What an honor. . .!

The coral orienpet (oriental x trumpet) is 4 feet tall, with flowers 10 inches across.

Thanks. I was so surprised to hear from Brenda of http://theblondegardener.wordpress.com, who nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. The award increases readership of garden blogs and awareness.

I’m always thrilled to hear from readers who have been following my blog. I’ve heard from people in Malaysia, India, Japan and all over the US and Canada.

The requirements for accepting the nomination are to nominate 10 of my favorite blogs and notify the owners and to list 7 random facts about myself.

I like snakes and other creepy crawlies. I’ve sung in choirs since I was six years old. I speak fluent Spanish and understand Italian and French pretty well in context.  Photography has been a hobby of mine since the 70s.  I used to have my own darkroom. I am a plantaholic (is there a 12-step group for that?) Thanks to my husband, Jerry, for making this nomination possible because he is my best help in the garden.

I nominate the following garden blogs:

Living through the drought. . .

The drought in Arkansas is severe so most of our time is spent trying to save the trees, shrubs and perennials we have. Despite the heat, some things are still blooming. Autumn Minaret is said to be the tallest daylily with stalks up to 6 feet tall. The flowers are fragrant and bloom 16 hours out of 24 hours. It is a see-through plant, as well.

So Lovely is a tall daylily too, with scapes up to 4 feet tall. It is very fragrant.

Our Blue Passion Vine is blooming too. It is hardy and fragrant from South America.

So Lovely

Crinum lilies, old Southern plants, are often seen at abandoned home sites. These two here, Ellen Bosanquet, the wine-colored one and Milk and Wine, the pink and white striped are popular ones. Most of my crinums come from Jenks Farmer at Lush Life Nursery. These bulbs were brought to the United States from South Africa, along with slaves. They can reach the size of a watermelon. Very fragrant.

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‘Ellen Bosanquet’ and Milk and Wine crinum lilies