Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Night Shot PicturesWith Infrared

Well today was pretty much an uneventful day in the Garden. I took a break today and spent most of the afternoon researching plants online and looking for that perfect new species for the yard. I was going along just fine and I was blocked by the site. Since I'm not a subscriber I'm only allowed so many searches per day. I suppose I should just become a member.

Jamie and I have been playing with the Night Shot on the camera and here are some of the better pictures.

Yellow Canna in Leaves

Grandmother's Rose

Monday, October 29, 2007

This Past Weekend

Well, the weekend has come and gone. I managed to relax and take it easy a little bit. I did get out in the yard and rake the fallen leaves up. We still need several bags of shredded leaves to mulch the new bed we've been working on. I was able to mulch enough leaves to cover about one third of the Tropical section. Our neighbor has told us that when he gets his back yard vacuumed we are welcome to the leaves. I sure was hoping he would get it done this weekend, but he never got around to it. I'm not a patient person so I'm just about ready to hop the fence and rake them myself. I wouldn't be in such a hurry but we have friends from out of town stopping by Wednesday and I just feel the bed would look better if it was completed. They certainly will not care that it isn't done. They are both gardeners and very creative ones at that. I took some pictures of the the few things that are still in bloom.

This is one of three Blackeye Susan that were given to us as a gift. One of Jamie's co-workers wanted to share part of her garden with us and this is one of the plants she sent. When I was just a little boy I would stand on the old wooden bridges on the local dirt roads and drop the head of these flowers in the water. I would watch them spin like little helicopters down to the creek and then they would float away. To this day I instantly think of that when ever I see them. I don't know which particular species it is.

'Blackeye Susan'

The 'Bloodflower' Asclepias curassavica is making a come back. It's the host plant for Monarch Butterflies and let me tell you. Those fat little caterpillars feasted on this stuff. That's okay though because we watched the entire process as they became butterflies and even captured it with pictures. It was absolutely fascinating to watch.

This is one of my garden treasures. I don't know the name or I guess I should say cultivar of this rose. I only know that it is very old and I mean the actual plant. My grandmother had it for years and years. When she passed I transplanted it before her home was sold. It's one of three plants I took from her yard. I almost lost it last year, but it's making a come back. I couldn't even begin to describe the color to you. The photo doesn't do it justice.

'Grandmother's Rose'

This is Canna Lily Canna x generalis 'Futurity Yellow'. I've had it for several years and this past summer it got divided into four sections and planted in the new bed under the Tulip Poplar. I was told it wouldn't do very well there, but it seems to be thriving. The Poplar bed is one of four new beds Jamie and I put in this year. It still looks pretty empty because most of what was planted in it is still in the ground sleeping. I'll be sure to post plenty of picture of it and the other beds next spring. It is just impossible for me to document everything we've done this past Summer. It's just simply too much. I'm just going to have to make a big effort to keep this blog up to date from this point further. I'll try my very best, though my schedule is hectic.

The New Tropical and Woodland bed is a work in progress. I'll try to post some picture to show exactly where we are with it some time this week. I did add four new plants to it this afternoon, but since I'm only posting pictures of the actual blooms in our yard you will just have to wait. Just like me.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The New Bed Started 10/20/07

This is the new bed we started this past weekend. The bed is completely cut out and is approximately 15o feet long. It still needs to be mulched and more plants need to be added. By next Summer we hope to have the Tropical section filled with Bananas, Cannas, and various other lush greenery and sub-tropical plants. We already have four varieties of Banana and five varieties of Canna planted as well as two Gold Bar Grasses and a Century Plant.

The Future Site of the Tropical Bed

This corner will be the transtion area from the Tropical Bed to the Woodland Bed. I collect large rocks and they are scattered all over the garden. The one in this picture will not remain. It's a gift Jamie and I picked up for a friend of ours. We had to take our friend Jimmy with us to pick it up. We drove 300 miles to get it and it took three full grown men to pick it up.

The Transition Corner

This is the first section of the Woodland Bed. I call it that because we will be placing plants in there that thrive in shaded areas. We are really shooting for a natural looking area of sorts but still have some color. Right now there are Rhododendrons, Oleander and Pachysandra planted there. I want to add Encore Azaleas next spring. I couldn't find any this fall.

Part I of the Woodland Bed

This is the second section of the Woodland Bed. It gets more sun so we will have to take that into account when choosing plants for the area. I'm sure we will come up with something.

Part II of the Woodland Bed

This bed still has a trememdous amount of work to be done, but you will get to watch as it comes to life. I can hardly wait.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

In The Beginning

Before we get started I want to take time to thank Karen for this idea, it was her blog that inspired me to create this one.

Now to begin… I first moved into this house in May of 1995. I searched for what seemed like forever to find the perfect home. For years I had lived in a fourteen by forty-eight foot mobile home. My little trailer served its purpose well, but the time had come to venture forward and find something with more space and a yard in which I could create my dream garden. The first year was spent tearing out the old flower beds in the front of the house. They were filled with Holley bushes that had been planted nearly thirty years earlier. This was no small task. Having no way to pull them from the ground meant the only option was to dig them up. Sometime in the very early seventies river rock had been used as mulch in the bed. Over the years the rock had migrated down almost fourteen inches into the ground. This made digging an almost impossible task. After about a week of hard work my diligence paid off and the old shrubs found their way to the curb to be picked up by the trash truck. The next week was spent building rectangular boxes from landscape timbers. I purchased Yaupon Hollies and Pygmy Barberries to fill the new beds along with a small leaf redbud and a couple of Nandina. With the addition of some Liriope muscari or border grass a few weeks later my front bed was complete. It was now time to turn my attention to the lawn. Every afternoon for two months I got out in the yard and hand pulled every single weed. I did it in ten foot by ten foot sections until I had completed the entire yard. That summer and the next spring the lawn looked absolutely fabulous. People walking down the street would stop when they saw me in the yard and tell me the house hadn’t looked that good in years. I was feeling a sense of accomplishment and my hard work was indeed showing. Below you will find some before and after pictures of the house.

This is a picture of the house when it was purchased in 1995.
Front View of House

This is a picture of the house about a year later taken after a little painting and re-doing the flower bed.

Phase II

This is the house and front yard as it looks now. Due to disease the Dutch Elm and Black Walnut had to come down and have since been replaced with a Cutleaf Japanese Maple and two Dogwoods.

Current Picture 2007

This is a picture showing the back of the house and the back yard. Once again, taken in 1995.

Rear of House with Back Porch

Now you get a little peak into the back yard. Work has been done since this picture was taken. I'll be certain to share it with you as I can get it posted.

Post Re-construction 2007

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The First Post on the New Site

So this is the first blog, I’m so glad you are here. I guess that I should mention my name is Randy and I’m the creator of this blog. Throughout the post you’ll hear me refer to we, us and our, in doing this I’m including my partner and best friend, Jamie. He will seldom if ever make post or comments on this site because he is simply too busy working full time and going to school full time in a tremendous effort to ensure a secure future and more comfortable life for the two of us. This by no means diminishes the fact that he is equally responsible for the beauty that’s being created in our humble back yard. As the days, weeks and years progress I hope you will enjoy the transformation. Please come back as often as you like and if you see anything that peaks your interest please send us a note. We would love to hear from you.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Plant Inventory

This is an inventory of the plants we currently have that are identified. We still have several plant that have been given to us over time that lost their names thru the years that are not included in this list. Updated July08, 2008.

Lily of the Nile

Lily of the Nile
Agapanthus africanus
‘Summer Gold’

Giant Agave
Agave salmiana
‘Whales Tongue’

Variegated Century Plant
Agave Americana

Hippeastrum papilio
Butterfly Amaryllis

'Red Lion'

Hardy Amaryllis
Hippeastrum x johnsonii
‘St. Joseph’s Lily’

Musa acuminata

Musa acuminata
'Ice Cream'

Oswego TeaMonarda didyma
'Raspberry Wine'
‘Marshall’s Delight’
‘Dark Ponticum’

Buddleja Davidii
‘Adonis Blue’
‘White Ball’
‘White Profusion’

Buddleja Davidii var. Nanhoensis
‘Nanho Blue’

Buddleja X Weyeriana

Golden Calla Lily
Zantedeschia elliottiana

Pink Calla Lily
Zantedeschia rehmannii

White Arum LilyZantedeschia aethiopica

Orange-flowered Variegated Canna Lily
Canna americanallis var. variegata

Banana Canna

Canna Lily
Canna indica
‘Indian Shot’

Canna Lily
Canna X Generalis
‘Black Knight’
‘Christ Light’
‘City of Portland’
‘Crimson Beauty’
‘Dawn Pink’
'Florence Vaughan'
'Futurity Yellow'
'Green Wyoming'
‘Journeys End’
‘King City Gold’
'Maudie Malcolm'
‘Miss Oklahoma’
‘Orange Beauty’
'Princess Di'
‘Red Dazzler’
‘Red King Humbert’
‘Red Stripe’
'Richard Wallace'
‘Stadt Fellbach’
‘Tropical Sunrise’
‘Yellow King Humbert’

X Gradiflora
‘Warm Igloo’

X morifolium
‘Frosty Jeanette’


Echinacea purpurea
‘Double Decker’

Cosmos sulphureus
‘Bright Lights’
‘Lady Bird’

Crinum X
‘Ellen Bosanquet’

Red-leaf Giant Crinum
Crinum asiaticum var. procerum

Carol’s Crinum 2
Flea Market Crinum 1
Flee Market Crinum 2

‘George Davison’

Trumpet Narcissus
'King Alfred'
'Dutch Master'

Long-cupped Narcissus
'Ice Follies'
'Ice King'
'Pink Pride'
'Professor Einstein'

Jonquilla Narcissus

Double Narcissus
'Yellow Cheerfulness'

Shasta daisy
Luecanthemum x superbum
‘Crazy Daisy’

Swan Rive Daisy
Brachycome iberidifolia

‘Always Afternoon’
‘Apricot Sparkle’
‘Aztec Gold’
‘Chicago Apache’
‘Chicago Mist’
‘Chorus Line’
‘Crimson Pirate’
‘Custard Candy’
‘DN Unknown’
‘Daring Deception’
‘Double Passion’
‘Fairy Tale Pink’
‘Fragrant Treasure’
‘Frances Fay’
‘Frans Hals’
‘Gentle Shepherd’
‘Gordon Biggs’
‘Grape Ripples’
‘Happy Returns’
‘Joan Senior’
‘King Lamoni’
‘Lady Georgia’
‘Little Bumblebee’
‘Little Missy’
‘Little Mystic Moon’
‘Lusty Lealand’
‘Luxury Lace’
'Mary Todd'
‘Orange Flurry’
‘Pandora’s Box’
‘Purple De Oro’
‘Raspberry Pixie’
‘Red Rum’
‘Regency Dandy’
‘Rocket City’
‘Rose Veil’ (Platinum Palette)
‘Route 66’
‘Sea Gold’
‘Siloam Doodlebug’
‘Siloam Double Classic’
‘Siloam Irving Hepner’
‘Siloam Little Girl’
‘Siloam Merle Kent’
‘Sounds of Silence’
'Stella De Oro'
‘Stella Supreme’
‘Strawberry Candy’
‘Sweet Southern Sunshine’
‘Theresa Hall’
‘Tiny Pumpkin’
‘Yellow Lollipop’

Shampoo Ginger
Zingiber zerumbet

Red Tower Ginger
Costus barbatus

Flowering Ginger
'Anne S. Bishop'

Hardy Ginger Lily

Hardy Ginger Lily
Hedychium coccineum

White Ginger
Hedychium coronarium

Aussie Plume Ginger
Curcuma australasica

Abyssinian Gladiolus
Gladiolus callianthus
‘Peacock Orchid’

Gladiolus Dalenii
‘African Parrot’ (native)

Gladiolus x hortulanus

Japanese Rush/Sweet Flag
Acorus gramineus

Ornamental Hair Grass
Tussock Grass
Deschampsia caespitosa
'Northern Lights'

Porcupine Grass
Miscanthus sinensis

Purple Fountain Grass
Pennisetum setaceum

Creeping Lily Turf
Liriope spicata

Allegheny spurge
Pachysandra procumbens

Achillea millefolium

Ajuga reptans
'Burgundy Glow'

Hosta sieboldii

'Frances Williams'
'Mayan Moon'
'Northern Halo'

Dutch Hyacinth
Hyacinthus orientalis
'Jan Bos'
'White Pearl'

Grape Hyacinth
Muscari armeniacum

Bigleaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea macrophylla
'Nikko Blue'

Oakleaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia

Peegee HydrangeaHydrangea paniculata

African Iris
Dietes Bicolor
‘Peacock Flower’
‘Carol’s White’

Dutch Iris
Iris x hollandica
‘Elegant Beauty’
‘Casa Blanca’
‘Golden Harvest’
‘Purple Sensation’
‘Sapphire Beauty’

Walking Iris
Neomarica caerulea

Yellow Walking Iris
Neomarica longifolia

Japanese Water Iris
Iris ensata

Variegated Yellow Flag
Iris pseudacorus

Tall Bearded Iris
'Baltic Elegy'
‘Beverly Sills’
'Canned Heat'
‘Champagne Waltz’
'Cheetah Cheese'
‘Gypsy Romance’
‘Hello Darkness’
‘In Your Dreams’
‘Juris Prudence’
‘Point in Time’
‘Sea Swells’
‘Unknown Yellow’
‘Unknown Pink’
‘Unknown Lilac’
‘War Chief’

Border Bearded Iris
‘Ice Wings’

Abyssinian Gladiolus
Gladiolus callianthus
‘Peacock Iris’

Verbenaceae Lantana
‘New Gold’

Lantana Camara

Lantana Montevidensis (sellowiana)
‘Purple Trailing’

Liatris spicata
‘Floristan White’

Asiatic Hybrid

Oriental LilyLilium
‘Coral Queen’
‘Lovely Girl’

Other Lilies
Aztec Lily
Sprekelia formosissima
‘Orient Red’

Caribbean Lily
Scilla peruviana

Devil’s Tongue
Amorphophallus konjac

Double Tiger Lily
Lilium lancifolium
'Flore Pleno'

Formosan Lily
Lilum formosanum

Gloriosa Superba
‘Flame Lily’

Leopard Flower
Belamcanda Chinensis
AKA Blackberry Lily

Peruvian Daffodil
Hymenocallis festalis

Spider Lily
Hymenocallis caribaea

Spider Lily
Lycoris radiata

Queen of the Night
Epiphyllum oxypetalum

Abelia X Gradiflora

Asclepias curassavica

Cast Iron Plant
Aspidistra elatior

Costal Plain Joe-Pye Weed
Eupatorium Dubium
‘Little Joe’

‘Whisper White’

False Indigo
Baptisia X
‘Purple Smoke’

False Sunflower
Heliopsis helianthoides
‘Summer Sky’

Persicaria microcephala
'Red Dragon'

Lamb’s Ears
Stachys byzantina
‘Helen Von Stein’

Mexican Heather
Cuphea hyssopifolia

‘Hardy Blue’

Red Hot Poker
Kniphofia uvaria

Summer Snap Dragon
Angelionia Angustifolia
‘AngelMist Orchid’
‘Serena White’

Umbrella Plant
Cyperus involucratus

Variegated Sedum
Sedum erythrostictum

Variegated Solomon's Seal
Polygonatum odoratum

Hybrid Tea Rose
'Don Juan'


Shrub Climber


Miniature Climbing Rose
‘Red Cascade’

Lady Banks
Lady Banks White Rose
Rosa Banksiae
‘Alba Plena’

Lady Banks Yellow rose
Rosa banksiae

Meadow Rue
‘Black Stockings’

Yunnan Meadow Rue
Thalictrum delavayi
‘Hewitt’s Double’

Brazilian Bog Sage
Salvia uliginosa

Mexican Bush Sage
Salvia leucantha
‘Royal Purple’

Violet Sage
Salvia nemorosa

Mystic Spires Salvia
Salvia longispicata x farinacea
‘Mystic Spires’


Japanese BarberryBerberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea
'Crimson Pygmy'

Japanese Spirea
X Bumalda
‘Anthony Waterer’

Spiraea Japonica
‘Little Princess’

'Besse Howells'
'Nova Zembla'

Texas Lilac
Vitex agnus-castus

Dwarf Nandina
Nandina domestica

Heavenly BambooNandina domestica

Reeves Spirea
Spiraea cantoniensis

Dwarf Yaupon HollyIlex vomitoria
'Schillings Dwarf'


Gardenia jasminoides

Sweet Mock Orange
Philadelphus coronarius

Angel TrumpetBrugmansia
'Spring Peach'
‘Charles Grimaldi’
‘Christy Girl’

English Lavender
Lavandula angustifolia
'Hidcote Blue'

TaroColocasia esculenta
'Black Magic'

Imperial TaroColocasia esculenta

Corkscrew Willow
Salix matsudana

White Dogwood
Cornus Florida

Pink Dogwood
Cornus x rutgersensis
‘Stellar Pink’

Saucer Magnolia
Magnolia x soulangiana

Smoke Tree
Cotinus coggygria
‘Royal Purple’

Japanese Crepe Myrtle
Lagerstroemia x fauriei

Jasmine Tree
Murraya paniculata

Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum
'Glowing Embers'

Cutleaf Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum var. dissectum
'Crimson Queen'

Eastern Redbud
Cercis Canadensis

Eastern Redbud
Cercis Canadensis
‘Forest Pansy’

Texas Redbud
Cercis Canadensis var.

‘Pam’s Pink’

Malvaviscus drummondii
‘Big Momma’

Tall Verbena
Verbena bonariensis

Trailing Verbena
‘Red Velvet’

‘Sunny Border Blue’

Blue Orchid Sky Vine
Thunbergia Grandiflora

Brazilian Nightshade/ Italian Jasmine/Potato Vine
Solanum Jasminoides

Chocolate Vine
Akebia Quinata

Climbing Carolina Aster
Symphoyotrichum carolinianum

Confederate Jasmine
Trachelospermum jasminoides

Cross Vine
Bignonia capreolata
‘Tangerine Beauty’

English Ivy
Hedera helix

Hyacinth Bean
Lablab purpureus

Japanese Climbing Hydrangea
Schizophragma hydrangeoides

Ipomoea Alba

Pink Trumpet Vine
Podranea ricasoliana

Sweet Autumn Clematis
Clematis terniflora

Snail Vine
Phaseolus Caracalla

Tradescantia pallida
‘Purple Heart’

White Veined Dutchman's Pipe
Aristolochia fimbriata