|Aloe Tree Ripped Off|
|Wedges of Oak Trees|
|The Fountain Lawn|
|Piles of Oak Branches Beside the White Marble Statues|
|Palm Fronds and Oak Branches|
|The Jungle Ficus Trees Completely Stripped|
|Tightly packed balls with stringy flowers|
|Green spotted crab claws|
|The pac-man plant|
|Looks like a monkey's tail|
|Ribbons of variegated color|
Wafer thin coin-shaped leaves on this cactus
|All this is billowing from the tops of little cacti.|
|Is that cotton seeping from this cactus?|
|Boston Ivy Berries|
One item that was NOT on our list was squirrel proofing out avocado tree. Using the Murphy Oil that Grandma and Grandpa Seelye gave us for Christmas, we put together the concoction, which included cayanne pepper and tabasco sauce. Phil—who by the way was dressed in his orange jump suit to paint earlier in the day—climbed the tree and misted the leaves. We clogged or broke all of our spray bottles in the process, so the last few branches were doused instead of misted, but I don't think the squirrels will be able to tell the difference. They BETTER not.
A day of creativity was on the list of to-do's and that meant Shinodas for the Stevens ladies. We spent three hours walking the aisles of silk flowers, plastic foliage, and ceramic vases in search of ideas to beautify the church sanctuary. We are three independent minds, so we each took our own shopping cart and veered off different directions. Occasionally we met between the Christmas topiaries and the pink flower aisle to compare notes. "What do you think of this flower?" "Do you think these sunflowers will be enough?" "What sort of vase should I get for these?"
|Heather cutting foam for the vases. It's harder than it looks.|
The final products will be used when no one signs up to bring flowers to decorate the GHFC stage. In the long run this cuts down the church's expenses. Plus I think our arrangements look much better than those awful leftover conglomerations thrown together by the florist.
|Crape Myrtle replaces Pony Tail Palm in the alley.|
|We planted sharp agaves around the base to discourage thieves.|