Saturday, March 4, 2017

Crape Myple Second Blooming

This is the second blooming this summer for this Crape Myrtle one year it bloomed three times.  It was shorter then and Carrel did not have to climb on a ladder to dead head. I do not like the seeds to fall on the ground and sprout. This was the first plant Carrel planted in my yard,  however it was not the last.  Every time I go to Charlottes,  we go flower shopping. I came home with a car load of flowers,  as usual.  The Water Garden Nursery had this tree.  It was five foot tall in a two gallon pot and just the color I wanted.  When I arrived at home I took every thing out of my car and set it in the shade.  I did not plant anything until the next morning.  When I plant a new plant in a new bed I dig a big hole and put the dirt in a bucket and mix equal amounts of cow manure old dirt and some coffee ground and plant my new plant.  When the bucket is full of dirt I take it too another new bed my son Frank tilled up for me.  This dirt her was awful it took us a long time to get  the beds in good shape  By time I finished planting all the plants my back was hurting so bad I could not even lift this tree.  So I went over to Mr. Sheffield  ( now of course it is Carrel) and ask him if he would plant my tree for me.  This was the first thing he planted for me,  but as you know it has not been the last.  When I told him what I did to hurt my back , being a man he said "Don't you have a wheelbarrow ?" I had not thought of it.  I never do things the easy way.  Debbie tries to make everyone believe he has planted everything since.  He has planted a lot but not everything,  he only planted three of the thirty nine roses I had.  He does plant more now than he did.  He planted all the Azalea and mad all the newer beds.  I like to get down in the dirt and my flowers myself in the spring.  That is not all he does for me.  Sandy , my youngest says he does everything for me.  That is not true  if he did he would not have time to what he likes best.  Read!and Read! some more,  he loves to read,  I do not mind him reading in fact we read about ten books a week he a lot more of them than I do.  I started this blog some time ago found it as a draft and decided to finish.  I do not like all the little trees that come up under Crape Myrtles  and I like to have things to bloom more than one time in a year I knew they would bloom more than once if you cut off the old blooms.  I have had them before.  Since I have had this tree Carrel has dead headed them some years they have bloom tree times.   When he first started he could stand on the ground then stand on a five foot ladder but now he has a harder time cutting it back.   I was wondering if I could get a picture off of Facebook and put it on here well you can save to you pictures the pick it up and send it to your blog.  It has gotten harder to get Carrel to cut this back.  I may have to get the young man who cleans my yard to do it.  I do not want the seeds to come up under here the are hard to get out of the ground.  This tree has bloomed as many as Three time s in one season but Carrel has to cut the blooms off just as soon as it finishes.

I hope you have enjoyed this blog.  Thank you for watching my garden grow and bloom and I hope you grow one of your own.  I love to walk in it and drink my coffee sitting on my beach.  Happy gardening to you from Carrel and I,   Juanita,

I started this blog some time ago so I thought I would finish it.  I like everything to repeat blooming, the Crape Myrtle will if you dead head after each blooming.


Friday, March 3, 2017

New Order from Way Side Gardens

 I ordered today these flowers for my new butterfly garden.  This is the Cherry Popes Sugars Buzz Monarda(Bee Balm)  Sounds nice, doesn't.  They will ship in about two weeks.  I have had the Monarda in red and purple.  The bees and butterflies love the flower.

 The   Dreaming Swan Windflower looks different from most flowers and they say butterflies love them. I downloaded this picture looks a little blurred.

Diana Clara Lungwort is another plant I have never planted. Hope it does well and hope they multiply well. 
Polemonium Caeruleum Bressingham Purple  this is another new one for me.  Something must have happened to me when I fell,  I am really getting brave ordering flowers I have never heard of before.  Each one looked so pretty.

At least I know this is a good flower for here.  Sombrero Coneflower. These are shorter than the others,  maybe I will not have to stick these.

This one is a Lenten Rose blooms in late winter - early spring.  I ordered it in the fall,  but it is not doing well.  I talked with a person on Way Side Gardens and was told to mix one fourth cup of Epsom Salt to one gallon of water and pour on the plant.  I read on Goggle the same thing or lime, these flowers do not like acid soil.  I order 3 more.  I do hope I can get them started. 

 Winter Helleborus this is in the same family however it is called Winter Jewel.   This one is doing beautifully,  however I did put some Epsom Salt on this also. I ordered three of these also.  I have a shade bed that I plant annual every year.   This year I will plant nothing but perennials.
I thank you for watching my garden grow and bloom.  And  hopeyou will grow one of your own.  Happy gardening to you from Carrel and I,  Juanita.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

January and February Blooms

This Camellia is about eight years old. A  Camellia is the most perfect flower, at least I think so.  If they had longer stems they make beautiful arrangements.  I made one in December however I have had to buy another computer and my December pictures are on it and it is blocked to me.

I took more picture in February, than in January, the weather has been better and some of my pictures are also on the other computer that is blocked from me.  I hope I do not have to buy a new computer every month but I will not be beat.  It is so hard to get my programs back on.  I have tried for two weeks now to get my e-mail set up. I still do not have going.
This bush now has a lot more blooms.  It starts blooming the last of November and finishes in March.

.The Debutant, reminds me of a Carnation for marking a corsage for the Debutant balls. 
this one also blooms in December though March.
    Looks like the bees are visiting already.

February's favorite yellow and bright.   This bush belongs to my neighbor,  Mrs. Lemely, has past away, and I miss her.  She lived to be well over 90.  She had a flower garden over two lots.  She planted everything, almost.  Carrel still mows 4 lots for her free,  they join me and I do not want the grass to grow out of hand. 

 I planted some pansies I had left over from my pots  in the yard.  These little flowers with their bright faces brighten a winter garden.

My first Iris to bloom in 2017.  These reblooming do not really know when to bloom.

The biggest surprise of all in February was opening my door and the lady handing me this beautiful arrangement from Debbie and Ken.  I really had to carry it from room to room to keep Miss Muffett from messing it up.  The bad cat still turned it over twice,  however it still lasted over a week. Ken sent Debbie and his Mother an arrangement also.

I thank you for watching my garden grow and bloom.  I hope you will give me some ideas for my new butterfly garden.  I hope you grow one of your own.  Happy gardening from Carrel and I.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Miss Muffett.

Miss Muffett
Let me introduce you to Miss Muffett.  One night in October Debbie and Ken of 2015  brought this little bitty very pretty Kitten.  My older cat Calico had been killed by a dog,  everyone needs a cat,  like they need a hole in their head.  Cats are inquisitive, active, and full of mischief some like Muffett,  more so. 

In this picture Miss Muffett is on her Throne she intends to jump up on my entertainment center and see what she can destroy
to save me some dusting.  In the first picture she is looking at me because I have the gal to tell her to get down.  k,,,,,,kllllllll  The Miss just walked across the keys of my computer.  She picked up an old spool of thread to play with. When Carrel holds his hand up like a traffic cop she sat there and looks around hoping we have forgot to watch.  She does not look us  any more.  Not until Carrel lets down the foot prop to get up does she get down.   This is our reading room you can see the library books.

 Now tired of us bossing her,  she lays down to rest from these mean old people.  I do not know if this is a "I will do that later or I hope you are ashamed of yourself" look. It could be you know which one of us will win.

.This is my chair, when I am in the sewing room on the computer however when she likes to sleep there.

Missy is glad she can have Daddy by himself.  Missy hopes she will sleep awhile.
This is the worst trick she has done.  I was scared she was going to break all of my cows I have left after saving them for nearly 30 years. I gave away a lot of them.
We knew we would not convenience Muffett not to jump up on top of the refrigerator,  so
Carrel removed the cows.  My Grandson Sean, painted the sunflower picture.  I am very proud of it  Debbie put up the boarder in my kitchen. You know she doesn't have any thing else to do.  Thanks Debbie bless her heart she is really the busiest Lady I know. 

    I hope you have enjoyed this new page on my blog.  Thank you for reading it and keeping in touch.  I hope you have a nice winter and our gardens will give us and the butterflies lots of pleasure next year.  Happy Gardening to you from Carrel and I.  Juanita

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Pots of Pansies

Every year about this time my spring pots are about worn out.  Time for the Pansies.  I thought the pot above   was very interesting.  I planted three Trailing Pansies around the top and the middle row of  holes. There are three regular  Pansies in the bottom row   Carrel climbed on his short latter and just as he hung it and let go I say "I bet it falls" Yes it did dirt flew as well as plants.  Carrel searched for a larger hook finally found one.  This one held but we decided we would need even a bigger one so when Carrel went back to Wall- Mart he bought  one. This pot must weight at least forty pounds.

The blue holder stays  behind the mail box,  like to put a smile on my lady Mail Carrier's  I plant a renew it every season.Everyone going to my neighbors or coming here are greeted by this pot on the blue stand with Butterflies.  It sure will match my theme for my new garden A Butterfly Garden.

These two are in front of my windows.  Usually I try to match these two, however this time I wanted opposites. Light and dark large and small.


 Carrel likes this location best and when I start redoing the pots he asks me over and\ over if I am doing one for this location.  Guess I should do this one first.  I was surprised he even washed this pot holder.

   A bird bath turn into a planter. I need to plant another Pansy in  this pot,   white with a purple face.  Hope you have enjoyed reading another blog page.  Thank you for watching my garden grow and bloom,  hope you have one of your own.  Happy gardening from Carrel and I.    Juanita                  

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Collection Nunber Two

Rainbow Butterfly Bush

This is my second area to redo.  Carrel dug up my orange roses, Vavooms  This is an eight foot square bed.  There were 5 roses in it along with Iris.  Four Vavooms and one Harvest Fest.  It was really sad to see my pretty roses dug up.  I hope I have chosen well for my new garden.  I had it just about  what I wanted then Carrels roses started dying first then mine.  In 2014 we lost 4 then 2015 some more this year the rest.  We have two old fashion roses still living that Frank and Charlotte dug up from their Grandmother Murphy's old home place.   The white pot under the tree with a lavender Petunia  growing in it ,came up from seed from several years ago.  The Rainbow Butterfly Bush will bloom from May to Fall.

The Bea Balm or Monarda is great for butterflies.  I bought three, I hope they send me one of each color and mark them.   In the spring I will order two more of each color.  I read in one of my many magazines I buy,  that you are suppose to plant three of each flower too make a good show.

Butterfly Blue Scabiosa  will bloom from May until fall.  This flower is know also by its common name, Pin  Cushion.  I will measure and make sure to plant the Butterfly Bush in the exact center allowing. for  growth width then plant the other four flowers in a square. I am not sure what else I will plant in this bed 
I do want something blooming at all times. By next fall I will know what else I will need.

  I hope you have enjoyed this new page in my blog.  Thank you for watching my garden grow and bloom, and you are growing one of your own.  Happy gardening from Carrel and I.  I will let you know number collection number three soon.


Monday, September 19, 2016

September Bush

 Liz at Selman's Nursery, located in Eudora AR. rooted this bush for me.  She had a big one and I thought it was so pretty.  However it does get top heavy.  The root system is not very strong,  certainly not strong enough to hold up a heavy   top.  Carrel has this one tied at the back to the fence. This has grown about 4 ft.  since last winter.  We trimed it after it bloomed last September.  The first one I planted died over the winter.  Liz gave me another one.  I had been looking for plants that bloom in September.



All the above are or have been blooming in September.  Now September is a colorful month in my new yard.  I have many plants coming that will bloom from late summer to frost.  I hope you have enjoyed this new page on my blog.  Thank you for watching my garden grow and bloom,  I hope you are growing one of your own.  Happy gardening to you from Carrel and I,  Juanita.