Sunday, September 28, 2008
Our yard and gardens look like late summer too. The St Augustine grass has decline, lots of flowers have brown foliage with just a few blooms left, and lots of things look tired and leggy.
So..what I do is add little touches of fall to my
little backyard. Hope you enjoy how I add fall to a late summer garden.
A mum and grapevine pumpkin surround this rock. Wish I had a tiny pumpkin to sit in the bird feeder!
On the table by the swing..
Pumpkins add such a fall look--even when it's still 90 degrees!
Benjamin Bunny sits in his usual spot.
Yellow mums are my favorite.
Can you tell I like scarcrows?? :)
"Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own." Charles Dickens
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Is anyone else going crazy because of mosquitoes I can't walk outside without being swarmed! And here's the worse part--I am never bothered by mosquitoes. They like my husband, not me! So what is going on guys!
I am trying everything.
I use these lanterns that burn a candle and a little pad that I guess is soaked with off. The smoke is suppose to keep the mosquitoes away from you.
I just knew this would be the trick, garden incense sticks. Well, they smell wonderful if you like herbal scents, which I do, but not sure how good they are keeping mosquitoes away.
They are not cheap, so I don't burn them very often. The nice thing is that they burn for hours.
Jury is still out on these..
Anybody have a sure fire remedy?
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
When I went out to check these...
I also found a really neat site called Monarch Watch. There is a very interesting post done on July 18th titled
You can find the site here.
My pictures are not very good, I think I was getting too close. I could stand and watch them forever, and they didn't seem to mind one bit. They were way too busy preparing for the magical transformation that awaits them.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
This is the bed along side the garage. It is always a challenge as it gets hot late afternoon sun for only about 2 hours. I decided to use mainly my
This is a pass-along maiden hair fern from my Mother's best friend. The tree we removed always gave it shade, and I was so afraid it would die with the added light, but it has flourished. This is a very special plant to me.
Columbine Texas Gold..ugh! Everyone I know that has shade has beautiful columbine. I tried so hard. What went wrong?
I planted this Russian Sage in the hot sun, but it looks pitiful. I think it may be the drainage problem we have in this area. I will leave it though and see what happens next year.
This is my project for next year--the bed along the side of the house by the driveway. It gets late morning and afternoon sun. It stays pretty dry, although the sprinkler system will water it. I have not decided what to do here...but I am digging everything up as soon as I have time.
All ideas are greatly appreciated! :)
Happy Fall everyone!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
in the spring with lots of different things, knowing that some things will do great, others will not. And then of course we have this hot summer, so by mid June I had to move the wheelbarrow into the shade. At that point the coleus took over. (when will I learn that coleus always takes over!) It took over the thyme, that was trailing over the sides, but that was ok since thyme doesn't like being in the shade. And it took over just about everything else I planted. I moved the Blue Salvia to a sunny spot and decided to just let the coleus go wild. It was really pretty because there were so many different varieties, and pretty with the sweet potato vine. But the squirrels and rain and wind have taken a toll on the coleus now. I wanted to give the wheelbarrow a fall look, but without spending alot of money. So I bought 2 small mums and 1 small purple fountain grass. I didn't plant them in the dirt, I left them in the containers. That way I could tuck them into the bare spots. Then to top it off, I found a nice big pumpkin and nestled it in the middle. I love it! I can see it from my kitchen/breakfast room window. To me it just looks like fall!
And meet Stanley. He doesn't stand guard outside.
He doesn't scare crows. He just likes sitting here in this old chair thinking about crisp autumn days that are not too
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Tomorrow is Bloom Day hosted by Carol at
May Dream Gardens. I am a day early--hope that is ok Carol.
My garden definitely looks like a very late summer garden.
The cypress vine in with morning glories has been a delight for me. I know these are annuals and will not last (although I hear cypress vine re-seeds well) , but I think they will enjoy the cooler weather and be around for a while.
Obedient Plant--no worries, it's not going anywhere it shouldn't. It's in a container!
I moved the Geraniums to the back as they were getting hot and tired on the front porch. And looked what happened--one started immediately blooming.
Remember me complaining about my Black-foot Daisies? Well...look at these. They came back and are one of the best plants in my garden! And oh the wonderful fragrance!
Turks cap was not very happy with all the rain from Ike.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
This little Wax Myrtle is pretty bend over, but it's ok. You can also see a few other flowers leaning, but they are also ok.
The rain was not bad--there was no flooding. We were very lucky. Galveston, Houston and East Texas were not so lucky. My sister in law in Lufkin had a tree fall on her house. My sister in Houston (Spring) has a tree in her swimming pool, and I'm afraid Galveston has suffered alot of damage. The Texas bloggers from that area maybe out of touch for a while since Houston is without power. Please keep them in your thoughts.
I am so touched by all of your concern. I feel truly blessed to have such good blogging buddies!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I read that it is very easy to propagate, which sparks my curiosity since I love to start new plants.
Crotons need several hours of bright, direct sunlight per day. The more light, the more colorful the leaves will be. Grown in inadequate light, the leaves will be mostly green with yellow veins. (Leaves may also fall off in low light which is what I think happens when I bring them inside.)
Pumpkins are not out yet here, but as soon as they are I will buy 2 to set right beside this pretty plant.
Nothing could be more "fallish".........
Monday, September 8, 2008
They will be much happier here...they have many friends and no more of that hot sun!
Of course that leaves this an empty spot for something. I'm not sure what I will put there next year, but I know what I will put there for today!
Today is seed planting day--Bluebonnet seeds that is. I soaked the seeds overnight (this is just 1 batch, I did more!)
Then Sunday morning I raked through the dirt with my trowel, and scattered the seeds in the bed where the hostas were...
then here in the wildflower bed
Then here in another part of the sunny bed I cleaned out. You just "sow" the seeds, you don't plant them, and you need to keep them watered until they form rosettes. I can't remember how long that took last year. I just know I had pretty little seedlings all winter. Bluebonnets need lots of sun--that's why I think they will work where the hostas were.
It was a wonderful day in the garden, full of hope and anticipation for good things to come!