Tuesday, February 26, 2013

In Loving Memory...

This garden would never ever have been possible without Jamey... This blog will forever stay posted in honor of him.

In Loving Memory
James Preston Lawson



Saturday, April 14, 2012

This Blog Has Moved


Hi! I am sooooooooo glad you found me! I hope you enjoy Creating Our Eden. If you read far enough back in the posts you will see there is a remarkable story connected to the creation of my garden. I’ve moved the blog to another web address and I’ll continue posting there. If you’re a regular reader please update your blog list. I really hope to see you at the new blog. It’s called ‘A Southern Eden’ you can follow the link or type www.asoutherneden.blogspot.com in your web address bar. Come see me ya’ll!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

In the Garden 04/04/12...

Spring, spring, spring… I was walking around the garden the other day looking to see what is blooming and it never ceases to amaze me how fast things shoot out of the ground and leaf up this time of year. I know you’ve seen most all these flowers before, but I thought I would share them with you again anyway.

This iris is ‘Sugar Blues’. It’s one of the first irises to bloom in my garden and it’s also the very first one I ever planted. When I moved into the house in 1995 the lady next door was kind enough to share her’s with me. Its color ranges from a vivid blue to almost a lilac. I can never be certain from year to year just exactly what shade it’s going to be. Isn’t it a lovely color though?

'Sugar Blues'

Sugar Blues

The amaryllis are blooming too. I just have the typical ones you find in the big box stores. I do however, have a butterfly amaryllis that’s been planted for four years now and has yet to produce a bloom. Each season I think to myself, maybe this year.

'Red Lion'

Red LIon

‘Apple Blossom’

Apple Blossom

While I was walking around I kept hearing this strange little noise. I was certain it was a kitten, but I had a difficult time finding it. I looked thru the hedges into the neighbor’s yard and spotted this little guy lying on the ground under a tree.


There’s a feral cat that’s taken up residence in my back yard. She’s black as an ace of spades, just as fluffy as she can be with only one green eye. She likes to sleep on top of the lions by the jasmine wall at night. I see her on them when I come home late at night or in the wee hours of the morning. The lady next door had told me her Casanova kitty would be a daddy soon and I guess he’s into the wild girls. Anyway, you’ll never guess where she decided to have her babies. About 10 feet up in this tree...


She spotted her a hollowed out place and has decided to call it home. I told my neighbor about the kitten and he was able to get it back up in the tree. I wonder if they will think they are squirrels when they start walking?


Sunday, March 25, 2012

In the Garden 03/25/12

Well good morning to one and all! I got an early start on the day this morning at 3AM. I don’t know what has gotten into me and my inability to sleep as of late. I worked in the garden all day long yesterday doing some more tweaking here and there and I wanted to get a look at the work I did this morning. I’m going to get out there again in a few minutes and do some more chores. I think later on today I’ll ride to Lowes and see what they have in stock. I think I’ll pick up a few things to plant in some holes. The garden is really starting to wake up and I’m always amazed at how much larger everything is than it was the year before. The little pink flags you see are markers for where the Master Gardeners are coming to remove plants. Enjoy the pictures and I hope you all have a nice Sunday, looks like it’s going to be gorgeous here.


Something has been munching on my English Dogwood blooms, but I really liked the way the sun was turning it gold this morning.

Mock Orange






Friday, March 16, 2012

How much is too much?

My dad died two weeks ago and since then I’ve really been evaluating my life and it seems the one question that keeps popping in my mind over and over again in every aspect of my existence is “How much is too much?” How much inconsideration should you take from a friend? How much money is too much to spend on luxury items? How much weight loss is too much weight loss? How much should you deny your heart its true desire? How much alcohol is too much alcohol***… LMAO The list goes on and on. Last weekend I stood in the garden and I took a look around and that was the question I pondered to myself. How much garden is too much garden?

***Note to readers*** Weeding is sooooooooooooooooo much more pleasant after a Bloody Mary or two in the early evening!

Bloody Mary

I decided it was time to start making some changes. At a time when most people are busy planting things I’ve been busy digging them up. I’ve been busting my butt removing plants from the garden. Some of those shrubs and plants have been there for 4 years now and have a huge root ball. It’s been hard work but it’s long overdue. It took me two days to get one of them out. So far I’m pleased with my progress I just really hate throwing away so many plants. It seems like such a waste… I contacted my local master gardener’s office offering to donate the plants. I figured they could divide them up and repot them to sell in their annual plant show. I never got a response from my email though. I stay so busy I only have specific days and times to devote to the garden so I have to do the work then. I can’t put it off in hopes of finding a solution for the wasted plants. I thought of shipping them out to other gardening friends but postage is just too costly. See! There we go again. How much money is too much to spend to keep from wasting it by throwing away plants? LOL


At least the birds are happy. There seems to be a lot more in the back yard this year than usual and they seem particularly comfortable with me for some reason. They stay very close to me turning their little heads sideways watching me and listening to me grunt as I struggle to get my chores done. They pretend to be interested in me, but I know they’re only in it for the worms. Every time I pull something out they are guaranteed a full belly from all the earthworms I uncover. I took you a few pictures of the plants that are trying to justify their space in the garden right now. I hope you enjoy them.



'Amelia Rose' Azalea

Amelia Rose

'Alba Plena'

Alba Plena

'Ice Wings'

Ice Wings

'Zephirine Drouhin'

Zephirine Drouhin

'Trouper Orange'

Trouper Orange

'Alba' Italian Jasmine

Itailian Jasmine


'Rosea' Chocolate Vine





I hope this post finds you all doing well and enjoying spring.

*** A little update, the Master Gardeners are taking the plants. Yay!***

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Just About Ready!


I’m so very excited about the jump start I have on spring this year. I don’t ever remember having the garden cleaned up and ready to go so soon. There are still a few minor things that need to be done, but nothing of any major significance. It is such a relief to have all the hard stuff out of the way so I have nothing to do but enjoy planting next year.


It never ceases to amaze me how empty the garden looks in the winter time. The vast majority of the plants I have die back to the ground in the winter. Last year, being by myself and just having back surgery I had help cleaning everything up. He came back about midsummer for a visit and even he couldn’t believe how different everything looked.


I took the ‘Sweet Autumn’ clematis down from this arbor this year. It was just becoming way too much vine for it. I have two very healthy vines that I’ll be removing and passing along to a friend. I was thinking about maybe planting black eyed susan vines on it. They come in so many different colors now a day. It’s not written in stone but that’s the idea I’m kicking around at the moment.


The Crepe Myrtles are starting to get some good size on them too. I’m going to be highlighting them with spotlights. I went yesterday and starting pricing the items I need to put the lights in the garden. I thought I would go ahead and buy the transformer and put down the wires this winter and I can always add lights all along. It’s going to be an expensive project so I thought I would reduce my eating out and purchase a couple of lights a pay period until I get everything like I want it.


Meanwhile, the camellia my grandmother rooted before she died has more blooms than I’ve ever seen on it before. I’m really starting to appreciate camellias in the garden. The pretty flowers in the winter time and the evergreen leaves have been a real treat for me this year. I need more evergreen shrubs in the garden and Camellias might be the way to go. My only concern is they grow so slow, it’ll take years for them to get any size on them. Just a thought…


Hope this finds you all well and happy.