Tuesday, July 31, 2007
This sport of the common 'Ham and Eggs' lantana was discovered by a nurseryman nearby in Clinton, Miss. and is now sold nationwide.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Because of several visitors' e-mails about the names of plants on my pictures and the confusion caused by the variance in plant common names in America and elsewhere, I am editing my picture labels when possible to show the Latin botanical names as well. I hope this will help some visitors to this blog. Fine Gardening magazine's web site has a great section on the pronunciation of the Latin names. My old high school Latin days help me a bit, but I often refer to the Fine Gardening guide for both spelling and pronunciation. Check it out by clicking on the link on my right sidebar or at: http://www.taunton.com/finegardening/pages/spg017.asp
Saturday, July 21, 2007
I grow a lot of plants for butterflies and hummingbirds so I never use poisons and insecticides. Butterfly weed is to butterflies what catnip is to cats. They can't get enough of it.
This variety of coleus can take full, blazing sun and by late summer and fall will be in its full glory and as truly colorful as an Alabama sunset.
Because I have two dogs, a goldfish pond, and other nice critters to protect, I do not use any poison sprays or insecticides, thus many leaves here get bug bites. Some people call this "Golden Candle" or "Lolipop" plant.
Friday, July 20, 2007
It amazes me how German nurserymen took the wild American Black-eyed Susan to Europe and bred it into this improved variety and now it is back "home" and flourishing.
The mysterious disapperance of honey bees here and elsewhere in the U.S. has me worried. I am sad to say I have not seen honey bees in two years, but we do still have plenty of several types of bumblebees.
One of the pleasant fringe benefits of my new lotus water gardens and goldfish pond is the arrival of many dragonflies and tadpoles. They are finding a happy home and eating all the zillions of mosquitoes the recent rains have brought. DOUBLE CLICK YOUR CURSOR OVER THIS PICTURE TO SEE THIS TINY BABY DRAGONFLY CLEARLY.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Henry Mitchell, a native of Memphis, wrote the "Earthman" column for the Washington Post for more than 20 years. He loved gardens and gardeners of every sort and had great affection for dogs, fish, and Shakespeare's sonnets. He was one of America's most entertaining and enlightening garden writers.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
"Don't you dare repeat this to another living soul, but I heard they spent last weekend together in New Orleans."
Henry Mitchell wrote: "This garden is the result of doing unnecessary things which we could not afford at the wrong time of the year."
This piece of "yart art" from England makes me hope the ancient Celts were on to something good. His eyes and sly smile indicate to me that they were right.