December 25, 2011

A New Bench for the Garden

Tara always advises having a double axis.
The new bench is visible out the window.
From the bench, the camellias are seen.


The bench curves around the tree.
Pieces of a pole serve as garden tables.

 Drops of water on the bench after a rain. It sits under  a forty-five year old Juniperus virginiana.

The view to the northwest takes in a young camellia, a dogwood tree and various other treats.
The bench is partly obscured by ancient boxwoods and wisteria.



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

December 19, 2011

Pleasures of December

Hippeastrum blooms are big and bold. They don't always bloom true to the red or pink on the box. Every bloom is a delight, no matter what shade of pink, orange or red they may be, or white.






Hyacinths show promise of January treats to follow Amaryllis
Next year maybe I'll start them earlier to bloom at Christmas.

One by one tiny Pentas cuttings root and bloom.
I pot them as they root. Ruby, my favorite red is ready.

A mockingbird was trying to go into the roof vent today. His companion flew away when I approached but he kept on until I shooed him away. Maybe they think this is a bird condo. I don't think a potted gardenia will support a mockingbird nest. Abandoned nests are everywhere: in the Camellias, the pear trees, the grape arbor, dogwoods. December is not nesting time.


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

December 16, 2011

Prettiest Blooms for Christmas and Beyond

Begonias, I have 'em. Duranta cuttings bloom nonstop too.
When warm weather comes again, these will be garden plants.
Tiny duranta cuttings can grow to 5' in a season.

I use waxleaf begonias where other gardeners might use impatiens
because they are less prone to faint in heat and drought.

Pots of Violas are blooming outside the greenhouse and
in a bed elsewhere. They'll stand the inevitable freezes
to bloom again in spring until hot weather takes them out.



Always planning for next year, I'll have more Schlumbergera,
start my Hyacinths earlier, no Paperwhites and more Amaryllis.

Amaryllis started early and there will still be some in bloom on
Christmas. Hyacinths and Kalanchoe will brighten dark days in
January and February. Tulips are out of the chill now, hopeful of
blooms on Valentine's Day along with Camellias outside.  

Tootsie Time

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

December 12, 2011

Duct Tape and a Party Tablecloth

You want attention to be on plants in your garden pics.

The heat-sink barrels in the greenhouse are not attractive. They really do help in mediating the temperatures by holding and slowly releasing heat. They do not 'heat' the space but help to hold in what heat collects on sunny days. They do not however form an attractive background, however handy they are for holding a great shelf for plants. The shelf isn't a focal point, either.

The Bare Essential Barrels
 I thought of a great coverup at little expense. I used a purple plastic tablecloth from the dollar store. It was the perfect length for the shelf, even turning the corner a little way on the south end. I stapled it to the wood shelf. A little wide, so I turned back the first fold. Perfect.

Then it began to pull off. I duct-taped it from the back. Duct tape is not waterproof, so the loops of tape turned loose when they got wet. One day in the hardware store, I noticed a brand of duct tape that comes in colors, patterns even.

I  bought the tape called 'tie dye.' The color is perfect with
a blue plastic tablecloth. 

I put a few staples through both tape and tablecloth to secure.

A thin plastic table cloth has a short life in a greenhouse where pets visit. The next coverup will cost more for a sturdier skirt, but you'll have to wait to see it.

The next tape will be solid color -- twice the length per roll.
No, I'm not tempted to use the leopard print tape at twice the price.


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

December 10, 2011

Schlumbergera: Much Prettier since more Blooms Opened

I took the Christmas Cactus out of its gaudy blue basket and into a more sedate cache pot.



Plenty of buds are left to carry it through Christmas.




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

December 05, 2011

Christmas Cactus Right on Time

Schlumbergera truncata

Do you think it will still be pretty on Christmas?
There are a good many buds yet to open.
Nights have been warm for December and it really opened up.

This is not a cactus, despite its common name. It is an epiphyte native to South American jungles.
An easy enough houseplant, it asks little in the way of care. When it isn't getting ready to bloom, watering can be haphazard and it will survive, but regular attention will ensure a prettier plant.



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

December 03, 2011

Missed the Meme Again

Town Mouse has a great First of the Month Meme -- I forget, every time. On the first day of the month I made pics of the tree limbs we were sawing with the new electric chainsaw appartatus powered by a generator and operated from the tractor. Only pictures of the limbs; we made a video of  sawing a week or so before to send to my nephew to show him that it actually worked.



Live Oak trees are not easy to trim, the limbs grow in every direction
and are ultra-twiggy.

This was supposed to be a picture of Ike the Cat posed on his 'porch' at the greenhouse.
Instead by the time I was pointed to shoot, it turned into an unflattering pic of Buffy the Dog
putting Ike back in the greenhouse.

... and that's the extent of my First of the Month outdoor pics.








Flowers and text are from the garden of Nell Jean blogged on Dotty Plants Journal in relatively warm Southwest Georgia.

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