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If you've ever wondered about my avatar pic (the one that appears next to my name in the upper left corner of my posts), here is a version taken earlier this evening, when there was still some daylight.

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Brett, we can't see the houseplants as it's too dark. If you could get a pic of them in the sun maybe someone can ID them for you.
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Brett, we can't see the houseplants as it's too dark. If you could get a pic of them in the sun maybe someone can ID them for you.
Ok, here's a better pic! I'm sure I could just call my Mom and ask her... but this way is more fun.

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In other news, my squirrel buddy (who had been absent for the past few days), turned up in my backyard again today.

I was beginning to get worried, because I do live in suburbia and the hazards for squirrels here are numerous: cats and cars are the most obvious, and there's even a pair of Kites (the bird of prey kind) that had nested in an enormous cottonwood tree a few doors down from me this summer.

However, the squirrel was back again today, and I believe I have even identified a new squirrel nest in a tree across the street where I believe he (she?) is planning to ride out the coming winter.

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Ok, here's a better pic! I'm sure I could just call my Mom and ask her... but this way is more fun.

Good pic! It looks like Pothos, a very easy to grow vining plant. It prefers shade so where you have it, it should be happy. There are pots of them out under the big oak tree out back for the summer. Happy, happy plants! Vining everywhere! They'll get cut back before they're brought in for the winter.

You can also take cuttings and make new pots as they root easily.
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Thank you! Yes, they definitely vine... I also remember my mother telling me that if a vine breaks off, you can just stick the end in the soil and it will probably root.
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Today's batch of garden-related pics:

I noticed this Ladybug patrolling my Marigolds today





My Squirrel buddy was back this afternoon, hanging out in my "junk corner" of the backyard. It's like he knows what the chair is for:







At least one of the fledgling doves is still hanging out in my Indian Corn bed! It was by the bird feeder when I went outside, but then it went to the corn to hide from me:

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Thank you! Yes, they definitely vine... I also remember my mother telling me that if a vine breaks off, you can just stick the end in the soil and it will probably root.
The new roots will emerge from the spot where a leaf attaches to the vine. So if you do cuttings, make them about 3-4" long and that the bottom end of the cutting is just below a leaf node. You can even put some in a glass of water and they'll start making roots.
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No new garden pics today, it was kind of a stressful day. However, here's a pic I took a few days ago but didn't post: My crepe myrtle blooming against the Moon at sunset.

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Another Moon pic for tonight: The nearly-full Moon rising in the southeastern sky, with some of my Marigolds in the foreground. This coming Friday night is this year's Harvest Moon!

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Now that the average temperature around here has cooled ever so slightly, my peppers are starting to pick up a little. Today I decided to cage them in because if the past is any indication, they will grow quite a bit over the next few weeks and begin producing heavily.



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I had some garlic that had been sitting out on the counter for a while and a few of the cloves had even begun sprouting. Since fall is garlic planting season anyway, I decided to plant the cloves in my garden and see what I get out of them next spring.





The rows are only a couple of feet long, but I decided to bracket them with some plastic garden stakes. Otherwise, I am liable to forget where exactly they are when I start digging fresh compost into my garden beds sometime around mid-winter.

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Hot, dry weather returned this past week and I was afraid that I was going to have to start watering again. However, a front passed through last night and brought with it a decent amount of rain. My backyard weather station recorded .78" overnight, which is good enough for me.

I am really hoping that cooler temps and adequate rainfall will mean that watering the lawn/garden etc is finished for the year.

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Tonight's full Harvest Moon, rising over my patch of ornamental corn.



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Not from my garden, of course, but I took these pics at the Oklahoma State Fair today:







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I realize there's not much to see in the pic, but it's another view of the (nearly) full Moon over my garden corn tonight:

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Got a decent little harvest of okra from my plants today:

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What variety are you growing, Brett?
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Clemson Spineless

Just like with the ornamental corn, I've experimented with several varieties of okra over the years, and Clemson Spineless seems to do the best for me.

Although I will say that the Emerald variety has also done well in my garden in the past.
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No real garden news today, so here are a couple of flower pics... A butterfly visiting my patch of transplanted volunteer Zinnias today, and a Moonflower bloom opening earlier this evening.



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