Sunday, July 15, 2007

Green Thumb Sunday

Tomatoes! Yummmm! I have 6 plants this year. I moved them closer to the house into some fresh new dirt. They seem happy:)

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

The Good ,The Bad, & The Ugly - In My Backyard

When you have a lot of flowers it's easy to find some good, even though this year most of my yard is bad & ugly.

Like Old Roses I do not have a plan where my flowers will go, they just find a spot and live or die. This year a lot of them decided to die. I still have the tried and true, it was the new ones that got hit the hardest.

Last Fall I started a big project and a little one that became a big one. So I have been working on them. I have decided to work on the paths, walls, and beds before I plant any more perennials. Needless to say my yard is a mess and with half my flowers gone it's been hard to blog about it.

Out of four Clematis I only have one that is thriving The Jackmanii.

My Henri has some serious clematis wilt and I am removing it:( It's been struggling for 3 years and this one was the worst.

For the bad I have a confession, sometimes I take close ups of the flowers because that's the only way I can make them look good.

This bed is bad but it's only a temporary thing. I'm thinking strawberries might be happy here.

Other than that Clematis I'd have to say the ugliest thing in my yard right now are my lilacs. I finally got a chainsaw and I've been pruning them hard. I've been doing it a little at a time, because it's hard for me to make things ugly on purpose.

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Garden Bloggers Muse Day

My favorite flower poems have always been the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker. I copied the picture and the script from The Official Flower Fairies Website. I chose bindweed because that's what I need to take care of in the garden before it goes to seed;) I have friends who like to grow it because it's a pretty flower. Since they don't live by me I'll let their neighbors worry about it.

The White Bindweed Fairy



O long long stems that twine!
O buds, so neatly furled!
O great white bells of mine,
(None purer in the world)
Each lasting but one day!
O leafy garlands, hung
In wreaths beside the way-
Well may your praise be sung!

(But this Bindweed, which is a big sister to the little pink Field Convolvulus, is not good to have in gardens, though it is so beautiful; because it winds around other plants and trees. One of its names is "Hedge Strangler". Morning Glories are a garden kind of Convolvulus.)


The bindweed is the emblem of humility because it is too shy to show its flowers until it has gained the support of another plant on which it climbs.

Fairy Meaning: Insinuation, Humility


Hedge Strangler

The White Bindweed Fairy looks innocent, but you would not wish to invite her to live in your garden. She grows rapidly and winds round other plants and trees in a very persistent manner.

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