April 24 Update

A few of the plants on the front porch on 4-22-19, #561-9.

Hello everyone! I hope this post finds you all doing well. I took most of the photos for this post on April 20 then more on April 22. I did manage to get the plants on the front porch but the cactus are still in the house. Many of the perennials are growing very fast now but some are still slow because of lingering cool temperatures. The Hosta have been slow except for a few such as the Hosta ‘Empress Wu’ and H. Potomac Pride’. I will have to take new photos of the Hosta and make a separate update for the Heuchera and Hosta. I am planning a garden this year but the wind and then more rain has delayed that plan. I am also planning on extending the bed on the north side of the house… I want to add another Xanthosoma and find another Leococasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’. Of course, the larger Colocasia esculenta will also go in the north bed. Well, maybe I need to make the bed even larger than planned. I also moved the Alocasia outside but they aren’t exactly photo ready yet. 🙂

I met a new friend and fellow plant collector and we will be trading a few plants. No telling what I might wind up with but it will be very good!

 

Achillea ‘Moondust’ on 4-20-19, #560-1.

The Achillea ‘Moondust’ is well on its way to having a great summer. This is only the second cultivar of Achillea I have bought. The other was a selection of Achillea millefolium called ‘Strawberry Seduction’ which I purchased from Lowe’s in Greenville, Mississippi in 2012. I brought it to Missouri with me in 2013 but it fizzled out in 2014.

 

Achillea ‘Moondust’ on 4-22-19, #561-2.

Two days after the previous photo was taken, the Achillea ‘Moondust’ it has two buds…

 

Achillea millefolium on 4-20-19, #560-2.

The Achillea millefolium have been amusing plants (plural because I have SEVERAL clumps now). I have been calling this a Fern-Leaf Yarrow, but that common name belongs to the Achillea filipendulina (which has yellow flowers). The common names for the Achillea millefolium include Milfoil, Yarrow or Common Yarrow, Allheal, Thousand-Leaf, Bloodwort, Carpenter’s Grass, Cammock, Green Arrow, Sneezeweed, Nosebleed, Green Adder’s Mouth, Soldier’s Woundwort, Dog Daisy, Old-Man’s-Pepper and probably more. What is amusing to me is the way it travels by underground roots to where it would rather be. I initially brought two clumps with me when I moved back here from Mississippi in 2013. A friend of mine gave me quite a few plants from her yard that she had for MANY years. She said another gardening friend had given a start to her and she didn’t know the cultivar name. She just started yanking up plants because they had spread way out into her yard. Since I had several to experiment with, I put them here and there in both full sun and shady areas. The plants in too much shade just kind of fizzled out but the two mostly sun thrived. I brought two clumps with me when I came back here and put them in the bed on the south side of the house. In 2014 I moved one to the front of the chicken house and one on the north side of the house. I also put a few along the basement steps (in full sun). The one in front of the chicken house has just done so-so and that is where I thought it would spread the most. But, not so. It only did well there for a couple of years then the clump became smaller and has even tried moving around the corner. The plants along the basement steps, in full sun, only lasted a couple of years then they didn’t return one spring. On the north side of the house, where they received the least amount of sun, they have done much better and multiplied. I took one of the larger clumps and put them in front of the barn last spring in full sun. One clump on the north side of the house is only a couple of feet from the foundation and seems to like it there even though it is in the shade. The clump I moved to the barn was the traveler… It moved about 3 feet from where I initially planted it in three years to get to more sun. It has also left behind 4-5 offspring, two of which popped up this spring next to the steps. The other 2 or 3 are still in the shadier part of the bed. Supposedly, according to some, the Achillea millefolium will spread like wildfire but I haven’t had that problem. The native Achillea millefolium on one part of the Katy Trail nearby has flourished beyond comprehension. Here on the farm, I guess the cows have kept in check because there aren’t that many. You can see Achillea millefolium on a lot of back roads as well, sometimes in very large colonies. There are several nice cultivars available in several colors and sizes that do not spread.

 

Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’ on 4-20-19, #560-3.

A few patches of the Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’ are beginning to flower while some are still in bud. I really like this cultivar even though they spread like their life depends on it. Well, I guess their life does depend on it, huh? I originally brought the Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’ home from Lowe’s in 2010 when I was living at the mansion in Leland, Mississippi. They multiply to form a thick mat so some of the plants need to be removed every year or so to avoid crown rot. They root easily so you can put them here and there. They have fairly shallow roots so they make a nice living mulch.

 

Astilbe cv. ‘?’ on 4-20-19, #560-4.

The Astilbe are getting with it now. They aren’t among the first perennials to emerge in the spring, but they are close behind them. Once they start they grow nonstop until they reach their size. The one in the above photo, Astilbe cv. ‘?’, is the one I brought home with the wrong label. I checked over the plant quality in many pots and didn’t notice it was mislabeled until I brought it home. GEEZ! It is a smaller plant so it is likely Astilbe ‘Visions’ or ‘Rheinland’. I guess I should take measurements of the mature height with and without the flowers so I can give ita proper name besides ‘?’…

 

Astilbe x arendsii ‘Fanal’ on 4-20-19, #460-5.

No mistaking this is an Astilbe x arendsii ‘Fanal’ because it has the correct label. 🙂 This cultivar is somewhat taller than the other one and has dark leaves and red flowers. Astilbe are great in a shady area and prefer somewhat moist soil and they both like it on the north side of the house. Some cultivars grow to around 30″ or taller.

 

Baptisia ‘Lunar Eclipse’ ? on 4-20-19, #560-6.

The Baptisia ‘Lunar Eclipse’ wannabe has grown A LOT since I took the last photos on April 7.  I had to make a decision to move this plant to the southeast corner bed because it shades the Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’ too much. At least I think so although the Phlomis wasn’t complaining. ANYWAY, Saturday afternoon I took the shovel and stuck it in all the way around the clump to loosen the soil… Ummm… Baptisia has deep taproots and doesn’t like to be disturbed so I was going to be very careful to get as much soil and as deep as I could. It would not budge! I thought I was going to break the shovel handle. So, I decided I would move the Phlomis to the southeast corner bed instead. It was not happy about that decision… I will write about that down farther… So, for now, I guess the Baptisia stays put.

 

Baptisia ‘Lunar Eclipse’ on 4-22-19, #561-4.

On April 22, only two days after the previous photo was taken, the Baptisia wannabe ‘Lunar Eclipse’ has MANY buds… Now I have to watch it closely!

 

Cydonia sp. on 4-20-19, #560-7.

The Quince has more flowers on it this year than I have ever seen before. Maybe it will bear fruit. 🙂 This probably the most annoying shrub, besides the Crap Myrtle, on the farm. Well, I suppose that depends on how you look at it. I don’t trim it very often and it has spread into the patch of Iris next to it which I am not happy about. Other trees like to hide in it and there is also some Poison Ivy in it. My grandparents planted it here so it has been around for a long time. I have noticed other Quince’s around town that are also LOADED!

 

Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’ on 4-20-19, #560-27.

Like I mentioned earlier, I had to make a decision about moving the Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’ since I couldn’t budge the Baptisia…

 

Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’ roots on 4-20-19, #560-28.

I looked it over pretty good and thought, “Hmmm… I can make two out of it.” It actually had two tap roots, which were growing crooked because the soil was so hard.

 

Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’ on 4-20-19, #560-31.

After I replanted them and gave them a good soaking I continued taking more photos. Then I thought how I didn’t like the same plants in more than one location, even though they are within a few feet of each other. After all, I had just put the Hosta ‘Guacamole’ back together again for the same reason. I have to keep comparing the two plants and take two photos instead of one.

 

Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’ on 4-22-19, #561-13.

So, on the 22nd, I put them back together again. It wasn’t very happy I had dug it up and moved it in the first place let alone completely disturbing its roots. It will be in more sun where it is now, which is supposed to be OK. I will just have to keep an eye on it. GEEZ! It probably thinks I have flipped!

*On April 24 it has forgiven me and looks MUCH better.

 

Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ on 4-20-19, #560-32.

The Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ continues to do well. These are a great Salvia is you need a plant that stays pretty compact. This is our third season together and it has always done well. It will start budding shortly.

 

Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ on 4-20-19, #560-33.

I was very glad to see the Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ survived the winter. This will be our second season and it is already getting off to a good start. One plant is larger than the other, but the smaller one flowered first. 🙂 At one point last summer the smaller one almost fizzled out but it came back to life and survived the winter. This Salvia has the neatest flowers which you can see if you go to its page. Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ is part of the FASHIONISTAâ„¢ Collection introduced by Walters Gardens. Maybe I can find another one so there will be three. I used to only buy one of each plant, but last year I started buying at least three to make a bigger group. That’s OK as long as I plant them all together. 🙂

 

Salvia x sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ on 4-22-19, #561-15.

The Salvia x sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ (or ‘May Night’) has really taken off this spring! Last year, if you remember, it took a vacation and barely did anything. It stayed small and barely flowered. I am glad its vacation is over! This will be our seventh season and is one of the first perennials I panted here in 2013. It has been in this same spot.

 

Sedum kamtschaticum ‘Variegatum’ on 4-20-19, #560-36.

The Sedum kamtschaticum ‘Variegatum’ is growing really well now and

 

Sedum kamtschaticum ‘Variegatum’ buds on 4-20-19 #560-37.

It appears to have a few buds already!

 

Sedum kamtschaticum ‘Variegatum’ on 4-20-19, #560-38.

Even the stem with more yellow variegation has returned. Maybe I can take a cutting this year.

 

Sedum kamtschaticum on 4-20-19, #560-39.

The Sedam kamtschaticum is also doing very good. Last year it sprawled out and the stems touching the soil rooted. That’s good so now the clump will be bigger. 🙂

 

Tradescantia fluminensis flower on 4-20-19, #560-40.

When I took the plants to the front porch on April 20, I noticed the Tradescantia fluminensis had a flower. NICE. It did pretty well over the winter. Hmmm… I don’t have a page for this plant yet.

 

Zantedeschia aethiopica on 4-22-19, #561-16.

The Zantedeschia aethiopica (Calla) bulbs had started sprouting but the bulbs had sunk deeper into the soil. So, I gave the pot some fresh potting soil and re-planted the bulbs. They are a bit more crowded than recommended if you plant them in the ground but this is a pot… The top 1/4 of the bulbs need to be above the soil but that didn’t out so well. There is a big cluster in the center and when I watered most became covered with potting soil. Hmmm… They didn’t flower last year, so I am hoping for blooms. Hmmm… I don’t have a page for the Calla either and I have had them since 2017! How could that be? 🙂

I had to do some repotting and take a few cuttings when I moved the plants outside which can be expected when they have been inside.

I took photos of the Hosta on April 20, but some are growing so fast the photos are out of date. So, I will take photos again and do a separate Heuchera and Hosta update. Of course, there will be a cactus update once I move them back outside.

Until next time, be safe and stay positive and GET DIRTY!

 

Refurbished South Bed

I can hardly believe it has been 19 days since my last post! Well, I have been kind of busy as you can imagine this time of the year. The garden is doing OK, at least half of it. The other half I don’t want to talk about. I have also been adding new pages on the right of plants I have grown, or am growing, which can lead to one thing then another. I have to make sure the scientific names are still correct for one thing. I am trying to get the list more or less complete then go back and add more photos and information. That has proved to be a little difficult for some plants.

I had to go back and look at the photos I had taken since June 6 (JUNE ALREADY!) to jog my memory. The last thing I remember was looking at the bed on the south side of the house (above photo taken on June5) and trying to think about what to do with it. Then I decided that if I start digging up the soil, cut the Crap Myrtle’s down (OH, I mean Crape Myrtle), maybe I could get some inspiration. THEN while I was digging I got distracted with the garlic bulbs. THEN, when I was digging up the garlic bulbs I saw something glowing in the soil… Both became new posts. Then the next day I went to Wagler’s Greenhouse to see what was there that could get me even more inspired… I intended to write a post about the Fireflies, then the Elephant Garlic, then the bed. BUT, then I joined a new online marketing program and started taking the training… SO, that is one reason why I haven’t added any new posts lately.

I could post the photos I took on June 6, but the plants have grown by now! SO, what do I do? I will just ignore the past 19 days and post the photos I have taken the past couple of days. I took 115 photos Saturday afternoon but this post is just for the south bed.

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The Baptisia x variicolor ‘Lunar Eclipse’ is still doing well with no sign of any worms foraging on it’s leaves as in Mississippi. This plant is located in the southwest corner of the bed next to the Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’.

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The Buddleja ‘White Profusion’ is doing well again this year and LOADED with buds. I still don’t know which of the 141 accepted species of Buddleja this cultivar is from.

The flowers on the Buddleja ‘White Profusion’ are always AWESOME! I would like to add more Buddleja varieties somewhere…

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I transplanted a double row of Celosia spicata ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ for background plants along the wall. Since they can get very tall, up to 9′, they do very well as background plants. They readily reseed so I had PLENTY to choose from. So many that I run out of places to out them. The bad thing about putting them here and there is that the following year there are HUNDREDS more to put somewhere. I am tempted to scatter the seeds all along the fence rows on the entire 40 acres!

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Wagler’s had several Delphiniums, so  purchased a blue and a white one.  The last time I bought Delphiniums was in the 1980’s, so I thought I would give them another shot. The tag on the Delphiniums just says “Delphinium Mix”. GEEZ!!! There are about 300 species in the Delphinium genus, which are perennials. The annual Delphinium are Larkspur’s, which are in the genus Consolida. I planted Larkspur seeds in Mississippi that reseeded every year. Most perennial Delphinium hybrids and cultivars are from Delphinium elatum. The genus is pretty complex and I will tell you more when I get the Delphinium page added to the right…

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As you can see there are still a few Cannas in this bed. I haven’t removed them yet, but that is on my “to-do list” so I can transplant more Celosia spicata ‘Cramer’s Amazon”

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Echinacea  purpurea ‘Pow Wow’ White’. Seriously, folks, there are a lot of new Echinacea’s (Cone Flower) on the market. Personally, while there are several I would love to try, I don’t care for a lot of them. The petals on the traditional old Echinacea are supposed to hang downward. Many of the new ones that have came out over the past several years to not droop. I have not seen any Echinacea of any kind in any of the garden centers or greenhouses, only online. SO, when I saw Wagler’s had a few Echinacea ‘Pow Wow White’ available, I thought I would give it a try… They didn’t have the ‘Pow Wow Wild Berry’. I checked online to see if the petals droop and I found out they are a cultivar of Echinacea purpurea and they do droop.

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This is the Kniphofia uvaria-Red Hot Poker. This is another new one I never grew before, so I am very anxious to see how they do. There are several different species and cultivars, some have enormous flower stems! Plant Delights has some really nice ones available but they are VERY EXPENSIVE! When I was first taking photos for this post I somehow didn’t get a photo. SO, I had to go back and take this one on the 26th. I can hardly wait for it to flower!

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Liatris spicata-I have wanted some Liatris for many years, so when Wagler’s had them on sale I decided to buy one. I should have bought at least 3. I extended the bed a little beyond where it originally was and put the Oregano, Rosemary, a Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s ears) and a few ‘Brocade Red’ Marigolds there. I was going to dig more, but the ground was a hard as a brick… I will have to do something about that later (added to the “to-do list”).

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I had previously bought 3 Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower) and planted them in the north bed and they did pretty well. SO, since Wagler’s still had plenty, and they were on sale, I thought I would buy 3 more. Well, I examined them pretty good, as I always do, and noticed there was a problem. Umm… They had a touch of mealy bugs. I forgot to tell them about it. Anyway, I bought 3 more and put them in the south bed. The tag says sun to part shade, so I thought they might be OK here. If they have issues with to much sun I can always move them later. BUT, I learned something about Lobelia I haven’t experienced with any other perennials… Their leaves burn if they are still a little wet from the dew by the time the sun gets intense. The first 3 plants had that problem when I first planted them, too.

BUT, that is not the problem here…

When I was taking the photos one of the three plants had already died… It was not dead a couple of days earlier. I thought their problem was because of the sun and I forgot about the few bugs I saw when I bought them. NOW, I have to either spray or burn these guys. This is the first year I have seen bugs in any of the greenhouses. When I bought a few tomatoes from Mast’s Greenhouse earlier there were LOTS of bugs, white flies. He admitted he had a problem with bugs this year. Now I notice there are aphids and some other critter on some of the tomatoes. There are also a lot of Fireflies dealing with them. I need to go back out to Wagler’s and see if she noticed the bugs…

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Lupine ‘Popsicle’. I really like Lupine’s but so far they haven’t liked me very well. SO, I thought i would give them another shot. I bought two and they did fine… Then when I was taking these photos I noticed one had died. CRAP!!! Overnight DEAD. How can plants be fine one day and DEAD the next. Shriveled up, dried up dead! That is because of the intense sun the south side of the house gets. In Mississippi I had LOTS of oak tree leaves I used for mulch and they really helped. SO, It is very likely I need to start mulching the south side.

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Well, this Nandina domestica (Heavenly Bamboo) is not a new plant either but it is in the south bed. You know, sometimes we plant stuff where they would be great but maybe there is a slight issue that we learn about later. It has nothing to do with the Nandina. In fact, I would say that the Nandina is probably my favorite all around shrubs. NUMBER ONE! BUT, this spot is not always big enough for the Nandina and the Buddleja. Last winter (2015-2016) the Buddleja didn’t die all the way back and just continued growing in the spring from where it left off. That was a big problem for the Nandina which was basically covered up. Luckily this past winter, the Buddleja did die back and started over. The Nandina and I were both so relieved! There are new shoots coming up from the bottom, so this bush will soon be really NICE and the Buddleja won’t be able to take advantage of this location. The mansion in Mississippi had a lot of Nandina so I bought one back with me…

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The Origanum vulgare (Oregano) is doing very well in this extended portion of the south bed. I put it here because I couldn’t decide where to put it..

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Just as I was taking the photo, “guess who” jumped in. He had been with me when I was taking photos on the north side but ran for the bushes in the front yard. The alarm went off at the church next door and he did not like that noise at all. By the time I made it to the south side of the house the alarm was turned off and all was quiet once again. When I took this photo of the Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’ he jumped out of the bushes and right into the photo. I have had this plant since the spring of 2013 and I realized how important it was to protect it over the winter. You never know about the winters and the last one was weird. BUT, I did not cover it up this past winter even though the pot in the background is there in reserve for this one particular plant. SO, when everything was coming this plant didn’t. Finally one day I saw one tiny leaf emerging telling me it wasn’t dead. You can bet this winter that pot will go over this plant with mulch added! Probably it won’t flower this year, though. OH, I have to get those Celosia spicata ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ relocated!

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Rosmarinus officinallis (Rosemary). As with the Oregano, I couldn’t decide where to put the Rosemary I bought from the garden club plant sale. SO, It went into this spot….

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This is a photo of the extension to the south bed. It is quite smelly with the Oregano, Rosemary and Marigolds. the Lamb’s Ears also have a scent but it isn’t noticeable.

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The Scarlet Sage, Salvia coccinea, still continue to come up from seed every year. They are a bit SLOW to appear, though, so I have to be careful when I am weeding. I just let them grow where ever they want and they seem happy. Weird, though, they are called Scarlet Sage but they flower in white and pink, too.

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The Salvia x sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ (‘May Night’) is always one of the first perennials to come up in the spring. They flower early and do so all summer. Right now, it needs a bit of a dead heading… I bought this plant in the spring of 2013 and it has never disappointed me in the least. Many sources list this hybrid Salvia as Salvia nemorosa, but it is actually a cross between Salvia nemorosa and Salvia pratensis. I had forgot about this, so I have some correcting to do… I hate it when that happens! I also thought that Salvia nemorosa was a cross between two species… In fact, the original post this one replaced had the two species it was a cross of. It sometimes takes me hours (or days) to write a simple post.

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I bought the Salvia nemorosa ‘Dimensions Blue’ and ‘Dimensions Rose’ earlier this spring and put them here in the right side of the south bed. They are doing very well so far as long as I keep the spent flower spikes cut off.

Salvia nemorosa are very heat and drought tolerant and seem to have no problems as far as insect are concerned.

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Stachys byzantina. This Lamb’s Ear clump has been weird… First, a good friends of mine gave me two pots in 2013. One club dies after the second summer and this one survived. BUT it is not exactly where I put it. It seems to be drifting out into the yard because it doesn’t like the Crap Myrtle. SO, I removed a couple of the escapees and put one in the left side of the bed and one in the extended part. I like Lamb’s Ears, but they either like where they are and spread like mad or they eventually die. I don’t think it likes the soil here either.

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A very good friend of mine in Mississippi, Walley Morse,  gave me a start of this plant in 2012. Without a doubt, the Talinum paniculatum-Jewels of Opar, is one of my favorite perennials. So, go lock me up in the nut house if you like for confessing that. Here in Missouri I haven’t had any problems with it spreading like wild fire. In fact, here it is more like a self-seeding annual. When i transplanted the two plants he gave me here in the spring of 2013, they got HUGE and were LOADED with flowers and seeds. I cut off as many of the spent flowers and seeds as I could because i knew what “could” happen. Even so, I had hundreds of seedlings come up. In 2015 I had only a few plants and I have no photos since 2014. Last year I don’t think I even had any and thought they were gone. This spring, I was surprised when several seedlings came up in the bed behind the old foundation in the other yard. I transplanted several along the border in the south bed.

The south bed is to long to get a good photo of the whole thing. You can see the few Canna survivors that need to be removed. A couple of years ago I moved the Cannas to their new home along the garage where they are ding very well. The grasshoppers always ate them to pieces in the south bed but don’t seem to be a problem where they are now. The Crap Myrtle have always been a problem in this bed because they get quite tall. If it were up to me, I would pull them out. I know, I know, they are Crape Myrtle and a lot of people love them. I am just not one of those people. When I expressed my dislike of them while I was in Mississippi it was like I committed a mortal sin.

Well, I think it looks much better now, although there is still work to be done. I like mass planting and there are a lot of bare spots. We have the summer ahead of us and the heat will be the test to what works and what doesn’t. I have to decide what do do about mulching to keep the soil cooler, too. Maybe I will have to get some of the leaves out of the ditch, or at least some of them. I left the leaves in the ditch for a reason, though and it is working. SO, best I leave them there. I just hate to buy mulch when there is so much natural mulch available. But NOT grass clippings for this area! I just have to think about it.

Well, that is it for this post. Hopefully it won’t take me 19 days before I post again. Actually, I took enough photos on Saturday for four posts. I have something to show you… Over the past week I have taken photos of the wild turkeys and two baby raccoons… But that isn’t what I want to show you. It is of my experiment with the tomatoes…

I hope you enjoyed this post! Be happy, stay healthy, prosperous and most of all GET DIRTY!!!