June 15, 2020

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New Plantings and Garden Flowers - pink flowering mountain laurel

New Plantings and Garden FlowersLast year my grandson and I cut down several forsythia shrubs along the northern edge of the side yard. The stumps still need to dealt with. This year I have focused on planting two lilac bushes further into the yard to ultimately help reestablish a green border between my yard and my neighbor's. There will also be a native mock orange placed along this same line, soon.


How to Hand Pollinate Passionfruit

How to Hand Pollinate PassionfruitPassion fruit is very easy to grow. If you have a family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker who has passion fruit save yourself $30, ask for some passionfruit cuttings. Hydrate the cuttings in water and plant in soil (preferable against the fence, wall, patio) so there is room for the passionfruit plant to crawl on, or an area where you could put a trellis up.


Recycled Dresser Drawer  Decorative Sign - finished sign with decals

Recycled Dresser Drawer Decorative SignI found a few drawer fronts someone was throwing out, so I grabbed them and brought them home with the idea of making signs.


A rose breasted grosbeak on a branch.

Grosbeak Photos and InformationGrosbeak refers to a number of species of seed eating song birds with large beaks. The rose-breasted and evening grosbeak are two representatives of this grouping.


Swimming Snail

Swimming SnailThe other day as I was walking past our bog pond I noticed something moving. Upon closer observation I realized it was one of the resident snails swimming in the water. I just had to get a video so that I could show my 6 year old. He loved it and I hope you do too!



Value of Vintage Conant Colonial Revival Chairs? - armless colonial revival dining chair

Value of Vintage Conant Colonial Revival Chairs?I have 4 of these chairs that I would like to sale. These are Windsor style with bow back and decorative back splat. All in good condition with wear consistent with age and use. How much do you think I could get for the set of 4?


Value of a Mersman 22-32 End Table? - medium finish end table with drawer

Value of a Mersman 22-32 End Table?My mother and I rescued this beautiful end table from a large garbage bin, when they cleaned out my next door neighbor's home when they left. My mother wanted a new coffee table for her tiny apartment and I though I saw something in the garbage. We pulled it out and saw it was missing the drawer, but upon further searching we found the drawer and it was missing only 1 knob.


Identifying Small Brownish/Black Bugs? - bugs trapped under a plastic food container

Identifying Small Brownish/Black Bugs?Has anyone seen these small brownish/black bugs in their home? I'm in Chicago on the second level of my building. I trapped two on them on the living room window sill and one crawling on the carpet. They have wings, but they don't seem to fly. They have trouble flipping over when they are on their backs. One of the three is bigger so it may be a different type of bug.


What Is this Egg Nest? - fibrous light colored bean shaped

What Is this Insect Egg Nest?What is this egg nest? I found it in the garden.


What Plant Is This? - flopped over succulent looking plant

What Plant Is This?What plant is it?


Identifying a Pikachu Plush? - yellow plush on a dark blue blanket

Identifying a Pikachu Plush?Dose anybody know what kind of Pikachu plush this is?


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Getting Free Flower Bulbs?Does anyone know where to get free flower bulbs? I live in Chumuckla Florida.


Identifying a Ceramic Figurine - nearly monochromatic figurine of a woman carrying firewood on her back

Identifying a Ceramic Figurine?I cannot identify the stamp. I believe the letters are either m I o or w I o. Also I think it is a hammer or mallet. I am not sure if it's worth anything.


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