Garden Tweaking

Garden Tweaking

I’m an early riser. Tuesday morning was no exception. Dawn arrives around 5:30 and I happened to be ready to go out at just about that time. My feathery buddies are used to receiving their breakfast early. I give them one cup of a simple bird mixture from my local store. At the same time, I turn on the drip in the center of the yard. The birds get to have a morning drink as well and of course my plants get their water, a very necessary commodity in the Desert Southwest.

Before I spread the seed for the birds, I worked on the northeast island. Here’s a picture of it looking south. It’s maybe fourteen feet long by six feet and has a nice height and overall slope. I clipped the lantana in the foreground to keep it corralled. I’ve got an empty bed as well, which means at some point I’ll have to head to my garden center. Oh, darn.

Garden Tweaking

Here’s a view of the northeast island from the south end of the bed. At this end, you can see my young mesquite tree. I’m very excited about this sapling because if it follows the same path as the mesquite from last summer, it could be a towering, thick, ten foot tall tree by mid-summer. Already it’s showing real promise. It’s branching out and putting on some height. It’s got a sturdy trunk and during my garden tweaking session, I trimmed off seven small branches near the ground. It really is starting to look like a tree. Behind the tree, is my four foot tall fig tree. 

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My garden tweaking for this part of the island, involved seriously clipping back the purple trailing lantana in the foreground. It was growing every which way. Oh, and see the big rock? One of the younger lizards has made his home there. He has two points of access which I observed while sitting nearby the other morning. What a surprise!

Garden Tweaking

I didn’t do much pruning here. But isn’t this a nice shot of the young fig tree and of course the party-plant lantana? Eventually I’ll get all my drip lines buried, but right now it’s not high on my list.

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This is a slightly different shot of the mesquite and the fig.

Garden Tweaking

Finally, at the north end of the island, there is a second mesquite tree only a different variety completely. Its a much slower grower. I had to prune the purple lantana (foreground) away from its base. No surprise there.

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That’s all for Garden Tweaking. What I love best about working in the garden like this is how small clips here and there can make such a big difference. The unruly spring growth gets plucked back and the garden begins to take shape.

I think planting, tending and working in a garden becomes a wonderful metaphor for life. We don’t have to make massive changes in our lives to get solid results, just the occasional garden tweaking, a little light pruning, a subtle shift in goal here and there and the goals of our lives can begin to take shape.

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***This Giveaway is Closed*** The winner was Pansy Petal from the Exotic Lizard Blog. Random dot org first chose the Lizard Blog as the winning blog through its True Random Number Generator.  After that, it selected Pansy’s comment when I added a number value to each blog. I’ve contacted Pansy through the email she used to leave a comment. Congratulations Pansy and thanks everyone for participating. This was a fun week getting to know everyone a little bit more!

And now, have a wonderful day and an even better night! For more information about my books, keep scrolling! Live the fang!

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Caris Roane is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-eight paranormal romance books. Writing as Valerie King, she has published fifty novels and novellas in Regency Romance. Caris lives in Phoenix, Arizona, loves gardening, enjoys the birds and lizards in her yard, but encourages the scorpions to inhabit elsewhere! Her motto: Live the Fang!

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Contest Ends midnight Arizona time, Friday May 26, 2017! Some time on Saturday the 27th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog-date then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection!

***This Giveaway is Closed*** The winner was Pansy Petal from the Exotic Lizard Blog. Random dot org first chose the Lizard Blog as the winning blog through its True Random Number Generator.  After that, it selected Pansy’s comment when I added a number value to each blog. I’ve contacted Pansy through the email she used to leave a comment. Congratulations Pansy and thanks everyone for participating. This was a fun week getting to know everyone a little bit more!

To be entered into the giveaway drawing, answer this question: Do you have a garden? What’s your favorite thing about working in your garden? If you don’t have a garden, what is the prettiest garden you’ve ever visited or seen? Be sure to let us know where you’re from! 

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In My Garden

Photo of Caris Roane Paranormal Romance AuthorHow things have changed! It’s now October in my garden and most of the plants are in the ground. I have only a handful left, a couple of Italian cypresses, some lantana and Mexican heather. Not much, compared to mid-summer. 

In My Garden – Caris Roane Paranormal Romance AuthorI’m sure it’s partially the beautiful October light, but I swear my garden has never looked prettier. I was able to plant my butterfly bush — finally! — in the hole from which I’d removed the triangle rock. Unfortunately, I forgot about the well I left behind and didn’t pack it in firmly enough and the plant now sits at an angle. Ugh! I think I may have to dig it back up and put some soil down there. With a garden, there’s always something.

Books are like that. Plot-holes will cause a whole book to sink. I’m in the editing process of REVEALED and came across one at the beginning of chapter five. I even looked around, wondering where the rest of the words were. Then I tried to remember why I’d left things in this state, but couldn’t. Uh, no surprise there. But the remedies are never difficult, just a bit tedious. A few paragraphs can pull everything together.

To see a bunch of pics of my garden, go to my website page!

And now, here are some pics from my garden!

In My Garden – Caris Roane Paranormal Romance Author

In My Garden – Caris Roane Paranormal Romance Author

In My Garden – Caris Roane Paranormal Romance Author

In My Garden – Caris Roane Paranormal Romance Author

In My Garden – Caris Roane Paranormal Romance Author

In My Garden – Caris Roane Paranormal Romance Author

Again, for more pics of my garden, head to my website page!

That’s all for today. I hope you have hobbies and occupations that keep your mind going strong!

And now, have a wonderful day and an even better night! For more information about my books, keep scrolling!

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Caris Roane Home PageDo you enjoy free books!?! All year, I’ll be giving away copies of my e-books through my newsletter. I also run subscriber-exclusive giveaways, so be sure to sign up on my home page in the right hand column where it says: Subscribe to Our Mailing List! Once you do, you’ll receive a welcome letter with a link to your free e-book! Enjoy and hugs, Caris Roane!

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Caris Roane is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-five paranormal romance books. Writing as Valerie King, she has published fifty novels and novellas in Regency Romance. Caris lives in Phoenix, Arizona, loves gardening, enjoys the birds and lizards in her yard, but really doesn’t like scorpions!

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