It looks like spring!

March 31, 2010

We’ve got some lovely weather this week, and true to the south, it’s even going to be rather hot later on!  At least if the weatherman’s predictions are right!

There are still a lot of daffodils blooming in the flowerbeds. . .

Narcissus in bloom

Daffodils (Narcissus)

And some of the other spring flowers are starting to poke through the earth.

Trillium recurvatum

Prairie trillium (Trillium recurvatum)

There aren’t any blooms on the trillim yet, but they are popping up all over the woods.

There are also beds of Trout Lilies springing up. . .

Bed of Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) in the woods.

Trout Lily ( Erythronium americanum)

But here again, it will be a little while before they are in bloom.

The dandelions are blooming here and there. . .

Violets and dandelions.

Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) and violets (Viola papilionacea)

Some consider dandelions and wild violets to be weeds, but I rather like seeing them.

Even the honeybees are coming out to enjoy the sunshine and look for food.

Honeybee on flower

Beeee-ware!

The perennials are starting to poke through the ground too, like these hosta plants and live-forever.

Hostas in spring

Hosta shoots

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New growth on Sedum 'Matrona'

Sedum 'Matrona'

Whether it is good or bad, the pond is even showing green plant growth. . .

Pond in spring.

Pond with green plants growing.

This is one of the best parts of the year.  Unfortunately, we don’t have what I’d call spring-like days – moderately warm – for long.  Nope, it gets hot all too quickly.

But for now, it looks like spring!

Driving and Daffodils

March 16, 2010

Our daffodils are finally blooming.  Spring is really coming!

daffodils

Daffodils in the front yard.

As for the driving part of the title, we’re getting ready to head out the door and drive to Chattanooga. I’m going to catch a flight to Sanford (near Orlando) from there, and go visit the kids and attend a seminar.

Busy times! Fun times! Catch ya later times!

Happy 226th Birthday Landreth Seeds!

January 7, 2010

Happy 226th Birthday
to D. Landreth Seed Company!

D. Landreth Seed Company

If you like gardening, you should know about Landreth Seed Company.  Browsing through their catalog is at least a 3-bib drool-a-thon for gardeners.

The company first opened in Philadelphia on January 7, 1784.  Now how many seed companies do you know that have stayed in business 226 years?

Some of their initial customers included such notables as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Joseph Bonaparte (Napoleon’s brother).

Zinnia Orange King from Landreth Seed Co.

This company introduced the Zinnia into the United States, and what would a summer flowerbed be without cheerful zinnias?   Landreth also introduced the first truly white potato. (Potatoes were yellow before that.)  Now they not only have white potatoes, but other colors like purple!

Potato Purple Majesty from Landreth Seed Co.

And a crowning achievement in my estimation – in 1820, Landreth introduced the tomato.  Think how many foods you eat that have tomatoes in them!  Spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, ketchup, salad tomatoes, sliced tomatoes on sandwiches… the list could go on and on.  It’s hard to believe people first thought tomatoes were poisonous!

They have about 85 different kind of tomatoes now, with some great heirloom varieties like Brandywine.

Brandywine Tomato from Landreth Seed Co.

Reading about Landreth’s history is pretty interesting.  They are the fifth oldest corporation in America, and claim to have  sold seed to every American president from George Washington to Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In their words,

“The Landreth story is the story of an American family business which was born near the time of America’s birth and grew with America over three centuries. It is a story of strong minded men and women of principle, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters who pursued a path of innovation and exploration with the pioneering spirit that will always be the essence of what makes this country great.”

So Happy Birthday to an American success story that helps our gardens grow!

Winter’s Star Camellia

October 2, 2009

It’s that time of year again, when my one and only camellia bush blooms. When I lived further north, I always wanted a camellia, but they don’t take kindly to really cold winters, so that killed that idea (just like it would have killed the bush, ha, ha!).

When I got further south and we moved to the farm, one of the first things I planted was this Camellia ‘Winter’s Star’ (camellia oleifera).  It’s a little hardier, and seems to be doing well here.   About a week ago it was in bud.

Camellia 'Winter's Star' (camellia oleifera) buds

It didn’t take long until the buds opened up.

Camellia 'Winter Star's' (camellia oleifera) bloom

There are bud and blooms all over the bush.

Camellia 'Winter's Star' (camellia oleifera) bush

This picture doesn’t really do it justice.  The sun was a little too bright shining off the blooms, so you’ll just have to take my word for it that it’s a beautiful bush.

At any rate, I sure like it!

It’s Raining At Home Too!

September 23, 2009

Well, we made it home.  We drove down to the beach in rain, and we drove home in the rain, too.  I’m starting to feel like maybe there’s just a rain cloud hovering over my head, ha!

I’m still sorting through pictures and trying to catch up on a bunch of stuff.  That’s the downside to vacations.  There is always a whole lot of things you need to take care of when you get back home!

I’ll try to get more pictures up soon, but for now, here’s a picture I took the first day we were there. 

Flower On Panama City Beach

This flower was blooming along the pathway from our condo to the beach.  That’s not ocean spray on the flower – it’s rain, what else!?!