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Reds of June

06/30/2011 in gardening, single color posts

First of all, allow me to apologize for the time spent away from this blog. I “discovered” Tumblr while answering questions over at yahoo questions. I’ve been posting away, exploring the theme possibilities, helping people to get their blogs back after the mad hijacker tried to take over the place… and posting single picture posts.

Anyway, on to the red pics that I took this month.

Double red rose of sharon
rose of sharon

I grew this tree from a stick… felt like Aaron, brother of Moses, when he shoved his staff into the ground, and it bloomed.
I trimmed some branches, planted some immediately, and left the rest in a bucket of water until the leaves fell off… planted those dead-looking sticks anyway… they all grew!
While I like the looks of the single blooms, they tend toward weediness with all those dropped seeds coming up everywhere.

Here’s a flower that looks like it could swallow a hummingbird…
Hardy Hibiscus ‘Fireball’
Hardy Hibiscus ‘Fireball’
I don’t know much about this flower, It’s been in the garden for a few years, blooms these huge flowers, but still seems overwhelmed by the other hibiscus varieties growing nearby, and the other tall stuff, like the cannas, brugs, helianthus augustifolius (they bloom a bit later).

The Swamp Hibiscus is a very happy plant when given enough water & sunlight.
swamp hibiscus

Hibiscus coccineus These plants tower, and take as much space as they’re allowed! I’ve been putting tomato cages around them to prevent the sprawling they will do when the plant gets top-heavy. Seedlings come up everywhere, this is an easy plant to share! If the swamp hibiscus doesn’t self-sow for you, try sowing the seeds in the Spring after danger of frost is past.

Another wetland plant, the cardinal flower
Lobelia cardinalis This guy doesn’t get that tall, so I give it a choice position at the front of the bed. The deer eat this beauty, and everything I read about the toxicology, suggests they shouldn’t, it’s related to tobacco…

Another hibiscus, this time from the shade garden.
turk's cap hibiscus
Malvaviscus Arboreus Turk’s cap hibiscus is an admirable plant, growing without problems in extremely dry shade. This hibiscus has a prostrate growth habit, throw some wood chips over the stems, and they’ll root, and cover an area as densely as turf. I haven’t seen any problems of weediness usually associated with the plants that grow as a dense ground cover. Propagate by cutting back and potting up in pots of soil.

And who could forget the daylilies?
clump of daylilies
We didn’t have the display of daylilies here in middle Georgia that we usually have, due to the unending drought. 8 inch deficit, and the people in the Mississippi river valley stay flooded with storm after storm “blessing” them with the rain we so desperately need.

canna and black-eyed susans
What needs to be said about cannas? humming bird magnets, but the leaves don’t go with anything… A funny looking plant, unless planted with other tropicals like ginger and bananas.

I’ve got a garden full of salvias and monardas, but I don’t have those pictures handy, I may add them later, after I look through my camera card… some plants are simply difficult to capture in the harsh sub-tropical sun.

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The white garden

05/28/2011 in gardening, single color posts

It seems like most plants will eventually throw a white bloom, if you plant enough seeds.
White is a popular concept, many people plant a white garden. While I don’t have a white garden planted… yet… I grow a lot of white blooms.


magnolia blooms
We all love the southern Magnolia… How many of us have room for one in our white garden? Good luck growing one of these from seed…

Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Oak leaf hydrangea is a very desirable native shrub found growing naturally in woodlands through the Southeastern United States.
The biggest shortfall with this shrub is that deer love it, and will graze it to the ground.

Bottle Brush Buckeye

bottle brush buckeye

Aesculus parviflora Another attractive shrub native to the Southeastern United States.
Bottle brush buckeye will eventually fill a sizable space… seems to grow slowly, but is well worth the wait… completely deer proof!



Gardenia is an easily grown shrub for the shade garden that hails from Africa and Indonesia. Wikipedia places gardenias in the coffee family… Hmmm. I have my coffee cup…
I’ve rooted cuttings of gardenia by doing nothing more than inserting them into a flower bed… Gardenia also seems to be deer proof. There has been problems with voles, on occasion.


Nandina isn’t really grown for the blooms, but for the showy winter fruit.
Warning: This plant is considered an invasive exotic and may not be a suitable landscape plant.
I’ve seen a few growing out in the forests, but I suspect that we have worse things to worry about than nandina…

Fish Pepper

fish pepper
Not really grown for the white flowers, fish pepper (Capsicum annuum), is a nifty variegated plant.

double-blooming daisy

double flowering daisy

Is this a daisy or an early blooming chrysanthemum? Both have the same leaves, daisies are blooming now, chrysanthemums should not be…



Feverfew has been in the news a bit recently, as a remedy for migraines and rheumatism. Grows in the shade garden, and with that strong odor, isn’t in danger of being grazed on by deer or rabbits. Feverfew may over run your garden if the seedlings aren’t weeded out. Feverfew also roots from the stems.



Another native plant, the yucca is not garden friendly, walking near this plant has often resulted in my getting speared by those bayonet pointed leaf tips.

Yuccas also have a habit of growing tuberous roots and sending up child plants and colonizing sizable areas. I’ve found that the deer will eat the bloom stalks, which robs the plant of anything it had to recommend it…

There are a lot of white flowers that I grow which I was unable to include in this post today, I intend to revisit the white garden, and I hope that you will return to the white garden as well.

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You Look Good In Blue

05/21/2011 in gardening, single color posts

Another of my single color posts.

Blue Dragon

Gotta luv these guys…. Heat seeking missiles aimed at mosquitoes!

spicebush swallowtail

swallowtail butterfly
Butterflies are important residents of all of my gardens… By planting butterfly host plants, as well as nectar plants, we can insure a constant supply of these cool dudes… Here’s a blog post on butterfly gardening that links to additional butterfly resources.

Iris virginica

swamp iris
Gotta love these wetland iris… There are several iris species that grow naturally in the local wetlands, While this specific plant came from a plant nursery, I’ve visited a local wetland that has acres and acres of these jewels… really spectacular…


Scutellaria integrifolia
While we’re on the subject of wetland plants, this Scutellaria integrifolia that I originally wild collected from my garden in Twiggs county is a very nice perennial that blooms and blooms, and tolerates a wide variety of soil types, and light levels.

verbena bonaris

verbena bonaris
Moving into the dry meadow garden, this verbena will seed freely, and come up in a number of places through the meadow, but is worth planting anyway. A butterfly magnet, and the form makes it an interesting accent piece for floral arrangements. The seedlings are easily pulled, so this plant never becomes a pest.

Blue Salvia

blue salvia
Salvia guaranitica humming birds and butterflies love this salvia, which will tolerate a good deal of shade in a southern garden. In my Jeffersonville garden, I had a clump of this plant outside my kitchen window where I could enjoy the humming birds while washing dishes… There’s got to be a reason to wash that sink-full of dishes, other-wise… it seems to never gets done…

Clasping Heliotrope

clasping heliotrope
Heliotropium amplexicaule is a great plant… A butterfly magnet, and very forgiving of soil conditions.
I wild collected this jewel from the sand hill garden, where it was contentedly growing in full sun, and deep shade without a drop of extra water!
The flowers are often covered in buckeye butterflies out in the sandhills, but the other butterflies visit as well.

Look Good In Blue!

I always was a fan of Blondie…

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