Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Summer Cottage Lunches

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Garden Harvest


CREATING Easy lunches

Tomato Abundance


It was the best of times. The coffee percolating, the aroma very strong, too strong. The breeze from the open windows and screen door diluting the scent and mixing with the pine and leaf mold to welcome the morning conversation. "Did you sleep well?" "Like a log!" Carefully placing the heavy white restaurant mug filled  a little over half with coffee and two big glugs of cream, down on the oak pub table painted many years ago by Grandma. The table has at least twenty coats of marine varnish covering every inch of wood. No water marks will be left on this surface and if necessary it could be overturned and used for a boat, the leaf extensions serving as paddles, conceptually at least. The dinner bell is on a wooden post outside. It was brought from the old farm. That was part of the summer cottage experience. The tomatoes would be packed carefully in brown paper bags, an abundance of harvest. Lunch would be easy.




Antipasto and Caprese


Spring rolls
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Growing in my garden this year I have Beefsteak, San Marzano, "Sun Sugar", cherries, and "Big Pink" tomatoes.








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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bloomin' Crinum

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Gardening with Bulbs, Corms, Tubers and Rhizomes

Bloomin' in the dappled SHADE


Blooming in my woodland backyard is the American crinum. It is known by several names including crinum lily, swamp lily, southern swamp lily, string lily, and seven sisters. It has white flowers and a honeysuckle scent, perfect for a moonlight garden.



 My backyard is perfect for a moonlight garden including many white flowers that capture and reflect the small amount of  light available. The flowers emit lovely fragrances and the assorted herbs (mints, basils, bergamot, oreganos, sages, rosemary, lavender, and lemon grass)  produce various scents when gently brushed.









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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hardy Water Canna

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Water Feature Gardening 

CREATING interest in a water garden


Commonly known as hardy water canna, powdery alligator flag, or powdery thalia (Thalia dealbata) is a member of the Ginger (Zingiberales) family. According to the Missouri Botanical Gardens, it is found in southeastern lowland regions from South Carolina to Missouri. Thalia is found in boggy areas and swamps and likes an organic loamy soil.











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Monday, August 7, 2017

Obedient Plant for a Cutting Garden

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Gardening for Floral Creations

CREATING Spires and spikes for summer floral arrangements


The common names for this plant are Obedient Plant or Fall obedient plant, False dragonhead, and Virginia lions-heart.  It is easy to grow and is adaptable to many hardiness zones.


The obedient plant has flower spikes that hold their position and shape in floral arrangements, hence their name. 















































































































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Thursday, August 3, 2017

White Ginger Lily

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Gardening for Fragrance

CREATING summer fragrance in a southern garden


White Ginger Lily  (Hedychium coronarium)




The White ginger plant can reach five feet tall and in late July and through August produces a very fragrant white flower.  The scent is as lovely as the flower.





































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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Abelia in the Summer

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Butterfly Gardening

backyard attractions





Dotted under the native oaks are five mature abelia shrubs. When Jack, Sadie and I take our morning stretch I enjoy waking to the soft floral scent of the abelias. Jack and Sadie are on the trail of nocturnal invaders, usually our nemesis, the squirrels. Sometimes those noses smell bacon frying at the neighbors house as their minds shift to breakfast ideas for themselves. 









They don't seem to notice the butterflies or other visitors enjoying the abelia nectar but they do appreciate those rascally grasshoppers. 
Grasshopper on Lemongrass 





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