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A Special Day for a Special Man!
February 17, 2014

 

Today is Mr. Blue Jeans Happy Day!  Please pardon this brief interruption on a normally "rose oriented" and "animal oriented" blog to hail the wonderful man I'm married to.

 

 

Being a complicated sort, he loves his family and his animals and the ranch.  The kind of devotion that many don’t understand.  But The Gardener does and he makes the world a better place to live just having him in it.

 


Happy Birthday Mr. Blue Jeans!


I ♥ you!


The Gardener
 
 
 
"Preserving History One Rose at a Time"


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A Special Day for a Special Man
February 18, 2013

 

Today is Mr. Blue Jeans Happy Day!  Please pardon this brief interruption on a normally "rose oriented" and "animal oriented" blog to hail the wonderful man I'm married to.

 

 

 

Being a complicated sort, he loves his family, he loves his animals and ranch.  The kind of devotion that many don't quite understand.  But the gardener does and he makes the world a better place just having him in it.

 

 

                          Happy Birthday Mr. Blue Jeans!

 

 

                                                             I ♥ you!



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Hayfield across from the Nursery
October 03, 2012

 

This time of year is haying time.  Big beautiful

rolls of gold.  Mr. Blue Jeans buys very large

trailer loads of rolls to feed all of our livestock

throughout the time that the pastures don't

produce.  That is about the first frost and until

warmer temperatures arrive in early spring.

 

 

 

We have lots and lots of mouths to feed.  We

drop the rolls in different locations in the many

pastures week after week after week.



With all of the rain we have had, ranchers

around here, including us are worried about the

lack of hay available.  As Mr. Blue Jeans

explained the other day to some folks visiting

the ranch, "the rain interrupts the cutting and

rolling process.  It has to be good and dry".

 


 

Be that as it may, The Gardener enjoys seeing

the beautiful rolled gold on the newly cut

pastures.  Adding the old oaks with the spanish

moss in the fields is just about the as pretty as

our roses!  Just about......


Thanks for stopping by~


Cydney

"Preserving History One Rose at a Time"



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New Addition
September 30, 2012

 

 

 

Wednesday we were greeted with Prairie's Mist

(Misty) and her new filly.  A day we had waited

for 11 months.  Excitement and joy only to find

that our newest addition could not bend her

neck sufficient to allow her to nurse.

 

 

 

We tried everything....Misty was so compliant,

plenty of milk, patient and loving.  



Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener decided that

the only way we could get the much needed

colostrum into our filly was to express the milk

from our mare and feed her with a syringe. 

  Guess it goes without saying how iffy a

procedure and how successful we would be.

 


 


Today is day five of her life and we can say

without reservation after several days and

NIGHTS Prairie's Misty Autumn Dawn (Dawn) is

here to stay!!!!!  She is nursing on her own,

strong and very alert.  She is running and

playing just as new foals do.

 

 

 

The Gardener will keep everyone posted as our

newest little Florida Cracker filly progresses.  As

we were out photographing her for this post, our

little darling Candy who is a month old today

wanted her pic on the post.   We have included

her with her mom Cookie so you can see how

much she has grown in just a short 30 days.

 

 

 


Just another day at the Lighteredwood Ranch and

Rose Petals Nursery......



Thanks for stopping by~



Cydney

"Preserving History One Rose at a Time"



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Horses and Roses...what do they have in common?
September 24, 2012

 

 


Why Rose Petals Nursery of course!

 

 

 

Today The Gardener let the two mares browse

the parking area and the rose garden.  The

grass was just tall enough that Socks and Star

never lifted their heads!

 

 

 

 

Our Florida Cracker Mares reside in the acreage

behind the nursery and love it when The

Gardener gives them permission to graze

amongst the roses.

 

 

 

 

 Both girls are so very polite and good about not

stepping inside of the display garden or nibbling

on the roses.  Suppose the green grass is way

more enticing!

 

 

 

 

 

If you have the opportunity to stop by and smell

our Old Garden and Antique roses you will no

doubt hear the ladies when you drive up!  They

will whinny for food!



Our next Open Sale Day is Sunday, Oct. 7th

from 9am - 1pm.  We welcome you to our little

speciality rose garden down a scenic road in the

heart of North Central Florida.  Click the 'contact

us' tab for a map to our nursery.  Click the

'browse roses' tab for a complete listing of what

is in currently in stock.  For questions about any

of the above please call 352-215-6399.



Thanks for stopping by,

Cydney

" Perserving History One Rose at a Time"



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The Night before the Blue Moon
August 31, 2012

 

 

 

Two years ago Mr. Blue Jeans gave The

Gardener a pair of Mini Donkeys for her

birthday.   Young, sweet and so impressionable,

they became the Mr. and Mrs. of the Chicken

Yard.  Cookie and C.J. (Calico Jack) were the

guardian angels of all things fowl.  



As time past, nature has its way, we expected a

baby mini donkey, but with pasture breeding

and the combination of genes we had no idea

what to expect.  We only knew that CJ had

come into his own as a man and that Cookie's

mammary gland was swelling.  Gestation for a

donkey is one year.

 

 

The night before the Blue Moon, the night before

The Gardener's birthday, a beautiful baby jenny

was born.  Cookie brought her up all cleaned up

and spit polished.

 

 

 

We named her Candy....only 20 inches tall and

hasn't a care in the world about humans.  The

Gardener predicts you will hear lots more about

Candy.  She is better than any diamond, any

spectacular gift a girl could hope for.....Thank

you to both nature and to Mr. Blue Jeans~

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by~

Cydney



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Most Wanted
April 11, 2012

 

Eggs at the ranch are beginning to be plentiful

again.  Perfect timing most will say and Mr. Blue

Jeans and the Gardener couldn't agree more.  



With more than 100 hens and 7 roosters (but

who is counting),  we typically gather 3 dozen

eggs a day.  We know what you are thinking,

what in the world could you possibly do with all

of those eggs?!



We have a refrigerator in the barn and a slotted

peanut can on the "egg table".  Folks come from

near and far to take their chances on eggs in the

barn fridge and drop their donated $1.50 for

each dozen they take.  Everytime the Gardener

gets her hair cut she takes an ice chest full to

the salon and before the end of the

appointment, all eggs are gone.

 

 

 

Mr. Blue Jeans is the quarter tour manager,

friends will bring friends with children out to the

ranch just so they can collect their own eggs and

take them home.  The children are amazed at

how friendly the hens are and they just stand up

in their nests and let you take the eggs.



As you can see none of our eggs are the same,

each with their own coloration, shading.  We

have several varieties but to name a few

Cuckoo Maran, Aracuna and Barred Rock.  



All of our chickens are completely free range,

they tour the twenty acres around our house

each and every day.  They all go back to the hen

condos that Mr. Blue Jeans had built with netted

covering tall enough for him to stand up in. 

They all know they are safe in the condos from

owls, hawks and other predators.  



The 50 chicks we had delivered in January are

out of the nursery and roaming with all of the

big chickens.  The Gardener thinks there might

be chicks up at the feed store....shhhhh don't

tell Mr. Blue Jeans, it's a secret just between

you and me!!!!!!!

 

 

 



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New Calves This Week
March 04, 2012

 

 

Even as the roses are waking up, so the Momma

Cows are 'springing' forth with new births.


                                          Mary Beth and Mack

                                                  (the knife)

 

Mary Beth gave birth to bull calf Mack and Dora

gave birth to bull calf Don Juan.  If you have

been a reader of this blog in the past, you know

that we name our calves with the first letter of

their Momma's name.  Hence Mary Beth - Mack

and Dora - Don Juan.  The gardener says Mack

the Knife...but Mr. Blue Jeans says just

Mack....hmmm.  In a small way this helps to

track the lineage 'real quick like'!

 

 

                                                         Dora                                                                                                           

 

 

                                                          Don Juan


We are just in the beginning of calving season

2012.  Stay tuned....there will be lots more....

Reporting from the field.....

Sign Me.....

The Rancher's Wife aka The Gardener!



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Gardening Responsibly
February 23, 2012

 


Many folks have Carolina Jasmine and think its so beautiful this time of year.  But did you know that this vine is toxic to livestock?

 

 

 

How often have you seen a horse browse over its head in trees?  This is an accident waiting to happen.  Of course cows are equally prone to the same exercise.

Each year the gardener tries to pull the Jasmine during its bloom cycle out of the trees where nature has helped to plant it.  Its so much easier to spot when blooming.  Thank goodness this limb fell in a recent rain storm to give aid to this project.

 

 

 

Please if you choose to grow this invasive species of jasmine, garden responsibly.  Our agriculture depends on us to keep our livestock free of toxic and noxious weeds and plants.

 

Postscript:  There were 8 robins in the picture on the former post, good for you if you found them all!



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The Robins are here
February 21, 2012

 

Childhood memories of spring always included my mother telling the gardener and her three sisters that when the robins come we know that spring is right around the corner.

 

 

So the robins are here in North Central Florida.  They are crazy loud with all of the chatter and their erratic flight all over seems as if they are on a sugar high. 

 

 

Mr. Blue Jeans snapped some photos of these hyper birds.  Beautiful as they are the cars, trucks and driveway are a testament to their arrival, y’all know what the gardener means!

 

 

Take a close look at this photo; you’ll see more robins than you think at first glance.  How many robins can you count?  The answer will be in the next post. 



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A Special Day for a Special Man
February 18, 2012

 

Today is Mr. Blue Jeans Happy Day!  Please pardon this brief interruption on a normally "rose oriented" and "animal oriented" blog to hail the wonderful man I'm married to.

 

 

 

Being a complicated sort, he loves his family, he loves his animals and ranch.  The kind of devotion that many don't quite understand.  But the gardener does and he makes the world a better place just having him in it.

 

 

                          Happy Birthday Mr. Blue Jeans!

 

 

                                                             I ♥ you!



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The Chicks are Here
February 09, 2012

 

 

 

Our new chicks have arrived to begin the 2012 season of eggs laying.  We have been keeping chickens for over a decade now and throughly enjoy them.  They free range all over the ranch and keep the bugs down and lay us nice eggs in their chicken condos.  Yes the gardener said plural.  We keep around 100 all year through, this shipment is 50 to pump up what the older hens are not doing.

 

 

We have lots of friends and family that enjoy our eggs, so having 3-4 doz a day isn't a problem.  

These are half of  the heavy brown assortment and half aracuna.  The gal that feeds at our barns for us always puts the eggs in the egg crates alternating colors of eggs.  The aracuna is the blue/green egg layer, so its 1 brown and 1 blue/green and so on.  Makes for that wow factor when you open up the egg crate!

 

 

Mr. Blue Jeans and I are looking forward to these hens running around with all of the other hens in a few weeks.  We keep them in the nursery for a while.  We will allow them out on their patio in the sunlight in a few weeks just for the day, but then they go back in their nursery at night.  They lay out flat on their sides basking in the sun and taking dirt baths.

 

 

Staying in the nursery until they a good size is a must for Mr. Hawk and Mr. Owl would enjoy a tender morsel such as these~



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Sandhill Cranes
January 29, 2012

 

In the gardener's hometown of Gainesville, Florida is also the home of the University of Florida.  At the Beef Teaching Unit of UF, in the middle of town, there is a huge flock of Sandhill Cranes overwintering in the pastures with the cows.  Mr. Blue Jeans photographed these unique creatures to share with all of you.

 

 

 

According to the website Savingcranes.org, the cranes are 3-5 ft high, weight 6.5-14 lbs and have a wingspan of 5-6 feet.  Knowing all of these facts just enhances watching the flock this morning ascending and descending in flight.  With so little effort these huge birds are very graceful, almost like a ballerina.  No noise other than their very unique call.  Many times while out at the ranch or the nursery, you can hear their calls only to look upward and see them in air.

 

 

UF in the background just above the treeline.

 

 

 

 

Pecking Order we guessed!

 

 

To avoid any more meaness, this one just moved away...

 

 

The cows or the cranes were not bothered by each others existence in a very close proximity.  The cranes were bothered by people and would walk away from the fenceline as joggers or we approached.  

 

We hope you enjoy these photos, Mother Nature is fascinating!



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We had a Special Delivery Today
December 23, 2011

 

 

 

Today Ms. Bea gave us a beautiful Brahma Bull Calf, who we have named Butch.  A little background information is probably necessary to explain our choice in names for our livestock.  In order to keep the bovines organized, we name our calves with the first letter of their Mom's name.  Hence Ms. Bea's calf is now Butch.  If you remember last week, when we announced Ms. Lily's heifer calf, we named her Lacey.  Pretty smart, right?

 

 

 

Zeus who is the Brahma Bull always gets his way in the coloring it seems.  I so wish for a little heifer the color of Ms. Bea.  I thought she looked like the color of honey, so when she was just a babe herself, I named her Ms. Bea.  Really she is a Red Brahma and Zeus is a White Brahma.

 

 

Butch is a good looking healthy bull.  He will be someone's stud someday down the line.  Both Ms. Bea and Zeus have a good deposition, but when these Momma Cows just have babies, they are really feeling the "good deposition".  I think you can see that in Ms. Bea's facial expression while Mr. Blue Jeans is snapping pics.  And if you think about it can you blame her?

 

 

 

 

We thought you might like to see how Ms. Lily's heifer calf Lacey is doing so Mr. Blue Jeans took the opportunity.  Ms. Lily still isn't too keen on people up close to Lacey and that is why she is giving Mr. Blue Jeans the "evil eye"!  Get a load of those ears on Lacey, do you think she'll be made fun of in school?

 

 

Wishing everyone a very Happy Holiday from all of us at the Lightered Wood Ranch and Rose Petals Nursery~



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Announcing Lilys Heifer calf Lacy
December 14, 2011

 

 

 

Today was a beautiful day, warm almost 80 degrees and sunshine.  We have had some really wet, cold weather lately.  After all we live in Florida for a reason, right?  We like warm sunshiny days. 


It was perfect for working at the nursery, propagating new roses to share with all of you, planting a few in larger pots, also pulling a few weeds and then I got the call.  We have a new baby on the ground.  Off to another pasture where our Brahma herd resides. 

 


A beautiful little heifer, not even completely dry, was still trying to get her “sea” legs.  Her Mom, Miss Lily, has given us many babies over the years and has always been the best at mothering.  Never neglectful or inattentive, she always has her eye on her baby.  

 


Zeus our bottle fed bull is a registered Brahma, and is the Daddy.  Take a look at him as compared to my GMC Envoy SUV.  He is a big, big bull.    Always easy going, never charged anyone.  He has been off of the property to service other herds, but always comes back sweet. 

 


 

 

Lacy will be a great addition to the Lightered Wood Ranch.  Just love it when we have new babies!



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The Apple of His Mommas Eye
November 22, 2011

 

 

Gorgeous, Handsome, Sweet, Willing and a little Mishchievous all describe our Dancer.  Triple registered, Spotted Saddlebred, Pinto and Medicine Hat, he has been a joy since the day he arrived.



 

One of our amazing horse friends, bred his Mom to a chosen Stud.  Planned from the beginning to be who he is today.  He is one of those types of horses that would crawl up into your lap.  Can you tell we love this guy?

 

 

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Update on Maria
October 04, 2011

 

Today is her 19th DAY birthday.  Just yesterday these photos were shot to show you just how sweet, tame and just darn right cute she is! 

 

 

Art’s sister was here with her family to include her granddaughter Skylar Dawn.  Skylar is 7 years old, but already she is a beauty!  Mix both Skylar and Maria together and you have some gorgeous Florida Cracker Beauties! 

 

 

 

Skylar loved Maria and Maria LOVED LOVED LOVED Skylar Dawn!  Enjoy the totally unrelated Antique and Old Garden Rose shots of the Lightered Wood Ranch and one of its treasured family members!

 

 

                                                                                                           

                                                       ♥THE END♥



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We interrupt this Antique Rose Blog for a very important announcement
September 15, 2011

 

After twelve long months of waiting for Margarita and Van Wilder’s bundle of joy, Maria has arrived.  This morning around 11am, Margarita brought this beautiful little jenny right up to us. 

 

 

These photos were taken when she was just an hour old.  Running around, learning to kick those hind feet up and wanting loving from everyone of us. 

 

 

 

For those of you who don’t know about donkeys, these parents are standard donkeys.  She will be the size of her Mom at full growth.   We keep a pair at every cow pasture we have to protect the calves from coyote, fox and other varmits that don’t need to be around.   Yes, she will eventually grow into her ears!

 

 

Maria will one day be one of the teams with her husband watching over our livestock.  We are so happy to have her here at the Lightered Wood Ranch.  To quote Stevie Wonder, “isn’t she lovely”?



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September Open Sale Day and a Visitor to the Gardens
September 03, 2011

 

 

 

 

Rose Petals Nursery had a visitor at our September Open Sale Day today.  As Mr. Gator moseyed into the garden, all around the antique and old garden roses, folks stopped to take photos, not believing their eyes.  What could this mean, why is he here? 


In honor of  College Football Game Day, this gardener wishes good luck to your favorite team. 

 

Thanks to all who stopped in to buy roses.  We enjoyed visiting with you.  October Open Sale Day will be 10-1-11 from 10-2. 

 

Check the website often as we are adding all new own root cuttings in varieties that the nursery has carried in the past along with some new ones just to shake things up a bit. Gooo Gators!



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Bull in the Antique and Old Garden Rose Garden
August 30, 2011

 

          What is this bull doing in my rose garden?

 

                  He's saying, "I got my eye on you"!

 

            Looks like he's leaving, so long Mr. Bull, see ya next time around!



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Chickens in the Roses
July 11, 2011

 

Heirloom chickens in alongside all of the heirloom roses, just has to make you smile.  They just seem to go together… just seem to fit!  I’ve heard stories of my own Great Grandmother who kept chickens and had lovely roses in the yard of her Victorian Boarding House in Ellenton, Florida.  Her favorite rose was Cramoisi Superieur.  I am fortunate enough today to have a cutting from the very rose that was in her yard. 

 


 

Today is no different than any other day.  Our free range chickens are doing what they do everyday, scratching in the mulch around the Antique and Old Garden Roses for bugs, worms and the occasional bird seed that the song birds drop.  They are masters at grasshopper control, which is great to keep them off of the roses.  We have actually watched a hen jump up and catch a grasshopper in flight!  You just want to give her a high five, or an ‘atta girl’!  The roosters are all standing guard making sure their “girls” are safe.

 

 

Some folks have asked - doesn’t it bother you that they mess up the mulch in the beds?  I tell them the tradeoff is that no pesticides are necessary when you have such great bug catchers in your garden.  Truly sustainable gardening at its best, the chickens leave a little fertilizer along the way, plus we have great pest control. 

 

 

Growing Antique Roses and Old Garden Roses is becoming more popular because of the endurance of these roses, disease resistance and long life spans.   Many are rebloomers and exceptionally fragrant.  Isn’t that what makes growing Antique and Old Garden Roses so rewarding? 

 




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