Sunday, September 21, 2014

Wild Things in my Garden

Rain Lilies (Zephyranthes Citrina)
 We had rain this week!
One and six tenths inches to be exact. 
Everything is perking up and greening up and popping up.
I never remember that we have rain lilies until they pop up. 



I'm going into a new direction with my gardens and landscaping. 
Well, I'm deep into the research and mostly day dreaming about a new direction. 
More on all that later.
For now, suffice it to say that I am embracing all the native plants that grow right here and now on my property. 

Rain lily ( Cooperia Drummondii)

Each day I go out with camera (iphone) in hand and select plants to research and identify and basically learn more about.
I want to learn their formal or botanical names even if I can't pronounce them.
Sometimes it is not easy to identify one from the other.
Consider this white rain lilie for example.
The only way I could differentiate Cooperia drummondii from Cooperia pedunculata was by the length of the floral tube, and their primary bloom period.
This one, the Cooperia drummondii has a floral tube 3-7" long and blooms most frequently in September and October.
Where as the Cooperia pedunculata has a floral tube 1-1.5" long and blooms primarily in the spring.



Yesterday the yellow rain lilies were blooming.
I didn't remember until I saw the blooms that I planned to dig some to plant in a garden rather than depend on seeing them in the lawn that gets mowed.


I stopped after potting 15 or 20.
And then I discovered a white one.
Only one. 
I didn't disturb it.
I was surprised this morning to discover all the yellow lilies closed and a large area of white lilies opened.
Why would one color bloom one day and the other color bloom the next day?
A curious thing until I dug the first white one and discovered the white lilie bulb was deeper than the yellow lilies.
I remembered from my research yesterday that the bulbs will suck themselves down to the correct depth.
I know this is more than you may be interested in but here is one more observance from by bulb digging.
The yellow lilie has no fragrance at all. 
The white lilies surprised me this morning with a sweet fragrance.

Creature of the Week 

Isn't he beautiful. 
I did a quick google search but could not identify him. 
He is just a Lizard.

 Old Business

I finally did get photos of the Four O'clocks. 
I think they are stunning.

Friday, September 12, 2014

My View This Week

 Yesterday's harvest.
I always pick the tomatoes just after they start turning so I don't have to share them with creatures.
Peppers and morning glory seed pods. 

 My ever present buddy always checking out whatever I'm doing. 
 LOOK!
Who is this in my garden?
As I was watering this week, he scampered out from under the big leaves of a squash vine. 

On closer inspection, I found a nest with at least one more and probably several. I didn't disturb them.
After editing this photo, I can see that his fur looks wet and that is why he ran. 
Look at that cotton tail. 

 This bed hasn't been too successful.
But I do love the cosmos that are finally blooming.
 In the foreground is a four o'clock in full bud. 
I keep forgetting to go out in the late afternoon to catch them open.
Next year I will plant more four o'clocks at the feet of the trellis.
 Just me gazing ;)
 Forever, I have had this broken pillar. 
I left it outside on the Garden Palace step and it fell off and broke. 
I could not part with it and now look. 

 I love it now better with plants in it rather than in a pot sitting on top of it. 
In case you are wondering, the plant with the bamboo like leaves in the taller section is Inland Sea Oats that grow wild on my place. It is a grass native to central and eastern US that has beautiful seed pods. I dug this small clump that actually had been mowed; therefore no seed pods. 

A parting shot of Stupid Kitty because I can never get his eyes. 
He won't look me in the eyes. 
Why?

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Go Away bad creatures



Produce bucket from yesterday. 
Beautiful!

Floor Cloth in Progress

Progress seems slow on the floor cloth. 
Maybe because there are many times that I'm in the chair zone and thinking I should be painting morning glories. 

That little halfway mark above is the halfway mark for this one side.

 Here is another view of this half of the cloth.
 This morning.
 When I get to the end of this corner, I will be halfway around. 
I have picked up speed a little because I need to get this done and off the table. 
I plan to turn the corner today.

In the Garden


From yesterday's pickin.
This was good.
And just above it I found........


.....Creatures in the morning glories. 
This was bad.
GO AWAY!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Shadow Selfies in the Garden

SHARING MY GARDEN CHORES, PROJECTS and DOCUMENTING GROWTH AND BLOOMS


The garden is looking like Texas in August. 
In addition to the heat, we had some high winds that blew the Marigolds over so they even look frightful.

 The peppers are getting a beautiful red. 
Finally an eggplant but something (unknown to me) is eating on it.  

SEEDS AND SEEDLINGS
 I let the dill go to seed for volunteers next spring. 
Besides that, isn't it a beautiful!

Same for the basil. 
However, I'm pretty sure plenty of seeds have fallen and I'm about to cut it back now and let it continue growing into the fall. 
I am enjoying the basil so much and look forward to having it in the sidewalk herb bed next year too. 

seedlings
This was an experiment to see if the white zinnias seeds  (in the top pic) were viable. Yep, they are so I will continue saving the seeds.

CREATURES IN THE GARDEN
  Photo bombed by this garden creature
chasing green dragon fly

 I chased him around the corner.
(the last one was blue)
bullfrog
Dear Husband says this is a bullfrog.
He knows things like that.
Look at his eye and how the lines in his body follow through the eye.
Amazing!
Don't know why he was visiting the greenhouse.


 GARDEN PROJECTS

Check this project off the list. 

This makes me so happy.
Kitchen herbs will be planted here when the time is right. 
In the meantime, I love seeing this bed all ready to receive.



I stand and look through the kitchen door because I'm so thrilled to have accomplished this. 
Do you do that? 
I mean, keep going back to see something that you did that pleases you.  
You might also note that I did move the mint from the greenhouse patio.


bugsville under construction


 I still have a ways to go but I think I'm getting there. 
It's not that hard after all the components gathered.


A NEW PROJECT

Look look look!
at this amazing bamboo.
I am so excited about it. 

I needed just a little bamboo for the bugsville habitat.
That was my excuse to get DH to take me to the bamboo place. 
But in the back, dark corner of my mind, there was a project brewing that I knew I would want bamboo for .....
if I could get it. 

I took my battery powered pruning saw and away we went to the bamboo place. 
When we got there...
OH NO!
Poison ivy, knee high was surrounding the stand of bamboo. 

DH will not participate with any poison ivy in sight.
But, as you know, it doesn't stop me.
Anyway, I tromped through it and managed to get home with this much. 
It's not enough for my winter garden fence project.
But enough to get me going with the design.

Garden Palace Floor Cloth Update

 I haven't made much progress on the Garden Palace floor cloth. I only added two more flowers and started tweaking the first ones that I painted. 
My mornings in the heat of the gardens pretty much zaps me and I can't manage to leave the chair zone.
Did you happen to notice the shadow selfies in last weeks post? 
I realized while editing those pics that I rather like them in the photo. 
It is the early morning sun that I'm working in and so...
there they are... 
my shadow selfies.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Another week in roundup

SHARING MY GARDEN CHORES, PROJECTS and DOCUMENTING GROWTH AND BLOOMS

 I have been busy this week outside and inside even though we have finally received 100ºF+ days.
I go out very early to beat the heat but still come in a hot sweaty mess. 

Creatures in my Garden
dragon fly
 This beautiful creature stopped by while I was working on the greenhouse project. 
He kept coming back until I got a decent picture. 
The wings are almost invisible....
and amazing!

 This creature follows me everywhere.

Old Garden Projects
Marlin Brick
 I finished the greenhouse patio project. 
It's not really a patio but I like to call it that. 
 It's time to move the mint to the shade.

the tree where the poison ivy and day lilies were
 Not quiet finished with this bed. 
Still need to replant the oxalis and add mulch.

more
 I never promised no more morning glory pics.
I knew you would want to see this.
I don't know how this happens.

Two New Garden Projects

This week's new project is a wildlife wall that I am adding to a corner of the compost area. 
This is just the beginning and the photo below is my inspiration.

Garden Wildlife Wall
photo source
I doubt that mine will be this elaborate. 
I love it even if the beneficial insects such as ladybugs, ground beetles and various solitary bees don't show up.
I see mason bees doing the pollinating in my garden and I want to give them a home.
If you want a more simple bee hotel, check out this link.
I have added a "Garden Stuff" board on my Pinterest where there are other examples.

New Project Number Two

Here is a "before". 
I confess, I used chemicals to kill this bind weed and bermuda grass.
There is just no other way to get control. 

This is the before view from the other end of this very narrow bed between wall and sidewalk.
I'm preparing this little spot for a kitchen herb garden.


Here is progress for Thursday morning's efforts.

Work in progress from this end. 
A bit of my design vision is shown here.
I should have this finished by the next garden update. 
My kitchen sink is just inside this corner.

Garden Palace Floor Cloth

I'm finally working on one of the Garden Palace floor cloths. 
Even though I started studying and experimenting here, I refrained from starting the real thing until now. 
The floor is still not ready to receive the cloth so I waited until the hot days of summer when I knew I would not want to be outside. 

This floor cloth is for the Morning Glory Room where my mustard yellow studio chairs will go home to.


Not until I added the black rectangles was I warming up to my design. 
My design vision includes the fact that the four yellow chairs will be sitting on this rug surrounding a beautiful (another project) table.
At one end is a beautiful blue morning glory stained glass window. 
The cloth is 5' X 9.5' and I can only work on it a section at a time. 
I work from end to end, moving it from and off of each side of the table. 


You may notice a stencil that I cut in one of the above photos.
However, I never intended to use stencils on the floors because I had stenciled the walls.
I always knew this but I kept hearing a voice that I would never be able to paint a border of morning glories to my own satisfaction.
Finally yesterday, I came to my senses and realized that I would use a charcoal stick to sketch and then paint. 
And 
After all, it's just paint.