A recent afternoon stroll around the Square yielded some wonderful photos of plants combinations. Also, a black-leafed ornamental pepper really caught my eye, so I’ll have to have ‘Black Pearl’ for my garden. It will have to be grown as an annual. Their use of the flame flower vine, Senecio confusus, was so beautiful. Enjoy!
With temps in the 90s and a little rain, my garden seems to be breathing a sigh of relief. Many plants are blooming again. Most of my roses are in full bloom which I didn’t expect until fall. My brown turkey fig, on the patio, is bearing fruit too. They have an opening on the end which ants love to take advantage of, so I put a little plug of vaseline there and problem solved.
- Brown turkey figs are my favorite because they remind of the bush that grew in my Grandmother Brockett’s yard.
- Also in the patio area is a bodacious Hibiscus grandiflora or Swamp Hibiscus. It has huge velvety green leaves and pink fragrant flowers. It was often grown beside the outhouse, for obvious reasons. It was also called The Outhouse Rose.
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:
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.
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.
Our oldest granddaughter was married in our garden on June 2nd this year. Much preparation went into getting ready for that event. It was lovely and the weather cooperated. Now I make my daily rounds to see what daylilies have opened and other true lilies, like orienpets and asiatics. Color is everywhere.
This daylily has very thick petals and sepals. I call it Dawn’s Early Light.
This 10″ UFO, named ‘Peacock Maiden’, is blooming very early
After my fall when planting a ‘Little Gem’ magnolia, I had another more worrisome result: a fibro flare. I have fibromyalgia, a muscle-pain syndrome. The fall pushed it into overdrive, so I’ve been at home and in bed a lot since February. I’m making my post-fall debut with a study of nature’s intricacy in flower and leaf shape and arrangement.
Bleeding Heart Uncurls to Greet Spring