Monday, June 30, 2008


Spider Plants, also known as Cholorophytum comosum are the easiest and best hanging plants in your home or your patio. This is one that is only 1 1/2 years old and is so healthy and beautiful. I took a baby plant off one of my Mom's plant. It likes moist soil (not soggy) and tolerates warmer temperatures. I feed the plant every 3 to 4 months using a house plant fertilizer. It is so low maintenance and easy to grow. My tips turn brown and I found out it is from the chemicals in the water you get from the city because it is treated with Chlorine and fluoride. If you give it bottle water, the tips won't turn brown, however, I just use the city water. I have my whole patio on a drip system that automatically gives all my plants water every evening.

Propagation is so easy, you just cut off one of the plantlets that are hanging from the mother plant and plant them in moist dirt. It usually takes about one month for them to start growing.

If you live in a area that has frost or snow, just bring it in during the winter months. It loves the steam in your bathroom!

My plant currently has 3 bird nests in it. The birds just love to nest in this plant!
If you don't have one of these plants, you really need to get one!

Friday, June 27, 2008


Well, the heat spell is over for a couple of days, so lets go out and see how the garden is doing this morning!

I love Vinca. They come in a variety of colors too. They are so carefree, you do not need to pinch off any old flowers. The flowers are so compact sometimes, that they cover themselves in flowers. They call these the impatiens for full sun.

I Love baskets full of Petunias! This is bright red Petunias with a hint of white!

Basket of Bright Pink Petunias

Cattails in the Koi Pond

Yellow water Lily plants just set off water ponds!

This Apple tree looks a little early this year! This branch is way to heavy!

This peach tree makes the best fresh sweet peaches. I cannot wait till they are ready to be picked!

I love Gerbera Daisies. They come in a variety of colors. I have some plants that are years old, they just keep coming back and blooming year after year. I do notice that the ones in semi-shade do alot better than the ones in full sun.

Cute frog birdhouse with vincas and shasta daisies in the back ground.

Zinnas are the best annual flower. They just keep blooming and blooming and they stay in there all summer long till the beginning of fall!

Thanks for visiting with me this morning. Come back again soon, I have so much more to show you in my garden!

Love, Anne Fannie

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


This past week I have been babysitting my sweet grand daughter Harper while her parents have been in Hawaii. It has been so much fun spending quality time with her since she lives in Utah and I live in California. We went to Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm to name a few!

She Loved helping Grandma do gardening........or maybe it was driving the golf cart!

She just loved going swimming in Grandma's swimming pool too!

Buster was a really good sport too letting her push him around in a stroller....

He was really happy to see her leave though.................

She enjoyed so much feeding the Koi fish every day!

As my son and his sweet wife and my little darling grand daughter left this morning with their drive back to Utah, as I watched them drive away with a truck load full of stuff.....I couldn't help to think that they must be thinking of the plaque I have in my house........

Saturday, June 21, 2008


There is a Garden Party going on and you are invited. Cielo at the House in Roses is having a Garden Party and we are to show our garden to celebrate the first day of summer. So sit back and enjoy my garden.....
First we will start in the patio and sit and relax and have some Lemonade.

Maybe BBQ some Hot Dogs........

It's 111 degrees today so maybe a dip in the pool?

Oh, lets take a little peek in the rose garden portion of the yard.....

Isn't this the cutiest "Flower Bed". If you look at another post of mine, I tell you how this is made

Here is the "heart" of the garden.......The Potting Shed

Do you smell the fragrance of all the Gardena plants? It just fills the air with a sweet fragrance!

(I love to pick fresh flowers and float them in a bowl of water in the makes the whole room smell so good!)

Here's the Marigold bed in full bloom......this is the only plant that the squirrels and rabbits don't eat!

Oh, look inside this birdhouse and see the nest with little blue eggs......

Oh my, look inside this birdhouse and see the little birds that have just hatched. Don't they look hungry?

Check out this weird looking flower. What the heck is it?

The Petunias look like they are doing just fine...................the rabbits and squirrels haven't found them yet!

I have so many different
kinds of Lilies in so many colors!

Here is Charlie the Turtle, he saw us taking pictures and thought he would come on over to see if we have any food for him.

This is my Granddaughter Harper feeding him some carrots!

They almost look the same size!

Well, I have so much more to show you but you must get on over to Ceilo's blog and check out the other gardens.

Please come back to visit me another day because I have so much more to show you in my garden!
One of my Mosaic signs made from broken Vintage China pieces!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


This is an Ash tree that sits in our front yard. I have been told it is over 200 years old! Last year we had 15 feet cut off the top, and about 25 feet from its width. It now stands about 100 feet tall. In this picture I could not even capture half of it! If only it could talk, who planted this tree 200 years ago? Was it planted by a Farmer with love? The tree is so old that there is an old chain that is now part of the tree limb. Did they use this tree as a hoist? Did his children play in it? Do you think they would ever had thought that 200 years later it would still be standing and someone would love and nuture it as they did? Wow, if only it could talk........

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

I have been tagged by Rose Marie at the Sugar Plum cottage. She is one of the sweetest bloggers I have met. I think it is so special that out of all the people that leave comments on her blog she would pick me! I just love her garden pictures! She is quite the gardener.

She told me I have to list 6 unimportant things about myself.

Here are the rules of her game:

1. Link back to the person who tagged you.

2. Post these rules on your blog.

3. Share 6 unimportant things about yourself.

4 Tag people at the end of your entry.

My six unimportant things that I'll tell you about me are:

1. I am deathly afraid of snakes.

2. I have never left the house without makeup, lipstick and my hair curled.

3. I have never been able to pass up a good sale.

4. Our cabin in the mountains is haunted and I REFUSE to ever stay there by myself. (My husband has actually gone to the store and has returned to find me waiting for him on the driveway in the snow!)

5. I freak out when ever water is splashed in my face.

6. I had unplanned cosmetic surgery once......I had a dog bite my nose off (Ok, he was a good plastic surgeon because you can never tell!)

Now I have to tag someone.....hmmm, how about Farm Chic Paula at the Fraker Farm. This girl has some farm and the cutest little terrorist chicken and her babies!

Lets take a quick peek at the garden this morning....

Thanks for visiting my Blog today!

Friday, June 13, 2008

A Tribute to my Father

I hate Fathers Day weekend ever since my father passed away 3 years ago. Miss him terribly. I thought I would post some pictures of him.

My father was in WW2 in the 757 Tank Battalian. There was a standing joke in our family because my father would not buy anything unless it was made in the United States. He was so loyal to his country.

When my father built us a new house, he promised me that he would also build me a doll house. This is the doll house he built me with his bare hands. This is me and my little sister Fran standing in front of it when it was done.

This is one of my favorite photos with my Dad. This was taken right before we left for the church.

My father was the best father anyone could have ever had. I miss you so much Daddy. I look forward to the day when I will be able to see you again....

Love, Ann
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