Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - May flowers from my garden

Wordless Wednesday - Enjoy!
















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Monday, May 18, 2015

Lily Time...........

.........I have been enjoying the lily season this spring!  About three weeks ago I saw the swelling of "a" low bud on one of my four Crinum lilies. That is a happy sight!  The next day there was the same on a second plant. It takes some patience because it was about a week later before I found this on a very tall stem......

At this stage it looked like the color might be much darker than last year's and they did open to be darker at first and then lightened up to the beautiful peachy pink color.

They open one blossom each day.

In fact, it took more than a week for the seven blossoms to be fully opened.  And, the second plant was even slower.

Here are five of the seven on the first stem.  They look smaller here than they are when they reach their full bloom.


It's one of my favorite plants. Too bad they don't last a little longer.  And, too bad those other two lazy plants have not bloomed at all.

I have shown gloriosa lilies several times on posts but, the plants have multiplied and I have more blooms than ever before - in two locations.  They are vining plants and need something to hang on to. Here they are using a potted Little John Azalea.

Looking from the opposite direction. 

I love their exotic, old-fashioned look.  And, also the contrast of the dark azalea and the lilies. I'm not sure Little John likes them clinging so much to him! They really wrap their twining tendrils tightly, all over the place. I am surprised none are showing in these pictures. 

Oh, here you can see a wrapped tendril in the left top corner.

At the other location they are twinned around a trellis and also the blue Plumbago.

The big clump of peace lilies has been fuller and showy this spring. This is about
half of them.  You can also see a newer grouping to the back with native petunias between.

These are one of the few things that got some cold damage this winter but, you cannot tell it now.  I cut out some of the leaves and they grew a lot more new ones.
I have a few daylilies blooming, too.  I am not a big fan of orange but this one is pretty this time with a full-petal look. There should be several blossoms of this as the week goes on.
Early in the year I had this dark orange and yellow one.
All the daylilies have been in the ground for years.  I am not very good with them and they struggle but they have stayed alive.

I like the look of these from the back, too.
I have had many blooms from the Walking Lilies like the one in my banner at the top of the blog.
After I posted this I remembered the "walking lily" I mentioned is not a lily but an iris!
Next up will be an assortment of blooming plants and I will probably make it a "Wordless Wednesday". See you then!!


Friday, May 8, 2015

New use for a Bicycle...........

............ Bicycles are no longer just for pedaling.  They are now also being "petaled" - with flower petals.  I had several people on the lookout for an inexpensive bicycle that I could park in my backyard as an ornament with flowers in the basket.  I have collected over 600 pictures of those on my Pinterest board called "Bicycles". But none had been found for my yard until one day I made the request on Facebook and within about five minutes I was told by a niece that she had one that I could have.  She had found it in front of a house with a "free" sign on it.  Although it looks fairly new, Laura said it would take too much to put it back into riding condition. So after waiting a couple of years, my desire has now been fulfilled and a shiny red bike with its basket of flowers is sitting in the backyard.

This basket was in the garage, not being used so, I brought it out and wired it to the bicycle. It is the second one that I tried and is the best choice for planting.  Speaking of planting, it may take some experimenting to find the best plant for this purpose. 

This area of the backyard was the most needy as far as being lacking in plants and interest.  Right here, but not in the picture, some ginger plants are just returning for their new season. Until they grow the bike is kind of alone except for some hickory nut trees. This has been an area where even weeds don't grow very well and the ground is almost bare - a problem area. I may add another basket with additional plants to the back of the bike.

For now I have white Impatients in this basket. And, I moved a potted coleus to sit on the ground here.

So, how many pictures can I get away with showing when they all look pretty much the same!  I think maybe this one needs to be the last.  But, that leaves space for.................
..........this, my British crown up high on a 4 x 4 which is in the ground. It gives me an excuse to brag a little about my new blog banner which includes this picture. Did you notice it there? My daughter does the banners after I send pictures for her to use. I really like this one a lot. Normally, I use pictures of both inside and outside things because the blog posts reflect both but this one is a selection of photographs from the garden.

This plant, a Thurmbergia, has been blooming so nice this spring and is taller than ever before.  These pictures are the first with having the flowers tall enough to get a picture of both the crown and flowers showing. 

My daughter is also the reason I have the crown. While she was living in London she got it for me, knowing I had passed up the chance to get one on my first trip over there and had regretted it. I was so surprised and so pleased when she gave me this one, later on.

I really like the combination of both the cream-throated purple blossoms and crown.
Let me know what you think of the "petaled" bike as a yard ornament.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A New Potting Table........

...........Ever since seeing a picture of a potting table made with two pallets, I have wanted one.  And, now I have it!  My daughter helped me get the pallets and I hauled them home and did the work.  I am pleased with how it turned out and it helps to make an ugly wall less ugly.........

Between the little patio just outside my screened porch and the short wall was a neglected narrow strip of soil, overgrown with Boston ferns and a small, somewhat dilapidated, wood and metal trellis.  Nothing to detract from the unattractive wall. 
First, I filled all cracks, small holes and seams with wood filler. I bought a cup size thinking I would have some left over. It took all of it and about half of a second one, not so much for a smooth look  but to make it as moisture tight as possible. Wood out in our moist climate will not last long. Painting this thing was a real chore, I'm telling you!  Pallets have two sides of open boards and getting the inside of the boards painted was no easy task.  That was needed for the look as well as again, trying to preserve the wood.  I ended up with paint all over me including in my hair. After painting I positioned the two back to back and secured them together on the sides with a narrow metal strip with holes for screws.  After pulling up all the ferns I put three 16 inch stepping stones over the ground where the structure stands. That was for securing a level place and also to keep the wood from standing on wet soil.  After getting it in place the next thing was to put three stepping stones (12") on the top.  The weight of those helps to hold the unit in place.  If I had children around (with a tendency to climb) I would want to secure it better. With everything in place including a new plant in the ground to the right, I thought I would enjoy sitting in this little area and borrowed a chair from another part of the garden.

As you can see here, the remaining soil got covered with mini-pine bark.  It is a pleasant area now and I have been sitting at least a little while most every day.
Do you see the two yard stakes with glass candle holders near the azalea bush?  I brought them out from the garage for use here. The little iron bird piece with hooks has been on this wall for years with the little garden tools hanging on it. It was perfect for above the new unit, as to placement and subject - no change needed.  The pallets I used are a little smaller than the average. It was fairly easy for me to handle myself and carry from inside the screen porch to it's place.
Now to show you what I see as I rest in the chair on the patio.  This is off to the left, zoomed a little so the old tree stump is farther away than it appears here.
A little more to the right.  Notice the huge staghorn fern hanging in the tree.

On over again. The big bird nest fern has been in the ground here for many years. I think I have made the same statement about the fern on here before but, it is unusual to have one in ground and to last so long.
A close-up of one of my favorite garden ornaments, newly cloroxed, I might add. Everything molds here!
Straight out from the patio.
Close-up of the stationary "gate" and plants.

 A few more close-ups and we will be finished.



The two candle holders. I need to get some citronella candles.
So, now you've seen my newest project and it's surroundings. I will be back before long to show another new yard treasure. It is already in place.