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Gardening Equals Happiness

No wonder digging in the dirt makes me so happy!

“Gardening is known for its meditative and relaxing effects. Medical News Today reports UK scientists found a helpful bacteria in soil that affects the brain in nearly the same way anti depressants do – by increasing the release of serotonin.” Taken from Natural Cures Not Medicine


So go dig in the dirt and make yourself happy!

Cheers to an awesome rest of the day…

Jeanni and Gibbs


Going Au Naturel…

Don’t worry…I haven’t become a nudist.  But I did fertilize with all those wonderful organic fertilizers that my garden loves:  alfalfa pellets, bone meal, blood meal, cottonseed meal, and milorganite.  That along with the horse poopy I put down a couple of weeks ago and the rain we’ve been getting lately means the garden should start looking much healthier and happier soon.  I cut way, way back on the fertilizing earlier in the season cause of the drought and high temps cause I didn’t want to force new growth that was just gonna get fried and stress the plants out.  So my fertilizing schedule is totally off this year.  But having to deal with what Mother Nature sends us is just a part of gardening.

So, you ask, what exactly does all that organic fertilizer stuff do?  Good question!  Organics provide nutrients to the plants along with improving the viability of the soil as they break down.  Most of the organics I use are slow release except for blood meal which is considered a fast release organic.  Here’s what I use and what they do:

  • Alfalfa Pellets:  Gives the plants slow-release nitrogen and trace minerals.  It also contains a naturally occurring plant hormone called triaconatol that stimulates growth by improving photosynthesis and cell division.You can use either alfalfa meal or alfalfa pellets.  If you use pellets be sure to get the pellets used for horse food and not for rabbit food.  The rabbit food pellets have salt added to it and salt build-up in the soil is not a good thing.  I use 1 – 2 cups per bush depending on the size of the bush.  3-0-2
  • Blood Meal:  Gives quick-release of nitrogen.  Yes, it is exactly what the name says:  made from blood, usually from cows.  It’s awesome in its ability to green plants up quickly that need a nitrogen fix.  This stuff is very potent so be sure to use it as recommended on the bag!  Mine’s from Hi-Yield and 1/4 of a cup (yes, only 1/4) is enough for a 3’x3′ area.  That’s a big area for only 1/4 of a cup.  Lessen the amount for smaller bushes and plants in containers.  For large climbing roses or trees the amount can be increased.  It’s water soluble so it can be mixed in a water can and used that way.  I’ve never used it in a sprayer so I don’t know if that’ll work.  12-0-0
  • Bone Meal:   This is basically ground up bones.  It proves a very slow-release of phosphorous and calcium.   It doesn’t travel easily through the soil so be sure to either work it into the soil or add it to the hole when planting.  I use 1/4 – 1 cup per bush.  4-12-0
  • Cottonseed Meal:  Provides a slow-release of nitrogen, phosphorus, potash, and minor elements.  It also loosens heavy soils and helps sandy soils hold water and nutrients.  1 – 4 cups per bush depending on the size.  6.5-2.5-1.5
  • Milorganite:  Slow-release of nitrogen and phosphorus and iron.  1 – 2 cups per bush depending on size.  5-2-0

Organics are awesome cause they increase the biological activity of the soil structure as they break down.  Simply put, all the little microscopic and not so microscopic critters that make your soil healthier like to hang around where organics are.  The microorganisms break the organics down and release the nutrients for the plants to use.  As the breaking down happens other critters, such as earthworms, show up to either munch on the organic goodies or use them in building their tunnels.  And we all know how incredibly cool and helpful earthworms are to our gardens!  So by using organics you not only fertilize your plants you also increase your soil which in turn helps your garden to be healthier and happier.

The three numbers at the end of each organic description, i.e., 5-2-0 for Milorganite,  represent the macronutrient analysis of Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium of each fertilizer.  All of my organics are from Hi-Yield except for the Milorganite.  The numbers can be different if your organics are from a different distributor.

There are differing opinions of whether organics should be worked into the soil of existing beds or just used as top dressing (meaning just thrown on top of the soil).  I personally agree with the opines that as organics decompose (or “cure”) they generate heat.  And that heat has the possibility of damaging the tender feeder roots of plants if the organics are worked into the soil.  So I pull back the mulch, toss the organics around the drip line, and put the mulch back in place over the organics.  (The “drip line” is the area below the canopy of the plant’s leaves.  Keep in mind that roots rarely grow past the plant’s drip line.)  Please, please, please do not pile the organics up against the trunk or stems or base of the plant!  That same curing heat that damages the feeder roots means the organics are too hot to be placed up against the plant.

I’ve got the perfect example of an organic that was too hot and damaged the plants it was on.  Remember my post on getting two loads of horse poopy?  Well, one load was aged and one load was fresh.  Usually I unload stuff like that onto the driveway by the double gates but I knew the heat from the horse poop along with the heat from the driveway along with the fact that it was August in Florida would probably kill me if I put it on the driveway.  So I put both loads in separate piles on the grass.  In the pic below, the pile in front is the aged one and I was just starting to unload the fresh one.  The aged pile actually sat on the grass for about twelve hours longer than the fresh one did.   

Poopy and Crazy Dog

The next two pics were taken about a week after I’d put the poop into the beds.  This is the grass that had the aged poop on it.  You can see that some of the grass was killed, but definitely not all of it.

Aged Pile Area

And this is the area where the fresh pile was.  Pretty much all the grass and weeds were killed cause the heat coming from the pile as it decomposed was extremely high.

Fresh Pile Area

See the difference?  Today the aged pile area is all filled in and looks great.  The fresh pile area is just barely starting to show new growth.  The grass will eventually fill in, but in the meantime it doesn’t look real pretty.  So keep that in mind before piling any type of fertilizer right next to the plant.
I like mixing my own organics so I buy 50-pound bags of each type mentioned above from a local feed store.  If you’re not into doing that, there are some great pre-mixed organic fertilizers out there:  Rose Tone and Plant Tone (any of “Tone” fertilizers actually) and Mills Magic Mix are just a couple I can think of off the top of my head.  Check with your local nursery for more recommendations.  If you grow roses your local rose society is your best bet for info.
Oh, please don’t forget to water well after putting those organics down!  Watering helps to start the curing process.  Even better is try to time it where you put the organics down before just before a good rainstorm comes.  That’s definitely what I try to do.
My next post I’m gonna introduce you to my East Fire Pit Bed and East Pool Bed.  Here’s a teaser of that post for you:

Baronne Henriette de Snoy 07-30-2011


Baronne Henriette de Snoy 07-30-2011

 This week I’m hanging out with these very cool blogs.  Be sure to check them out!
Well, that’s all for now.  Cheers to an awesome rest of the day!

Cicadas and Blacksnakes and Hawks…oh my!

I swear sometimes it’s like I’ve got an episode of Wild Kingdom happening in my garden.  This week’s episode was the birthing of a cicada…not real pretty btw; one of my resident blacksnakes climbing the fence to get his lizard lunch; and gorgeous hawks just hangin out.

Cicadas are everywhere in my garden.  I hear their nightly serenade from the trees, see their funky little empty shells hanging out on the shed and on the fences, and watch the birds chasing and catching them for dinner.  But have never seen one doing its birthing/molting thing.  Have to say it’s kinda gross.  Pretty much like some ugly-ass alien baby being born.  Yuck.  Seeing this vision of loveliness (not) started when I was hand watering the Souvenir de la Malmaisons in the Driveway Bed with the hose.  I’m standing there just a watering away when I see a cicada shell on the picket fence.  And it looks like it’s got something attached to it.  So I spray it trying to get it off the fence.  The thing kinda wiggles a bit but doesn’t fall off.  Hmmmm.  That’s weird.  I walk over to take a closer look and this is what I see:

Cicada Molting

What the hell???  That’s just plain gross looking.  At first I thought it was something eating the shell.  After looking at it from different angles I finally figured out it looked like a full grown cicada.  That’s when the light bulb came on over my head…dumbass, that’s part of the cicada life cycle!  One of the reasons it looks so gross…other than it really is gross…is this pic shows its tummy so poor little guy is molting upside down.  Don’t know if that’s normal or not.   I’m just glad I didn’t drown the poor thing trying to spray him off the fence!   This is the empty shells they leave behind after molting:

Empty Cicada Shell

Ahhhhh blacksnakes.  Do you know how beneficial BSs (that’s “blacksnakes” not “bullshitzers”) are to our gardens?  They eat rats and bugs and lizards, and frogs, and other snakes, and birds.  Well, maybe not so much good that they eat birds, but the rest of their diet is very good.  These guys are non-venomous and will only strike when cornered.  Most of the time they turn and hightail it out of there when we come face to face.  I got two that live in my backyard:  Peri and Peri’s Pa.  When I first bought the house Peri had a burrow under the southside pool decking.  He got his name cause he’d lift just his head and neck out of his burrow to see what was happening outside his home and the way he’d turn his head around he looked just like the periscopes you see in old-time submarine movies.  Cracked me right on up.  So I dubbed him Peri.  He was about two feet long at that time.  Then I saw the four foot BS and I knew it wasn’t Peri! They hung out in the same area so I decided he was Peri’s Pa.  Could be Peri’s Ma, but I ain’t gettin close enough to find out if it’s a boy or a girl.  Anyway.  Saturday Gibbs and I are lounging about the pool patio when I hear this noise to the left by the fence.  I glance over there and see this lizard hauling ass up the fence post.  And hauling ass right behind him is Peri!  Man, I never seen a lizard run so fast.  Seeing Peri slither up that fence post that quickly with no hands was just awesome to watch.  Peri never did catch Lizzy though cause Lizzy jumped to the safety of the big oak tree.  Guess Peri wasn’t that hungry cause he didn’t give chase anymore.



Peri going into the ferns


Peri's tummy

 That is just so cool!! Now I don’t want to be hearing that any of y’all kill the BSs in your yard.  If that’s what you do, just keep it to yourself.

Are hawks gorgeous or what??  All birds are cool but there’s just something about the power of the predatory birds that’s awesome to me.  I’m lucky enough to have a couple of hawks that hang around my neighborhood.  One’s HUGE and one’s a bit smaller.  Their fav places to hang out in my yard are the arbor, shed, and fence.  Unfortunately every time they came around this weekend my camera wasn’t handy…so this old pic of the smaller hawk will have to do.  Oh, and I took this from inside the house so it’s a bit grainy…  oh well.


 Well, did lots in the garden this week:  made a border out of busted up concrete, dealt with canker on the rose canes, picked up two loads of horse poopy, did the weekly fungicide / fish emulsion spray, weeded, and put out pinestraw in one of the beds.  whew.  Makes me tired just thinking of all that work.  My two favs though were the concrete border and the horse poopy.

I like having a border of some type around the beds.  Informal, non-fussy type borders.  Really, really like the look of uneven sizes of fieldstone stacked two courses high.  But being that I’m on a tight budget and haven’t won the lottery yet and have 1/3 of an acre that will eventually be almost all beds, well, that all adds up to Jeanni ain’t getting fieldstone borders any time soon…if ever.  A few weeks ago I noticed my neighbors had a bunch of busted up concrete just lying around.  I got to looking at the concrete, then looking at my beds, and damn if another light bulb didn’t go off!  They said they didn’t want the concrete so it came home with me to become the first of my busted up concrete bed borders! woo hoo! luv me some free stuff!


Other side of west fence bed


Part of West Fence Bed

Didn’t have enough to tuck the pieces as close together as I like.  BUT! I found a place that’s got a whole bunch of this just sitting around waiting for me to go get it so soon I’ll have all I need to tuck the pieces close and do the rest of the beds.  So…tell me what you think about my busted up concrete bed border idea!

Horse poopy!  Luv me some horse poopy for my garden beds.  Thanks to Paula and Roya from West Volusia Saddle Club for hooking me up with two local stables that give away their horse poopy.  Friday after work I rode over to a stable at Ormond Beach to get the first load.  Unloaded it Saturday morning bright and early, then went to a stable at New Smyrna Beach  (can you tell I live close to the beaches!!) to get my second load.  Here’s my poopy piles:


Poopy and Crazy Dog


Halfway done



Got poop spread around the roses before the rains came.  Gonna finish spreading the rest of it this coming weekend.  My flower and roses are gonna luv, luv, luv me!
I’ve got so much more that I want to share with you, but I’m tired and this post is long enough already.  So I’ll leave you with some pics of a rose I haven’t shown you yet.  This is Bow Bells.  She’s a David Austin English rose.

Bow Bell's Bud 07-20-11


Bow Bells 07-24-11


Bow Bells 07-24-11


Bow Bells 07-24-11

This week I’m hanging out with these awesome blogs.  Be sure to check them out!
Well, that’s all for now. Cheers to an awesome rest of the day!

Filters…or lack thereof

Howdy.  How the heck are ya on this lovely day?  I’m pretty much fine as frog’s hair (does anyone know where or who or why someone would be inspired to first utter the ridiculous words “I’m fine as frog’s hair”???  wth??  sounds like something google could tell me).  Me and Gibbs just got back from a short truck ride round the block to drop off the water bill payment and to get four bales of pine straw from my little local nursery.  Love my little town, but they really need to move it up to the 21st century…the water bill is the only bill I have to write a check for.  And every quarter when I write the check I have to mentally think about how to write out the dollar amount.  Seriously.  It sucks.  Step it up, Lake Helen!  Put Pay Pal on your website!!!!

Anyway.  I had a blog epiphany today.  Yep, sure did.  My epiphany (luv that word) is that I’m trying waaaaayyyy too hard to fit into the blogland niche of the perfect-garden-nothing-out-of-place-my-life-is-heaven-on-earth blogs. Yeah right.  First off, if someone tells me they’ve got the perfect garden with nothing out of place and their life is heaven on earth all the friggin time…well, I’m gonna tell them they’re a liar, liar pants on fire.  Then I’m gonna stick my tongue out at them.  That’ll tell em.  ha.  So this is the deal:  I’m gonna start being more me when I write.  After all…Roses and Gargoyles is MY blog about MY imperfect garden/house/life and how I deal with all that imperfectness (that might be a Jeanni word…).  If you want to follow along for the journey, then I say Hell yeah!  But what you’re gonna get on that journey is talk from someone who (as I’ve been told many, MANY times by my friends and family) really has no filters.  Things pretty much roll round my pretty little head then just kinda pop out my mouth.  Think Pez dispenser…  Sometimes I can hear a few brain cells whispering “whoa!  let’s think about that before we…oh, too late.”  Man, those brain cells need to learn to yell if they want me to listen to them…  Do I intentionally say things to hurt people?  No.  That is oh so not what I’m talking about.  What I do, though, is speak my mind.  If I think you’re being an idiot, well, sweetness, I’ll find some Southern lady-like way to tell your little pea pickin heart, God bless ya, that you’re an idiot!  And I LUV me some swear words.  Yeah bubba.  So you’re gonna see “wth’ and “wtf” and some other choice words bantered about.  You’ll know I’m REALLY pissed about something if I’m spelling those choice words out instead of abbreviating them.  Sorta like when Momma calls you by your first, middle, AND last name.  You know there’s some deep shiz going on then.

Yeah R and G is about me creating my new garden and renovating my house.  You’re gonna see garden pics that have weeds in the beds or shrubs with yellow leaves or a pool with leaves floating in it (thank goodness I got rid of that green water though…it’s back to sparkly blue again! damn algae).  And you’ll see house pics with dirt on the floor or a cobweb or two in the ceiling corners.  I’m pretty darn sure if you zoom in you might even see a spider in those cobwebs waving at you.  I’m also gonna talk about Gibbs, and my horrible day at work (or my good day…good days are known to happen at work sometimes), and my relationship with my Handsome Man, and so on, and so on.  But it’s gonna be real talk, not some make-believe oh-blogland-will-like-me-better-if-i’m-perfect fake crap.

My deal is this:  Don’t visit R and G if you expect perfection or if what I say offends you.  Consider yourself warned.

Phew.  Boy do I feel better now that that’s out of my system.

Ok.  Raise your hand if you want to see roses!!!  Some of these are ones in my garden now and some are from my previous gardens.  If the name is in burgundy and underlined that means it’s linked to its description page in “My Roses….”  Click the name and, viola!, you’ll see more stuff about it.

Souvenir de la Malmaison




Perfume Delight (previous garden)


Maman Cochet


Madame Berkeley




La France (previous garden)


K.A. Viktoria (close-up)


Baronne Henriette de Snoy


Kordes Perfecta


Kronprincessin Viktoria 01-10-2011


Madame Isaac Pereire


Antoine Rivoire


Don Juan

Don Juan

Double Delight

Double Delight

Ducher - 03/2011


Isabella Sprunt

Isabella Sprunt

Just Joey

Just Joey

Marchessa Bochella

Marchessa Bochella

The Dark Lady

The Dark Lady
Well, if we got roses then we need gargoyles…

Awwww...he's sucking his thumb.


Reading his book...

Well, I’m off to have drinks and dinner with my Handsome Man, so that’s all for now.  Cheers to an awesome rest of the day!
This week I’m linking up with these most awesome blogs.  Be sure to check em out!

And the real name of “Unknown Daylily” is…

Daylily 'Autumn Red'

‘Autumn Red’!  Yep, Rhonda and I were correct in our thoughts that my Unknown-Daylily-that-is-not-a-Black-Eyed-Stella daylily was an ‘Autumn Red’ daylily.

I bought the batch of daylilies that Autumn Red was in from Gilbert H. Wild’s nursery the beginning of this year.  I tell you what…everytime I deal with everyone at that nursery, the happier I am with them.  I’ve bought from them for about ten years now and this was the first time any type of mistake was made.  I sent them an email late Saturday night asking which daylily my unknown was.  Well, by early Monday morning I had a response from them sittin in my email in-box!  AND they were so apologetic about the mistake and wanted to credit my account.  Gracious, it was only one mistaken daylily out of the 35 I ordered that time.  So I told them nope, didn’t need any credit…I was perfectly happy with everything.  Don’t you just love dealing with companies that have great customer service?

Well, now that I know which one she is I’ve updated Autumn’s description page if you’d like to get more info on her.

Speaking of her description page…see all those titles at the very top of my home page?  All of those titles will eventually have a boat load of information in them.  I’m trying to take an hour or two every night to add pics, descriptions, etc. to them.  Basically I’m taking my hand-written garden journals of the past twenty-some-odd years and putting them into this blog.  So, yea, I’m thinking it might take me a little while to get everything in.  But take a gander at them every once in awhile…maybe you’ll find something new and exciting about gardening or Florida or me that you didn’t know.

Anyway.  This post is gonna be short and sweet tonight.  I’m tired and bout ready for the bed.  So I reckon that’s all for now.  Cheers to an awesome rest of the day!


Weed and Wine Weekend

Ok.  Hmmmmm.  Tell me the truth now.  Which definition of “weed” popped into your pretty little head when you read that title??  lol.  It actually pertains to the gardening type of weed…as in sitting on my butt in the garden beds pulling and cutting and digging  the little buggers out.  Pulled so many of them I filled up my big weed can:

Barrel o' Weeds

Those weeds weren’t just tossed in the can willy nilly…no, those were packed down as tight as I could possibly get them to make way for more weeds.  Have to make my confession for the day:  Because of our very-hot-and-no-rain weather this Spring, I have been the worst kind of Garden Mom.  Meaning…I’d stand in the garden room looking out the sliding glass doors and just wave at the plants cause it was too dang hot out there for me! And I LOVE hot weather, so if I be sayin it’s too hot for me to go out, you can bet your bippy it’s blazin outside.  But thankfully Mother Nature’s taken pity on us Floridians and dropped the temps to normal hot and even gave us rain.  So I spent pretty much all day Saturday and Sunday in my garden.  And, man, did I have a ball.  Weeding to me is pretty much therapy.  You get instant gratification at doing something that makes the garden look prettier, and it’s one of the few times in life you’re actually allowed to kill something you hate!  ha!  The only time I left my house all weekend was to go…wait for it…to the nursery to buy plants to replace the dug up weeds!!  Woo hoo!  I’m so lucky cause there’s a great little nursery about two or so miles from me called A Place in The Son.  Yeah, I know…it’s quite dangerous having a nursery that close.  I’d link to their website but I don’t think they even have one.  Anyway.  Went there with the intention of replacing a Night Blooming Jasmine that didn’t make it through our cold winter.  Not only did I get the Night Blooming, I also got a Variegated Shell Ginger

Variegated Shell Ginger 07-11-11

Heliotrope 07-11-11

AND in the Bargain Barn area I swooped up two replacement heliotrope for $1.00 apiece.  Well alrighty then!

On top of the wonderful weeding adventure, I also transplanted a Muhly grass to a better location and put the new Night Blooming Jasmine in its old home.  Have you ever smelled a Night Blooming Jasmine in bloom?  Oh my Lord…it’s one of the most beautiful smelly plants out there.  And I grow roses, so that’s sayin a whole lotta lot. It blooms in these clusters off and on all year round till it gets cold.  Very old-time Southern pass-along plant. 

Night Blooming Jasmine 2010

Oh!  Check this out!  Even though I’ve been lamenting bout how bad the weather’s been, look what I found in my garden this weekend:


Agapanthus 07-11-11

I planted two white-flowering Agapanthus in April 2010, but they didn’t bloom at all last year.   So I’m pretty excited that one of them is blooming this year!   Yeah, I know she’s got some brown leaves.  Heck, I’m happy she even has leaves at this point. 

Agapanthus 07-11-11

 All of my roses took a pretty bad hit this year from the cold then the heat/no rain.  They’re just now starting to show new leaf growth, but definitely weren’t blooming like they usually do.  So seeing this little baby rose on one of the Duchers just made me smile.

Ducher 07-11-11

See all those red leaves?  That’s new growth.  And that perfect, tiny rose bud is just awesome.  Nature always amazes me.
Oh, back to the “wine” definition…it’s exactly what you think it is.  Trust me, after all that work this weekend I needed a good glass or two. 

Wine Time!

Yeah, I know it’s the cheap stuff.  What the heck…I haven’t won the lottery yet, so gotta keep buying cheap wine so I can keep buying new plants for the garden!
I’m linking up this week with the following very cool blogs…be sure to check them out:
A Beach Cottage – Good Life Wednesdays
Well, that’s all for now.  Cheers to an awesome rest of the day!

Unknown Daylily

Hi all!  And how was everyone’s weekend?  Mine was absolutely fabulous.  Had a long four-day weekend that I put to good use by working in the garden like crazy, hung out with part of the gang on Sunday, and had another part of the gang over on Monday for dinner, drinks, and fireworks watching.  Was tough hearing that alarm ringing by my head this morning…

While I was working like crazy in the garden I noticed one of my Black-Eyed Stella daylilies had buds that looked darker than normal.  I passed it off to the weird weather we’ve been having.  Well, the next day two of the buds had opened and I saw that, no, the dark buds were not due to weird weather.  They were due to the fact that instead of looking like this when they opened:

Black-Eyed Stella Daylily

they looked like this:

Unknown Daylily
Is that beautiful or what???  Definitely not complaining that it’s not Black-Eyed but it was just very unexpected.  So my mission now is to figure out who she is.  Thankfully I remember the nursery I bought that group of bulbs from so I’ll just peruse their catalog to find the match.  Or if any of you out there know, fill me in on the secret!  She’s in a border of Black-Eyeds, so she’ll look a bit out of place once they all start reblooming.  How cool is it though that the colors are the same, just reversed.  Very neat.  But I think I’ll leave her there till cooler weather rolls around.  That’ll give me plenty of time to figure out where to plant her.
I took a ton of pics of her and they all turned out so well I had a really hard time narrowing down which ones to post.  Obviously I didn’t do a very good job cause there are lots of pics for you to look at.
Click here to get more info on her.
Unknown Daylily 3

Unknown Daylily 4
Unknown Daylily 5
Unknown Daylily 6
Unknown Daylily 7
 Oh good Lord.  I have GOT to get a newer, faster computer if I’m gonna keep uploading this many pics.  This is taking forever…
Unknown Daylily 13
Unknown Daylily 16

I ended up deleting alot of the pics cause they were just way too much alike.  I still really do need to get a faster computer though.  Actually I’m jonesing for a laptop so I can sit outside while working on this.  That would be great.

Hey, I’m trying to figure out the best way to link my posts to my plant descriptions pages.  So there’s prob gonna be a few changes here and there while I figure that out.  Let me know if you’re having problems finding anything.

I’m linking up this week with:

Good Life Wednesdays at A Beach Cottage – Life by the Sea

and Cottage Flora Thursday #26 at Fishtail Cottage

and Fertilizer Friday / Flaunt Your Flowers at Tootsie Time

Y’all need to check out Good Life Wednesdays, Cottage Flora Thursdays, and Fertilizer Friday …they’ve got links to a ton of really cool blogs.  I’m so digging them every week.  Thanks to Sarah, Tracie, and Glenda for hosting them!

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


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!