Saturday, August 31, 2013

End of the Month View August 31, 2013

Trees and Shrubs:

Big Jay in the Pear Tree
Big Jay has decided that it is his job to protect the pears from the birds and squirrels.
But don't worry - he is too fat and lazy to actually catch anything.

Rose of Sharon
The Rose of Sharon shrubs continue to bloom well despite the Summer's heat.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Butterfly Bush
The Butterfly Bush is the most popular spot in the garden.


My okra is growing so tall I can barely reach it.
We have two kinds of okra: 'Clemson Spineless' and 'Cow Horn'

Sweet Cayenne Pepper
The Sweet Cayenne peppers are out-producing the Jalapeno peppers.

'Improved Taylor' Beans
I first planted 'Improved Taylor' beans early in May and harvested in July.
This is my second crop, planted in mid-July.

'Super Fantastic' Tomatoes
The tomato vines are looking a bit ragged, but are still making tomatoes.
However, the tomatoes are not as large as they were in July.


It seems too early for Chrysanthemums to be blooming, but the buds are beginning to open.

'Homestead Purple' Verbena
I've been very pleased with this hardy Verbena I bought in the Spring.
It has really spread out and bloomed all Summer.

Encore Azalea
I'm excited to see that the Encore Azalea is blooming again!

Have a wonderful week-end!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wildflower Wednesday August 28, 2013

This post is for:
ABC Wednesday, Wildflower Wednesday, and Outdoor Wednesday
G is for Greater Tickseed
Greater Tickseed, Coreopsis major
Greater Tickseed is a native wildflower of the southeastern United States, zones 5 to 9.

Leaves that appear to be six whorled leaves are really two deeply-lobed opposite leaves.

I spotted this lovely wildflower growing by the side of the road.
I am hoping to get it started at my house.

Outdoor Wednesday

Sunset, Monday, August 26, 2013, Itawamba county, Mississippi, USA

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Butterflyweed Seeds August 25-26, 2013

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Macro Monday 2
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Butterflyweed, Asclepias tuberosa, June 16, 2013

Now my Butterflyweed has seeds! Other than adding my name, this photo is SOOC
I caught these seeds and put them in an envelope.
I will sow them later when I decide where I want them to grow.
If anyone has any experience growing Butterflyweed from seeds, I would be glad of any advice.

Hope you are having a beautiful day!

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Planning the Fall Garden August 23, 2013

Sky Watch Friday
Cloudy skies all week. Finally the rain came on Thursday night.

Salad Days
Sweet 100 (red) and Sun Sugar (yellow) tomatoes can be sliced in half or added whole to a salad.
When these two tomato plants first began to fruit in July,
I was getting about the same amount of tomatoes from each one.
But now the Sun Sugar has slowed down production and the Sweet 100 has speeded up!

Lettuces and peas will be planted next week.
Now that the worst heat of the Summer is over, I can plant cool weather vegetables.
I am planning to plant two types of lettuce:
Grand Rapids is a loose leaf lettuce, and Bibb is a butterhead variety.
I have not grown either one before, so I am eager to see how they do.

Another cool weather vegetable I am trying for the first time is Little Marvel peas.
The packet says "8-12 days to germination, 61 days to harvest"
Little green peas can be cooked like any other pea, but we like them sprinkled raw on our salads.

Have a wonderful week-end!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

We Have Figs! August 20-21, 2013

This post is for ABC Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday.

ABC Wednesday
F is for Figs
For a few weeks our trees produce enough figs for us to have some to eat every day
Figs, Ficus carica, natives of the Middle East and Western Asia, are now grown in many countries.

Outdoor Wednesday
Figs are also loved by wild animals like this raccoon that raided the tree last year.
According to Wikipedia, figs were one of the first cultivated crops.
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Rose of Sharon August 18-19, 2013

Rose of Sharon back-lit by the sun, August 13, 2013 
Have a great day!

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day August 15, 2013

Mississippi, USA, zone 7
My Turk's Cap, Malvaviscus, was attacked by insects, but still managed to bloom beautifully. 

I planted Marigolds all around the vegetable garden.

I bought this Lantana as a hanging basket for the porch.

I'm glad I did not prune the old blooms from the Zinnias. I think this is a Silver-Spotted Skipper.

Phlox is very reliable to bloom every Summer.

I rescued these Salvias from the Dead and Dying shelf last May. A real bargain - 6 plants for less than 2 dollars!

Homestead Purple Verbena with Swallowtail Butterfly
Another flower highly popular with the butterflies, Buddleia, Butterfly Bush

Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Night Blooming Cactus August 13-14, 2013

ABC Wednesday
E is for Epiphyllum
Epiphyllum, Night Blooming Cactus

A native of Central America, it is grown as a houseplant in cooler parts of the world 
Mine are in pots. They spend the Summer on the front porch and the Winter indoors.

The blooms are pollinated by moths and other night-flying insects.
They are open for only one night and wilt the next morning.

Outdoor Wednesday
August 13, 2013, Lee county, Mississippi, USA
Interesting clouds Tuesday evening looking towards the South

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

A Rainy Week-end August 11, 2013

We hardly saw the sun all week-end.
Cloudy skies brought sudden bursts of intense rain.

Blanket Flower, Gaillardia, with Coneflowers in the background.
The flowers are looking about half-drowned.
This beauty was bent over to the ground. I lifted it up to get a photo

Swallowtail Butterfly on Butterfly Bush
Even the butterflies are looking a little raggedy.

Bumblebee on Rose of Sharon, Atthea
The bumblebees are so wet that pollen is clinging to every part of their bodies.

Sweet 100 tomatoes
But my vegetable garden is very happy!

Have a Wonderful Week!

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Orange Sunset, August 8-9, 2013

Sunset, Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA, last Friday, August 2, 2013
Have a wonderful week-end!

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Mouse Ears Day Flower, August 6-7, 2013

This post is for ABC Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday.

Let's look at Outdoor Wednesday first.
Madison County Master Gardeners Plant Sale, Jackson, Tennessee, USA, July 11, 2013

ABC Wednesday
D is for Day Flower
Asiatic Day Flower, Commelina communis, is a wildflower of the Spiderwort family

Two blue petals and a much smaller white petal emerge from a green bract

Originally from East Asia, it is pollinated by small bees and flies.

From this perspective, it is easy to see how Day Flower got its common name, Mouse Ears.

Have a wonderful day!

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Okra August 4-5, 2013

Okra, tomatoes, and sweet cayenne pepper from my garden July 31, 2013

Okra, Abelmoschus esculentus
I do like to eat okra, but even if I didn't, I would grow it for its pretty flowers!

Have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

End of the Month View July 2013

July's weather has been very good - not as hot as usual, and we have had rain, too. Sunset July 25
Trees and Shrubs:
The Rose of Sharon shrubs, Hibiscus syriacus, are covered in blooms.
The Crape Myrtles, Lagerstroemia, are blooming magnificently this Summer
'Kentucky Wonder' Pole Beans are producing very well, and still blooming, too!
'Ford Hook' Lima Beans have only two or three beans per pod, but they are big ones!
'Super Fantastic' Tomato is certainly living up to its name!
Bumblebees are really enjoying the Zinnias.
Surprise Lilies, Lycoris squamigera
Staggered bulb planting in the Spring gave me Gladioli blooms all Summer 
Night Blooming Cactus, Epiphyllum, opened last week-end.

Happy Gardening!
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