Where The Orange Blossoms Grow....

Hello! Welcome to the Stricklen's blog. We hope to keep our family and friends up to date with what is going on with our family. You will find a variety of experiences posted here -- you may find pictures of the never ending project of building our house, Callie helping William with his first steps, Mary studying a rare insect species, or perhaps you may be terribly bored with Molly's numerous fruit trees, berries, vegetables and rare plant pictures! Who knows what we may find Chris and CJ doing -- probably something having to do with a tractor or machine of sorts. Abby and Margaret will keep us entertained with costumes from other lands or a fairy story. Whatever we post, we trust it will lift your spirits and bring honor and glory to our Lord!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

What's Growin' on at the Stricklens?

Yeah , I know -- how corny! Molly, please don't be one of those kind!! I couldn't resist though! I thought I'd do an update on what we are growing now in sunny Florida. The Lord continues to BLESS our efforts in the garden ("....for without ME ye can do nothing. John 15:5). We have been enjoying the last of the collards, bunches of broccoli, green beans, green peas and cabbages, and the brussel sprouts are just starting to form -- they are so cute!! We have a steady flow of beautiful tomatoes (yes, tomatoes in January!! Only in Florida!!) ripening now which I believe will be an abundance in a few weeks. We had enough banana peppers for Callie to make Chris some banana pepper rings which he loves! The spinach and carrots will be ready for harvest soon as well. What a blessing truly to "reap what we have sown" and see God's beautiful creations bloom and grow right before our eyes! Oh, by the way, we found something unique growing in the cabbage patch yesterday. Be sure and go to the end to see what surprise we found there!
A sampling of winter veggies in Florida.
Green beans, cabbage, broccoli, tomatoes,
English peas and banana peppers

These cabbages are huge!
Enjoyed the broccoli!
Lots of lovely cabbage
The brussel sprouts are just forming
Mary planting the carrot seedlings
Spinach seedlings
Chris building more raised beds
He built 14 more beds of various sizes!!
He's sooo sweet to me :)
Wills was "helping" all day!
OK - Here's our cabbage patch surprise........
Oh, a cabbage patch baby! How cute!
He looks vaguely familiar

Wills will probably not appreciate my use of him as a
cute garden prop when he discovers these pictures 15 years from
now. But it is awful fun at the present!
God bless each of you!


For God's Glory!!! said...

One word to describe your garden...
AWESOME...we are very impressed!!!
Hope you all are doing grat!!
Much Love,

The Miller Family said...

Oh, how wonderful! That fresh produce looks very appetizing. And that cabbage patch surprise was as cute as can be!


Mr.Special said...

Thanks for the update Ya'll. I LOVE the veggies Ya'll grow, most importantly the greens. I have'nt had any of you're broccoli.


Mr.Special said...

Martha Stewart has met her match. Welcome to Molly Stricklen (and team) live.

We love it! What BEAUTIFUL pictures of beautiful produce! We are very proud of you and know that Chris did so much to facillitate this.

We always enjoy "helping you"
eat up your bounty!

Hey! Where can I get one of those Cabbage Patch kids? He's so cute!


Bonnie said...

Oh, what wonderful things (as well as cute!)grow in the Stricklen raised beds! We were blessed to be invited to partake of a bounty of veggies Saturday evening, and it was outstanding! I have not tasted green peas like that since I was a child.

We have been raving about these delightful veggies since the Thanksgiving collards. Nothing tastes quite as wonderful as fresh-picked produce. Thanks, Stricklens. You truly are the "Green Thumb" family!


Anonymous said...

Mmm Yummy, that little cabbage baby looks soooooo cute I could just eat him up!


Anonymous said...

Wow!!! Y'all have an AMAZING garden! I love it! Looks like y'all are getting alot of vegitables from it too!

Oh, little Wills is so precious! What adorable pictures!
Thank y'all for posting!
Laney E. W.

Anonymous said...

Willie Is SOOO cute!!!!
Looks like ya'lls garden is doing very well.
Love Ya'll

The Pollock Family said...

Wonderful, marvelous, outstanding garden!! Mr. Stricklen, you've done it again with those boxes. I guess it's much easier than trying to get rid of acres of sandspurs, huh? You ladies know what you're doing, that's for sure!

We came back from the rockies where everything is white, to Florida where everything is green. What a drastic difference, it was unbelievable. Enjoy your bounty.

Much Love,
The Pollocks

The Pollock Family said...

oh, we forgot to say that we agree with all the other comments. Wills is STILL the cutest baby boy and definately the cutest "Cabbage Patch" baby we've ever seen.

Kitty said...

Yep, I've been loving that Stricklen garden! :) Especially the tomatoes!!! (Right, Cal??) :->

And that little cabbage patch baby is just as cute as he can be! :D


Anonymous said...

yeah your right only in florida. our garden died two months ago.
well it looks great


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