Thursday, July 30, 2009
I'll see you when I see you...(pouting)
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Every nightmare I had growing up looked like this! I have creepy crawlies up my spine just looking at these pictures!
Dad says they are black racers...as if I would spend enough time around a snake to distinguish what kind it is.I'll be imagining snakes in every nook and cranny for a week!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I was still upset about the lack of pretty plants in my greenhouse so I cheated a little and bought plants from a wholesale nursery in Tyler. Great people! Penny and Roger live on 23 acres and run their fabulous nursery. My dream job! It was the cleanest nursery I've ever seen!
I sold enough to cover expenses plus extra....I even sold a fairy garden. I decided to build a fairy garden in one of the old wheelbarrows I bought and everyone just went nuts over it. Mark and I had to laugh because just as many men were fascinated by it as women...including a couple of big, burly bikers. Maybe I should make an action figure garden?! Hmmm...
The festival was such a success that they are planning to do another in October and I will be there. With bells on...and fairy gardens made...and succulents planted...and whatever else I can think of!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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Friday, July 17, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
So....I am going to attempt a weekly post that spotlights one of my plants in my nursery. I'm working on a description list for the nursery anyway and thought that there might be a few gardening nerds out there like me.
Today's plant pick is Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue'. It has sold exceptionally well for me this year and my hummingbirds can't get enough! 'SBB' had been around for awhile (developed in 1946), but it has stood the test of time and was named Perennial of the Year in 1993 by the The Perennial Plant Association. That's pretty good after all these years.
I love the color on this plant! It's hardy from zones 3-8 and takes full sun to part shade. I think here in Texas it likes some serious afternoon relief from this freakishly hot sun. The leaves are broad and crinkly which adds a little somethin' somethin' to the overall appearance.
Like I said before my hummingbirds go crazy over it, as well as the butterflies. It's also good for cut flowers which I think my grandmother would have loved for her famous flower arrangements.
The bunnies do NOT like 'Sunny Border Blue' which is also a positive, and in doing my research on the plant I found that it is somewhat salt tolerant. Interesting since it doesn't like high humidity, but if you have water that contains salts 'SBB' can survive.
'SBB' gets about 2' tall, and about that wide as well. One tip I found was to shear it back by half after the first flowering to keep it neat and tidy. This should induce more blooming, although I have not trimmed mine back and they are still showing plenty of blooms.
I think when I get around to landscaping my yard (HAHA, GUFFAW, CHORTLE!!!) I want to have one area that is an English/cottage garden. 'Sunny Border Blue' is definitely included!
Friday, July 10, 2009
When I got the news I shed tears, not just because of his passing, but also because I hate that Page has to go through that pain. It puts a terrible hole in your heart. I wish that I could do more for her...this is the downside to living 10 hours away from family. I know that she has Dad and also a wonderful family and she will be okay.
Like I said, send your prayers and good thoughts South.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
More gnomes, mushrooms, and Faux Bois. I think Laurie is the reason I'm on a mushroom kick. I have to admit I've come to like gnomes and Faux Bois too. I just can't afford most of it.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Here is a shot of the formal courtyard.Not a great picture but in person the waterfall is gorgeous. I love the iron bicycle.Here is a design DON'T- I put pentas and scavoela together in the narrow beds of the formal garden. I absolutely hate it. It looks messy and weedy...I won't make that mistake again.
That's all for today. Tomorrow I'll post some of the inside shots I took. Have a fun day!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
It's not quite a 1000 words but it's an apt description of my personality then, and now.