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The Decker Garden is off the deck.  Clever, eh?  Okay, so not a lot of brain power was invested in any of the garden names--they are descriptive or utilitarian.  The Decker Garden contains one of my favorite roses--Aloha--the pink beauty you see above.
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We've had the lush spring flush of the roses, and they are currently resting up for their next blooming.  The photo of their blooms remain, however.  It's been hot and mostly dry, so harvest is in full swing for wheat.  We'd had such a long winter, we thought harvest would be late, but plenty of rain and hot temperatures made up for lost time.  I may have some photos of combines in action once I check my camera.  I was driving down the highway, snapping away, but I haven't looked to see if I captured anything.  I don't look at my camera as I'm driving, so I never know what I've photographed until I download.  It really is a bad habit, but I'm probably a better driver then, because I'm so overly attentive.  I'd never accept that excuse from my children, though!
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From [livejournal.com profile] kiwiria:



Hi all!

It's time to sign up for the July Edition of the Pick-For-Me Challenge.

To sign up, post a comment with a link to your To-Be-Read list (be it on Goodreads, in a blog post, a google document... whatever! as long as it's publicly available). On June 25th I will close the sign-ups and assign a buddy for everybody.

Each person has until June 30th to pick 2 books (main choice + backup) from their buddy's TBR-list that they want them to read for the month of July.

End of July we'll return and talk about the books we've read.

I hope you'll want to play along! :-)

Feel free to spread the word on your own blogs - the more, the merrier :)


You know those books in your teetering to-read stack that you just never get around to reading?  This brings them to the top of the stack.  I've read some gems this way.  Join here.
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Welcome to my shade garden, the Dark Side.  This area is beneath the sycamore, and once it leafs out, the entire area there--and most of our neighbor's yard is in shade.
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You'd think the Compost Garden was the homeliest planting area in the yard.  You'd be wrong!  But before we go further, allow me to introduce you to Cardinal Hume.  I like his purplish-red blooms, but he has a tendency to blackspot and he is sprawly.
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Probably the prettiest part of the Compost Garden is what peeks over the fence from Sick Bay!  Cottage Rose, a David Austin rose, is a good candidate for a rose near the gate.  She seems content to stay slim and not attack those coming and going.  I like Cottage Rose (I have two), but she is a floppy girl.  If you want to grow her, plan on giving her a fence, trellis, or pillar to prop her up.  As it is, even with the fence, the poor girl got all tangled and top heavy in the strong winds we had last week.  I actually took a chair out to her and piled her canes onto it until I have time to untangle her and chop her back.  I'll wait until her heavy blooming is done.  Rose growing must be so simple in places without 70 mph winds.
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See that tiny red rose in the blue pot?  It's the best smelling rose in my garden.  Francis Dubreuil is far too tender to live here, but I buy him as an annual and keep him on the deck so that I can easily smell his blooms when I walk by.  Our garden smells heavenly this time of year!

But I brought you here to introduce you to the Gargoyle Garden, which you can see in the upper left of the photo.
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Swan Garden

Jun. 1st, 2013 03:15 am
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In addition to the Corner Garden in the front yard is our Swan Garden, so named because, look, a swan!
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Beauty is fleeting!  One must enjoy it while one may.  Although my center rose, Quietness (a Dr. Griffith Buck creation), hadn't blossomed to her full potential, it was time to take photos as we had several days of severe thunderstorms, hail, extreme wind, and tornadoes forecast.  My poor, poor roses.  They are bedraggled currently, and I'll have to cut many canes back that have broken.  But, it was beautiful while it lasted!  This is the Corner Garden.
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Bojojr and Bumberjean spent their evening at Mysteryscape, a Kansas City indie bookstore.  They enjoyed a talk by the author and then stayed for an autograph.  Who was that bearded writer scribbling in copies of his books?

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From my friend [livejournal.com profile] kiwiria:




Hi all!

It's time to sign up for the June Edition of the Pick-For-Me Challenge. A bit later than usual this month, but it doesn't look like the long time-frame for picking books is necessary.

To sign up, post a comment with a link to your To-Be-Read list (be it on Goodreads, in a blog post, a google document... whatever! as long as it's publicly available). On May 25th I will close the sign-ups and assign a buddy for everybody.

Each person has until May 31st to pick 2 books (main choice + backup) from their buddy's TBR-list that they want them to read for the month of June.

End of June we'll return and talk about the books we've read.

I hope you'll want to play along! :-)

Feel free to spread the word on your own blogs - the more, the merrier :)




This is a really nice way to force yourself to tackle those books on your to-read list that you haven't gotten around to reading for one reason or another.  Please join!  As [livejournal.com profile] kiwiria says, the more the merrier!

Edit:  Join here--http://kiwiria.livejournal.com/842427.html
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From [livejournal.com profile] kiwiria:

It's time to sign up for the May Edition of the Pick-For-Me Challenge. A bit early this month, but I wasn't sure that I'd have time tomorrow.

To sign up, post a comment with a link to your To-Be-Read list (be it on Goodreads, in a blog post, a google document... whatever! as long as it's publicly available). On April 20th I will close the sign-ups and assign a buddy for everybody.

Each person has until April 25th to pick 2 books (main choice + backup) from their buddy's TBR-list that they want them to read for the month of May.

End of May we'll return and talk about the books we've read.

I hope you'll want to play along! :-)
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by Janet Hill

I know I have lots of readers on my friends' list, and I hope you'll consider joining a Pick-For-Me Challenge.  If you have a long list or huge stack of to-read books, let a friend select your next reading selection.

My LJ friend, [livejournal.com profile] kiwiria, wrote the following in her journal at the beginning of the year:

The last 4 months I've been part of a "Pick-For-Me" Challenge on Goodreads. The way it works is that you get assigned a buddy and then pick books from the other's "to-read" shelf that you think the other should read that month (plus a back-up book if the first choice is unobtainable for some reason). It's been great fun, and a huge success as well, as people tend to choose books they themselves have loved and therefore the hit-rate is generally really good :)

Anyway, I figured it would be fun to expand on it and have a cross-over challenge here. With so many avid readers on my flist I hope we could have a fun little group :) You don't have to have a Goodreads account - a "to-be-read" list anywhere would do the trick (Google docs, blog post, LibraryThing, whatever... as long as it's public).

It's time to sign up for the March Edition of the Pick-For-Me Challenge.

To sign up, post a comment with a link to your To-Be-Read list (be it on Goodreads, in a blog post, a google document... whatever! as long as it's publicly available). On February 20th I will close the sign-ups and assign a buddy for everybody.

Each person has until February 25th to pick 2 books (main choice + backup) from their buddy's TBR-list that they want them to read for the month of March.

End of March we'll return and talk about the books we've read.

I hope you'll want to play along! :-)

Feel free to spread the word on your own blogs - the more, the merrier :)

(PS: If you'd like to join, but have a busy March ahead of you - no worries, I'll post an April edition of the challenge come March 15th).

If you are a reader, and you aren't on Goodreads, for heaven's sake, join up!  If you are on Goodreads, and we aren't friends, look me up.  I'm bojojoti there, too.  Come play!

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I was more selective with my reading this year.  There are so many good books I want to read that it's a waste to read poor ones.  Without further ado, let the awards ceremony begin:
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  1. Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

  2. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

  3. Digital Photography, 3 book set by Scott Kelby

  4. Unnatural Inquirer by Simon R. Green

  5. The Man with the Golden Torc by Simon R. Green

  6. Sorcery & Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

  7. Life as We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer

  8. The Dead and the Gone by Susan Pfeffer

  9. The World We Live In by Susan Pfeffer

  10. Daemons are Forever by Simon R. Green

  11. The Grand Tour by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

  12. Here, There be Dragons by James A. Owen

  13. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

  14. The Art of War by Ralph D. Sawyer (only read the parts by Sun-tzu—not the extraneous bits)

  15. The Quiet Eye by Sylvia Shaw Judson

  16. The Essential Dale Chihuly by William Warmus

  17. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

  18. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

  19. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

  20. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

  21. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

  22. The Quiet Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott

  23. Catch Me if You Can by Frank W. Abagnale

  24. Unicorn and Dragon by Lynn Abbey

  25. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

  26. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

  27. Amelia Bedelia goes Camping by Peggy Parrish

  28. Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

  29. The Boy Who Stole the Elephant by Julilly H. Kohler

  30. Arthur, For the Very First Time by Patricia MacLachlan

  31. Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan

  32. Caleb’s Story by Patricia MacLachlan

  33. Moorchild by Eloise McGraw

  34. Graveminder by Melissa Marr

  35. Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski

  36. Prairie Songs by Pam Conrad

  37. Grandfather’s Dance by Patricia MacLachlan

  38. Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman

  39. Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

  40. Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  41. Among the Imposters by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  42. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

  43. Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  44. Among the Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  45. Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  46. Among the Enemy by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  47. Among the Free by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  48. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow

  49. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

  50. The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

  51. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

  52. Enna Burning by Shannon Hale

  53. River Secrets by Shannon Hale

  54. The Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

  55. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

  56. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

  57. Split Heirs by Lawrence Watt-Evans, Esther Friesner

  58. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

  59. Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett

  60. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

  61. Divergent by Veronica Roth

  62. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

  63. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

  64. Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson

  65. Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

  66. Entwined by Heather Dixon

  67. Forest Born by Shannon Hale

  68. Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan

  69. Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo

  70. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

  71. The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett

  72. The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

  73. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

  74. How to Build a Time Machine by Paul Davies

  75. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

  76. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

  77. Genesis by Bernard Beckett

  78. The Postman by David Brin

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I got this from [livejournal.com profile] kiwiria:  from NPR Books, a list of The Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books.  This category is a favorite of mine.  I am surprised by some inclusions and exclusions.  No  Madeleine L'Engle, Tad Williams,  Garth Nix, or Trudi Canavan?  No Dresden Files by Jim Butcher? The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?  And, seriously, no Harry Potter?  Why those Terry Pratchett books and not others?  
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Let me introduce you to one of my favorite roses, Distant Drums.  It's a Dr. Griffith Buck rose.  Back in the day when the hybrid tea was all the rage, Dr. Buck set out to create roses that didn't need spraying or fussing over.  His roses had to be able to withstand the blistering prairie sun of summer, but they had to be equally successful at shrugging off the bitterly cold winters.  Oh, and they had to withstand the fierce winds of the plains, too.  Those were lofty goals.  One could easily hybridize a rose that would withstand high temperatures, and Canada has done an exemplary job with their Explorer and Parkland series of creating roses that can survive cold winters.  But, to have a rose that could do both?  And not require special care? 

Dr. Buck planted his roses, and the only attention he gave them was water and cultivation.  Those that survived the winter he used further in his attempts to hybridize a wide variety of roses that were suited to the prairie, had scent, and would fit into most gardens.   
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  1. Canticle by Ken Scholes 4/4

  2. Antiphon by Ken Scholes 4/4

  3. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson 4/4

  4. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White 5/5

  5. Sambo by Helen Bannerman

  6. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

  7. The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses by Robert W. Service

  8. Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett

  9. Johnny and the Dead by Terry Pratchett

  10. Johnny and the Bomb by Terry Pratchett

  11. Truckers by Terry Pratchett

  12. Diggers by Terry Pratchett

  13. Wings by Terry Pratchett

  14. I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

  15. Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

  16. The Ugly Little Boy by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg

  17. The Thirty-nine Steps by John Buchan

  18. The Fat Man by Ken Harmon

  19. The Girl with 500 Middle Names by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  20. Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

  21. The Catch Colt by Mary O’Hara

  22. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

  23. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

  24. The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

  25. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

  26. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

  27. Give Us This Day by Clare Leighton

  28. Shukar Balan… The White Lamb by Mela Miesner Lindsay

  29. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

  30. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

  31. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

  32. A Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

  33. The Mirror of Her Dreams by Stephen R. Donaldson

  34. The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo

  35. A Man Rides Through by Stephen R. Donaldson

  36. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

  37. Sabriel by Garth Nix

  38. Lirael by Garth Nix

  39. Abhorsen by Garth Nix

  40. Uncharted Territory by Connie Willis

  41. Remake by Connie Willis

  42. Bellwether by Connie Willis

  43. What Kansas Means to Me edited by Thomas Fox Averill

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Gardeners should get a tetanus shot every ten years, because tetanus bacterium can live in soil and manure.  It only takes a break in the skin--and what rosarian doesn't have battle wounds?--for Clostridium tetani to attack the nervous system.  Most people think of lockjaw, but there is so much more to the symptoms.  It's a long, lingering, horrifying death that can last for weeks.  So, get your innoculation!

And *ow* I got mine yesterday, and my arm is sore!  But it's better than having convulsions strong enough to break bones. 

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