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Rambling Rose
Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense ~Mark Overby

In my garden

Weather conditions in the Ohio Valley have been extreme this year. We’ve broke 100 year old records for rainfall. Temperatures were well below normal through March and April which delayed early perennials and bulbs from blooming on time. Usually by the first of June my backyard garden is in full bloom with spring perennials and early summer bloomers. That has not been the case this year. Just as the tulips, poppies, foxglove and lupines finally made their debut, a freaky two weeks of harsh temperatures flirting in the 90’s. caused their time to be short-lived.

Right now daylilies are providing a splash of color here and there.

In a corner of the yard. larkspur, three to four feet tall, makes for a pretty display in hues of purple.

The lilies are just now starting to open. Their presence is greatly appreciated this year.


It’s the annuals that are truly carrying the day for this gardener. 

A pot here....

and a pot there, add that needed splash of color.

My sweet potato vine is starting to take off. I love the chartreuse, heart-shaped leaves.

The roses are just now starting to bloom. This one is called Joseph’s Coat. When the bud first opens, it’s yellow. As the rose matures, it changes colors. At any given time, you can see yellow, orange and red roses on the same bush.

I usually have cosmos four to five feet tall in the backyard during the summer months. The birds and butterflies love them. This little gem only gets 18 inches tall and bushy producing the same size blooms as the taller version. It’s a winner. I used them in a border around the front porch.

Thank goodness for annuals to add that splash of color in just the right places.

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Energy Vampires

Negative people have a way of sucking the life right out of you... if you let them. I guess a good term to describe them would be Energy Vampires. They seem to have this incessant ability to endlessly express all that is wrong and all they don’t like. I believe it comes from fear within. A positive person on the other hand is an energy giver. Negative people tend to play the victim card when they can’t logically justify their behavior or will have pity party invitations ready to send out when they get bested or lose face. The best thing a positive person can do is not attend their party. By going, these Energy Vampires will surely bring you down and then the positive person will find him or herself becoming negative as well.

I have been posting on the message forum at Copper.net for years. I became a member when Bush was president during his first term. At that time, the forum was crawling with the MoveOn.org groupies hell-bent on destroying George Bush. Let me tell you, that was the worst  bunch of Energy Vampires I have ever encountered. And making the mistake in engaging in their rhetoric at times made me just as negative. Since the election of President Obama, the forum makeup has changed. The negativity once provided by the left is now being provided by the right. There is a huge anti-government sentiment and that is understandable considering what has occurred the past few years. But this anti-government sentiment is very unbalanced in thought. The Energy Vampires on the forum, because of their fears can not allow themselves to recognize something done by their political opponents that resulted in good things. And if you dare to show the opponent any recognition, these Energy Vampires swarm and badger you over your comments.

Hoping to counter some of the negativity, I recently started a thread called Kudos. It was a place where others could post things happening in the news of people making a difference including politicians that were listening to the people trying to stop the destruction of our country. There were a couple of good folks who participated in a positive manner but the majority of the posts were initiated by the Energy Vampires. I forgot to mention that Energy Vampires tend to have a know-it-all complex. Ask one, they will tell you they speak the TRUTH. After a couple of days of the so called TRUTH, I found myself becoming negative in my responses. That is what Energy Vampires will do to you. After almost ten years of participating on the forum, I threw in the towel. Not because of my political opposition but because of my own side who has turned into the MoveOn.org of the right.

So my advice to any logical thinking mind who wants to remain optimistic and of sound mind, avoid political and religious forums. Their partisan views that at times blinds them, their constant complaining with little mention in what they can personally do to bring about the needed changes will suck the energy right out of you. And the older we get, the more valuable that energy becomes.