The Garden Song

January 27, 2014

Good bye to legendary Pete Seeger May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014


Happy New Year!

January 1, 2014

Stating the obvious, has been on hiatus for a few months.   I’ve moved a couple of times, and I am without a garden at the moment.  I am feeling like a fish out of water.   Most of what I typically write about is what’s happening in my garden, so for the next few months, I’ll need to focus on other peoples’ gardens and other garden related tidbits that I find interesting.  A bit of a challenge, but with the new year started and life settling down, it’s time to get past the writer’s block and be productive again.

Aloes are blooming now.  I love this time of year!



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Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2013

Halloween Visitors


Diapers Do The Job….

October 28, 2013

Fortunately, it’s not what you think!  Diapers do the job, containing a great water retention project that is useful in gardens, too. Interesting video, and I learned a lot more than I expected. I wish I’d known about this when I was building my vertical succulent shutters!

If the idea of buying diapers bothers you, there is an alternative. Hydra-crystals can be purchased separately so you can have them on hand whenever you need additional water retention properties without having to take apart diapers. There is a source called WaterSorb in one of the comments at this link.  Also, read all the comments because I think there is additional, interesting info that might be helpful.


As evidenced two posts ago, I have moved.  The house was sold, the garden dismantled, plants given away, but a small collection of plants has traveled with me to my latest abode, a rental we’ll live in for a few months while our new little house gets a remodel.   A lot of my plants didn’t fare well because I withheld water to keep them light for the move, but it was also a hot week during our move so there was a lot of stress to me and the plants!  We’re all recovering and pots will thrive again, but in the meantime I had a little surprise when I looked out the kitchen window.  Two of my stapelias have bloomed – a big one and a tiny one.   Stapelia – simple pleasures…..


The flowers on this big guy are salad plate size.  Two blooms at the same time!

Stapelia These little guys are about the size of a dime.  Three flowers blooming together!

Stapelia big and small

Here’s a shot for comparison.  Always stunning!


Succulent-topped Pumpkin

October 9, 2013


October in the Garden

October 4, 2013

SOLDHere it is, a few days after the first of the month and I just got around to posting the October in the Garden for you.  This is one of my favorite times of the year in the yard because I feel productive and hopeful about my spring garden results, but this year for me is bittersweet.  Instead of gardening, I’ve been dismantling because we have sold our house and moved into a rental for a few months.  It doesn’t feel right not to be prepping and planting but this is a temporary situation and I’ll be back at it eventually.

For the rest of you, here are your guidelines for October:




Reblooming Orchid

September 19, 2013

  Isn’t is beautiful, even more so because it rebloomed from last year.   How did I accomplish this?  I have no idea!  

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Monarch Butterflies

September 10, 2013

I have a lot of Monarch butterflies flitting about my garden now. They seem late this year, but at least they arrived. On the other hand, for all the butterflies I have in my garden, I have only found a few caterpillars munching on my milkweed plants, so I’m not sure where those butterflies are […]

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Serene Sunday

September 8, 2013
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Pelican Flower – Vinus uncontrollabus

September 7, 2013

It’s funny how a coveted plant can become a complete problem in a garden.  I’ve currently got this scenario going on in my front yard. I love my Pelican flower vine.  I was so excited when I finally found a plant to buy at Walter Andersen Nursery.  It’s been a work in progress since I […]

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