deltamiss: (Default)
A few things are still blooming around here. The dogwoods are waning; the azaleas are fading; the creeping phlox is slowing; forsythia, quince, daffodils and irises - spent; the wisteria gone. The old white azaleas always bloom late and seem to last longer than the pinks and reds; the coreopsis and dianthus are coming back; the grasses and pecan trees are setting blooms; the mahonia is setting fruit.

Maybe allergy season is easing off, too. )
deltamiss: (Camellia Japonica)
I've been watching the camellias in my neighbor's back yard. She has a couple of prolific bloomers that I anxiously await every fall. The nights have cooled considerably now - perfect camellia weather!

Here she is...Camellia Sasanqua. Isn't she a beauty?



In the only-a-nut-would-think-they're-beautiful category are some mushrooms found in Melanie's front yard.

This clump caught my attention first.



But this one...THIS one grabbed me! A BLACK 'shroom! My first.



Back in the summer, the only rose on the property was cut to the ground - total accident and my fault for not pointing out that it was indeed a rose bush and not a weed. But he's coming back! Since I know absolutely nothing about roses, I don't know if Dr. Huey will bloom again or not.

deltamiss: (Default)
Another critter appeared this evening to add to the menagerie that has graced my garden this year. I've named him Spike. He's dining on the lantana, and there may be none left in the morning if he has brothers. :/

Spike is pretty brave, but who wouldn't be with all those legs to grab hold of stems?

The Spikester...




...in the caterpillar fetal position...

Autumn...

Sep. 20th, 2009 08:14 am
deltamiss: (Autumn Leaves)
Our nighttime temps are consistently in the 60° range now, but our daytime highs still try for the upper 80°s. I'll be glad when our highs are much lower.

The dogwoods always herald autumn around here, and ours have been turning for a couple of weeks now. Today the fruit is beckoning the birds.



Some of the potted plants are still blooming, but the flowers are getting smaller and smaller as the season wanes. The dahlia is tiny, but she fairly glows.



The sweet potato vine keeps blooming. There are two on it today...one almost hidden by the foliage.

Surprise!

Sep. 6th, 2009 08:17 am
deltamiss: (Bloomin' Parsley)
Last spring when I cleaned out the terra cotta containers to plant new flowers, I found a sweet potato grown from an ornamental vine. That had never happened before. This morning I found one of the new sweet potato vines blooming Never had that happen either! Both the potato and the bloom have been on the burgundy colored vines.

It's a pretty little trumpet shaped flower...

deltamiss: (Bloomin' Parsley)
I had just about decided to whack down the explosion of ageratum because it wasn't blooming. This week they decided to break out, but the flowers are very small compared to last year. Maybe I'll fertilize next year.,,or capture the seed and plant them in a sunnier spot in the spring.

deltamiss: (Gardening Miss)
I have two rosemary bushes - in pots - that are out of control. They are monsters whose roots have wormed their way out of the pot and into the ground. And they are growing sideways! I have no idea why they leaned over this way, but if they keep growing, they'll completely block the end of the porch. From trunk to tip over the porch, they stretch forty-three inches, and from the top of the pot to tip, they are forty inches. Monsters, I tell you!

Question for master gardeners: If I decide to take them out of the pots and plant them directly in the ground, when should I do it? How should I do it? Break the pots and dig them up? The bushes are planted in 14" terra cotta pots.


See?

Jul. 22nd, 2009 12:30 pm
deltamiss: (Gardening Nut)
I told you they were ugly. Maybe it's the band of white...maybe it's the chalky pink color...maybe it's the legginess...I just don't like them.

No news...

Jul. 21st, 2009 08:15 pm
deltamiss: (Gardening Miss)
Nothing of any interest to write about. *sigh* I could make up something. ;)

The only blooms in the garden now are coreopsis and alyssum. There are some petunias, but - and I never thought I'd say this - they are just downright ugly. Mabry picked them so I can't get rid of them. :/

Coreopsis "Moonbeam"...



Alyssum "White"...

deltamiss: (Shells & 'Shrooms)
Patterns in nature are fascinating, aren't they? It's interesting how some patterns repeat in objects that are totally unlike each other, too.

Or is it just me? Do you see the similarities that I see?

Click on the arrow box in the lower right corner for full screen slide show.

Whoa!

Jul. 18th, 2009 08:46 pm
deltamiss: (Gardening Nut)
We've had a good bit of rain lately - nearly six inches in June alone, and it rained Thursday and Friday a lot. Would you believe even after all that, we are still in a moderate drought? There is a good chance of rain every day next week. Maybe we'll pull out of it yet.

So what happens around here when moisture builds up and the days stay overcast? 'Shrooms!

There is a rather large colony growing in one of the large pots...pushing their way up around the spent lilies. I suppose they won't cause any harm, but I'm thinking of going ahead and transplanting the lilies into the ground tomorrow in case the roots begin to rot.

Whoa!

Jun. 23rd, 2009 09:07 am
deltamiss: (Gardening Miss)
I've been watching some clumps of what appeared to be daylilies at the side of my house, and this morning I was greeted by a wondrous sight.

They are in a grungy part of the yard next to the concrete wall. It's a shady to partly shady section of ground where moss and ivy grow side by side. Last year ageratum sprang up near there (and they're back!). This year, daylilies! I think I have the beginnings of a nice bed if I can get the area under control.

The most wonderful part? The daylilies have TRIPLE BLOOMS! I knew they existed but had no idea I had some in MY yard! This is the first year they've come up since I've been here.

When fall gets here, I'll transplant the lilies from the giant pot back there with them. Maybe even plant some hostas in the deepest shade. Shoot. If I wait long enough, a whole garden may appear around there. ;)


deltamiss: (Rainy Day)
'Twas just a garden in the rain
Close to a little leafy lane
A touch of color - 'neath skies of gray

The raindrops kissed the flower beds
The blossoms raised their thirsty heads
A perfumed thank you they seemed to say

Surely here I was charmed beyond compare - to view
Maybe it was just that I was there - with you

'Twas just a garden in the rain
But then the sun came out again
And sent us happily on our way

Lyrics by James Dyrenforth


Another misty, dreary day in Down East North Carolina. Bokeh's paws are webbing, I swear. One can only hope that last line is true.

So in honor of the rain - and the sun that WILL shine again - a slide show of raindrops from my garden. :D Again, if you click on the box in the bottom right corner, you can see these full screen.

Boomer!

Jun. 15th, 2009 04:41 pm
deltamiss: (Rainy Day)
Another wild and wet thunderstorm just passed over. Wow! The thunder with this one was so LOUD and the lightening cracked so sharply, I'm surprised we didn't lose power.

Bokeh actually stayed under the deck until his hole filled with water. He came out when the rain abated a little and just stood in the yard. I swear, that dog is strange!

I have a cold. I thought it was allergies from all the dust that got stirred up in my room at school with all the packing, and that may have contributed. If I've sneezed once, I've sneezed a gazillion times since Friday, and now I think it's moving to my chest. :/

My days so far have been quite lazy, and it's just the first 'real' day of summer vacation. What will I be like in August? Yikes!

Back to the couch. I just sneezed another four times. *sigh*


Zoom used...note to self: get a tripod, doofette!

deltamiss: (In the Garden)
My newest quest is to photograph as many garden critters as I can find. I'm not that observant and usually don't even see the spider or fly or whatever until I upload the pictures to flickr. Actually, it's probably that I can't see very well. Anyway, I've put together a little slide show of all the critters that have visited my garden over the years. You've seen all of them, but now they are in one place. A good thing about doing the slide show is that whenever a new photo is added, it automatically shows up. Neat.

If you click the button with the four arrows pointing in different directions in the bottom right corner, you can see these full screen.

deltamiss: (Gardening Miss)
THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[livejournal.com profile] gen_here found flat leaf parsley and sent it to me aaaaaaaalllll the way from OREGON! LOL!

The plant was carefully packed with wet paper towels around the roots (the towels were still wet!) and swathed in plastic wrap...a tad wilted, but otherwise intact.



I bought a pot on the way home and immediately set about planting her. It was thundering as I worked, and I thought for sure she'd get some soaking rain, but no, just some sprinkles for about fifteen seconds. The storm skirted the house. Nevertheless, she is in the pot and looking great. I've dubbed her 'Genevieve'!



Thank you so much, [livejournal.com profile] gen_here! I owe you one. :D
deltamiss: (In the Garden)
I took a walk around the yard this morning, but there's nothing new to photograph now. Everything's settling into a routine...even the plants.

Garden Shots )

My pictures are becoming redundant again. Maybe this summer I'll get out and take some spectacular photos of new stuff. Or, maybe not. You're always free to skip over my yard posts. ;)
deltamiss: (Gardening Miss)
The herb garden is doing quite well this year. I still haven't found flat-leaf parsley, but I'm still looking. There are other herbs I'd like to grow...lavender and tarragon to name two. Herbs are easy and very forgiving plants. They must be to grow for me. ;)

Please ignore the pecan catkins. No matter how many times I clear them out of plants and pots, hundreds - nay, THOUSANDS - fall to take their places. :/




deltamiss: (In the Garden)
Last year I planted a pot for Melanie that had an orange lily in it. I just left it in the pot to overwinter, and lo and behold, it multiplied and grew a couple of feet to boot. The first of eighteen buds opened today.

Lily )
deltamiss: (Gardening Miss)
I've never had much luck growing dill, but in my never-ending quest to find flat leaf parsley, I succumbed once more to the feathery foliage this morning. Everything I've read about it indicates it should grow fairly well in the South, but methinks the humidity is a bit much for it. We'll see. I paired it in a pot with Greek oregano. If the dill doesn't make it, the oregano can have the whole pot. So now there are many herbs in my garden: parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, mint, oregano, dill, chives and bee balm.

Finally Lowe's had some sweet potato vines. Peyton will be happy. Maybe we'll grow another spud. I put a pretty little coleus that caught my eye in the same pot. It's called Kingwood Torch, and it really is bright as fire and looks great against the chartreuse potato vine.

Last week I found the ceramic windchime on the ground...broken. So I picked up a little pot of Irish moss to tuck into the makeshift pot. I hope the moss lives in such a tiny vessel. Turning the broken side down should help the roots find their way into the ground.

Pictures behind cut. )

Today's writer's block question: "What is the weirdest thing you've ever eaten? Would you eat it again?"

Hmmmm...that all depends on what one considers weird. Some people might consider pickled pig's feet weird, but they are ubiquitous in the South so we think nothing of finding them on the grocery store shelves. And yes, I like them and would eat them all the time if they weren't so bad for the old arteries.

Maybe I shouldn't admit to some of these. ;) Armadillo...possum...hoghead cheese...mountain oysters...chicken gizzards...I'd eat all of them again (and have many times) but I will never eat another Burger King Whopper as long as I live.

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