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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bloomin' Tuesday...

Happy Tuesday everyone.
Please drop by http://msgreenthumbjean.blogspot.com to see other late summer blooms.

After the 3 inches of rain from Lee we are back to no rain in the forecast. It has felt a little Fallish with the humidity so low which has been nice. I know Fall is close, not by the calendar, the acorns are beginning to drop and those really fuzzy caterpillars are showing up.

Mexican Bush Sage
Anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time should know I grow the very tall variety of Celosia. I never know how the plumes will look.

I also share the seed, just leave a comment and I'll get back to you.

AND I love how the Pinecone Lily/Shampoo Lily is turning this orangey/red color, perfect timing. Does anyone know if I can cut and dry this? I know it's full of liquid....guess I could shampoo my hair with it :)


Today I am Thankful for the beginning of the season change.

Friday, September 9, 2011


Just a quick post to say we have been very busy around here...Hopefully by Monday things will return to "our" normal. I have missed ya'll! The gardens however are just full of butterflies everyday. I am happy to report that I have indeed created a "Butterfly" Garden! We did receive over 3 inches of rain from Lee and we are thankful for that as it was over a three day period.

And we have had a string of birthday's around here. AND our oldest daughter, not pictured, and her husband are in Yellowstone right now camping. Yes, we have heard the reports of the bear attacks..sigh AND one of the children below received her drivers license, so now we have 3 with operators, one with learners and one waiting in the wings....

4 of our 5 kids

We have been having nice cool mornings this week. My husband says it's a false fall....sigh I'm a itchin' to get in the gardens!! The first of Spring and the first of Fall seems to have an energizing affect on me when it comes to gardening. How about you?

Ms. Doris, come on by for your potato vine clippings.... :)


Today I am Thankful to share in the new chapters and experiences the children are walking in their lives. So young and so full of life!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Cottage Flora Thursday and FF

I know we all keep saying this, how does the time get by us so quickly?
The first photo is actual rain! We received 3/10 of an inch last evening. My apologies to those that are dealing with the rain from Irene.
Variegated Hydrangea, maybe it will bloom next year.

Balloon Flower

More than a thug is Glorybower, this garden harlot has spread herself all over one of the garden "beds." Seriously, I am going to be yanking her up by her thin legs and tossing her out!

Turkscap with Mexican Sunflower.

Nope the "white" Marigold isn't. I can handle the soft buttery yellow though.

Zinnia from seed and it was supposed to be pink.

?? Oh, I know their names. I made an area out of bricks for a container grouping. Some of the plants just gave up in the heat/drought and the others took it as a challenge. See the Sedum and the Creeping Phlox? It has just about covered the bricks. Volunteers came up through the little holes in the bricks.

I have also been making wall hangings out of clay.

The butterflies have been loving our heat. We see no less than 10 butterflies at a time.

And the Hummingbird Moths are everywhere as well.

Linking up with http://fishtailcottage.blogspot.com and http://tootsietime.blogspot.com


Today I am very Thankful for the rain last evening.

Monday, August 29, 2011

I Have


Today I am Thankful for new ideas.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Bloomin' Tuesday...

The resecued Double Impatiens are hanging on. One of my gardening neighbors gave me a white Marigold that she spent 2 dollars on for 12 seeds....does this look white to you? I will say, it has faded to a nice buttery yellow shade since this photo was taken a couple of days ago. Perhaps as it ages it will fade to white?
Drop by http://msgreenthumbjean.blogspot.com/ to see what other gardener's still have blooming.

I am continuing to add items to my new site every few days. I am also happy to report that I have received some requests for special orders. http://handmadeandvintage.weebly.com/


Today I am Thankful for a GREAT start to another school year!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cottage Flora Thursday and FF

Dianthus Feather Grass with Althea- Rose of Sharon Tree

Blue Bedder Salvia modge podge of Zinnias

White Vinca with Yellow Sulphur Butterfly. Sulphurs are a sign that the seasons are close to changing. We see them before Spring and before Fall.

Yellow Sulphur on Zinnia, no it's not the same Sulphur.

Hemaris thysbe , Hummingbird Moth or Clearwing Moth are seen on clear sunny days unlike most moths. The love my Dianthus and I have seen several at a time sipping the juice from fallen pears.

Don't know this Butterfly's name, looks like a Swallowtail, she sure was enjoying the pink Profusion Zinnias. Yesterday not only did I see the critters posted here today, I also saw several Gulf Fritillary Butterflies, several Zebra Swallowtail Butterflies and plenty of Bees. Could this Butterfly be an older Zebra Swallowtail? See how it has blue and not white on it?

Linking up to http://fishtailcottage.blogspot.com/ for today and http://tootsietime.blogspot.com/ for tomorrow.

I have started a new website http://handmadeandvintage.weebly.com it's a new idea of an old concept for shoppers. Remember the site is new and still needs some tweaking. Items are updated every few days. If you have a chance drop by and take look, if you see something that interests you "Get Your Haggle On."

Today I am Thankful for all of this activity in my gardens!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bloomin' Tuesday...

Ms. Doris, the dark leafed Canna you gave me is beginning to bloom!

Linking up with http://msgreenthumbjean.blogspot.com


Today I am Thankful for the slight cool down of 68 degrees!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cottage Flora Thursday and FF

Does anyone know this vine? It's popping up all over the place.Isn't this Canna a beautiful shade of pink? Grace? It's a dwarf like the yellow one still in the container to the right of the photo below this one.

Do you like pink and yellow together? I'm wondering if they would look good planted together?

Linking up with http://fishtailcottage.blogspot.com for today and http://tootsietime.blogspot.com for tomorrow.


Today I am Thankful for God's grace and mercy.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Cottage Flora Thursday and FF

I didn't venture (limp) far from the house. I did however find a few blooms to share this week.
Just starting to bloom, Angelonia is containerized with Spiky Dracaena.
My dinner (saucer) plate Dahlias are still blooming.

Double Althea--Rose of Sharon is blooming again. I thought it had finished for the season.

Jacobina --Plume Flower blooms on and off all season.

Takes Chives several years to become established enough to bloom. These are Common Chives.

Love to brush up against them and stir their fragrance in the air.

Bad light for this photo...hope you can see that it's a white Butterfly Bush...the one I rooted over a year and a half ago, planting it when it was just barely 6 inches tall. It's catching the pink Crape Myrtle which is about 10 feet tall.

Linking up with http://fishtailcottage.blogspot.com for today and FF at http://tootsietime.blogspot.com for tomorrow. Drop by these links and see how others are gardening in the heat.


Today I am Thankful for A/C.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bloomin' Tuesday...

Still my favorite rose in my gardens, grocery store find, 5 dollars. I know I've posted it before, but my goodness she is so worth repeating!Dealing with on going hip issues and now my knee has doubled in size, so rest is in order for a few days. Will keep you updated as I know more. Needless to say the bending, twisting, squatting and those beautiful, " I wonder how I'm going to reach that plant" poses are on hold as far as gardening goes right now. Just as well seeing how it is dangerously hot outside and the snakes are crawling. My diagnosis is, get this, Aging Athletes Syndrome.....yes, I was a gymnast for many, many years and then a coach, BUT I do believe my Dr. is beginning to think that gardening is a sport too!

Linking up with http://msgreenthumbjean.blogspot.com/


Today I am Thankful that you 'can' teach an old dog new tricks, :)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cottage Flora Thursday and FF

Trumpet Lily buds with Turk's Cap Trumpet Lilies in another area Datura in the middle. Fix the date on your camera Darla!


Random Zinnias dropped off on my porch by an unkown neighbor, hadn't a clue of their colors. Butterfly Ginger buds

The Sedum boots are thriving on neglect, love that!

This Clematis Vine that was completely covered in blooms during the Spring, continues to push out a bloom or two in the summer heat. With each new bloom the colors are darker?? Loving this too!

Every now and then when I purchase a mixed packet of seeds, like the Cosmos, I am surprised with a beauty..

I would love to have a field of these colors....

Linking up over at http://fishtailcottage.blogspot.com/ for today and http://tootsietime.blogspot.com/ for tomorrow.

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Today I am Thankful that my gardens are continuing to give me blooms ..