Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fig Perserves

Doesn't that look good? Homemade biscuits and homemade fig perserves. This is the most figs I have ever gotten. It all cooked down to this one pint plus about a third of another jar. I am going to try and keep this one until winter so it can be a treat for us. We'll see how that goes.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - August 15, 2012

I decided to try some close up shots with my little camera.
Some are better than others. Let me know what you think.
 Guara near the driveway - backlit early in the morning.

 Million Bells in a container by the front steps. 

 Peony foliage early in the morning.

Lirope blooms so pretty in August.

Fern near gate to the Water Garden

Feathery Folage of Yarro

Angelonia - Serena White

Rudbeckia I - early morning in shade

 Rudbeckia II - early morning in sun
I like this shot better

New growth on the Double Pink Knockout Rose frosty with early morning dew.

 Double Pink Knockout Rose
Blue Salvia - the humming birds are addicted.

 Red Knockout Rose - early morning sun near sidewalk.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Front Yard near the Drive Way

Two 111 year old Oak trees dry all the moisture and life out of this yard. I have been watering deeply twice a week this month to keep the Centepede growing. I like the curves of the beds, it makes mowing easy. The new pinestraw makes everything seem clean and cared for.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Plans for the White Garden

 Here is where we are ... thread bare and scraggly. Even the ivy looks tired. That's sad.  This yard is under two magnolia trees so the whole yard is in shade until about 2 pm after that it's bright sunshine until the sun sets.
 I like the placement of the scultpure - plus it was Daddy's. It is centered on that section of the brick wall and is directly opposite the stairs leading down from the house. It's good. The evergreens are thin and too big. The one to the left is dying for want of light I suspect. I am going to cut them off, and dig up the roots. After I amend the soil and improve it, that will leave me with a bed about 2 feet wide by 10 feet long, This will also allow more light in. I plan on putting in white shrub roses and Annabelle Hydrangeas. To the far right I am holding a special place for the air layered Man Size Camelia.
This photo shows the corner of the White Garden - see the same dead evergreen to the right? I think the shade will be good for hydrangea, especially out here where the afternoons can be stinking hot in July and August. There is nothing prettier than a larger hydrangea in bloom... and nothing sadder than one that is wilted from the sun.

I need suggestions for more white plants. I want this garden to be blooming white all year long. Anybody got any other ideas?

Monday, August 6, 2012

Sunny Border Early August 2012

The hot and dry haven't knocked us completed down yet. We may make it to Fall yet. Lots of plans for Fall. I did finally get feed up with the invaders from the Bermuda - evil Bermuda Grass - I pulled up everything from the top end of the Sunny Border, double dug, tugged, sweated, grutted, and I think I got most of the stuff out of the border. I also pulled out the Stella D'Oro Daylilies because they never really did any good out there. Too Bad - Border Grass makes me happy.

Here are a few after shots

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