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We are in CODE YELLOW in the SkyWatch 17 Weather Center.  The National Weather Service has issued a HARD FREEZE WARNING that will begin at 1am Saturday and continue until 10 am Saturday.  Temperatures will drop to the mid 20s in most of middle TN overnight and early tomorrow morning. A FREEZE WATCH has been posted for Saturday night as well. That "watch" might become a "warning" during the day on Saturday.

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Crank Up The Color - 07/22/14

    This time of year, we start each day the same way.  Get a cup of coffee and take a stroll around the garden.   Mid summer is the best-- everything is mature and in bloom.  The color palette is breathtaking and makes us all smile.  I've seen the saying and I'm sure you have too, 'Flowers are God's way of smiling.'  I think that's true.
  
   There's something about seeing things that are so vibrant first thing in the morning that just sets your soul on a calm and peaceful path.  I love flowers... love growing them... smelling them and just staring at them.    Although, I must admit, we're kind of messy gardeners at our house.  There are flowers right beside carrots right beside cucumbers right beside more flowers, with a tomato or two to boot.    At the beginning of spring, I just give the kids some seeds and small plants and let them go to town.  What we get is what we get and it's always a magnificent surprise.  
  
     Over the years, I've learned the names of lots of flowers and how to care for them and am trying to pass this on to my kids like my mom and grandmothers shared with me.  My husband on the other thing calls everything a begonia.  He'll call me at work and say, 'Honey, do we need to water the begonias?'  That's code word for the garden as a whole.  "No, honey. The kids and I took care of it already.  Thanks though."    The only thing he doesn't call a begonia is the black eyed susans.  Instead, he calls them the blue eyed lucys.
   
     So, here's what we planted to crank up the color at our house.  Begonias of course, petunias, sweet potato vine,  geraniums, black eyed susans, salvia, roses, dianthis, various lillies, gerber daisies,  impatiens and my favorite~ zinnias. It's a nice mix of perennials and annuals.  Some of the annuals I reseed myself like the zinnias, petunias and impatiens.  Here's one little money saving trick I learned by accident.  If you don't clean out your pots each fall and just let them sit there as they die leaving them out all winter in the elements.... your petunias and impatiens will reseed themselves effortlessly.  Each year, the plants come back hardier and bold in color.  The zinnias I actually take apart and collect the seeds and replant them in the beds in spring.  
   
     I'd love to hear from you and see your pictures too.  Share them with me on FB or Twitter and if you have any tips on sunflowers... please share.  Our sunflower plant took a dirt nap early on.   

  

 

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DRUNKEN BANK ROBBER

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- If you're planning to knock over a bank, it's probably best not to knock down a few first. That's what a man in Tallahassee has found out the hard way. Authorities say an intoxicated Stanley Geddie walked into the Capital City Bank and demanded $100,000 from a manager -- claiming he had a handgun and plastic explosives. When police arrived, they found the man "very intoxicated and spaced out" in the manager's office. They also found a cab driver who said he brought Geddie to the bank -- and complained he got stiffed on his $25.50 fare. At least the would-be robber decided not to drive to the bank heist. The Tallahassee Democrat reports Geddie is charged with robbery, petty theft and resisting an officer. He's also being held on two probation violations.

BASEBALL GIVEAWAY

UNDATED (AP) -- Spring training -- a time for baseball teams and their fans to be optimistic. But the Houston Astros are balking over a planned promotion by one of its minor league affiliates. The Fresno Grizzlies of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League feel so confident the 'Stros will win a title soon, they planned to hand out replica 2017 World Series rings as a promotional giveaway this summer. But once the big league club heard about the pitch, they asked the Triple-A team to bench it. Grizzlies officials say they don't want any issues with its parent club.

POLICE HORSE ON THE LAM

CLEVELAND (AP) -- You've heard about the occasional rogue police officer. But a rogue police horse? A spokesman for the Cleveland police department says a horse with the department's mounted unit was tied up at a cemetery -- but got loose and started roaming the downtown area. Police finally caught up with Jack and got him back where he belonged. Police say there were no reports of injuries or property damage. Officers say Jack stayed on the street during his escape -- but didn't stop at red lights.

GOATS CAPTURED

SEATTLE (AP) -- You've probably heard the phrase: "getting someone's goat." In this case, police in Seattle got someone's goat -- times 10. A herd of 10 goats got free from a yard in the Beacon Hill neighborhood -- and began chasing a group of children. That led police on a chase of their own -- after the creatures. The police website says officers were able to wrangle the goats into a pen. Animal control officers were called to reach the goats' owner.

 
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