone, there are still a lot of large roots. Because it has been raining I have not had a chance to really see what I am dealing with and it will be another week at least before it drys out. I also have plants I had to dig up that need to be replanted. Its been really frustrating! Will post an update after I have a chance to work the soil and get that some of the ground up stump out of the garden.


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The sun came out today!

Category: Sharing Garden photos | Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:01 am

We did have an hour of sunshine today and I could actually see my shadow. (FYI...I am not that tall or wide!) I took my camera out to see if there was anything blooming and there was not. But it was nice to be outside. Molly & I went for a nice long walk. The forecast for tomorrow & Monday is snow/rain and we will be driving to Atlanta (3 hours away) to take care of some wedding plans and pick up the Dress. Hope it will not be too messy on the roads.


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Yesterday I went to Home Depot and treated myself to some plants and told my husband he did not have to buy me any flowers for Valentines Day.



calla lily ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )



helleborus ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )

Happy Valentine's Day to you all.





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An Icy Wonderland

Category: Sharing Garden photos | Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:25 am

This weekend we had 3 inches of snow, followed by freezing rain. Fortunately we had plenty of warning because we don't usually have much snow. The temperature stayed below freezing so it created an icy wonderland. We were fortunate that we did not have to get out on the icy streets. But it didn't stop me from getting out with my camera. I just walked in the crunchy snow.

We had a wolf moon and despite the cloudy skies due to the storm. The moon seemed very bright.
"Native Americans call the first Full moon of the year as wolf moon. It is generally unusually brighter and bigger. According to the astronomers, the wolf moon is almost 30% brighter as well as 14% wider than regular full moons. This happens because the moon revolves round the Earth in an elliptical orbit and at the time of the wolf moon it comes closer to Earth than usual. According to the Native American folklore, hungry wolves howl in chilly wintry nights glaring at the full moon. "

I did not get any photos on the evening of the 30th but I was out early in the morning to catch the moon before it disappeared from sight.


Wolf Moon...Jan.30, 2010 ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )



Wolf moon...Jan 30, 2010 ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )

Here are the photos from my walk around the neighborhood:



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view from the deck ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )



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The sun came out on Sunday afternoon and the ice crusted tree & shrubs sparkled like diamonds. Unfortunately, I could not get that sparkle to show up in the photos...it was just magical.



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sunset Jan 31, 2010 ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )




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Molly had a rough day

Category: Sharing Garden photos | Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:47 am

Our golden retriever, Molly, had a rough day. She had surgery to remove a cyst growing inside her eyelid. While she was under anesthesia they also cleaned her teeth, aspirated another cyst and took x-rays of her hips to check her dysplasia. While she was recovering from the anesthesia she awoke & bit down and snapped the tube in her throat so they had to use forceps to remove the tube. She came home with 6 medications and one of those "lampshade" collars. She is sleeping it off right now. She is suppose to wear that collar for two weeks until she gets her stitches out. She can have it off if we are watching her. I think we will be spending a lot of time watching her.

Molly recovering from surgery ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )





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Fun weekend in Atlanta making wedding plans

Category: Sharing Garden photos | Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:18 pm

The weekend began with a miserable 3 hour drive to Atlanta in heavy rain and gusting winds. It was quickly forgotten when we entered the wedding show at the elegant Four Seasons Hotel.


Four Seasons Hotel...Atlanta ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )

We were greeted by waiters passing trays of champage cocktails garnished with lovely orchids. As we walked around admiring the amazing displays created by the wedding vendors we were treated to an amazing array of appetizers, pastries and wedding cake.

Unfortunately, I did not have my camera :( . Each corner of the grand ballroom featured a wedding display in each of the four seasons. The flowers, tablesetting and accessories were just stunning. It was like being in a fantasy. I wish I had photos to share. I am running out of adjectives trying to convey the beauty of the event.

My daughter, Kindra's, wedding will be October 2nd at the Cator Woolford Gardens. The wedding, cocktail hour and dinner will be in the gardens...weather permitting. (I will be asking for your prayers as the day arrives.) The dancing and cake cutting will be inside in their atrium room.

The Cator Woolford gardens are on the grounds of an old estate which has become the Frazier Center...a center for handicapped childen and adults. The funds they raise by renting out the gardens goes into the budget to run the center. It is not a residential program...the activities run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Part of their therapy includes planting in the gardens but they have a staff that maintains the overall landscaping and maintenance. We love the gardens and the concept that supports the Center.



Cator Woolford Gardens...Atlanta ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )

Yesterday we met with the florist, loved her ideas and personality. My favorite was that when we moved into the atrium for dancing she and her staff would break down the flower arrangements and make small bouquets to pass out to the guests as they leave.

To be continued.





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Think Spring - 2009 garden revisited

Category: Sharing Garden photos | Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:20 pm

I saw a robin at the bird bath yesterday. They are suppose to be a harbinger of spring, I won't get my hopes up just yet but a girl can dream. Droopy you asked for flowers...here they are. I like to use smilebox by Hallmark because its easy to load your photos & I like having the music option. It's a fun way to share photos. Just click on the link below and sit back and enjoy.

http://smilebox.com/playBlog/4d54517a4f5467794e6a453d0d0a&blogview=true

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African Violets

Category: Sharing Garden photos | Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 2:09 am

My grandmother introduced me to african violets, saintpaulia. She always had her bay windows filled with violets in white milk glass planters.

I have had good success with violets, even though I tend to neglect them for most of the year. I have about 25 plants and most of them bloom at least 4 or 5 times a year. When they are not blooming I move them to the upstairs bathroom & a spare bedroom that have the right lighting.

Below are the plants that are blooming now.


african violet ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )


african violet ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )


african violet ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )


african violets ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )


african violet ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )


african violet ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )


african violet ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )





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Fun at the Feeder

Category: Sharing Garden photos | Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:24 pm

While we were on vacation the bird feeders were emptied so it took a few days for all the regulars to realize we were back open for business. Before we left we were up to 16 morning doves, as of this morning we only have 4 back! They seem to multiply every day. Our two pair of cardinals are back, as well as the two bluejays, two squirrels and miscellaneous varieties of chickadees, finches, nuthatches, woodpeckers, titmouse, wrens and all those little brown & black birds that look alike and blend into the mulch.


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We had some snow flurries this morning so everyone was out stocking up.

I was trying to put all the remaining Christmas decorations but kept getting distracted by all the activity.


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The watering hole is frozen! ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )



Is the squirrel ever going to leave! ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )



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Okay...step away from the window...there is still work to be done!



packing up the holidays ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )





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