Thursday, April 12, 2018

Miss Martha's Flowers

My long-time followers will remember we visit with Miss Martha each spring, in a tiny, neighboring city, to purchase plants.  Martha is 83.  She is pictured above with "Old Man's Whiskers" tree.  Her lovely home was built by her in-laws.  Her cat followed every step we took.  My grandmother had a pan similar to the one that holds the cat's water.  The clay strawberry pot is filled with hen and chicks.  A gorgeous tulip with blue bells.
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Close-up of Money Plant bloom, and then the seed pod
We visited early afternoon and the sun was too bright in most of my pictures.  Top left photo shows her grape vines. A colorful azalea beside the cozy porch.  The purple flowering plant in front of Miss Martha is a money plant; the last photo is a viburnum.  We were sad to learn today that Miss Martha is in failing health and this will be her last spring to sell plants.  We promised her that I would drive her to our home in the near future to see all the plants we have purchased from her.
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Another photo of blue bells.  From Miss Martha's home, you can see the local church, local library and post office!  In the old barn with the Coca-Cola sign, you can see bird houses for sale.  The bird house in the right bottom frame is a replica of Miss Martha's home.
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A photo of a beautiful home across the street with colorful azaleas.  A bigger than life rooster beside one of the biggest burning bushes I've ever seen.  This huge pecan tree was planted shortly before Miss Martha's husband was born, by his mom, 95 years ago.  Most every potted plant we picked up had a pecan in it, probably hidden by a squirrel.  lol
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A flowering quince in the top picture.   Tiger lilies coming up by the lattice; and sweet kitty.  We have some planting to do now!  We purchased burning bush, forsythia, lilac, quince, liriope, daylilies, blue bells, money plant. 
Have a nice weekend.  Mildred

35 comments:

  1. This is a very beautiful post.. at this age she is still doing gardening.. it's really amazing. And a 95 year old tree!!! I cannot find word to describe what I feel about...

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  2. Such pretty photos! I'm sorry Miss Martha isn't doing well, but glad you could go this year. Your pecan story made me laugh!

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  3. Wonderful post,Mildred!Just adorable!Made me smile,hugs!

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  4. Love everything about this post! Precious Martha. Everything about her and her home is just beautiful. Your yard is certainly getting some pretty new plants. How sweet of you to promise Martha a visit to see them.
    Wishing you a good night, my friend!

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  5. What a lovely idea to take Miss Martha to see how her work continues in the gardens of her customers. 🙂

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  6. I have both purple and white money plants. The oak trees in our neighborhood are over 100 years old. Tall and sturdy. So sorry to hear about Miss Martha, but glad you were able to visit with her. Janice

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  7. What a lovely post, Mildred. I'm sorry to learn that Miss Martha is failing in health, but at 83 I guess that can be expected somewhat. She certainly has a beautiful place and I know you will treasure everything that you got from her today. Your header is so so pretty...very relaxing.

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  8. What a charming home Miss Martha has. So sorry to hear she is in poor health now. I love that little birdhouse replica of her home. That's so nice of you to drive her to your home to see all the flowers. I think she will like that. : )

    ~Sheri

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  9. Beautiful flowers and some coming.
    Sorry to read Miss Martha is in poor health.

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  10. Hi Mildred.

    Beautiful house and beautiful plants you can buy there.
    How nice that you promised to let her look at your house once.

    Groettie from Patricia.

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  11. Miss Martha has a beautiful home and garden. No wonder you go every year to get plants from her. Sorry to hear about her health.

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  12. Oh what a beautiful lady and place to visit! I used to have a money plant but it didn't survive:( LOVE all of those pretty flowers and the view is awesome! Have a blessed day dear Mildred, HUGS!

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  13. What a pretty home and pretty flowers. Cant wait to see the ones you purchased all blooming and bright. Sad that she wont be able to continue with something she obviously loves to do, but as we age, it gets too hard. It is to be a sunny, warm day today so maybe you can get some of those things in the ground.

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  14. Miss Martha's place would be a real treat to get to visit. I'm sorry to hear that this will be her last year. I LOVE her house and the one across the street. Picture perfect. YOU have a big job with all those new plants! I know they will all thrive under your care. blessings ~ tanna

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  15. I love that you continually visit with her and purchase her plants. What a sweet home and garden(s) that she has! I love that her kitty follows her around; I had a cat that always did that in the garden, It was so cute. I can't wait to see your plantings.

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  16. I would love to visit Miss Martha...love all her beautiful plants. And yes, we had an old mans whiskers in our front yard growing up. It is still there and quite big now.

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  17. I am familiar with all the plants you bought except for quince. that is new to me. I LOVE HER HOUSE... and the one across the street to. everything is so beautiful in all that bright sunshine. i know she will love at ride to see your flowers... hope she gets to stay in her beautiful homestead

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  18. Mildred, this lovely post has left me feeling as if I've just had a little vacation. I love Miss Martha's story. Sorry she's in failing health; I hope her lovely home will remain in her family.

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  19. She has a lovely property, Mildred.

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  20. What a nice story, it must be so delightful to visit every year. Such a shame she is not too well.
    I think your Money plant is the same as our 'Honesty'.

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  21. that first tree she is next looks like a button bush here. Love her gardens

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  22. What a nice place to visit and buy plants! Such a pretty home, very colorful:)

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  23. Yes, I remember Miss Martha..What a lovely place and neighborhood..You bought a lot..The bunnies will enjoy the Liriope..I hurt my knee planting four shrubs last weekend..be careful..I have two more to plant ;)...They are going to have to wait a bit..Love the Money Plant...Enjoy your weekend..Happy planting..

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  24. Beautiful pictures! It all looks so lovely.

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  25. Hello, wonderful post and beautiful photos. I love all the flowers and trees. I am sure Miss Martha appreciates your visits. It is sad she is not doing well, I am sending prayers for her. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  26. How sweet! I hope you enjoy planting- I am waiting for the cold air to stop blowing this morning so I can plant four potato climbers I bought for my grape arbors. I've been out twice and had to come back in..my ears were freezing. Beautiful photos and I love the porches. Have a great day!

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  27. Oh my goodness such pretty flowers and weather. It's still kinda cool and way too windy. I'm so ready for the wind to stop. My flower beds can use some attention but I"m not a fan of the wind. Miss Martha is a lucky lady to have such a special person in her life.
    Have a nice weekend
    Saimi

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  28. Such a lovely post with wonderful photographs, so nice to see the lovely flowers. Sorry to read Miss Martha is not in the best of health, but I'm sure that she appreciates your visits.

    Happy Weekend Wishes to you.

    All the best Jan

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  29. Miss Martha looks like a very fine lady and avid gardener. I am sorry that she is in failing health and will no longer be able to do what she loves.

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  30. what a great tour you've taken for us! Everything is so pretty...oh, and I LIKE the bright sunshine!!

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  31. Love this post about your visits with Miss Martha. Sweet! I'm so behind in visiting but soon I'll be back fresh when all this listing, selling and moving is behind us. Blessings!

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  32. I am happy that you two are up and running with the garden thing. It is fun to buy them and fun to see them grow in your own yard. I have such a scrambled mess right now but things will improve. You do have such a great place to shop and you places to grow things are wonderful too.

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  33. Such a beautiful place. I'm sorry to hear about health condition of Miss Martha. It's sweet of you to drive her to your home. She will be delighted to see all the plants you purchased from her!

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  34. What a truly beautiful part of the world you live in Mildred. Sorry to hear that Miss Martha's health is failing but hopefully it will be a long time before it really fails.
    I am so envious of your pictures as we are still buried under two to three feet of snow. The ground will stay frozen till at least mid May they at the end of May is when all the gardeners start planting and if it's still too cold, into June.

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  35. I would love to visit her place...and I Love her house.

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