Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hedge Row Damage

BY SKEETER
 The recent Freeze damaged the long hedge we have here in my GEORGIA GARDENS. The weather sure has been strange. Mild Winter temps brought everything out a month ahead of schedule. Then a hard freeze damaged most everything. Then on Tuesday, we had a record high temp of 91. Yes, that is not a typo but 91 degrees! It is just plan crazy weather.
In the 16 years we have called this place home, we have never had damage to the new growth on the hedge. I am sure the hedge will bounce back in a week or two as it has flourished even after several inches of ice in the past. But so sad for me now to see the HEDGE ROW DAMAGE, In the Garden...


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tree Stump Gnome Home

BY SKEETER
 HAPPY SPRING! 
Today I shall share a little project I have been working on lately.
It seems we are forever removing trees from our GEORGIA GARDENS. As you can tell from the hole at the bottom of this stump, that this tree had to go. It has since become firewood for us as well as those which helped us remove it. I asked the Saint to keep the stump as is, due to an idea I had brewing in my head.
 For Valentines Day, the Saint and I don't really celebrate a Hallmark holiday as we show our love to each other on a daily basis. But when the Saint asked if I wanted to go out to dinner or anything for the day, I told him I had another plan for us once he was home from work. Using all scrap items we had laying around, I told him what I wanted and he constructed this roof for my project.
 Using more scrap wood, I created doors and windows and a little birdhouse.
 I installed the features while the Azaleas and Redbud were starting to give me a beautiful show. 
 I was pleased with the results thus far.
 Now we have a Gnome Home!
 I found the gnomes at a bargain price some time ago so they have been tucked away in a closet until I could decide their purpose.
 I recently found this little Sleeping Dragon and knew it had to come home with me so as to incorporate my Dear Departed Friend Bernie, AKA the Dragon in my gardens. The greenery is not real but I wanted some instant green in that spot. Once I find a real green plant, I shall replace it.
 I took a log from our firewood stack and made the Dragons perch and placed a log to the back of the display to act as an ending to the Gnome Home Grounds. Little Mushrooms picked up at bargain prices fit in along side some larger rocks I had on hand.
 I planted a couple of red Pentas I found over the weekend and dug out some Liriope that had jumped a planter. In time, they should fill in nicely.
 A couple of $2 turtles fill in as their pets.
 I had recently removed these stepping stones from another area of a garden and put them as their sideway leading to the front door.
 I spread natural earth tone pea gravel around the area as well. Virginia Creeper Vine was going up the tree and a bit remains. I draped it over the roof in hopes it continues to grow.
 We have two other stumps I had planned to Play around with but as you can see, this one has started to rot so I will not waste my time on it.
And the Woodpeckers have found this one.
I know that more than likely, in time this stump will rot away as well. I wish the Azaleas did not die to the freezing temps but otherwise, I love my TREE STUMP GNOME HOME, In the Garden...


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Azaleas have gone bye bye

BY SKEETER
 The Azaleas here in my GEORGIA GARDENS were really starting to light up the woods. I am disguising a project in the makings for a future Posting with that smiling ghost.  
 This one was as pretty and full of blooms as never before.

 Even though they were blooming 3-4 weeks ahead of normal, I was really seeing some beautiful full bushes this year.
 This is the my favorite of all the bushes as it is so huge after years of branches laying over and taking root. Now the sad news, we had the coldest day yet of our winter being 23 degrees last night. I just let nature take its course during the night.

And I awaken to a sad sight. All of my beautiful AZALEAS HAVE GONE BYE BYE, In the Garden...



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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Redbud Tree

BY SKEETER
 My Redbud Tree is blooming in my GEORGIA GARDENS! A few weeks early but I am enjoying its pretty blooms. The Azalea bushes to the left and right are blooming as well.
March 2009
Here I was back in 2009 the day the Saint planted it for me in late March. He had brought this little tree home to me as a surprise.
March 2, 2017
 She started her show in Early March being full of buds.
Now those buds have opened into a bouquet of Pink Blooms. I love my little REDBUD TREE, In the Garden...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Azalea's and Iris in February

BY SKEETER

 It is February (well the last day but still February) here in my GEORGIA GARDENS. And Azalea's in my driveway island are in full bloom! 3 to 4 weeks early. Wow, just wow.
And look at my first (which was also my last) iris of the year. This is a repeat type iris that bloomed 4 different times for me last year! Last time it bloomed was December 15. I wish all my bloomers were repeat as I love color. I find it amazing that I have AZALEA'S AND IRIS DURING FEBRUARY, In the Garden...


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Crawlspace Platform

BY SKEETER
Sagina Grass/Irish Moss
 Today we shall revisit an area that I talked about in the past. Click HERE to see how this little area was created in my GEORGIA GARDENS.

This is a platform area by the crawlspace door of our house. I had planted Sagina grass aka: Irish Moss as this was an area by the AC unit. It was moist thus I thought it would do well.
Sagina Grass aka:Irish Moss
 It grew well in the beginning but once the heat of summer set in, the once pretty moss as you see above, all died away.
Thyme
The following year, I gave a Creeping Thyme a chance in this spot. Above you see it soon after planted.
Creeping Thyme
The Creeping Thyme was doing great until The Saint decided to put a little "Wet it and Forget it" on the siding of the house. He failed to rinse it off my plants below and it completely killed the thyme.
Gravel
Since I was wasting my time, energy and money on plants, I have decided to think outside my Gardening box. I have come up with the idea of gravel. 
 The gravel of choice is a Drainage type that is small enough to fit nicely into all the tight little nooks of the brick design. The Saint likes this idea much better as it makes it much easier for him to get under the  house when need be. I kind of wonder if that was not his plan all along when cleaning the siding of the house. Only he knows the answer to that question. Hum...

The saying goes, "Three's a Charm" and I hope this is the final bit of attention I must give to the CRAWLSPACE PLATFORM, In the Garden...


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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Early Spring in Georgia

BY SKEETER
March 14, 2015
 Winter kind of skipped us this year here in my GEORGIA GARDENS.  The Forsythia photo above was taken on March of 2015 which is a normal time of year for Forsythia to be blooming.
February 20, 2017
This is the same Forsythia today! Yes almost a month early. Well, it would be a month early had I snapped a photo sooner than yesterday.

 As you can see, the Bush has already gone to green. A month or so ago, I dug up lots of saplings from this bush and planted them in two primary areas of my gardens. And it looks as though, they are going to be happy in their new spots. I still have some more to dig up but talking about it and doing it are two different things. Ha.
 Hyacinth are ahead of schedule as well.  My records show it should be at this stage at March 9 or thereabout.
November 20, 2017
This photo was snapped back in November. Take note of the newly planted hardy Banana Tree. I saw no need to snap a photo of it after the first frost.

January 5, 2017
Jump forward about 6 weeks and the banana tree was waking up from a not so long winters nap!

February 30, 2017
And of course another frost put it to sleep for a second nap. I do not recall that frost date but look at her waking up for a second time! Accompanied by Daffodils and Bridal Wreath Spirea. I do believe I have a Hardy Banana Tree!
The weatherman just announced that we have had 25 days since Dec with temperatures of 75 degrees or more. Here is the 7-Day forecast. At this rate, this will be the warmest Winter on Record in our area! No wonder we are having an EARLY SPRING, In the Garden... 


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

White Iris Surprise

BY SKEETER
The Saint and I went into the front yard to work on a project together. (more on that with another posting, Stayed tuned) Something white caught my eyes in our GEORGIA WOODS.
I had to jump over the creek to get a better look at what I thought was a rogue plastic bag.
Would you just "lookie" here at what I found! I can only assume a squirrel brought this into my woods as a tasty treat during a cold winter day. A WHITE IRIS SURPRISE, In the Garden...   


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentines Day!

BY SKEETER
 Happy Valentines from my GEORGIA GARDENS, to yours.
 The Ever Red Loropetalum aka:Fringe Bush has a beautiful Red bloom that is very difficult for me to capture through a photo. But believe me, it is bright red and has a dark almost chocolate leaf. I planted 2 last fall and have 3 more yet to put into the ground. Maybe this weekend.
 My Royal Princess Nandina has beautiful Red Berries that no critter seems to want.
 And last but not least are the beautiful Nandina's in the Butterfly Garden.  
All I know about these beauties is, they were here when we moved into this house. I did move them to a better spot than the previous homeowners had placed them. I enjoy their beautiful Red Color on this HAPPY VALENTINES DAY, In the Garden...

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