Myra's Garden

Garden. Landscape. Irrigation. Maintenance.

Dear Myra’s

A good friend of ours gave us this great idea.. a Dear Myra’s section in the blog. You guys write in via the blog or facebook or email and we’ll answer your gardening and lifestyle questions! We are totally excited about this ūüôā So today we’re going to share with you a question that was received via Facebook.

 

Dear Myra’s, do you know what plant this is?

Curcuma Giant Plume

Why yes! We do ūüôā it’s called Curcuma Giant Plume! Originally from Asia and Australia, this plant can be found growing¬†throughout a variety of conditions in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. The Curcuma elata variety of ginger can grow 4-6 feet tall and blooms beautiful plumes of flowers¬†that usually show their pretty little faces near Mother’s Day. Divided by digging and separating, this¬†variety of ginger grows well in pots as well as in the ground. Do know that it spreads very easily, and fast.. but if you divide it every¬†2-3 years you¬†can prevent it from taking over your yard!

Hope this answers your question, and we look forward to answering more of them!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

References:

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/140174/

Tip Tuesday

To follow along with the Spring Cleanup theme, I’m going to share a little Repurpose action with you today!

This past weekend Myra had a chance to clean some old junk out of the potting shed. Stuff that’s been sitting in there for years, unused.. but not lacking at all in potential.

She had just taken a trip to Round Top the weekend before, which left her feeling inspired to Jazz Up some of her old finds.

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First Spruce up was an old cherished bird cage! It’s got these great rustic scroll designs surrounding the bottom and top of the cage. Along with really cool feet, the hanging piece mimics the same design. She filled it with Kalanchoe and a few other varieties of succulents. This was a great choice for the bird cage, because these guys don’t require a lot of water or care. Something enjoyable that you don’t have to worry too much about ūüėČ With the little requirement for water it also lends to the life of the cage.. the base will survive longer if it’s not sitting in moist plant material all the time. With the addition of a cute little garden fairy this repurposed planter will bring beauty to any space!

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After a bit Myra got on a role.. it’s awesome how much you can get done when you’re inspired! Come on by the shop and see all of her new creations. Maybe even take one home.. or get inspired yourself!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

 

 

Motivation Monday

What are you guys doing for spring cleaning motivation this year? I’ve seen that some people are reading “this is how you clean your house” kinda books, others are taking measures from motivational quotes and inspiring stories via the abundance of blogs, and some people, like me, have been practicing the age old art of avoiding..

Yes.. I admitted it.. I’ve been avoiding the Spring Cleaning Itch! I have this room, I call it the laundry room. It’s basically one of those rooms that you walk into and you drop everything! Drop the shopping bags, drop the antique finds that will “someday” turn into projects, drop the piles of laundry, drop the makeup, drop the shoes,¬†the hair products, heck I even drop the groceries in there sometimes!

It all starts to pile up after a while. And I feel like that can get quite overwhelming. It just creates this yucky cluttery feel in the house.. You almost don’t notice it til bit by bit it creeps up on you a little at a time. Then BAM you’re stressed tired and plum worn out of any kinda motivation you might’ve once had.

That being said, I figured the only kinda way I could get rid of the mess and the stress is to stop avoiding it and get rid of it!

So yesterday I did just that! I decided to commit to one room (I chose the laundry room for obvious reason) and I got to it. First thing I did was clean up everything off the floor, then off the desk, off the shelves, and I swept up. Once I started to accumulate a pile of stuff that needed to be stored or chunked I went with that ol’ mythical rule “If you haven’t used it in a year, chunk it!”

Now that may not be exactly how it goes, but you get the gist of it right?? I cleaned and chunked and cleaned and put up. Annnnd nearly 7 hours later I was done!

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It feels so good to walk into that clean room, my spirits were lifted.. even my dogs feel better! Check it out..

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I don’t have any before pics.. I wouldn’t show you if I did haha. I now have motivation to put up my Christmas d√©cor.. hehe.. and finish Spring Cleaning the rest of the house!

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What do y’all think?? Don’tcha just love Spring ūüėČ it’s so nice and refreshing haha!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Motivation Monday

How about this weather?

We are definitely welcoming this break in the gray clouds and rainy season we’ve had lately! We’ve been getting shipments of some pretty color in, along with some other things like fertilizer, bagged mulch, compost, and potting soil ūüôā Today’s been a great day to get out and start some of those to-do list’s!

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My advice: Take it one project at a time. Complete the task at hand before you move on to the next one.. that way you have a sense of accomplishment and you can use that as driving force to tackle one more project!

How do you guys kick start your spring cleaning?

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Do you have any annual commencement activities or do you just jump right into it?

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How do you celebrate the completion of spring cleaning and a job(s) well done?

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Anything specific you want to plant in your spring gardens this year?

-XOXO,

Myra’s

You Choose Wednesday

Instead of the typical fill in the blank Wednesday, I thought it would be kinda cool to do something a little different.

Here lately it seems like life has been full of more and more choices. Gluten or Gluten-Free? Dairy or Non-Dairy? Petunias or Vinca? Fast food or Homemade? To Love or Not to Love? Heaven or Hell?

hehe. The last one is from my Bible Study this morning. And it reminded me that it’s the most important choice we make. And Yes, I believe we make that choice.

Choices are so abundant. I feel like they bombard us sometimes. So I wanted to get yalls opinions on a few things.. Comment below and tell me why!

Big Wedding or Small Wedding?

Traditional Wedding dress or something a little more Alternative?

Ceremony in the Church or somewhere Outside?

Veil or No Veil?

Traditional Reception or an I Do BBQ?

DJ or Band?

or do you run away with your lover and elope?

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hehe. You tell me, I’m curious to see what you guys think!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Tip Tuesday

We’re planning another wedding!! Except this one is going to be much much smaller.. still yet there are bridal tips and wedding tools that can be handy to any couple planning their journey to commitment. Today I wanted to share a few tips and sources that have been helpful to us so far..

 

1. this site: http://www.weddingclub.com.au/inspiration/pre-wedding/engagement-pre-wedding/10-biggest-things-brides-forget has so great tips for the brides; “things to remember” <<which I feel like just about anyone can appreciate a good “don’t forget this” list.

2. this girl has some great insight:¬†http://kellyboitano.com/15-wedding-tips-from-a-photographer-turned-bride/ it’s awesome what one can know from just being a part of sooo many weddings. Her photographer stand point brings out a lot of great ideas, like.. the “first look” photos.. I don’t know if I would do this personally.. but it sounds like a pretty cool way to make darn sure you capture the emotion of the day.

3. annnd there’s also page: https://www.pinterest.com/calliegallagher/tips-for-the-bride/ which is actually a board on Pinterest (which I lovvvvve). It’s a board full of Tips for Brides.. so basically someone has already spent hours upon hours scouring Pinterest for the most deemed worthy helpful hints and tricks ūüėČ hope you enjoy!

What have you found helpful in planning? Have you found any super great wedding hacks that you’d love to share? Comment and Share Below ūüôā Until Tomorrow..

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Just Something Funny..

Ever feel like you need a new hobby? Ever feel bored with the endless stream of DIYs.. that you may or may not get around to doing? or Maybe you’re searching for your first real hobby, something you can get into and enjoy for a lifetime??

Well today’s Guest Post from Myriah Streams will help you with just that! hehe. Hope you enjoy.

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Hey there folks of the intro-net. Haven’t you ever just taken a good nap? Well if not your missing out.

You know you have all different kinds of people that are great at different things. Some call them hobbies. Well I’ve mastered mine and it’s called a nap. All you need is a comfy space, blanket, your dog and some good dreams!!! Naps are great for the body, I mean who can spend an hour and wake up sexier than before? Not many, except me. I tried to be good at other things like working out, cleaning, painting but ain’t none of them like the good ole nap. Naps are for all kinds of people, heck you ain’t even got to go to college to know how to do it.

Thank you folks,
Now go nap.

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Have a little laugh today.. then take a nap.. hehe¬†ūüôā Until Tomorrow..

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Myra Visits Colorado

Just to let you guys know.. We had a BLAST in Colorado. It was gorgeously beautiful.. Just like Texas! Well not just like Texas, but the state of CO held a picturesque beauty in it’s own right. We flew into Denver from Houston.. Rented a car from Hertz (btw we got talked into upgraded to an SUV, for more money of coarse, don’t let them fool you.. there were lots of cars on the road.. seemingly apparent that they were not also equipped with four wheel drive.. hmmph). We drove into downtown Denver were we ate at this bangin’ Hot Dog place called Biker Jim’s.

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We each tried a different dog, among a few other things. If you’re ever in Denver be sure to check those bad boys out, they will not disappoint. Great Food. Great Service. Great Atmosphere.

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From Jim’s we headed on to Winter Park, which was about a 2.5 hour drive if I’m not mistaken. It was a lovely simple drive, no hassles at all. When we arrived at Winter Park we drove straight to Beaver’s Sport Shop where we cashed in our Groupon for 50% OFF 2-days of ski rental! We ended up paying a little extra for an upgrade here as well.. but this upgrade was well worth the money.

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We loaded up our gear and headed to the Zephyr Mountain Lodge, which was totally nice and had very helpful desk service. Our room was cozy and warm, accompanied with a shweet view of the mountain! It had snowed A LOT before we got to CO and it snowed while we were there.. So you can only imagine the white winter wonderland we were living in.

Day 2 & 3 were Full of skiing.. which was amazing as well! (I feel like I have lots of only good things to say about this trip haha). Skiing was an experience in itself. My favorite trails are the slightly downhill bumpy loopy ones that go through the trees ūüėČ they are totally rockin’and’rollin.. you can ask Duane about the rollin’ hehe.

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Ok I just realized I have one not so enthusiastic thing to say.. it’s about the Food. I was not impressed with anything at all other than the Rise and Shine Caf√©.. We ate there for breakfast.. twice ūüôā I consider myself a breakfast guru/connoisseur. So when I say it was good.. it was delish ūüėČ Well worth it. I got sick from gluten/sugar/dairy overload and¬†did not get to try the Maple Bacon Donut like I had planned¬†for Day 4.¬†If you know me, you know that had¬†Day 4 gone like I thought it would.. I would’ve been basking in the¬†ohhh so goodness of my all-time¬†favorite¬†pairings (well one of them at least): MAPLE & BACON!

Need I say more?

Oh btw don’t fly¬†Spirit.¬†They¬†offer discounts but they stick you with¬†the Cost of Water and the $$Charges$$ for the “No Free Carry-On Bag” Policy.. C’mon??

Ok. Ok. Done with my honest rant. On to the positive vibes. We made it Home to the great¬†State of Texas with wonderfully enjoyable memories¬†of¬†cool¬†mountain air & white powdery wonderlands. Thankful that God gave us the¬†ability to visit another itsy bitsy piece of¬†His creation, and that the memories we have¬†will last for an eternity¬†ūüėČ

Where have you guys been lately? or Plan to Go?

Until Tomorrow…

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Myra’s Kale Kasha Yum!

So excited to share another guest post with you guys! Today’s Post is from Anna King.. a local lover of Jesus, Myra’s Garden Veggies,¬†the outdoors, and¬†deliciously fresh food!¬†¬†Myra and Anna both share a love for throwing together creative foods.. especially when Kale is involved ūüôā Hope you enjoy this fun recipe that Anna is sharing with us today!

I learned to cook mostly from watching my mother cook as a kid. I rarely saw her pull out recipe cards or cookbooks.. Now baking is a totally different ballgame! hehe.¬†In those days, there was no referring to Google or Pinterest for a quick reminder… In my memories, she is the queen of on-the-fly cooking! I like to think my cooking style takes after hers. And I’d like to say I have a decent sense of what things go together. I look up recipes more for ideas than for a how-do I cook all this stuff in my fridge?

My MO is usually to Google the ingredients that I have on hand and go from there. That is how this recipe inspiration started… I had been down to Myra‚Äôs garden that week to harvest a few beauties, the main attraction of which was kale!

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So today I’m using Kasha.. Kasha is a delicious and much more nutritious alternative to white rice or noodles, etc. It is a high protein, vitamin-packed grain also known as buckwheat! Its natural nutty flavor really works magic in combo with the almonds in this recipe. For any of you readers from Bay City, TX, our H-E-B carries Wolff‚Äôs Kasha brand on the ‚Äúspecial order‚ÄĚ shelf that faces the eggs.

 For this recipe you will need:

2¬Ĺ cups broth (any type) or water

1 cup kasha

1 egg

2 TBS butter or margarine (optional)

1-2 bunches of kale washed and chopped to 1in pieces

1 lemon zested and juiced

2 scallions diced

1 TBS olive oil

¬ľ cup roasted or toasted (see below for how-to) almonds*

salt and pepper to taste (or my hubby and I prefer GARLIC SALT to taste. Everything is better with Garlic Salt!)

 *to toast the almost, put them in a small pan over low heat, stirring occasionally until golden brown

1. Combine lemon zest, lemon juice, scallions, olive oil, and almonds in a bowl and set aside.

2. Heat liquid to a¬†boil in a pot large enough to accommodate your kasha and the amount of kale you‚Äôll be adding. I use a tall 4¬Ĺ quart pot and fill it to the brim with kale. It will cook down!

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3. Lightly beat egg in bowl with fork. Add kasha, stir, to coat kernels.

4. In separate medium-size skillet or saucepan, add egg-coated kasha. Cook over high heat 2 to 3 min., stirring constantly until egg has dried on kasha & kernels are separate.

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5. Add kasha to the boiling liquid. Add kale on top, but DO NOT STIR. Cover tightly and reduce heat to medium low to simmer 8 to 11 minutes until kale is cooked down, kasha kernels are tender & liquid is absorbed.

6. Add your bowl of zest, etc. as well as butter or margarine if you choose and the GARLIC SALT to taste. Stir until combined

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7. Enjoy!!

Thanks Myra’s Garden for the delicious kale and scallions, as well as inspiration to support local business, keep it green, preserve the planet by consuming locally grown, organic foods, and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation through horticulture!

-Anna King

And thank you Anna for this wonderfully delicious recipe and sharing enjoyably creative new ways to incorporate the #eatmyyard journey throughout our every day lives! Until Tomorrow..

-XOXO,

Myra’s

What’s New Wednesday: Citrus & Fruit

You may be asking, what is the #eatmyyard journey? It’s an adventure! Whether it’s an adventure to the body, planting new things. An adventure to the spirit, finding peace and serenity in the quietness of our backyards. An adventure to the taste buds, eating deliciously new things or savoring in the things of old. An adventure to the soul, realizing that we can accomplish new things while bringing our bodies and our health to new heights!

On today’s journey we are talking Citrus & Fruit trees. A should-be staple in our everyday diets. These guys can offer satisfaction to your sweet tooth, bursts of goodness to your foods, and comfort to your hungry-grab on the go tummy.

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Katy Apricot РLarge sweet apricot.  Self fertile.  Great for southern climates.  Freestone.

Lila Avocado РOriginated in Uvalde, Texas.  Tight growing, vigorous tree.  Hardy to mid teens.  Medium pear-shaped fruit.  Rich flavor, green skinned avocado.  Ripens August to September.

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Texas Blue Giant Fig – Extra large fig with purple skin and amber flesh, very sweet. Ever-bearing habit.

Hardy Chicago Fig – Small to medium sized fruit. Light brown skin and strawberry pink pulp. Very cold hardy and has an excellent flavor.

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Rio Red Grapefruit – Fruit is large with a smooth, thin skin. Yellow skin with red flesh, very juicy.

Persian Lime – Medium tree with dark foliage. Produces medium to large juicy fruit. Thornless tree. Fruit keeps longer than Key lime. Oval shaped lime, similar in size to a lemon. Vivid green rind. Fruit is usually seedless, tender and acidic with light green to yellow pulp.

Sun Red Nectarine РSun Red Nectarine is a small to medium sized nectarine.  Bright red skin, yellow flesh.  Firm and semi-freestone.  Early harvest.

Spice Zee Nectaplum Interspecific – a white-fleshed, nectarine-peach-plum hybrid. Skin is dark maroon at fruit set, and turns pale pink when ripe. Fully ripe fruit is unparalled in flavor, and both nectarine and plum traits are easily detectable. Very productive tree is also quite ornamental. Tremendous purplish pink bloom in the spring, followed by a flourish of red leaves which mature into lush green in late summer. Very low chilling requirement, but high chill adaptable.

Mid-Pride Peach Рa yellow, freestone peach for warmer climates.  Exceptional flavor, mid season, 250 chill hours.

fruit8 Red Baron Peach Рa large, firm, juicy yellow freestone peach.  Produces double red blossoms.  Long time favorite in Texas and California.  250-300 Chill Hours, self-fruitful.

Methley Plum РSelf-fertile.  Japanese Plum, fruit is sweet and juicy.  Red to purple color.

Fuyu Persimmon РDelicious non-astringent Japanese Persimmon.  Very heavy bearer.

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Pineapple Orange РHighly productive tree.  Fruit is medium to large, flattened on both ends.  Seedless with very flavorful juice.

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Kiowa Blackberry – Thorned. Berries weigh an average of 10 grams with black oblong shape. One of the best blackberry varieties.

Hope this bountiful information encourages you guys to get super duper excited about the #eatmyyard journey! Y’all come on out and get a tree, today’s a beautiful day to get started ūüėČ Until Tomorrow…

-XOXO,

Myra’s

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