Sunday, June 01, 2014

Another week in my gardens


Fairy Garden Update
dichondra in the fairy garden
 I gave up on the beautiful moss; however, I notice the plugs of moss that were very bright green (the most alive) were not bothered so much by the sow bugs. I'm leaving the moss to see if it can survive those little rolly-pollies.

I have wild Dichondra growing all over my yard. 
It is a very small scale little creeper and it spreads by underground runners. 
I started transplanting little batches of it around the fairy garden. 
I think it will look great if the moss doesn't make it.
 Here you can see it growing between the patio pavers. 

helper Stupid Kitty (his real name)
 This helper gets into the action anytime I am outside. 
He won't look me in the eye anymore than a glance.
 Very heavy rains this week made pulling Bermuda grass much easier. 
You can see on the left what it looked before I started. 
Still have lots more to pull. 
turtle laying eggs
 This is a red eared turtle and she chose to lay eggs in the garden.
I'm not sure if she actually completed the act as they usually do this in total privacy. 
I was busy and didn't notice when she left but she didn't cover it up. 
making a pot herb garden
 I potted up a herb garden this week. 
The pot is not mine and I will be returning it next week.
Herb garden in a pot
 I'm not sure if this will work. Hope so. 
I used:
Hot Spicy Oregano
Spicy Globe Basil
Thai Basil
Garden Sage
Pineapple Sage Salvia elegans
German Thyme Thymus vulgaris
if you look closely, I tucked in tiny zennia seedlings in the bare spots. Couldn't help myself. 
purple cone flower seedling
 This made my day yesterday!
I discovered this little purple cone-flower Echinacea angustifolia var.
I had many many of these in all of my beds until we had chickens and guineas some years back. They eventually found every seed or seedling and disappeared. 
I have been on the lookout for a plant or seedling. 
I got the start from my Mom as a passalong plant.
She passed away in 1991 and these mean so much to me. 
purple cone flower potted
 I marked the seedling with a rock until I could get a pot. 

helper lady bug
 Right after finding the seedling, I spotted this lady bug.
They are always welcomed helpers.
helper of the day
 But this guy! He was the helper of the day as I had four holes to dig to finish up the Dwarf Nandina Nandina enana planting.
Dwarf Nandina
 This garden will be finished in the afternoon shade today with the addition of mulch.
I'm about to break my arm patting myself on the back.
old rose root
 Here is a rose shoot coming up and even though it is just old rose rootstock, I can't help but pot it up next week. 
I mean, why not?
It makes beautiful red roses once a year in early spring. 
brown eyed Susan view from think tank
 You've heard about my "think tank"?
Here it is and is the same color of Brown-eyed Susans Rudbeckia hirta.
When I mowed two weeks ago, these were in bud and I left them to enjoy. 
After two weeks, they look like this!
They are amazing!
FYI it only took me four hours yesterday to get it all mowed. 
A lot of thinking went on.
purple leather flower view from the think tank
 Another view from my think tank of wild clematis.
 Purple Leather flower Clematis pitcheri
They are on a pasture fence.
I anxiously wait for them every May.

That's it for this week. 
Except I didn't show or tell you about the Marigold seeds started on Monday and germinated on Thursday. Amazing.

One more thing, I can see the squash blooming from my kitchen window and that thrills me.


  1. I love reading about your garden. I wonder how you keep the deer and groundhogs away from everything since you have a beautiful woods behind?

    1. Thanks Healing Woman, We don't have groundhogs in this part of Texas. Thank goodness cause we do have other creatures to deal with. We do have dear that pass through near the creek. You can see the creek line in the background of the top picture where you see the dark green. We know they are there because we have a game camera up that shows them. So far, they have never come to the house area.

  2. Your garden is looking so great, isn't it exciting when things pop up that you hadn't expected? Such a lot of work, you need a nice cup of tea now. Or perhaps a glass of wine.


    1. Yes I love the surprises and am in awe of them

  3. Love those little wild clematis. They look like they should be in your fairy garden, Sharon.

    1. I'm hoping to get some seedlings started this year. They make lots of seeds but I have never had any luck. They are typical clematis, they like there feet shaded but otherwise lots of sun.

  4. I absolutely loved going on this journey with you today! Your gardens are all so beautiful and filled with love. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Your welcome Michelle. It is so nice to know that others enjoy. I'm out in the "country" and don't get many in-real-life visitors.


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