Glory's Garden

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ponies...or miniature horses?

 Okay, so I dont know the difference between a pony and a miniature horse.I never said I was an animal person. Im strictly a plant person. I can tell a Hosta varigata undulate from a Hosta varigata marginata. Can you? Well, you should. They are rather different if you take the time to really look at them and... but I digress.

Its the ponies/miniature horses were supposed to be talking about.
Ive been trying to snap a picture of these little darling since I discovered the traveling petting zoo we have across the way had acquired them
 They're so cute! There were even a couple of babies. They were shy, however and didn't want to come to the fence to say hello.

 This isn't a pony nor a miniature horse, but she was with them just the same. It's some sort of deer although not the native White-tail. He was almost white which is a bit odd. He's not the only unusual four-legged creature here. There were a couple of alpacas but I've yet to get a picture of them. They don't look too friendly!

One of the babies is hiding in the tall grass. See the little black thing behind the white mama? That's him!

 They just refused to even look at me. Am I that ugly to ponies?

Wonder how long it will take for them to eat all that grass? I'll have to ask Julie over at Wooly Acres. Her sheep can't be much different than theses guys, can they?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Clematis vine in bloom

It's so exciting to catch a flower in the "I'm about to open so don't miss it" stage.

But it's nice to see them all opened too.

This is the first one to bloom here this year. I don't recall the name of this clematis. I just know it's down right purdy! The others will bloom soon enough. Will I have them presentable before then--presentable meaning weeds around the clematis vines removed-- we shall see.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Walking in Milford...PA

Walking in Milford isn't like Walking in Memphis. After all, I didn't have any chance of seeing the ghost of Elvis anywhere there. But that didn't stop me from taking a leisurely stroll.
Why I was in Milford at all was Brandons fault. He lost his wallet over the weekend and needed to replace his drivers license which could only be gotten at three locations on certain days of the week and yadi-yada-yada we ended up in Milford on Thursday. 
 This wasn't really a problem though. Justin goes to PCDC (picture above) on Thursdays so I just took him all the way there instead of just to Lords Valley so he could take the bus which takes him to Milford. Granted it is another twenty minuted further, but it just seems more tolerable when you can say you killed two birds with one stone...not that I'd ever kill birds with stones!

Anyway, While Brandon was inside waiting and waiting and waiting, I decided to walk around and look at the nicely manicured gardens. These are rare in the Poconos. What with deer all over the place trying their best to eat all you plant, most people give up on nice gardens. The deer population in Milford must be down some.
I marvel at the difference a few thousand feet in elevation does. Milford is just 40 minutes north of us but also down in elevation so, the temperatures there are always warmer even in winter--sometimes as much as ten degrees higher! Consequently, their trees and plants always start their spring show sooner.

Love the lush greens! Look at the newly placed mulch too. Am I the only one who sees the beauty in dark rich mulch? Probably!

These geraniums--yes, that is their real botanical name. I'll tell you about the "fake" geraniums some other time-- are better known as Crane's bill. I adore how it forms a perfect compact ball of foliage with a smattering of blooms just starting. Lovely!

When I saw this Scotch broom in full, marvelous bloom I longed for the one that got away. Actually it just up and died one particularly rough winter. And here I thought Scots of all sorts were tough!
 I thought this little roadside garden was such a charming sight.Everything here flowed together and around each other so well.Rocks, smooth, large and round were a nice touch.
 Pink Dogwoods everywhere here! So pretty.For whatever reason I can't grow this kind of Dogwood.I have Kousa Dogwoods and yellow-twig dogwoods but they just aren't these lovely "regular" trees.Perhaps I'll try again.

The lilacs were almost spent here and they're in full flower at my place.

 Here is the the "regular" dogwood which looks pretty-darn awesome to me.

Look at that lovely cheery tree in someone's back yard!

I could smell this Klondike Azalea about a block away! Yes, the perfume is fantastic and the blooms are always in neon yellows and oranges, so they almost glow in the shadiest of corners.

 I love the new growth of spruce trees, pale green and so soft. This appeared to be a weeping variety but it was so big I couldn't take it all in.

Look at all the potential baby maples waiting for a chance to twirl in the wind until they find a rich, moist home in which to germinate and become a sapling. Yes, that's how I picture seeds.

Well, that will have to do for my Milford walk. I rather enjoyed it and I hope you did too.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Lilac of a different color

It seems to be an oxymoron. White Lilacs...well, there's just something wrong about it. Or is there? We don't know if it was the flower that gave the color a name or vise-versa. So, which came first...the color Lilac or the flower Lilac? If it's the flower, then the white lilac is a fine name to differentiate it from the 'regular' Lilac.

But what if it was the color and the plant was named after the color? That makes it pretty darn stupid to have a lilac which happens to be white, still called a Lilac. What? We're supposed to call it a white? That would be ridiculous!

So, now we have Lilacs of many colors, red and pink ones plus a bizarre yellow Lilac and a two-toned one. I don't have any of those so I can't show you pictures. You can likely see them in your better mail order catalogs. They are very pretty but they are all called the confusing color name Lilac. What is a gardener to do? Well, we could just smell the flowers and shut up about it! Of course that would give me little to talk about. Silly me!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Protecting catnip

Calisto, the bird-watching cat
I realize it may seem weird to have a cage around a catnip plant, but if I didn't do this, the cats--have I mentioned I have four of them?-- would sit on top of it, roll around it and pretty much kill it if given the chance. So, I don't give them the chance!

Why do cats do this? Don't have a clue. Even this cage won't keep them away though. I often see one or two of them, usually Calisto, just sitting next to it as if just being close to  the catnip plant was enough to calm her nerves. Cats are funny, huh?
Chase doing what Chase does best...nothing at all.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The mystery of the toppled bird bath

So, I see this one morning--actually several mornings if truth be told. My bird bath was toppled over. Now I couldn't see how this happens and so often too! I'm out there winter, spring, summer and fall picking the darn thing up with no idea how it gets down in the first place.

So, I pick the darn thing up and put it back together. Mind you, that thing is made of cement so it's not that easy for me to pick it up, but I do it gosh-darn-it! My birds need to have their water you know.

I watch the birds every once in a while and wonder if they are the ones knocking it down. No way! They weigh 2-4 ounces at best. It's not having too much water or not enough either. This is solid cement which can't be blown away by a brisk breeze either. So, what the heck was knocking it down?

Little did I know, but there are some mighty big crows coming to the yard and one day I did see one land on the very edge of the bird bath. That however, didn't do it. The crow--or raven?-- took flight and wobble-wobble-drop! That was the mysterious toppler of my bird bath. Now if I could only get a picture of that....

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Miscanthus ornamental grass

This is my hedge of miscanthus ornamental grass. An acquaintance was digging them out of her yard and I asked if I could have them. So, that's how I got them. I suppose you're wondering why they're all brown though. That would  be because I never cut them down until after I see new growth starting.

You see, the birds when they build their nests need material and this stuff is the best for them. How do I know?
Well, one day while trimming the honeysuckle bushes I found this nest tucked way deep inside of one and guess what it's made of?

If you want them to come to your yard--birds, that is-- then give them no reason to leave by providing all they need even the stuff to make nests and the places to hide them in. Miscanthus ornamental grass is just one of many things in the yard good for the birds.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Introducing Star Magnolia

It has come to my attention that quite a few people don't know Magnolias...none of them. I suppose that shouldn't shock nor bother me, but oddly enough it does.

Magnolias are one of the prettiest flowering trees and easy to grow, too, even in places where they are not truly known to thrive. Magnolias, after all, are more widely known down south. I live up north, so it shouldn't surprise me when people look blankly at me when I mention Star Magnolias especially when they burst into bloom. The Star Magnolia is  a very hardy variety of Magnolia and likes to bloom early in spring. This isn't really a good thing in my Mountain home what with our propensity to get wacky frosts which inevitably zap the blooms sometimes before they get a chance to open. 
If you're wondering why they call them Star magnolias, I couldn't tell you. They say it's because the flowers are star-shaped, but blimey...that doesn't truly look star-like to me! The petals are floppy and rounded. Yes, the naming of plants is an art unto itself.
Washington Saucer Magnolias are just as spectacular as the cherry trees when they are abloom
Magnolias in general are great to have even in Northern gardens. For one thing, the Saucer Magnolia makes a nice home for hummingbirds. Just the fragrance eminating from these lovely blooms should be enough for you to consider looking for a nice spot in your yard for it. But if that's not going to do it, then how about the size of the blossoms? They don't call the sweet bay Magnolia "Grande Flora" for nothing, you know. They're huge!

Well, that's my endorsement for magnolias of all kinds, love it or hate it. I choose to love them and I really think you will too once you give them a chance.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mckee Botanical gardens revisited

I gave you a photo tour of McKee Botanical gardens a couple of days ago, but I only mentioned the Dr. Seuss art exhibit they hosted for several months. The history of this garden is rather interesting and I thought I'd share it with you. If you go to their website you can see photos from back in their hay-day in the 40's when tourists flocked to this place.

The garden consisted of 80 acres in 1929 when it was first established. It was THE hot spot, both literally and figuratively, in Vero Beach, Florida.

Some fun facts:

The entrance to the garden is a large, tunnel-like covered walkway with loads of flowering and very fragrant vines growing on lattice-like material. It's the coolest place here, both temperature-wise and as a stunning feature of the park.

There are outbuildings made of bamboo grown right here at the garden. I love this roof on the gazebo!

 There used to be many exotic animals living in the gardens. Monkeys, chimps, bears and parrots roamed almost freely often interacting with visitors. Ah, the days of no frivolous lawsuits!

There was even a Seminole Indian family living within the gardens.

Yes, they have cultural events planned throughout the year. ;-)

You can get lost --or maybe that's just me--- strolling along the intricate mazes. Streams and ponds inter-planted with native and exotic tropical plants from all over the world make it fun to do so.
This place really is lovely and I never seem to want to leave once I get here. That's gotta tell ya something! If you're ever in Vero beach, look up McKee Botanical gardens. I really think you'll like it.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The eyes have it--or rather the potatoes do

Look what I found upon my return from vacation? Yes, the hazards of leaving a bit too much food around. But I didn't toss these out. Heck no! I planted them in my garden. Yes, I know what the experts say. "You must only use certified seed potatoes". Hogwash!

I've done it every spring if I have a few potatoes in the kitchen sprouting eyes around the spring planting time. I never had a stinking potato police running me in so I guess I didn't break any garden rules. Well, there's a relief! ;-)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Protection for my camera

This is a quandary. I want to tell you about my camera, but I can’t exactly show you a picture of my camera, now can I?

No matter. I had a dilemma and I needed a solution. Because I wanted to be able to take my camera with me everywhere I went-- in case I found something interesting to show you, whether it be plant, animal or anything-- I needed a way to transport it so that it wouldn’t be likely to get bumped and broken. In my stash of anything useful which doesn’t have a purpose yet—this is usually in my craft stuff—I found this perfect sized drawstring bag.

Truly it was the perfect size for the camera. Only thing was it was dreadfully thin…not much protection. So what was I to do? I thought of making another bag from quilted material but that would have taken extra time and i really liked the little bag I already had. so, out came the crochet hook and some scrap yarn. Cool thing was it was almost an exact color match to the drawstring bag. Gees, you’d think I planned it this way! Nope, all a fluke.
 So, I crocheted my little insert (it was almost exactly like the sun glass cases I  made and showed you some time back only a little shorter on one side and wider on the other) and inserted it into the drawstring bag. The nice and snug fit was perfect for my camera. I'd show you my camera all snug in its new home but...well, you know.
I amaze even myself sometimes! ;-)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Pretty Forget-me-nots

This fuzzy picture is supposed to be a Forget-me-not. As you can so (un)clearly see, I ain't the best photographer, but at least I try.

The thing is, these are really tiny so you gotta get up close and very personal with the darling baby blues. This is one of the truest bluest flowers around and for that reason alone I call them one of my favorites. Yes, I know. They're all my favorites, I keep saying. You'll get used to it.
It's funny, but Forget-me-nots never show up in the same place twice. They are said to be perennials and yet I'm positive the ones I have here must have come up from dropped seeds. They always go to seed and scatter willy-nilly. I'm not about to stop them! The surprise of where I'll find them the next year is half the fun!

So, what I'm thinking is, Forget-me-nots are not truly perennials, at least not of the hardy variety. So, I'd call them semi-hardy perennials instead. I hope that's okay with you.