Monday, August 25, 2008

Bouquets and the Morning Sky

A flower's appeal is in its contradictions - so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect. ~Adabella Radici

Friday, August 15, 2008

Garden Blogger Bloom Day - August 2008

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day is where garden bloggers post on the 15th of the month listing what is blooming in their garden. Carol from May Dreams Gardens is hostess of this event. Go check out her blog to see a list of gardens for this event.
Below is just a few things in my garden that are still going strong.
'Abraham Darby' still going strong

Ratibida columnaris 'Mexican Hat Flower'

'Mountain Music'
' Rose of Sharon'
Agastache 'Ava'
Oriental Trumpet Lily 'Black Beauty'

'Sweet Pea'

Clematis 'Terniflora'

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mmmm Chocolate!

Chocolate is the only aromatherapy I need. ~Jasmine Heiler

I recently discovered a new plant for my garden, 'Berlandiera lyrata' (Chocolate Flower). I was intrigued by the claim that it smelled like chocolate, and because I love chocolate (who doesn't) I had to purchase this flower for my garden!

Mounded coarse gray-green foilage, the numerous, daisy-like blossoms are 2 in. across with yellow rays and a maroon center. A night bloomer, the flowers offer up their cocoa scent in the morning and drop their colorful petals each day as the temperature rises. Left behind is a set of green calyxes cupped around the center of the flower.

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds, self-sows freely, and drought tolerant. This wildflower has been a great addition to my garden and my daughter loves to stick her nose in the blooms, she has been absolutely fascinated with this plant, and so have I.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Another Addition to the Family

We were in Alabama last weekend unfortunately for a funeral. But we did bring back with us this little fellow. We haven't decided on a name for this bob tailed cat yet. Any suggestions?

He's pretty active. I couldn't get him to be still for a photo. He's already very loyal (for a cat), he greets me at the door and follows me everywhere I go, of course, when not distracted with something else to play with. It's hard to explain his personality much different than our other cat 'Scooter', or any other cat I have ever had. Fearless comes to mind. A really unique personality.

This isn't a newest addition, but Murry our very much spoiled dog. It was pretty hot in Alabama the humidity whew! He's getting himself a much needed drink! He likes sweet tea too, never leave a glass sitting around or he'll drink every last drop of it.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Propagating Daylily


Starting daylily's from seed is new for me. I have collected a lot of seed from the huge amount of Stella De Oro daylily's where I work.

Below are pictures of where I planted the seeds along the border where this year the alyssum didn't do so well. I think it will be a pretty, we will see and I will keep my fingers crossed. There are different ways to propagate daylily's. I wanted to try my hand at seed and let nature takes it's course.

I plan on starting some of the seed indoors as well (just in case nature doesn't want to cooperate)

Wordless Wednesday - August 6, 2008

Daylily 'Pandora's Box'