July 6, 2018
June 29, 2018
|Moon Flower Blooms|
I got my first Moonflower from a friend who got it for me from his mom who lived in Alabama. It is a biannual (it doesn't bloom until it's second year) but it totally worth the wait. The plant gets pretty big, about four or five feet tall and wide, it is covered with pretty yellow flowers all summer. They literally open while you watch! No kidding, as you can see in the video below, it is like time-lapse photography! They smell good too. If they are happy, they will reseed and come back the following year. It doesn't take much to keep them happy either. They like full sun or part shade, I totally neglect mine and they just keep growing and blooming all summer. The blooms last all night and close around noon the following day.
We like to grab our yard chairs, sit around the plant and watch it bloom. Then we wait for the little hummingbird moths to come and pollinate the flowers.
Sometimes we bet on which bud will bloom next. I know, it doesn't take much to entertain us!
TheAmazing Moon Flower Video
June 22, 2018
Daylilies are very easy to grow. They like full sun but will tolerate some shade. None of mine get a full day of sun. Some get full afternoon sun and the ones in my shady backyard only get morning sun and all are happy.
Unless you are lucky enough to have a friend who shares the lilies with you, you will probably buy bulbs at a nursery, a big-box store or online. You will start with one or two bulbs. Don't worry, most will bloom the year after planting and keep right on growing and multiplying for years to come. Soon you will be the one sharing bulbs with your friends.
If your soil is clay, amend it with compost or some good hummus. Water occasionally until they are established. Once they are established let God take care of them. I honestly don't ever water my 15-year-old plants. They might get water when I turn the sprinklers on to water the lawn in a drought but that's about it.
I even love what here in the south call "Ditch Lilies". I pick them and put them in vases, they keep blooming just as if they were outside...new flowers every day until all the buds on the stem are done.
Below are a few of my favorites from my yard. Some I know the variety and some names have long been lost.
|Unknown Yellow Ruffled|
|Eyes of Fury|
|Another Unknown Red|
|Unknown Yellow Ruffled|
June 15, 2018
June 8, 2018
|Large Red Oriental Poppy|
I did buy some yellow California poppy plants to sell next year at Mimi's sales.
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June 1, 2018
|Fossil Rock found on Sulfur Fork Creek, TN|
I've recently promised myself not to rescue any more stones. But, needless to say, last weekend I went to the creek with grandson Tad to skip rocks. That boy can skip rocks farther than anyone I've ever seen! Anyway, I didn't need any rocks, told myself no more rocks. We were in the John Deer Gator, there was room in the bed, and of course, there were several lovely "flowerbed size" stones that called my name. I only got 4 big ones though, that's a record for me.
I am always repurposing rocks. I'll move them from one place to another, decide to get rid of them in one place and they end up in the "rock pile" way back in the backyard. One never knows when a good rock will come in handy.
|My Little Goldfish Puddle|
The other rocks from my little puddle never made it to the rock pile. I decided the old wooden raised herb beds near the pond were in real need of updating. Replacing the sides with wood again seemed counter-productive so of course, the pond rocks were the answer. I worked all day, sometimes in the rain (yes, I'm crazy). I reduced the beds from four 4x4 foot beds to two 8x4 foot beds. I love how they turned out and no more rotten wood to contend with! Bill sawed the old wood pieces into 15-inch lengths. We have enough wood for the chiminea to last all summer! Now if the grass seed I planted on the side will hurry and come up, it will be finished.
|New Herb Beds|