Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
We can all add little"designer" touches to our gardens. We might not be able to add an expensive fence or a huge brick walkway as in the top picture- which by the way is Rosalie in Natchez- but we could add a bench oR two and maybe a less expensive fence AND A SMALLER BRICK SIDEWALK. tHE DESIGN IN THE SIDEWALK IN THE BOTTOM PICTURE IS EASY TO DO WITH A LITTLE TIME AND PATIENCE. lOVE THE HEDGE UNDER THE CREPE MYRTLES. tHIS IS A SIDE GARDEN AT rOSALIE, BUT VERY MANAGABLE FOR EVEN A SMALL GARDEN
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
tHE RUDBECKIA AND PHLOX And black eyed susans are holding up well in this extreme heat. pEOPLE GET UPSET EVERY YEAR ABOUT LOSING PLANTS IN OUR AWFUL SUMMER HEAT AND DROUGHTS, BUT IF YOU PLAN AHEAD AND PLANT DROUGHT TOLERANT PLANTS YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING BLOOMING- WITHOUT ALL OF THE WATERING. OF COURSE BEING DROUGHT TOLERANT DOES NOT MEAN YOU NEVER HAVE TO WATER, JUST THAT YOU HAVE TO LESS OFTEN. IF YOU CAN MANAGE TO PLANT IN THE FALL YOUR PLANTS WILL GET ESTABLISHED WITH ALL OF THE WINTER RAINS AND YOU WILL HAVE TO WATER LESS THAN IF YOU PLANTED IT IN THE SPRING AND HAD TO HELP IT GET ESTABLISHED IN ITS FIRST HOT SUMMER.
Monday, June 21, 2010
This is one of the frogs that lives in my pond- I also have a big bullfrog and lots of tree frogs around. Boy do they get noisy at night! I am not sure what this one is, I couldn't get close enough, but it looks kind of like a leopard frog. The white spots on his lips look like teeth from a distance- maybe this is to scare away predators? He is just floating along on my glass block. I think this glass block in the pond kind of looks like an ice cube floating around- kind of makes you feel cooler anyway. It's great to have frogs to help keep away the mosquitoes- but a little help from mosquito dunks doesn't hurt either.
Monday, June 14, 2010
do you share your gARDEN WITH PETS? tO LIVE HAPPILY WITH PETS IN YOUR GARDEN, YOU HAVE TO TEACH THEM LIKE CHILDREN TO STAY AWAY FROM CERTAIN THINGS- AND DO NOT LEAVE FERTILIZE OR POISONS OUT WHERE THEY CAN GET TO IT.iF A DOG GETS THIRSTY HE MIGHT DRINK OUT OF YOUR WATERING CAN- THAT HAS LIGUID FERTILIZE IN IT- BE CAREFUL. iF YOU ARE MAKING NEW BEDS, WATCH WHERE THE DOGS GO TO AGAIN AND AGAIN-THERE IS NO USE IN MAKING A FLOWER BED THAT THEY ARE GOING TO RUN THROUGH CONSTANTLY. mY pENNYmERLE AT THE LEFT HERE IS SO FASCINATED BY THE BEES THAT SWARM THE sT.jOHNS wORT-BUT THIS IS ONE TIME SHE REFUSES TO MIND-SHE WILL STAY HERE FOR HOURs- i HAVE TO PICK HER UP AND TAKE HER TO GO GET A DRINK OF WATER. i HOPE SHE NEVER CATCHES ONE! Bridget has been tracking something thru this bed lately and I am working on teaching her that is a no-no. OOPS, ther goes my two doorbells off to see who is coming to visit. You have to have patience if you want a pretty garden and dogs- or enough love to forgive them anything.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Do not let this happen to you! I had been really lax about cleaning my water garden, and the plants had busted out of their pots and the roots had grown together. What a mess! I think one of the pickeral rushes must have weighed over a hundred pounds- we worked for an hour trying to lift it up and out of the pond. I had to be careful, because I had underwater lights and pump fittings that the roots had grown around. I called everyone I knew that might want water lillies and other plants- I only kept a few. At least I took the time to fertilize the lillies while they were out of the pond. All of the frogs were most upset until I got the water back in. Now , I just have to clean everything up and re landscape around the pond where we trampled everything!
Friday, June 11, 2010
This has become one of my favorite daylily's. I can not remember where I got it- but I love the heart in the center- and it spreads really fast. And that is a good thing with something you really like. Some of my lillies are dropping buds, probably because it has not rained in forever and I don't water enough.Well, I do water every day, but it is the hydrangeas.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
These are a few shots from my garden, while the flowers still look good- because you know when July comes they will probably be all brown and yucky looking. you know we can grow lots of things here in the south, but it might not look so great in july and august!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
tHIS IS A NEW BED THAT brittany and i did this morning ,outside of the extension office. last year we had potatoe vines in it and it did great, except for having to water. this year we decided to fill it with different types of succulents, in the hopes of cutting down on the watering.this bed faces the east so gets sun until around one o'clock.