October 26, 2011

Getting Ready for Cold and Wet

Not really blooming, colorful foliage of Joseph's Coat.
Oh! Look! Up in the left corner just past the Crape Myrtle.
What IS that?

Acidanthera bicolor, or by its new name, Gladiolus callianthus.

I bought the bulbs in the spring and then forgot to timely plant.
They are only hard to 25 degrees. Perhaps the stones will
mediate the temperatures enough that they will survive.
Inexpensive enough to try again next year and plant in time.

Grandma's Yellow Rose, Sunny Knockout and Knockout.
Belinda's Dream is still blooming too, perhaps the sturdiest of all.

Gulf Frits are still about on Lantana.

Skipper on Duranta

Heliconia, my favorite House Plant, outside for a drink and shower.

As the weather cools, everything tender must move inside:

More views of what's in the Greenhouse are in the Greenhouse Here.

Flaunt your flowers with Tootsie

Flowers and text are from the garden of Nell Jean blogged on Dotty Plants Journal in Southwest Georgia where the weather is getting cooler.

October 19, 2011

Cold Is Coming

A cool north wind is blowing. I was reading all about frost and nighttime cold temperatures Here: Frost.

It won't frost here the next couple of nights but it will get chilly. We've ordered propane for the newly painted tank, to be delivered when Tim gets around to it. He's hauling gas to Bridges' peanut dryers right now. Gas doesn't kick in until the temperature drops to 37 degrees, so we'll be fine.


I'm still bringing in cuttings: more Alternanthera, Pentas and Persian Shield. After I read a University study that said only one in 10 Pentas cuttings rooted in soil and a few more than that in water, I looked at the cuttings that have commenced to grow in soil while their neighbors sit there and cut little bouquets of 4 different colors to try to root in water. Even if they don't root, they bloom for a long time in a vase.

Tomorrow I'll cut more Purple Heart. I'm noting where November's seeds will be scattered for Spring bloom. It's finally cool enough to work outside without gnats covering my face. 

Here's yesterday's completed chore:

New steps to the Upper Garden.
Lane moved the biggest piece of broken concrete to where I wanted steps/dry creek going up into the upper garden. The dog and I have moved and placed broken concrete, stones and river rocks. Now I have to do something about what was formerly the Herb Garden. It's now the Rosemary Forest.
Today I filled two 24" long boxes with potting mix and planted a Mesclun mix from Renee's Seeds. A free package that came with something else, it is described thus: "Wine Country Mesclun combines eight different sweet red and green lettuces with just the right amount of tangy greens in a perfect balance of crispy and buttery leaf textures." I look forward to fresh greens tossed with olive oil and lemon juice.

Flowers and text are from the garden of Nell Jean blogged on Dotty Plants Journal in hot, humid Southwest Georgia.

October 15, 2011

Wildflowers for Bloom Day

Silk Grass




Buckeye caterpillar on Agalinus

Flowers and text are from the garden of Nell Jean blogged on Dotty Plants Journal in hot, humid Southwest Georgia.

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