Saturday, May 17, 2008

So Little Thyme

The little sign in my herb garden says, "So Many Weeds, So Little Thyme" -- actually there are 3 little thymes, hardly visible in this photo.

There's also oregano, parsley, echinacea, gaillardia, violas, rose campion, rosemary, culinary sage and pineapple sage, not to mention the plants around the edges.

The calendulas that I sowed last November in the outer quadrants were a bust. They came up fine, but never thrived. They're coming out as soon as I decided what's to follow. The echinacea and gaillardia are self planted, not part of the plan. I tend to let things grow that do it with such gusto, not to include weeds.

Monday, May 12, 2008

There's a Zebra in my Garden

There's a Zebra in my garden -- a Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus-- with the longest talis of our swallowtails and black and white stripes, very striking. Pictured nectaring on common yellow lantana. There's a small Pawpaw shrub nearby, host plant for Zebra caterpillars.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Snapdragon Secrets

May 8, 2007

Previously, I thought snapdragons were treated as annuals here. They performed well in the cool weather of spring and died off when the summer got hot and humid. I noticed that mine, kept deadheaded, did not die. Instead they just went dormant and perked up in the fall.
May 5, 2008
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Last fall I took cuttings, just to see if they would root. They rooted easily.
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White Rocket Snaps from cuttings taken last winter:
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Cuttings of Red Rocket Snaps now in bud:
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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Bouquet on a Stick

About forty years ago, a neighbor planted the first tree rose we'd ever seen, a marvelous tall trunk with a huge blooming cluster of apricot colored roses on top. One child ran all the way home and shouted, "Mama, Mama! Mr. John planted a bouquet on a stick!"

I still don't have a tree rose, but I do have 'verbena on a stick.' Unlike the low growing, spreading verbenas we've always planted, Verbena bonariensis grows taller than me. It forms a scrim through which to view other flowers in a bed.