Sep 20, 2010 | 3:28 AM PST
I noticed Saturday that the tree I planted in the Now Defunct Biddy Barn, which I thought was a dogwood, turned out to be a sassafras tree. That was a surprise. I've never seen any in our woods. I sure didn't want that because they get huge, so I dug it up! I have 3 redbuds that have made it, and they are looking good!! I then cut the spent blooms on the butterfly bush in the back. It was looking pitiful from the lack of rain.
I had a mystery flower, which I have been watching, came up in the Back Forty. It finally popped open. It was a huge spider lily.
Now where in the world did that come from? I have never had one back there. The only one that I have ever had to come up was one in the Poison Garden a few years ago, and I didn't plant that one either. I had planted some bulbs that I had gotten from Mom 20 years ago, but they never did a thing.
I piddled around until it was too hot to piddle.
Mission for Today: Work in the cool mornings; relax in the heat of the day and remember to pray.
There is still some color in the gardens here at the Bucolic Bungalow, especially the zinnias. Last year I didn't have any, but this year I have colorful patches everywhere!
Some of you may remember the double althea that I rooted last year, planted and lovingly put a rock border and straw around it, only to find that Sid the Squirrel had dug it up and thrown it on the ground! She survived the winter and came back this spring, but she barely grew at all. Yesterday, I was doing a walkabout and discovered she has put on a blossom. The bloom is almost bigger than the plant!
I don't have many other late season bloomers in my yard except the red vincas and yellow marigolds are still going strong. I'm waiting on the pineapple sage to bloom. The plant is huge, so maybe we'll get a show this year.
The sure sign that summer is ending is the display of the garlic chives. They are shining in almost every bed this year. I must be sure to cut them back before they go to seed! An Easter lily in the Patio Garden must have been jealous because this one decided that the garlic chives wouldn't be the only lady wearing white.
Mission for Today: Remember: Summer may be winding down, but autumn is just gearing up; be not dismayed. There is joy in every season.
Son came across this old picture. It was taken in the mid-90s. Our house originally was on a small spot carved out in the middle of the woods. Hurricane Hugo took out all the trees that surrounded the house on the acre lot. The house was bare -- a great expanse of nothing. You can see the gourd garden that hubby used to have there on the side of the woods. Now it's what we call the Old Gourd Garden. He had to move his gourd garden because of lack of sun in that area. We later made it into a raised bed for shade plants.
I tried to take a picture from the same angle. Quite a difference. Now this area has not only the Old Gourd Garden, but the Second Natural bed, the Hibiscus Garden, and a Japanese walk to follow all around the yard to visit the different beds.
I just thought it was interesting how things have changed with another old picture.
Mission for Today: Remember that life is ever evolving. Hang on and enjoy every minute.