Sunday, April 24, 2011

My Hero

"Evan" is a Welsh name that means young warrior. When we chose to name our son Evan, we just liked the name. We didn't know anything about the warrior business. But in his fight against Bacterial Meningitis in November 2006, Evan became that young warrior. Sadly, he lost the battle. Please remember Evan today on World Meningitis Day, and

Join Hands Against Meningitis!

And familiarize yourself with Meningitis symptoms here.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Duncan's Gorgeous in the Garden!

Deutzia Chardonnay Pearls (also called Duncan) looks amazing this year. I've decided I must have another! The chartreuse foliage does darken for me come summer. I wonder if it were in a sunnier spot, if it would retain the color.

Iris Duncan's Smiling Eyes is also spectacular this year. I have two Duncan plants that bloom at the same time, but they are in different parts of the yard. I think I may have to get these two together.

And a funky little frog that was on the handrail to the front door.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day

Deutzia Chardonnay Pearls or Duncan

Knockout Rose, Sunny


Iris Duncan's Smiling Eyes

Not sure why my photos are coming back so hazy. I don't know if it's been all that humid, user error, or camera fail.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Vegetable Garden Journal

Here are a couple more recent photos (from April 1) of my little vegetable garden. I didn't realize how terrible they were till uploading, so I apologize for the blurries.

Sweatpeas starting to get a little taller. Very slowly. I think that's garlic in the background leftover from last year.

My potatoes and onions are coming in nicely. I've given up on the lettuce and planted a tomato and basil in the spot. And I only have 4 or 5 carrots coming in, so I shoved a couple of Roma tomatoes and two bell pepper plants in that spot. I should probably expand my veg garden, so I don't have to cram things so closely together.

Not feeling the best today, so that's it for now.

All Wet

"Wow, look at this beautiful fountain!"

"Check it out, Miranda!"

"Let me show you what to do."

"Oh, like this?"

You can take a girl to the fountain, but you can't make her drink. But she'll get all wet anyway.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Woohoo, it's Spring!

Yeah, I know, Spring "officially" began in March. And it's certainly felt like springtime (even summer!) here lately. These photos were mostly taken in mid March, so they are not too far off.

I just wrote a paragraph to follow each picture, and Blogspot lost it. I don't know that I'm up to doing that again. grumble grumble

Tulip "Miranda"

The tulips I planted in the fall in honor of my daughter, Miranda! I'll be looking for ways to keep the tulip bulbs over the summer, so hopefully I can replant come fall.

Stylophorum diphyllum Celandine Poppy

I Love, love, love the Celandine Poppy! Great little native perennial. The foliage is attractive and the flowers really pop. This one is in Evan's Garden. I just purchased three more for the woodland garden.

Veggie Garden in mid March

Ahhh...mid March in the Vegetable Garden. When I still had high hopes for my carrots and lettuce.


Azaleas are a beautiful staple of the American South. This one is (I believe) a non-native evergreen variety. I just picked up a couple of native deciduous Rhoddies over the weekend. So excited!

Sweet Peas!

And the itty, bitty sweet peas. So full of hope. I should probably do more research on veggie gardening. I feel like I research my annuals, perennials, shrubs, etc. with a vengeance and have a good idea of what to expect. With veggies? Not so much. I plant the peas in February, I should have peas to eat by April, right? Nope. More like May or June. Maybe.