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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Kentucky Derby Traditions - Planting Flowers

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The whole city of Louisville--and actually all of Kentucky--is in a fever of preparations for Saturday's great Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.  We have visitors from all over coming to Louisville for the festivities, as well as the millions who watch the race on television. So everyone wants their homes to look extra good.  For most, that means planting flowers now that we're safe from frost.

This morning I stopped by Paul's Fruit and Vegetable Market in Middletown to see what they're selling in annual plants this year.  Paul's is a great place for fresh fruits and vegetables year round and specialty items produced in Kentucky.  At this time of the year they're a good place to buy flowers in great variety as well.

Here are some full sized photos of the most interesting plants--or best photos from today's shoot. Disclaimer:  I'll try to identify the plants, but if I get it wrong just ignore me.  I'm interested in other things now and not quite the keen gardener I used to be. . .




marigolds galore


rex begonia

Asiatic lilies

chenille plant

tuberous begonia

mixed containers ready to go

Here's hoping your Derby horse runs fast and your hat stays dry this Saturday at the Kentucky Derby--and that your flowers look great all summer!


Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

gorgeous colors. love those flowers. so purdy. ( :

TexWisGirl said...

the fuchsia is fabulous!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

The flowers are all so pretty, but the fuchsia is absolutely gorgeous!

Brian King said...

That's a gorgeous assortment of flowers!

Genie Robinson said...

I can imagine going to our little store and seeing this fab variety of flowers and color. You are so lucky. Also,I think you did a fine job of identifying them all. I could not have done it. genie

Jan n Jer said...

I am anxious to start planting my patio n porch pots...but they say wait until after Moms day..so one more week! These flowers are gorgeous..enjoy the Derby Faye...we will be watching!

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Nature in the Burbs said...

Great shots. All so pretty and colorful.

Nature in the Burbs said...

Great shots. All so pretty and colorful.