June 03, 2010

The Hydrangea that Ate a Birdbath

A few years back, I stuck an hydrangea cutting in the bed with the birdbath that has a dripping faucet that keeps fresh water for the birds. It has grown to giant proportions and overtaken its companions.

The hydrangea has mostly crowded out the elephant ears. On the left side, string lily crinums compete with the elephant ears.

Smaller birds and toads seeking a lower, more private
watering hole visit the mossy rock that gets the overflow.

Limestone leached from stones sometimes change the color a little.

Flowers and text are from the garden of Nell Jean at http://www.dottypants.com/ in the hot, humid depths of Southwest Georgia USA where Gardenias perfume the evening air. New lilies are blooming daily and there is a 70% chance of rain tomorrow. Transplanted some petunia seedlings and parsley this morning. As the potted cuttings go out, more fill up. Took up a dark daylily and some Stokesia where an old bed area needs mowing. Limbed up the Vitex in the front yard so the mower could get under it. Let  the mower take out the unsuccessful new bed that replaced the old spirea/wisteria/nandina mass. All that is left is the seedling white crape myrtle about 3 feet tall.

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