Friday, November 25, 2011

Air Layered Camellias and Daddy's Old Nativity Scene

     Today was the day I decided that I had to cut the air layerings from the camelia bushes. I air layered six. Four made it through the longest drought summer I have been through here in town. You can probably see from the photo that one of my spagnum moss packages dried out. The layering does have roots but it is all really dry, I won't be surprised if it doesn't make it through. The other three look moist, and have roots growing out of the moss already. They should do great. The photo below shows the great start they have.

Four new plants tucked into the nursery bed for the winter. If its a wet winter they should do fine. Below are two photos that show why I love to layer camelias. who wouldn't want to have more of these beautys around the yard, or to give as gifts.
 Professor Sargent - red
 unknown Camelia

     The two photos below are shots of my Daddy's nativity scene. He used to put this up every year in our front yard. The last time that I saw this set up and lit was probably 1970 something. I don't know why he quit putting it up. It was stored in the roof of the garage for decades. Several years ago my Mama had the garage cleaned out and the set was propped up behind garage. It is really rotten. Of course the one piece that was that most gone was baby Jesus. If you look closely he is just a small rotten blob of plywood, I had to make a little manager to hold him up. The paint has washed off, and the legs are falling off the animals but it pleases me to have it up. I do not know what I will do with it in January. I may trace it onto new plywood and try to copy it, or I might just throw it out. I don't know. It means alot to me. I doubt I could do it.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Day and I hope to be the first to wish you all a Merry Christmas Season. We look forward to decorating the house for Christmas each year. We begin tomorrow with the outside garland and lights. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

...on little cat feet...

Fall comes on little cat feet...
and sneaks into the backyard
so slowly you don't realize it.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Property of the Month

There's Bermuda Grass invading the flower beds. The Pine Straw is faded and sparce. Nothing is blooming or lush except the Knock Out Roses and the Mandilla. But we came home the other day to find the Property of the Month sign stabbed into the front yard. The city has a beautification committee that secretly chooses one home from each voting district each month. I don't think we win because we are that wonderful - I think we win because the city wants to send our neighbor a message about the state they keep their yard's not working.