Adding and Updating Plant Pages-Bringing Back Memories

Marigold ‘Petite’ at 32″ on 9-19-11, #79-1.

Hello again! Seems just like yesterday when I made my last post. I guess that’s because I did. Anyway, I have been working on the plant pages to the right which has brought back a lot of memories from Mississippi. Some I have to laugh about.

One of the memories tonight was about the Marigold ‘Petite’ and ‘French Dwarf Double’ seeds I bought in 2011. I made a corner bed (at the corner of the den in the backyard) in 2009 and so in 2011 I decided to plant ‘Petite’ Marigolds along the front of the border and the ‘French Dwarf Double behind them. By then the Salvia farinacea (Mealycup Sage) had a permanent home in kind of the center of the bed. I had a row of Brugmansia in the back… 

I was confusing myself trying to explain so I decided to draw you a map… The bed was at least 12′ wide and deep… I forgot one thing, though… The bed grew to be in front of the Nandina and between them and the brick sidewalk going to the den. The brick sidewalk, which I discovered by accident, led to the… OH, you should just read the story about the Mystical Mansion and Garden… It isn’t finished yet, but the story about the brick walkway is the last thing I talked about. Otherwise I will be here for HOURS (I will be here for hours anyway).

OK, where was I? Oh yeah, the ‘Petite’ Marigolds. Anyway, while I was updating the page I remembered how they got so much taller than they were opposed to have grown. So did the ‘French Dwarf Double’. Remember yesterday I was talking about how the ‘Brocade’ Marigolds always grew much taller than the information suggested. Well, the ‘Petite’ Marigolds were only supposed to grow to 8″… The top photo was taken on September 19, 2011 and those 8″ tall plants were 32″ tall! I am not pulling your leg.

This photo was taken on October 12, 2011. When I start looking at old photos I drift back in time. I remember how much fun I had in the back yard of the mansion. It was a disaster when I arrived but it became my paradise. One photo leads to another and one story leads to another. Everyday was a new experience.

OH, NO!!! Where us this folder going to lead…

I always laugh at this one… A good friend of mine, Kyle Hall, and his girlfriend (Sara at the time), came over frequently. They lived in a room upstairs in the mansion for a while, too. Anyway, I had Kyle take a few photos. This wasn’t one he was supposed to take, though and I have no clue what I was talking about now. This photo was taken on September 6, 2009.

He took this one before I was ready, too. Kid of like “blooper” photos that no one ever sees. I was trying to get him to take photos of me on the top of the ladder (well, not all the way on the top step) showing how tall the ‘Cowhorn’ Okra and ‘Love-Lies’Bleeding’ Amaranthus grew. This photo was taken on September 26, 2009.

It seemed like everything grew to monstrous proportions…

This is where I started uncovering the brick walk in the backyard of the mansion on May 1, 2009. It led to the old covered patio… One time a lady stopped for a visit and she said she hadn’t been there for many years. She said the old patio was falling in then. It was either built by the first owners or the second. The mansion was built in 1905 and the covered patio was built out of Cypress. I made plant tables out of some of the lumber and I brought them with me when I moved back here. The plants with the HUGE leaves are Japanese Rice paper Plants. The upper left hand corner shows my first garden there… I made the raised bed out of the lumber that was stacked inside the old patio that was part of an old fence around the back yard long ago. I later moved the bed which is where I had my Zinnias for several years. I made a second bed where I planted the Asparagus which brings me to another story… It is when I first met the fire ants. I had prepared the bed like so to have two rows of asparagus. All nice and straight. When I started putting in the Asparagus crowns I noticed something was weird. The ants started covering my hands. I always thought fire ants were larger until that day… Needless to say, the Asparagus did not get planted in nice neat rows…

OH, there are SO MANY PHOTOS!!!

I had started a new project in April 2010… Eventually I was going to tear down the old covered patio, so I decided to make this, ummm, whatever you want to call it, for my potted plants. By this time there were over 100. I also did this along the left side of the garden.

Both of those photos were taken on April 20, 2009.

You may be wondering what i did with all the pots in the winter. Well, the den, the kitchen, the butler’s pantry, two sunrooms on the first floor and three on the second. Actually, I didn’t use the three on the second floor that much.

The date stamp is wrong. This photo was taken on December 16, 2009. On warm days during the winter I would put the plants on the 40′ long front porch and then bring them back in side in the evening. I did that until I moved in February 2013… Even after there were… A LOT MORE and BIGGER pots.

I also made this new bed in 2010.

This bed along the west sunroom was nothing but ivy and Vinca major until the spring of 2011. The Colocasia esculenta loved it here and so did the Tradescantia pallida (Purple Heart) as you can see. This photo was taken on August 1, 2011. This bed kept growing, too…

This was a few from the west side of the garden (which really wasn’t west) on August 1, 2011. The okra closest is ‘Burmese’ and on the other side is ‘Burgundy’ which I didn’t care for. SO, I switched to ‘Red Burgundy’ in 2012 and it is what I planted this year.

OH, this is the corner bed by the den on October 24, 2011… GEEZ!!!! That is what lead to this post in the first place!

Here’s another view since I already got WAY off course!

The Zinnia’s got a little carried away, too…

Can’t stop now, I am on a roll! This photo was taken on May 16, 2012. I had torn down the cold covered patio, removed the chain link fence behind it (which was apparently a huge dog kennel) and dug up the whole area with a shovel. NOW, the garden went all the way back to the back fence along the alley.

This photo was taken on June 2, 2012.

This is the back view of the garden on June 9, 2012. The front part of the garden had tomatoes, peas, beans… The middle part had ‘Top Crop’ Green Beans and ‘Royal Burgundy’ Bush Snap Beans. The okra in the back part is ‘Red Burgundy’ and ‘Fife Creek Cowhorn.’  The little triangular area was for Marigolds and Amaranthus.

Umm… ‘Super Sugar Snap’ Peas, ‘Royal Burgundy’ Snap Beans… The above photo was taken June 21, 2012 (after the next photo).

Switching ends… Tomatoes ‘Homestead’ and ‘Atkinson’ on the left. I planted ‘Laxton’s Progress #9’ Peas  with the ‘Homestead’ Tomatoes. That is the same ‘Royal Burgundy’ snap beans on the right as in the previous photo. Ummm… The above photo was taken on June 9, 2012.

Alocasia’s lauterbachia, ‘Calidora’, ‘Portora’, ‘Sarian’, and ‘Mayan Mask’, plus the white Bird-of-Paradise on July 13, 2012.

This was my work area under the HUGE Magnolia and Ligustrum tree on July 12, 2012. The HUGE Coleus is ‘Kong Red’.

The above photo is of the front part of the east sunroom on December 29, 2012. GEEZ! That was my birthday! The plants from the west sunroom had been moved into this sunroom and other rooms I guess because there was a drop in temperature.

Along the wall… The doors on the left go to the front porch.

The back wall… At one time, the passion flower was in the corner… Until I found out it would overwinter outside… The HUGE Alocasia is ‘Portora’ that I bought as a starter plant in 2009. She is normally in the west sunroom She is mother, grandmother and great grandmother of the ‘Portora’ I still have. She was 88 inches tall when I had to leave her with a friend in February 2013. I moved things around a bit… Sometimes I had all the Alocasia along the back wall.

This was some of the succulents on December 29, 2012. We haven’t even made it to the west sunroom… There are also photos somewhere of the plants in the kitchen, butler’s pantry and den…

OK, folks… That was a lot of the photos from that folder so I think it is time for a break now. I was supposed to me working on plant pages.

I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane as much as I did. Take care, stay happy, healthy, positive and GET DIRTY!!!


7 comments on “Adding and Updating Plant Pages-Bringing Back Memories

  1. Jim R says:

    About all I can say is “WOW”! Plus, in a couple of those candid shots, you remind me of a garden gnome with all the tall stuff around you. 🙂


  2. hairytoegardener says:

    Wow, the soil must have been terrific there. All of your plants, both in the ground and in pots, looked happy & healthy. That mansion is something else. What happened to it after you left? Do you know?


  3. bittster says:

    What a fun post, so interesting to follow. It’s amazing how well everything grew, you really worked some magic.
    I got a good laugh when looking at your garden blueprint. Did you notice the ‘e’ missing on the crape myrtle? I know they’re not a favorite of everyone, but I don’t think they’re crap! lol
    The mansion looks great but sure looks sterile now. Have you been back? I would guess it would be a little disappointing to see the gardens, they look more ‘lawn service’ inspired rather than inspired by a passion.


    • HORRAY, bittster! You noticed the “E” was missing. I did that on purpose, though. I think everything has went bonkers this year because of all the rain. I’m not certain, but I am pretty sure it wasn’t my magic. Maybe magic from the universe. NO, I haven’t been back to the mansion since I have left. You are so right, though, it would be VERY disappointing to see the yard and sunrooms vacant of plants. Backyards are made for plants and gardens and sunrooms are made for plants! I think someone needs to get dirty. One of the ladies who bought the mansion has quite a back yard. I mention her in several of the pages to the right because she gave me a lot of plants. Her back yard was once featured in the Southern Living magazine. It is her lawn guy who has been doing the mowing and shrub trimming at the mansion now… I can’t believe they cut the Nandina half down! LOL! Thanks for the comment!!!

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