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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #1995 on: October 16, 2021, 02:36:45 PM »
While walking around I saw a few fall wildflowers.

Late Purple Astor

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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #1996 on: October 16, 2021, 04:20:37 PM »
Little Lady Tresses

The leaves in the background are yaupon. Makes a great tea. Only natural plant in North America with caffeine.

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And I couldn’t rest without finishing up the area around my new table. I didn’t want @KSM complaining. Landscape fabric and about 1000 pounds of decomposed granite.

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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #1997 on: October 16, 2021, 04:39:00 PM »
The stack of wood covered with the tarp is my supply of firewood for the tipi ceremonies. In August of last year I decided to build this retreat and tipi grounds. I had been sick for quite some time but kept battling and seeking alternative treatments after the neurologists said my case was too complicated and there was nothing they could do.

I hadn’t picked up an axe or chainsaw in 5-6 years. I began working up my endurance and my ability to tolerate working in the Texas heat be splitting firewood for my first tipi ceremony. The tradition I have been taught is to use firewood that is 4-5’ long and split into manageable pieces, maybe 3-4” max thickness. The tipi fireman needs to be able to handle them all night long as they are fed into the fire. Only one end is actually burning where several tips are crossed for the ceremonial fire. There is no easy way to split 5’ long oak logs. My friends in California use cottonwood. It seems much easier to split but I only have oak, cedar, hickory, elm and black gum.

By December I was cutting down and cutting up trees to make the clearing for my tipi grounds. It’s been a long and arduous 15 months but physically I am in better shape than I ever thought I would be. I’m 65 and I dare say there aren’t many that could hang with me for a full day once I start working.

My first ceremony was supposed to be 10/23 but I had to cancel it for now. A close friend lost a daughter and then a granddaughter and he and his family are in mourning. I didn’t feel right holding a gratitude ceremony without this friend or while he and his family are hurting. I’m still going to put up my tipi next weekend just to check a box for myself. Proving to myself that I would have been ready.
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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #1998 on: October 16, 2021, 05:25:18 PM »
Fascinating, Gravity.  Thanks for keeping us up to date.

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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #1999 on: October 16, 2021, 09:37:28 PM »

And I couldn’t rest without finishing up the area around my new table. I didn’t want @KSM complaining. Landscape fabric and about 1000 pounds of decomposed granite.

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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #2000 on: October 17, 2021, 03:21:49 AM »
The table is great.  Needs a robot sniper dog sleeping under it.
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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #2001 on: October 17, 2021, 07:46:21 AM »
The stack of wood covered with the tarp is my supply of firewood for the tipi ceremonies. In August of last year I decided to build this retreat and tipi grounds. I had been sick for quite some time but kept battling and seeking alternative treatments after the neurologists said my case was too complicated and there was nothing they could do.

I hadn’t picked up an axe or chainsaw in 5-6 years. I began working up my endurance and my ability to tolerate working in the Texas heat be splitting firewood for my first tipi ceremony. The tradition I have been taught is to use firewood that is 4-5’ long and split into manageable pieces, maybe 3-4” max thickness. The tipi fireman needs to be able to handle them all night long as they are fed into the fire. Only one end is actually burning where several tips are crossed for the ceremonial fire. There is no easy way to split 5’ long oak logs. My friends in California use cottonwood. It seems much easier to split but I only have oak, cedar, hickory, elm and black gum.

By December I was cutting down and cutting up trees to make the clearing for my tipi grounds. It’s been a long and arduous 15 months but physically I am in better shape than I ever thought I would be. I’m 65 and I dare say there aren’t many that could hang with me for a full day once I start working.

My first ceremony was supposed to be 10/23 but I had to cancel it for now. A close friend lost a daughter and then a granddaughter and he and his family are in mourning. I didn’t feel right holding a gratitude ceremony without this friend or while he and his family are hurting. I’m still going to put up my tipi next weekend just to check a box for myself. Proving to myself that I would have been ready.
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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #2002 on: October 17, 2021, 01:57:14 PM »
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A  picture of the night sky a couple nights ago when the moon was sharing some space with Jupiter, upper left to the moon, and Saturn, the less bright planet to the right of the moon.

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A second shot shows a mysterious green object that appeared off to the right of the moon.

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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #2003 on: October 18, 2021, 09:35:25 AM »
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Look @anniem a red leaf in PA.

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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #2004 on: October 18, 2021, 01:31:05 PM »
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Look @anniem a red leaf in PA.

Beautiful picture, @FISH!

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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #2005 on: October 18, 2021, 01:32:48 PM »
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Neighborhood walk.  At first I couldn't tell what these mysterious pods were.  They were big, a good seven or eight inches long, I would say.

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Then I spotted a flower and recognized the plant as being a Trumpet Vine.  I tried to grow one back at the garden but never had any luck.  Oh, the thing would grow year after year, but it refused to flower.
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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #2006 on: October 18, 2021, 07:13:54 PM »
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Look @anniem a red leaf in PA.

HA! Did you bring it from NJ?

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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #2007 on: October 18, 2021, 10:10:39 PM »
@GravitySucks I am happy to know that you are 'pressing on.'
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.
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@FISH the flowers are Frost Asters
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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #2008 on: October 19, 2021, 11:18:40 AM »
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Neighborhood walk.  At first I couldn't tell what these mysterious pods were.  They were big, a good seven or eight inches long, I would say.

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Then I spotted a flower and recognized the plant as being a Trumpet Vine.  I tried to grow one back at the garden but never had any luck.  Oh, the thing would grow year after year, but it refused to flower.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campsis_radicans
Ha! I had a plant that refused to flower all SUMMER. Today, it started to flower.  ::)

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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #2009 on: October 19, 2021, 11:20:26 AM »
HA! Did you bring it from NJ?
Beautiful picture, @FISH!

@anniem & @Rikki Gins are the leaves turning colors in your area?