One of the cutest parts of Lathan’s preK graduation: Lathan walks across the stage in the quiet church and stops to have his tassel moved from left to right… and from the silence you hear a childs voice scream at the top of his lungs, “YAY BUBBA!”
Archive for May, 2009
Echinacea purpurea – ‘Magnus’: 1998 perennial plant of the year… and probably my new favorite in the garden. It attracts so many butterflies and it has become so beautiful! It was a stubbly little thing when I bought it, without any blooms, but look at it now! In no time it has come into it’s own.
Coreopsis auriculata ‘Nana’: They are the bright yellow flowers in the front and one in the back. The flowers spike out on long stems from the base of rounded leaves, sometimes called ‘Mouse Eared Tickseed’ because of the shape of the leaves. This is another of my all time favorites, because they are yellow (my favorite color) and they attract just as many butterflies as the Echinacea.
My ‘Mont Blanc’ Nierembergia scoparia (pronounced: near-im-BERG-ee-ah) seems much happier planted in the ground instead of that small hanging basket it was in before. Also sometimes called ‘Whitecup’ or ‘Cup Flower’.
Tulbaghia violacea variegata – ‘Variegated Society Garlic’ or ‘Silver Lace Garlic’: this plant is SO cool! When it blossoms it will have a lovely branch of purple flowers on each stem. It smells nasty when you mess with it, but it is said to keep almost all insects away from it and any surrounding plants because of the odor. You can mulch the yellowing leaves and sprinkle them around the base of your plants… or if you eat what you grow, (I have not gotten to that point in my gardening yet) the leaves can be used in salads or for cooking, and the ‘garlic bulb’ lies under ground and can be used when your plant has propegated. It’s called ‘Society Garlic’ because back a jillion years ago people thought it smelled less bad than traditional garlic, hence less bad breath, hence the polite ‘society’ garlic was named.
Portulaca/Purslane (pronounced: por-chew-LAC-ah) Not sure which variety… many are common. I know it is not Moss Rose, probably Portulaca grandiflora. It’s very pretty and the blossoms close up at night.
So today at work… I felt an earthquake. A baby earthquake (3.3,) but I FELT IT!
Class: Annual – House plant
Growth habit: Climbing or trailing vine
Plant Ipomoea Black Heart in full sun to light shade in fertile well drained soil. Feed monthly with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Once established ‘Black Heart’ is a vigorous grower that is well suited to containers or hanging baskets. Try growing one on a trellis and moving it indoors to a sunny window for the winter
New Guinea Impatiens
Colors – Apricot, burgundy, blue, orange, pink, red, rose, salmon,scarlet, violet, white, purple, lavender, deep pink and mix.
Flowering period – Mid June to mid October.
Height – Grows 12″ to 24″ tall (30 – 61 cm).
How to grow – Plant in sun or part sun.
Features – Large flowers on upright plants, variegated or dark foliage.
Soil – Fertile, sandy soil, rich in organic matter.
Spacing – Plant 15″ apart (38 cm).
Tips – Poor frost tolerance. Low maintenance flower. Do not plant in a hot, dry location. Requires frequent watering.
Uses – Use in beds, pots or containers.
Tropical house plant that will probably not be happy about sharing it’s space with a bunch of flowers and vines… does well indoors and grows to a height of up to 5 feet (if it has some room… unlike mine!)
The Hibiscus flower will also not do well with the crowding, but hey I was thinking small time, IE: one season. (I am assuming you now what a Hibiscus flower looks like, therefore no pic)
Has a lot in common with the regular Common Periwinkle. Both are excellent forms of ground cover, offering support and moisture for flowerbeds as well as adding stability for the surrounding soil. Both versions are low-growing evergreen vines, rarely topping 12 inches in height but spreading out much wider.
It’s only been three days since my last post full of garden pictures… I guess that tells you I have an exhaustively enthusiastic personality. But just look at all of my lovely new arrangements that I devised Wednesday. I guess I would rather think about gardening than the swine flu. Is anyone else freaked out? My Aunt’s school district CLOSED. Mayfest was cancelled. They have a full on decontamination when I drop the kids off at daycare. I’m trying to tell myself not to be scared because 48,000 people die from the “regular” flu in the USA every year… and that Mexico doesn’t have the same resources or situations as us… but now that I have kids I’m a total wuss. I don’t want anything to happen to them. I would DIE.
So scared that my finicky Grace Ward is going to hate it’s new spot out of it’s cute planter it was so used to.
It’s a little peculiar that I have been surrounding myself with hummingbirds these last few weeks, like painting a mural on my friends wall with a hummingbird, wearing a hummingbird charm that my Aunt gave me, and buying two hummingbird cards the day of my craft show… All this and then last Sunday Peter, the kids, and I were gardening in the front yard and I hear Peter calling to me from the garage.
“Sara! Sara! Come here! LOOK! It’s a baby hummingbird!”
I ran into the garage to see a hummingbird ramming itself into the garage window trying desperately to get out.
I said, “Peter, that’s not a baby… that’s just how big they get.”
Then I tried to tell everyone to walk back out of the garage so I could scare it away from the window so it would fly back out. But as I put my hand near it, the poor little thing only exacerbated it’s efforts to fly through the paned glass window.
I needed a new plan, and I tried to think what my parents would do in the same situation. And I immediately heard my mom’s voice in my head saying, “LICE!” And my dad’s voice saying, “wear gloves so your scent will not get on it.”
Killing two birds with one stone (pardon the expression) I thought, gardening gloves! I’ll just have to catch the poor little dear and take it outside the garage. I immediately grabbed my gloves and put one hand to the left of the hummingbird so it would concentrate on it, and then gently placed my other hand over the top of it. It landed in the center divider of the window and I scooped it up into my hands.
I called for the boys to hurry up and come watch as I let it go, but, to my surprise, it was so worked up be nearly having a hummingbird heart attack trying to fly through the window, that when I moved my hand to let it go it just sat there… it’s little chest panting. It sat, and sat, and sat. Long enough for Peter to run inside and grab my camera, then run back inside after he realized the batteries were out, dig through 2 junk drawers for new batteries, erase pictures after he saw that my memory card was full…. and long enough for Lathan to run inside for his Fischer Price camera. After around 5-8 minutes it finally flew to a tree in our yard and rested another 5 minutes and then took off as quickly as he could.