It’s been a while since I shared what’s blooming here in The Land of Making Do.
We went through a phase when the armadillo were tearing up jack, as my father-in-law used to say.
This planting area is a prime example. It was filled with beautiful flowers, plants, and vines. Ultimately, I decided to just weed it and give up on the plantings until Spring.
A couple of weeks ago, I was pulling weeds at the edge of the bed and noticed something moving beside my hand. A baby snake! (I think it was a rattle snake.)
It went into a hole here under the strawberry plants, so Momma Snake must be in there, too. Scary thing – I was almost on top of the nest while taking pictures of my snowball bush blooms.
I replanted many of the flowers unearthed by the armadillo. Over and over again (almost every day).
After a while, I grew tired of replanting everything, so I focused on the most important plantings, like bushes.
This Tea Tree Olive is the third type of bush I’ve planted just outside the front steps. Our soil is very alkaline, so the August Beauty Gardenia (the first plant) got extra sulfur – perhaps too much – and didn’t grow at all for two years. It had burnt leaves and few of them, so it was time to chunk them.
I can never throw any growing thing away, y’all. Can you?
PAM now has two happy Gardenia bushes in her yard. (Their soil is rich with acid, no sulfur needed.)
I don’t remember what I planted after the Gardenia, but it outright died. Perhaps it was the tons of sulfur I’d added, trying to make the Gardenia happy. I finally dug down deep and added soil amendments galore to make the next planting happier. The Tea Tree Olive is growing nicely now and smells heavenly when it blooms during Fall and early Spring.
Last month, I cut back my flowers in the pots on the porch. It is scary to see the plants bare of blooms, but cutting the branches back is a perfect solution for heat-exhausted plants. Here’s what one rejuvenated plant looks like today.
I’m glad you see these pretty flowers today because we have 32° nights in the forecast this week. Good-bye flowers…
The Fall Crysanthemums are cheering up the plantings that hide our ugly propane tank.
Draping over the mums, we have the Hyacinth Bean Vine that has developed some bean pods. I hope I remember to save some seeds for next spring.
Maybe I’ll have a large vine next year – without armadillo digging up my seeds and seedlings too many times to count! It was late summer before this one little vine grew tall enough to grab the fence and intertwine with the Lady Banks Rose growing there.
Don’t you love the color of those pods? One year, I planted this vine behind a cluster of fuchsia flowers, and the display was gorgeous. The purple heart-shaped leaves are a favorite of mine, as well. Thank you, Aunt D, for sharing your seeds with me a few years ago! I do enjoy this vine.
The trees in our area of North Mississippi haven’t begun to turn. After this cold week, I think that may change. What beauty of God’s creation! I can hardly wait.
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