Monthly Archives: June 2011

Rainy Days

Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain.  ~Author Unknown

Hear that??  That’s the happy, sighing sound all the plants in my garden are making after having rain every day this week.  Thank goodness our rainy season has finally come.

Raindrops on 'Black-Eyed Stella' Daylily Buds

The clouds were building in the west again this evening…maybe we’ll get more during the night.

I’ve been trying to remember to throw my camera in my purse just in case I see that perfect shot that I’ve just got to post for y’all.  Well, today I forgot it, and today I saw awesome things when I was at the Lake for my lunch.  Figures, right?  I watched a huge storm rolling across the Lake that was just incredible in its strength and fury.  And I saw the coolest gator sunning himself on one of the sandbars.  I LOVE gators…both the nature type of Gators and the University of Florida Gators.  Oh well.  This is Florida so I’m sure there will be other storms and other sunning gators.

In the meantime, I’m gonna enjoy my four day weekend and probably even dance in the rain some.

Because that weather man, whom I’m happening to be soooo happy with his forecasting abilites at the moment, says it’s a 60% chance that we’ll get more of the wonderful wet stuff during the next couple of days.

Another cool thing to come out of all this rain is our Fireworks Ban has been lifted!  Well, actually just the towns can put on their fireworks displays.  But that’s fine with me cause Lake Helen has a pretty cool display, so Monday night I’ll walk down the street about a block and ooooohhh and ahhhhh along with all my neighbors.

Well, that’s it for now.  Cheers to having an awesome rest of the day!


Butterfly Ginger and Shed Doors

Butterfly Ginger

Good Sunday afternoon!  Hope the weekend’s been good to you.  Mine’s been pretty darn sweet:  Enjoyed a Girls Nite In get-together with some girlfriends Friday night, hung out with the Boyfriend Saturday night, and in between all that I actually found time to work on a couple of projects.  Got a tad bit of rain yesterday and none so far today.  It’s raining all around me, but for some reason those clouds just seem to skirt around Lake Helen.  Gonna have to run the sprinkers tonight if I don’t get some soon.

The shed doors with their original, ugly-as-sin-on-Sunday Barn Red paint...

 Anyway.  Had hoped to show you my pretty, newly painted shed doors, but that ain’t happening.  Got them cleaned and all the old peeling paint scraped off, then put two coats of primer on them yesterday.  Thought I had exterior white paint on hand, but I was wrong.  So had to make a trip to Lowe’s (pretty much my favorite store ever!) and, as usual, spent waaaaayyy more time than needed wandering around the store thinking of all the projects I could do if I could just buy this, and that, and a few of those, and oh wouldn’t that be gorgeous in the garden room…  Do you do that too?

Primered Door

This weekend coming up is a four-day weekend for me, so my plan is to finish them then, and show you pics of the whole shed-painting project. 
In the meantime, how about some Butterfly Ginger eye-candy. 

Pretty Bee...

Can you find the frog?

Butterfly Ginger and Frog...

 Is that not one of the coolest flower buds??

Flower Bud

 Not only are the flowers pretty, but I like the plant itself too.



These pics are of the garden I had when I lived in Savannah.  Hope whomever owns it now enjoys it as much as I did.

  •  Botanical Name:  Hedychium coronarium
  • Common Name:  Common Ginger Lily, White Ginger, Butterfly Ginger
  • Cultivar:  Not sure on this one
  • I’ve found they do best in light shade
  • Ample to moderate water
  • Depending on the cultivar, 3′ to 9′ tall
  • Perennial
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Fragrant
  • Blooms from summer till frost
 Well, that’s it for today.  Have an awesome rest of the day!

‘Madame Legrelle’

No, that’s not my new stripper name…that’s the cultivar name of my Ornamental Pomegranate.

Botanical: Punica granatum; Common: Ornamental Pomegranate. The bud is just starting to open.

“Punica granatum” just sounds kinda funny, so I stick with Ornamental Pom.  😉
I was in Savannah on the wonderful Savannah NOG garden tour when I first saw this tree.  It was full grown and just loaded down with those peach and white striped flowers.  I thought I’d died and gone to flowering tree heaven!  I knew right then I’d have one for my own garden.  It took me a few years, but I finally have one.
I bought this from Rare Find Nursery in 2010.  It was about 2′ tall when I got it in the ground.  Now it’s about 5′ tall and maybe 3′ wide.  Should get 10-15′ tall and 8-10′ wide.  Blooms heavy in the spring, then off and on till cold sets in.  She usually goes deciduous in the winter unless it’s a mild one.  I don’t have a good full shot of her.  I’ll get one later and post it for y’all.
And here’s a pic of her absolutely gorgeous flower.  Is that to die for or what???
Well, “They” were partly correct with the weather forecast yesterday:  we did get some rain today.  And it’s still 60% for the next couple of days.  Keeping those fingers crossed.
That’s it for tonight.  Everyone have a marvelous Thursday!

Happy First Day of Summer…One Day Late

They say today’s the last day of 96 degree weather and that it’s supposed to drop down to normal temps…like 89 or 90ish.  I can live with that.  AND they say it’s a 60% chance of rain tomorrow.  I sure hope they know what they’re talking about.  Even with the heat and very little rain I’ve still got some flowers blooming.  Today the Rose of Sharon had a couple of flowers and lots of buds.  Her botanical name is Hibiscus syriacus, common name is Rose of Sharon, and cultivar is ‘Minerva.’  Here she blooms from around May to hard frost.  Which could be anywhere from December to January.  She likes full sun to part shade, grows about 10-15′ tall and 6-10′ wide.  She gets more of an arching shape to her as she grows.  She’s only two years old, so still has a lot of growing and filling in to do.  Pretty, isn’t she.  Oh, and she is not even remotely related to the rose family, but she is in the Hibiscus family.


95 degrees with a heat index of 106??? On June 21?  Seriously?  AND being in a drought cause we’ve had not much rain since last August.  No wonder even the weeds in my yard are dying!  I almost hate to think it, but a tropical depression would be welcome if it would bring some much needed rain.