Saturday, May 2, 2015

Pops of Yellow

All this rain has given me tons of wonderful color in the gardens. I love these Celandine Poppies or Wood poppies

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My Beautiful Wind Anemonies

Every early spring I am blessed with the arrival of my amazing Windflower Anemones. The purple, blue and white blooms contrast with the early daffodils, wood poppies and violets, creating a stunning carpet of spring blooms.

These flowers can be difficult to transplant. Plus they go dormant about the middle of may so you have to act quickly.  But my oh my these plants create a stunning picture. Thank you for who ever planted these spring beauties many years ago.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Freezing Daffodils

This happens every year. We get very cold weather and the daffodils are up and blooming. They hang their heads sadly, so I put on my warmest coat and go out proceeded to cut  the droopy ones. I love to give them away.

                                               Would you like a bunch..just let me know!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mason Bee Project

Mason Bee or Orchard Bee is the common name for species of bees in the genus Osmia, of the family Megaachilidae. This non-social native bee is very helpful in the pollination of early spring fruit trees, flowers and vegetables. The bluish- black metallic bee does not live in hives, but rather in hollow stems, woodpecker drillings and carpenter bees left over destruction.

These bees are active for a short period of time and do not connect or share nest or interact with each others life's.  Since they are so passive they may be observed at close range without fear of being stung. This makes them great additions for our home gardens and yards.  Although they do not produce honey, their presence adds activity and pollination to our plantings.

Last year I ordered two Mason Bee Hives so I would be prepared to put them up very early in the spring before the buds emerged. Last Saturday was a great day for outdoor projects and I had my two best workers to help. Callum (2) and Thatcher (4) helped their Dumpy(Grandfather Kirts) place the homes for me.

We placed one on the barn post and the other on the Gazebo. I will let you know how it goes. I am all for finding new pollinators for my gardens.

Nothing better than extra hands in the garden!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Signs of Spring

Yes!!!  It is now officially Spring. I have been searching high and low for signs of Spring. Here is what I have found.

First Daffodils

 Wind Flowers
What do you have coming up?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sanibel Moorings Botantical Gardens

Sanibel Island is one of my favorite places on this planet! I have visited this great island probably 3 to 4 times a year for over 30 years. So I am always so excited and surprised when I discover a new hidden gem on the island.

I just returned from a wonderful week on the Island. I have been hearing about the Botanical Gardens at a Condo Complex, but did not expect what I found.

The Sanibel Moorings Resort was built in 1974 and the garden began at that time as well. Over the years many gardeners have left their footprint on this 6 acre oasis. This very unique wildlife oasis is home to hundreds of native plants and non-invasive tropical plants. It includes collections of bromeliads, cacti, hibiscus, orchids, palms, fruits, and cycads and in a wildlife friendly environment.

The Complex offers tours and self-guided tours as well. It is a $5.00 donation but so worth the time and money. Just check in at the Office for the guide!  All the plants are labeled and a wonderful brochure provides great information. I will be returning each visit to Sanibel.

These images are just a drop in the bucket.....go check it out!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Scenes from Sanibel.

This island is so incredible. Here are some scenes. More to come.

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