Jul 31, 2011 | 12:02 PM PST
I talk about the fairy folk a lot and thought I'd download a little information about them---to me this is a fascinating subject, so hope someone might enjoy reading about them. I will be discussing about the fairy folk, so if interested come to mitzilou's cottage---(click below)
A fairy (also faery, faerie, fay, fae; euphemistically wee folk, good folk, people of peace, fair folk, etc.)~~ is a type of mythical being or legendary creature, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural.
Fairies resemble various beings of other mythologies, though even folklore that uses the term fairy offers many definitions. Sometimes the term describes any magical creature, including goblins or gnomes: at other times, the term only describes a specific type of more ethereal creature.
Jul 30, 2011 | 9:35 AM PST
Hello again! I was just thinking that we actually have two Bill's (bsmitch Biil and Hillbilly Bill) here on Garden Guides,so you can decide whom you want to direct your question to---either Dear "BOTHER BILL!" OR Dear "BUG HILLBILLY BILL!" Two heads are better than one, they always say---so, maybe ask them both and get 2 answers or just direct your question to either Bill or Hillbilly. (In other words, you have choices!)
Jul 30, 2011 | 8:21 AM PST
Hi All Cottage Friends and Visitors! Hope you are having a wonderful week-end! I'm writing here today to present to you a new feature here at Mitzilou's Cottage----called "BOTHER BILL!" Bill (bsmitch or hillbilly) has agreed to answer any and all gardening questions asked by cottage visitors, whenever you need an answer---he has so much knowledge to share about gardening it isn't funny---why bother to go to all the trouble to find the answers to your problems in the forums when you can just--- "BOTHER BILL!" This is how it works---during the week here at the cottage just state your questions to "BOTHER BILL", and he will answer them when he gets around to it, it's as easy as that!---so ask away! (If it is an emergency question---hopefully, he'll be around to help you before long---no guarantees here!)
What is it, because I now know, it is NOT a Mexican Sunflower---I found one of those in this bed, finally, a little while ago---will get pic to show later.....my partner says this (below) is a Hog Weed and some of you think it is a passion flower vine....going to keep an eye on it, actually, there are three of these plants in my new bed!
I know I flew the coop here for quite awhile---but let's just start anew! Let's chat, and laugh, and share, and have fun today at the cottage!
The format has changed here at the cottage a few different times---so let's just have a new list of topics to share---actually stuff we have always shared anyway---
But---here we go....(I love making lists) (heck---go ahead and add stuff to the list here)
gardening experiences gardening know-how herbal and/or any types of recipes backyard wildlife experiences wildlife information creatures and/or wildflowers out in nature and observations furry people members of the family family get-togethers or trips poems artwork photography ANYTHING!!!
This is your cottage and you can create whatever you want here! This is your little personal place to come and get comfy and chat! LET'S.....SCATTER JOY!!! LOVE......from my little neck of the woods to yours...mitzi
I've had this bench for several years now----it has been in so many spots in the yard----just like my plants.....I love it and just wanted to show it, actually, I'm thinking about putting it in my new raised bed garden area that I'm planning on building with the brick pathways-----and maybe putting a new birdbath by it......what would gardeners do without dreams of creating something new!
My Zinnias have really taken off in my late raised bed garden that I got from my neighbor----I, also, planted Mexican Sunflowers in this garden------is that one plant to the left (on first photo) a Mexican Sunflower or a weed? The mystery sprout is at the top (on bottom photo). It has been so long since I planted any Mexican Sunflowers that I forgot what they look like sprouting out!
Remember my new garden bed that I adopted from our neighbors who were throwing it out? Well, I planted marigolds, zinnias and sunflowers seeds in it---next is a pic of the seedlings (and yes, the grass needs cut and the bed needs to be weed--eated around it)---next is a close-up of the marigold seedlings---
Ok---so now my big idea is to build brick pathways around this bed and build and add more raised beds with brick walkways surrounding the whole area---
I tried to be a Martha Steward clone creating gardens like hers, but somehow I never managed to get my large garden area to look Iike I wanted (I would hate to see Martha Steward's face in viewing it!)---so now I am going to create little boxes that will be easier for me to take care of---
So, I'll divide my containers into mini gardens----one containing perennials----and another herbs and so on-----
I'm so excited and upset at the same time! I was out in the garden this morning just checking on things with camera in hand---and suddenly I saw a very noticeable movement in the grass (off to the side of my garden that has gone wild----in other words---needs to be weed-eated!) At first, I thought, it was a bird trying to catch his prey because Russell, my partner, said he saw a Robin pursue a snake yesterday morning and caught it. I knew, whatever it was---was large! So, I slipped over there gingerly, and I saw the biggest moth I had ever seen in my life-----I was estatic! I couldn't get a pic because my camera was still frosty from being in the air conditioning the night before----so, I was letting the lens clear up. But the moth keep moving up and down, and I couldn't figure out why it hadn't just flown away with me just standing over it---there were cobwebs close to it, and I thought that the moth might be caught in the web---so I studied it for awhile, and thought that would have to be a really gigantic spider to catch that moth---then I saw that a wing was off to the side below this moth and I thought......hum, maybe, it had a broken wing.....but on closer inspection I saw not one, but two moths----I concluded that they must be mating!
Here is a pic of the type of moths I saw! Needless to say, I never got a pic of them, because of my frosty camera lense, and then I walked about watching a bee on one of my Stargazer lillies---went back over to the spot they occupied and poof they had vanished! What is the chance of me ever seeing this species of moths again!!! I found out the name of this moth is POLYPHEMUS MOTH----a giant silk moth-----(has an average wingspan of 15 cm (6 inches)!
An arrangement of pots on my deck---(Hens and Chicks, Herbs, and the Christmas Cactus is from bsmitch (Bill) on one corner of the deck---we are growing a pineapple plant (not shown), also that I repotted in a terra cotta pot and put in the arrangement yesterday---
My Malva Plants are starting to bloom out----they mutiplied a little from last year---had about four new plants that emerged from the seeds---actually, I read that they easily reseed themselves----also, bsmitch gave me a malva plant, also from his place this spring, and I believe it might be the striped variety. I put a mental tripod on top of these plants because they have a vining habit. It went everywhere last year!
I recently acquired a new (used) raised garden bed from my neighbor that was just throwing it out----so I filled it up with mulch and Miracle Grow potting soil. I know it is late in the season to plant seed----but I did anyway----I planted Dwarf Double French Marigolds, Giants of California & Dwarf Pumila Sprite Zinnias, also, Mexican, Lemon Queen & Autumn Beauty Sunflowers in this new bed. This will be my Butterfly and Hummingbird Flower Bed now!