I planted my seeds I ordered from Swallowtail Gardens Monday evening and they’re already coming up. At least the zinnias are.

I was sitting next to the French doors this morning eating a bowl of cereal and was amazed to see the little green plants had already pushed through the soil in the pots.

As you can see the wild morning glories are blooming. The moon flower seems to be inactive the past few days.

Veggies Almost Ready To Pick:

I have several tomatoes just about ripe enough to pick. About a half dozen sweet peppers too.

And the cucumber plant has rebounded after the torrential weeks of rain and are flowering again. Hopefully I’ll get to eat a cucumber from my plant before long.

I decided to stop paying the monthly Shipt payment for now. I’m mobile enough to get around to the grocery store. And after being pretty inactive for four months, I sure need the exercise.

That’s $14 a month I can save. Charlie’s bills are expensive so I’m cutting back the bills that aren’t necessary right now. I can always sign back up if I need them again because I do love the service.

Purple Sweet Potato Vine:

The purple sweet potato vine is doing much better tucked in against my settee where it gets more shade.

Yesterday I cut back the cosmos that was tall and scraggly as well as more of the lemon balm. I had to cut back the lemon balm coming through the cement crack because my water spigot is right there and the hose was getting caught up in them.

I get out there with my garden snips and go to town on plants that are looking sad and tired. If you cut them back they’ll hopefully rebound. If they don’t, I don’t like looking at what I call getting-ugly-plants.

While I was at it I dead-headed the scabiosa, or pin cushion flower.

Yellow Rose Plant:

I noticed that my yellow rose plant has roots spread a foot outside of the pot on the ground. And that’s the biggest pot I own at 24 inches wide.

I guess I’ll have to plant it in the ground or something, though I don’t know where. Obviously that pot isn’t going to contain the growth.

When I bought it a few years ago the nursery said it would probably be okay in a very large pot, but the rose plant has other ideas it seems.

Really about the only flower still blooming well is the zinnias. I love to look out the French doors and see that sea of golden zinnias still looking happy and healthy.

The cone flowers stopped blooming and the white petals are partly brown from the sun. I’ll wait until the seeds are ready to harvest to snip them. As well as the spent zinnias.

Last night I watched the first of the series Rectify on Netflix.

Here is the premise:

How would you handle readjusting to life after being wrongfully imprisoned for 19 years of your life? Sundance TV’s Rectify addresses this quandary as it follows the life of Daniel Holden.

Convicted and sent to death row as a teenager for the rape and murder of his 16-year-old girlfriend, new evidence sets the stage for his return home to Paulie, Georgia.

Now in his late 30s, Holden attempts to rekindle relationships with his family and friends, something not easily accomplished for someone whose name had been denounced for so long.

The setting is a small town, where of course everyone knows everyone else and people never forget. The townspeople and law enforcement are reluctant to believe the DNA evidence that now proves his innocence.

Some just don’t want to believe scientific facts in front of them. They’d rather not have to wonder about it possibly being someone else.

Then I started a new ebook on my Kindle that comes out next month.


The search for a teenage runaway sends her foster mother, a psychologist working for the LAPD, on a dangerous journey through Los Angeles’ criminal underworld, in this gripping new thriller by the author of the international bestseller Baby Doll.

When LAPD forensic psychologist Becca Ortiz agrees to foster teenage runaway Ash, she knows she will love and protect her as her own daughter.

Ash may have turned her back on her old life on the streets, but there is still one person who she can’t bear to lose.

Now he is about to drag her back into a dark world where nothing and no one is safe.

How far will Becca go to save her daughter? And can she find her before it’s too late?

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  1. Where I live it’s often over 110 degrees for much of the summer. I can grow zinnias consistently. Just throw seeds out and off they go. They even come up on their own. Perfect for hot summers! I absolutely love them. And you can just cut and cut them for bouquets and they will just keep producing. I think you will find a lot of enjoyment from them.

  2. Brenda, Is the Sweet Potato Vine just a sweet potato stuck in the ground? I love the purple leaves. I bought a packet of cauliflower seeds and planted them and what came up instead looks like daisies or zinnia. Go figure. I bought them for my neighbor and then she said she hated cauliflower, so I planted them for myself. It’s a good thing I love flowers. LOL Sandra

      1. A sweet potato vine is a sweet potato variety that has been bred for appearance, to produce lots of pretty leaves rather than for producing big edible roots. Sweet potatoes that make the big edible roots do make a small mound of nice leaves, but they don’t come in all of the pretty colors and sizes and lengths that can be found in ornamental sweet potato vines

  3. Brenda, I just love your photo o_ that golden zinnea. They are one o_ my very _avorite blooms, yet I rarely plant them. Crazy. Wonder whether I could throw in some seeds somewhere yet and see some blooms late summer or autumn. Might be worth a try. I know I have some seeds.

    I’m sorry it’s been a rather disappointing gardening season _or you this year. The weather certainly hasn’t been the most cooperative.

  4. I loved Rectify. I thought I must have been the only one. There’s a song they play when he’s on a bed and it haunts me and I sometimes I just need to hear it. The song is Charlie Darwin by Low (?) I would look it up for you but never know how to get out and back in to FB. You can find it on You Tube with what little information I gave you. ..or just wait for it. You’ll know.

  5. I love zinnias. There are so many colors and sizes to choose from and they do so well from seed. I don’t like to pay nursery prices for annuals but a packet of seed contains so much joy that I’ll buy zinnia seeds every time. Hope the torrential rains are gone now . The temperature in SC finally went into the eighties and what a relief that is. Glad you’re garden has been revived by the sun.

  6. I think you can cut off those roots that are escaping the pot. Google rose care to be sure, but it shouldn’t hurt the plant.

  7. I can’t believe your plants are all past their prime, especially the cosmos – some of mine are just getting their first blooms, and the rest of the cosmos are absolutely gorgeous right now! I’ll have tomatoes before long – and Sweetie brought over a nice head of lettuce and the first of the cucumbers and zucchinis last night. Here we go, crazy harvest season coming up!!

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