WordPress works great, and then it doesn’t. Here’s my story:
Up until a month ago, my WP domain was Tutoringyoudotorg.WP.com Well WP changed my domain name to Tutoringyoudotorg.comstaging.com without warning and without my consent. Just what does comstaging even mean ? The nice lady at WP texted that it meant that some business accounts have been retro-fitted with this non-sensical domain name. I told her I liked the old one much better and wanted to switch back. No can do was the reply. My only recourse was to switch my domain name to tutoringyou.blog 15 minutes ago, I pulled that switch. I am now tutuoringyou.blog like it or not.
If there is an admin person lurking here, wth ? All throughout the blogosphere I’m known without the staging.com part. And, I would like my old self back please. As this is a business account, which I’m paying huge $$ for (and haven’t even earned $1 yet) I think you might seriously consider my request. I don’t want to lose anyone following my blog nor lose access to their posts.
So my fingers are crossed that you will do the right thing and restore my good name to the blogosphere.
Truth be told, I haven’t tried it yet. It doesn’t have coffee….or chocolate in it. That’s ok. Not everything has to have c or c. So I’m gonna wait for one of you to try it and tell me if it’s either really good or really bad, like medicine. I can wait. I got all day !
Oh. Here are the not c or c ingredients:
Lemon Turmeric Smoothie with Chia Seeds
Vegetarian, Gluten free
∙ Serves 2
3 Bananas, frozen
2 tsp Lemon, zest
1/2 cup Coconut milk
2 tbsp Honey
1/4 cup Lemon juice, fresh
Baking & Spices
1/2 tsp Turmeric
Nuts & Seeds
2 tbsp Chia seeds
1 cup Yogurt
You can whip this up in 5 minutes and enjoy something healthy for a change. j/k
Perennials offer possibilities for every growing situation. As you contemplate digging into perennial gardening, approach it from the standpoint of solving landscape problems. There’s a perennial that will thrive in every growing solution.
If you have a slope too steep for mowing, you can trade turf for perennial groundcover. Near downspouts and low spots in your yard where water gathers after downpours, moisture-loving perennials can transform an eyesore into a beauty spot.
Where lower rainfall dictates water restrictions, tap into the world of xeriscape plants, which grow and flower profusely with little moisture. Natural deposits of acidic soil can support lovely perennials that will make you grateful for the locally low pH. Stop fighting to grow grass beneath shade trees—plant shade-loving perennials instead!
You can even find perennials that serve as lawn stand-ins—tidy, ground-hugging plants that withstand foot traffic and stay green year-round. In municipalities where surface runoff adds charges to your water bill, incorporating a rain garden filled with moisture-loving perennials will dissipate roof, driveway, or patio runoff into the soil and can reduce your water fees. Use this list of perennials adapted to various growing conditions to draft solutions to your landscaping problems.
Perennials for Wet Soils
If your garden bed is down in a ditch or next to the downspout, you’re probably stuck with soggy soil that drowns plants. There are plenty of varieties that can withstand (and even thrive) in that much moisture.
Woodland Phlox: Fragrant blue, purple, pink, or white flowers in late spring
Perennials for Alkaline Soils
In certain areas of the country, soil’s acidic balance can be off-kilter, resulting in what we call alkaline soil. Alkaline soil doesn’t let much moisture in and has a weak soil structure that just can’t keep certain plants happy. You can still work with this type of soil without investing in pounds of soil amendments—just look for these plants.
While all plants need some amount of light to grow and thrive, some are more delicate than others and get scorched if they are placed in full sun. Some plants, however, do super well in hot and sunny spots in the garden.
Mallow: Shrublike with white, pink, or purple-pink flowers all summer
Perennials for Acidic Soils
Just like alkaline soils, acidic soil is a result of a lack of balance of nutrients in the soil. Instead of having too little acidic content, acidic soil has too much, which can be a result of organic matter, excessive rainfall, or too much fertilizer. But, you can still grow gorgeous flowers in acidic soil.
Bear’s Breeches: Tall flower spikes in late spring to early summer and texture-rich foliage
You know if you have clay soil—you come out of landscaping projects with sticky boots and a sore back from shoveling the dense earth. Because it is so dense, clay soil can block plant’s roots from getting water, which chokes them out. Some plants actually do well with these conditions.
Yarrow: Ferny foliage and drought-tolerant; golden-yellow, white, pink, red, or salmon-color blooms
Perennials for Sandy Soils
Sandy soil is high in sand content and doesn’t hold nutrients or water well. It’s also more lightweight and fine than other types of soil. If you have sandy soil, you don’t need to be limited to desert plants alone.
Artemisia: Silvery foliage is the key feature of this perennial
Blanket Flower: Long bloom season of orange-red daisies marked with yellow
Yarrow: Adapted to full sun and dry soils with wide range of bloom colors
Yucca: Succulent with spiky foliage and trusses of white bell-shape blooms
Perennials that are Salt-Tolerant
You may get a high salt content in your soil if you live by a coast, but you can also get areas of salty soil from winter deicing and plowing. If you can’t get the salt levels balanced, lean on these salt-tolerant garden plants.
Dianthus or Pinks: Carnation relative with grassy blue-green foliage and fragrant pink, white, or red blooms
Perennials that are Deer-Resistant
Deer are beautiful backyard visitors, but nothing is more frustrating than having them eat the flowers and vegetables you’ve worked so hard to grow all season. If you’re methodical about the plants you choose, they’ll leave your garden alone.
Astilbe: Shade- and moisture-lover with feathery plumes of blooms
Barrenwort: Shade-tolerant groundcover with delicate-looking blooms
Russian Sage: Silvery-gray foliage and purple blooms in summer
Perennials for Cool Climates
Some plants love the hot and humid air of Southern states, while others do just fine in the more temperate Northern states. You can find colorful flowers in the North that you’ll appreciate having in your garden.
Delphinium: Long spikes of blue, purple, pink, or white flowers
Globeflower: Yellow springtime blooms with feathery centers
Japanese Primrose: Moisture-loving plant with globes of pink, purple, or white blooms in spring
(My only regret in re-pinning this article is that Hummingbirds are unique to the America’s and Canada also. However, food, water and shelter are requirements for the bird population world-wide. I hope all can benefit from this post.)
And ready to get at it…not. Truth be told, I’ve got a touch of vacation blues. OK. Florida is hot…and humid…and crowded, but I miss it. Walking on St. Pete beach in the early morning looking for sea shells with my grandkids was one of the simple things that makes life worth living. The 4 day visit to Disney World was the icing on our Florida cake. It makes me wonder why I stay in Chicago year-round.
I don’t want to bore you with a bunch of family photo stuff, but just check out this everyday happening on St Pete Beach, the daily afternoon thunderstorm.
That Nasty looking cloud produced about 3″ of rain in an hour. And of course, much thunder and lightening. Other than that, just sun, humidity and people. And I miss it.
I also missed most of your writing, poetry, remarks, etc. for 10 days. I also missed contributing to the blogosphere and commenting on your work.
So where to start ? So much to do , so little time to do it ! I guess I’ll just dive in, and lose these Florida blues. It’s good to be back.