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All Things Red

January 26th, 2010

I saved red for last because I must admit, I don’t like red in the garden, at least red flowers. I don’t think there’s a red bloom anywhere in my gardens. The one lone red flower in the collage below is at Stan Hywet in Akron.

Red vegetables on the other hand are wonderful. I love having a garden full of big red tomatoes, apples and radishes, shiny red peppers and juicy red strawberries. When it comes to vegetables red is a tasty color!

What’s your favorite red fruit or vegetable?

All Things Yellow

January 25th, 2010

Yellow is a popular color in the garden. Personally, I prefer other colors, I have a few wild rudbeckias in the garden and a few yellow lilies and you you can’t deny the happiness they bring to their little corner of the garden. Goldenrod in the late summer and fall is as pretty as any cultivated flower and the bright yellow maple leaves in the fall are beautiful. You still won’t find me buying lots of yellow blooms for the garden.

Yellow tomatoes on the other hand are a completely different story! You really can’t beat the tastiness of a yellow tomato for eating!

What’s your favorite yellow flower? A humble native like goldenrod or black eyed susans or something more cultivated?

All Things Purple

January 24th, 2010

When I started gardening I wanted a lot of white blooms in the garden. All of the things I planted that first ended up blooming purple instead. I don’t mind now, it seems like all these attract so many beneficial insects.

I think my favorite purple flower is the liatris, I love the tall structure they have. They’re so interesting.

Although coming in a close second are petunias. I love hanging baskets filled with white and purple petunias.

What’s your favorite purple flower?

I Can Hardly Contain Myself

January 23rd, 2010

I’m so excited for February 12, 2010 to come. Why? Because that’s when the winter Olympics officially begin. Mr Chiots and I are HUGE winter Olympics fans. When I say huge I’m not kidding. We work extra hard in the weeks coming up to them so we can spend 24/7 making sure we don’t miss any Olympic action. We love them so much we considered attending these Olympic games since they were in Canada. Did you notice my new countdown clock to the right?

I’ll be cheering for team USA of course. During the summer games I cheer on all the Colombian athletes as well, but there aren’t any in the winter Olympics. I suppose if I were good at any winter sports I could be on team Colombia.

Mr Chiots and I don’t have cable TV, but we’re getting it for the month of Feb so we can enjoy every part of the 2010 winter Olympics. We should have more than enough to watch, I read there’s going to be over 3600 hours of coverage on various channels and on the internet. Of course we’ll have the laptop in the living room to look up schedules, results, other information and to keep an eye on the medal counts. Hopefully I’ll find time to post here on the blog, although you’re getting a early warning, it may be quiet around here from Feb 12-28.

Are you a fan of the winter Olympics? Which team will you be cheering for?

10% Off Moo Products in January

January 22nd, 2010

A while ago I blogged about getting some Moo MiniCards. I really love handing them out (and I think people love getting them). These are great advertisements for my blog.

Yesterday I got an offer from Moo to pass along to all my friends. Since some of you expressed interest in getting Moo Minicards I figured you might appreciate the coupon. So, here’s a coupon for 10% your first order in January (sorry but offer is only available to new customers).

If you’ve been looking for a great way to advertise your business or your blog these will be perfect. They’d also be great for handing out your contact info, saves writing it down on a napkin.

Moo is giving me $10 for each of you who make a purchase, so a big thanks to any of you who do.

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