5.20.2015

Day 20 / Me-Made-May 2015 / Magnolias & Lizards

Only mid-morning and temp is already above 81 degrees F, but it feels hotter than that.  The humidity is great this morning.  Trying to beat the heat I've already watered the gardens wearing the oh-so-cute Rachel Comey Vogue 1247 top with my cropped cargo pants from (modified) NEWLOOK 6216.  I find myself wearing these cropped cargo pants more and more and wonder why I haven't made another pair?!  Sometimes I think I cropped these a little too short.  The elastic waist along with the pockets make this a comfy pair of pants.
We have a couple of beautiful magnolias trees on our property, and this little gem is from our Little Gem Magnolia tree.  How I wish you could smell the heady scent!  My husband planted the Little Gem Magnolia around 10 years ago and we have enjoyed its prolific blooms along with its smaller profile compared to the native Southern Grand Magnolia's grand height.  Our Southern Grand Magnolia stretches way above our home's roofline and probably towers 50+' or more.  Kind of hard to measure from the ground.  :)
Do not be misled by the water droplets on this pretty oh-so-pale-pink petunia bloom, they are but from the garden hose.   We need rain desperately.  No storms, no tornadoes, just rain please.  :)
And the chicken flew over the fence again while I was out.  Seems her friend there in the background isn't too happy this pretty hen is getting all the attention.  This Aracauna hen has been mercilessly picked on by the other flock members, to such an extent I've not seen in all the 15 years I've owned chickens.  So I downsized the flock, re-homing the more aggressive hens (we do not have roosters).... and have also been putting her in our fenced-in dog pen to separate her from the abuse.  Now methinks I have a pet chicken, as when I'm out, she flies over the dog pen fence and follows me everywhere! 
And last, but certainly not least, is one of my favorite lizards, the Northern Fence Lizard.  We seem to grow them big here, as this one is pretty large for its type..... as he thinks he's camouflaged on the rock.  That's St. John's Wort growing in the background to give you an idea of sizing.  With a prolific appetite for bugs, these guys are great to have on a property.  
So that's a little nature on our property this morning.  I'm planning on being inside as much as possible the rest of this day!
Hope everyone is having a good day, wherever you may be!

11 comments:

  1. Hello Lisa,
    I just read your post. I only wanted to tell you how interesting it is to hear about your life in South Carolina (?). I love plants a lot (animals too but more plants :))and I love to know what's growing now in other places of the world. It's a bit sad that your magnolia trees don't grow here as it gets too cold in winter but we have a different type that also produces beautiful and fragrant blooms.
    Enjoy your day inside. Kathrin

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    1. Yes, I live in South Carolina and I've enjoyed meeting you through Me-Made-May this year too! I love your handmade outfits and you have inspired me to subscribe to the European Burda magazine. Have a good day!

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  2. Thank you for sharing a glimpse into your life beautiful Magnolia. Maybe the chicken is trying to adopt you? Is she tame?

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    1. She is tame and will let you hold her. We ordered this batch from a hatchery and received them as day old baby chicks back in 2009, and my daughter spent a LOT of time handling them when they were young, so all are considered domesticated. We're down to 5 now and when these are gone, this will probably be our last bunch of chickens. I'm ready to not worry about chickens anymore! :)

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  3. Beautiful magnolia's and petunias - they steal the show today, I am afraid :). Your garden must be lovely, merging into the landscape around. I miss the country life, I am afraid.

    The Rachel Comey top is always wearable - strange, because at first wear, it's hardly love at first sight! Takes a while to get used to the oversized feel.

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    1. You are right about the Rachel Comey top. As much as I thought I would 'love' it when I made it, I was not sure.... but the more I wear it, the more I LOVE it! This is actually my wearable muslin and realized I could've gone down probably 2 sizes, or more.... and will do that next time. The neckline is a little low, so when it's worn in public, I layer a cami or tank top underneath.

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  4. Such an interesting read, thanks for sharing, Lisa.
    Love how you paired your pretty blouse with cargo pants. I have a longer pair of cargo pants sort of mid calf and they are a bit too warm for sunny days, maybe I should chop off some length.
    Your magnolia flower looks so pretty, I like flowers like these where the petals are a bit spongy? Glad that you have protected the chicken from bullying, maybe that's why she follows you around :)
    I'm afraid of lizards, there are lots of them in the gardens and parks where I walk :( I always keep an eye out for them so that we don't frighten each other :)
    Have a good day, may the rains come soon!

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    1. Your cargo pants are probably at a better length than mine, as when I sit down, mine pull up at or above the knee.... which looks sort of strange.... to me. Good eye! Yes, I'd called the Magnolia blossom petals a little 'spongy'! Almost ethereal in the right light. Well, I wouldn't want to frighten a lizard enough to jump on me either! I'm just glad the ones we have here don't bite and are not aggressive. Have a good day too!

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    2. oh I didn't think about how the cargo pants would pull up when sitting down, ok I will leave mine as they are then, thanks for the info!

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  5. I'd love to make the Rachel Comey top but I'm not sure I'd like the looseness of it. Maybe one day I'll try a toile. Lovely to see your garden and animal life. Our weather is getting chillier as yours gets warmer.

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    1. The pattern runs large, so you might want to take that into consideration, and the neckline is a little low.... but it is a great, comfy shirt to wear. I layer mine with a cami or tank top when out in public. You'd probably like it Kathy. Be sure to choose a soft, drapey fabric. Your weather sounds delightful!

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