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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

{Our Bee Happy Magnolia Restaurant}


  • Up until a week ago we still had a few of those huge double flowers on our fragrant Magnolia Grandiflora 'Namnetensis Flore Pleno'. It has been a true feast for the bees, thus making it into a 'Bee Happy Magnolia Restaurant'.
  • You can read my earlier post about this tree here  {Our Fragrant Magnolia Grandiflora 'Namnetensis Flore Pleno'} Have a look at one of those huge and Bee Happy Blossoms...

  • A perfect picture taken by Pieter at 10:30 AM.
  • By the way, in the post mentioned above, about this special double flowering and Fragrant Magnolia tree, there was one comment asking about its age. 
  • We did plant this huge tree in 1996. But as you can guess, with our tropical summer temperatures, all trees grow very fast here.

  • Don't worry; BEE HAPPY!


  • As a reply to some questions about the crapemyrtle post from yesterday, if bees do visit it.
  • Surely they do, we have plenty of bees in our garden and that almost year round.
  • That's why we do have our Backyard Wildlife HABITAT Certificate since August of 1997.
  • Look for that in my previous blog: {Our Backyard Wildlife HABITAT Certificate from August 1997}.

Hope this did answer any questions left.
Thanks again for your visit!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

{Our Gazebo & Natchez Crapemyrtle}


  • Our Gazebo you have seen before in this  {French Floral Pillow Set and our Gazebo} but today I want to introduce you to our white blooming Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Natchez'. 
  • A National Arboretum introduction, Natchez Crapemyrtle is a cross between Lagerstroemia indica 'Pink Lace' and the frist L. fauriei brought from Japan, this was done back in 1964. 
  • You can read more here.
  • This rather tall crapemyrtle is behind our gazebo and you can see it from the entrance. 
  • We used to have one beside our driveway but that was a huge mistake! 
  • Not because of its looks but because of the dripping honeydew, caused by crapemyrtle aphids. 
  • This would stain our driveway and any car(s) that were parked there. 
  • Such sticky stuff is hard to clean off. Also on the balcony we had that problem as its branches were reaching up high. 
  • Next came the blossoms and the seeds that caused a mess... So I gave it the death penalty and Pieter wacked it down. 
  • Sad to see its beautiful bark on the multiple trunks being gone but we got a 'baby'. So join me to our gazebo...
  • After a heavy rain, everything was wet but not yet cleaned... Felines do sleep on the chairs often.

  • Guess within a month we can enjoy our gazebo again. Now it is too hot!
  • The cushions for the chairs we keep dry inside the big container on wheels.

  • Everything fresh and clean. Our geraniums are barely 'hanging' in there...

  • This is our 'Natchez' crapemyrtle. Beautiful bark too.

  • Looking towards the gazebo. A red hummingbird feeder hangs to the right.

  • It blooms forever, all through summer and can stand the heat very well.

  • You can see the round seeds being formed, that does weigh the branches down at certain times.

  • Lagerstroemia Natchez is a very productive crapemyrtle!

Monday, August 1, 2011

{My Etiquette Training Interview with WGXA.TV (FOX24/ABC16)}


Love to share with you this Etiquette Training interview with WGXA-TV (FOX24/ABC16) Middle Georgia News & Weather, by Morning Show Anchor/Producer Rick Devens, who did call on Friday, July 22 and asked if I would be available during the weekend too. So a time for Saturday the 23rd was set. It was fun to work with him and you can see the actual video below. Before that, I show you some screenshots and one photo that Pieter took while I was being interviewed.

It was all taped inside our dining room...
Below you can click on the arrow and watch it.
Too bad that the indoor shutters had to be closed because of the bright sun light.



Relatd links:
Off Beat: Etiquette Training - Publication of video by Middle Georgia News & Weather WGXA.TV (FOX24/ABC16
Mariette's Back to Basics: Learn from Mariette

Books shown in video:

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