Friday, February 28, 2014

The 2014 Nashville Lawn and Garden Show

Good morning! This has been such a busy week for me I can't tell you how tired I am but it is a good tired I suppose. Yesterday my friend Vonna and I traveled to the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show. We had a really wonderful day at the show and in Nashville. Of course, Vonna is one of those friends I always have a wonderful day with! 

The Nashville Lawn and Garden Show is one of those 'I can't miss gardening events'. If you are planning to go you will have fun! It is open today, tomorrow and Sunday so there is still plenty of time. Sunday is often a day the vendors will make you some good deals so they don't have to haul  their stock back to their businesses, but any day is a good day to visit this show. 

I'm going to share with you all some pictures of things that interested me at the show. The above sculpture was quite a departure from the show. In years past I can't ever remember seeing a sculpture like this in the garden. The display was quite eye catching.
This year's theme is 'Wine and Roses' and I believe there will be a wine festival in conjunction with the show that starts today and goes through Saturday. Vonna and I did not sample any wine but we saw lots of wine bottles. This display was very innovative. I loved it!
The set up was so simple but yet so eye catching. The lights surrounding the bottles were simply a section of rope lights. 
I also enjoyed this swag across a doorway complete with a shelf of wine bottles. I did not check to see if the bottles were full or not....
Each year I snap a picture of a water feature at the show and each year that picture is always a frequently Googled picture. This one was a bit different than usual in that it had a waterfall coming off the roof of a 'hut' on a pond. Very nice.
A gazebo contained a whole bunch of orchids. Loved it!
A little pocket garden fits into this spot perfectly.
On our way out we noticed this beautiful rose and wine set up. It's the perfect spot to sit for a while--but please do take the time to smell the roses as every single one of them was real! And ever so gorgeous. The colors shine in this display and it was a touchable display. So beautiful...

in the garden....
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Spring is on the way!

 I am so happy to see signs of Spring here in my GEORGIA GARDENS!
 Hyacinth are peeking out their heads.
 Tulips are popping through the Phlox. 
 Forsythia are blooming.
 Daffodils are starting to bloom which really cheer me up after a nasty winter.
My little sunny delights! 
The Robins are starting to gather into small flocks. Yep, these are sure signs that SPRING IS ON THE WAY, In the Garden...
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Georgia Ice Storm 2014

 We had a nasty Ice Storm here in our GEORGIA GARDENS a week ago!
 This area MAY receive one of these storms about every 10 years, if that. 
We had an Ice storm back in 2004 but it was nothing such as this storm.
Our front woods looked beautiful but the sound of popping transformers and snapping trees was scary. 
 This dead Fern made a beautiful sculpture.
 The fire pit looked like a small skating rink. Maybe the Gnomes enjoyed it when we were not looking.
 But with Beautiful Ice Sculptures, there is danger! The weight of Ice on trees and soggy grounds below, had trees falling all around us. This old Willow Oak just about hit our house. Yikes! It fell after dark and the sound was so scary! We had lost Power to the house and were sitting in the dark keeping warm by the fireplace. We ran outside with flashlights to find this tree had missed the house. But by the sound inside, we just knew it had hit us. Whew, we dodged that bullet. 
The Oak took down a Sweet Gum Tree that was in its pathway. I was so happy about that in this sad saga.
 The Retaining Brick Wall took a bad hit with two trees falling on it. More on that later.
 The tree fell across the driveway, onto the wall and into the yard. Yes, that was one big tree. Just look at the root ball. Once the tree is all cut up, the Saint hopes to stand the root ball back in place. Ha, good luck with that. Stay tuned...
 It is always fun to see neighbors show up for the spectacle after a storm. We met more neighbors in this past week then we have in the 13 years of living here. Ha, Of all 25 houses on our street, we got the worst of the storm. Too bad we do not receive some type of award. Ha. And that is yet another small tree across the driveway as well. We had 5 trees fall in this area.
 We lost a second Willow Oak by the driveway. This one could not have fallen any better for us. It missed the Silver Berry Bushes and only bent two of the fence poles. Poles that have been replaced once by us from a neighbors tree falling on it. Ha. Ironic thing, we had been trying to find perfect weather to remove both of these Oaks and that Sweet Gum Tree for the past year but something kept us from the task. So thank you Mother Nature for getting the job done, even though I do believe we could have done a better job of getting them down with no damage. This root ball took dirt from under the asphalt of our driveway leaving a very dangerous spot. We plan to work on resolving that issue soon!
 Another dangerous tree during an Ice Storm are those beautiful Tall Georgia Pine Trees. This one fell from across the street and onto the power lines. See the other pine debris by our mailbox to the right? Those came from our trees.  
Here are two Pines I believe we shall remove after this storm. They are close enough to the house to fall on it and after this storm, that scares us a bit. Loblolly Pines grow straight up and constantly loose their lower limbs. See how this one has lost more limbs on the left side of the tree then the right? That makes for an unbalanced tree which could fall with the right conditions.   
These trees are referred to as Widow Makers, as they can drop a branch with no notice. See how the one is sticking in the ground as if a spear? Yep, that would hurt if dropped on my head. The Tree House was not damaged during the storm.
The very first thing we did after the storm was over, was to go check on our neighbors Hoof Babies. Harley, Storm and Georgia were all warm under their coats and fine. They spooked with each snap of limbs from above. I can only wonder what goes on with wildlife such as deer, birds in trees, squirrels, etc. during such brutal weather.
 We found our neighbors already in the pasture clearing debris from the fence. The Saint and I jumped into action and helped them. Of course my Saint just had to be the one to get into the bucket of the tractor with a chainsaw in hand.
 We worried about our young Leyland Cypress and Green Giants as they were bent into strange positions. The Saint tried to knock off the ice with no luck of course. All the Leyland and Green Giants stood back up once the ice was off their branches. They are tough trees. 
 And beautiful when coated with ice.
 This tree did not snap in half like we knew it would. It did not stand back upright and will have to come down as soon as we can get to it. This one will be tricky as it is hanging over the Suet Feeder and a Leyland.
 I was worried about the Cedar Tree that my dad gave me as a mere sapling a few years ago.
 I am happy to report, it is once again standing tall.
 We lost power for 60 hours! But after the ice storm back in 2004, the Saint installed a Propane Gas Heater into the sunroom. So between the heater and the Fireplace, we had heat the entire time in those two rooms. We used a portable grill for cooking on the front porch and a propane Heater/Cooker for heat in the bathroom and for heating water for coffee, etc. We had plenty of left overs to eat and we had an old fashioned phone, you know the kind with cords that do not require electricity. Ha, And we also kept in touch with the outside world via a transistor radio! Great grandparents old Oil Lamp came in handy as well. So we just had a big camp-out in the Sunroom and Living room during the power outage! We are survivors...  
On Valentines Day, these guys became our hero's by giving us back Electricity! This group of hard workers were from Decatur, Alabama. Georgia Power had called in trucks from many states around us. We were so thankful for the quick recovery time as this was one huge mess in our area.
 Once the streets were clear of debris and we had the okay get out in our vehicles, The Saint and I went for my Valentines Day gift! Good Boots to keep my healing ankle stable and some good work gloves. I was thrilled with my goodies and plan to get much use from them. Let the Clean Up begin!
 The Garden Shed got Speared by pine limbs. My little Trellis was moved a bit but I think I can stable the trellis.
  The Shed is now sporting a nice brown tarp until we can get it repaired. I kind of like the brown and may see if we can get the roof replaced with brown tin instead of yellow. It was my idea to hold the tarp in place with bricks. Ha...
 Crepe Myrtles were not looking too good with Ice bending them over.
 But they all stood right back up once the ice was gone.
 I thought the Japanese Maples would be fine but this one took a beating. Sigh...
 It was hard pruned by Mother Nature.
 3 major branches were broken off. Hopefully, it will make a come back. Only time will tell.
 Yep, that was a tall Oak. We started the clean up as soon as we could and prioritized. Clearing the driveway first, the wall second, then branches, etc.
 What a mess and a lot of hard work. But the lawn is getting back to normal. Well, soggy and a few new ruts from our boots but hopefully in time, the ground will lay back into place.
 The Wood Shed was running low of firewood so now we will have some wonderful Oak Firewood to burn come next winter.
 We have worked really hard to get up what debris we can. Our county is going to go through every road and pick up all debris put on the County Right of Way. This will be a One Time Sweep through for free.
 So trailer by trailer we have gotten many branches up on the roadway ready for pick up! We have a bit more to add to the pile and shall add it until the crews arrive on our street. So needless to say, this clean up has not been at our normal slow pace. Our body's are scratched, bruised and sore beyond anything we have experienced before but like I said before, we are Survivors... The County says it will more then likely take them 6 weeks to get up all the debris on the roads. Yes, it is one big mess...
 Now to the Retaining Brick Wall.
 It took a hard hit. Bricks were crumbled in several spots, this one being the worst.
 Mortar and Bricks are cracked, thus and unstable wall which has now become a bit dangerous.

 The Force of the Oak coming down was unbelievable. This branch is embedded so deep into the ground, that we cannot get it out ourselves! We shall get assistance with this one. 
And believe it or not, we had an 4.4 Earthquake on February 15!!! As the Saint Says, "If it aint one thing, its two" Needless to say, we will be calling our Insurance Company about the GEORGIA ICE STORM, 2014, In the Garden... 

**NOTE, Today, one week later, the temperature was 80 degrees! Ha, I would so rather be spending my time in the garden...
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