This is a great autopilot plant! I have never had much luck growing sedums and succulents. This “Coral Reef” stonecrop has been so easy, it grows itself, I don’t have to do a thing!
I found a few pieces of this plant just laying on the ground at a plant nursery. I didn’t even know what plant this was at the time, until it grew and I could identify it!
I made sure to start the little plant pieces in a container first so I could properly identify what it was before moving it out the garden.
I recommend that you NEVER plant anything directly into the soil until you know what it is and it’s growing habits! Start in a container or a pot first! Do your research and ask a friend! No one wants an invasive problem!
This Coral Reef sedum can grow in zones 4-9 and in the right spot, it’s grows like a super cool looking carpet! It likes sunny spots, grows in poor soil, it’s an evergreen too so it overwinters and turns beautiful red and bronze colors. In the summertime it has darling star shaped yellow flowers! It also propagates so easy, just break a piece off and put it where you want it and it will grow! That simple! As I said, great autopilot plant!
A lot of the asiatic lilies have been blooming the past few weeks, I’ve missed seeing most of them since I’ve been away from the garden.
Still, some have yet to open, so hopefully I’ll catch them in the next week!
All of the asiatic lilies that have already opened, or soon will, I actually purchased at Aldi grocery store. I had popped in there one day and they had huge packs of bulbs for only $3 so I just had to try them out. I’d say that only 50% of the asiatic lilies bulb actually came in. Maybe they will surprise the garden and all come up next year? Time will tell.
I also grabbed a few bags of alliums (none of which came up at all, bummer). Again, maybe next year.
These packs of bulbs didn’t really have any kind of variety information on the packaging, however, if you email Aldi directly to inquire, they give you all the specific information you could ask for.
All the flower bulbs they sell come from the same growers and cultivators as the big box stores and catalogs.
I did grab a few packs of another flower that I will share soon, they are thriving, but they still have a few weeks before they will bloom.
I also have three asiatic lilies that I rescued from an old home site, the bulbs were the size of acorn squash, and I mean they were the biggest bulbs I had ever seen! Those have not bloomed yet but, they have grown about seven feet tall, maybe in another week or so they will flower. I look forward to seeing what they will look like.
A Katydid (Scudderia) in its Nymph stage hanging out on the pinkish colored asiatic lily.
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11763 June, 2019
You might be a gardener if... Who else has a windowsill dedicated to weird plant projects?
2743518 November, 2019
Excuse me, sirs, but would you kindly jump into this soapy bath I made for you? PS - The one on the peppers (pic 2) just about ripped a branch off with his hulk grip when I tried to pull him off of the plant. 🤢
318609 August, 2019
You know you’re in trouble when a #hornworm and a #grasshopper are plotting against you. PS - there are only about 5 leaves left on this pepper plant now that they’ve done their damage. They stripped more than a foot of the plant away. Heavy sigh.
It’s that time of year where the cold weather forces us to slow down and take a look around. Of course, I use the term cold weather loosely - after all, I live in middle Georgia where we see snow once every few years or so; I know it’s nothing compared to those of you experiencing actual cold right now. Here in Georgia we have some seriously hot and humid summers with tons of six-legged pests hanging around (I’m looking at you, squash bug!), so I’m usually thankful for a little bit of a break. But, honestly, this year I found a little more passion and motivation for the garden than I’ve had in years past, so I’m feeling a little lost without my hands in the dirt. I do have some fun indoor activities lined up over the next few weeks to help me keep my mood in check, though. So far on the holiday agenda I’ve got a Christmas-themed baking day, Christmas tree decorating, and a DIY date complete with ornament and wreath making. Do you find yourself struggling through these cold months, or are you the type who enjoys this season of rest?
1924 December, 2019
Sweet little bob-tailed Luna.
5333 December, 2019
Let me know when you get sick of gratuitous mum photos. 🤷🏻♀️
Do you eat mushrooms? How do you like to prepare them?
The Lions mane mushrooms are still growing all over the place here. I have a dozen or so all over a pile of oak logs. I started with one single lions mane tuft growing a few years ago, now, there are tons each year. It’s so exciting to see! I don’t eat mushrooms but I sure do enjoy observing them, and these mushrooms are so unique and beautiful.
The fact that Lions mane are a choice edible and has multiple medicinal properties makes it even more desirable and wonderful.
They're found in late summer to fall on dead or dying hardwood trees, especially oak and beech. They grow in North America, China, Japan, and Europe. Their color is mainly white, although they become brown or yellow with age. Their spore print is white as well. It has no real cap and no stem. Instead it sports long spines coming out from a single clump.
The purpose of these teeth is to manufacture and release spores, the "seeds" of a mushroom that allow the fungal organism to reproduce. Many different types of mushrooms have teeth instead of a cap, but lion's mane and other members of the Hericium genus are some of the most recognizable. As stated before, these mushrooms provide more than just a visual treat. They're considered by many to be a gourmet edible, with a wonderfully chewy texture and taste slightly reminiscent of seafood. Lion's mane has also been the subject of more and more medical studies in the past decade. They appear to have nerve regenerating properties, stimulating nerve growth and aiding those with cognitive impairments.
It’s also become a popular addition for agroforestry practices.
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Pollinators are absolutely always welcome in my garden but especially welcome in the cooler months. Spotted this little guy on my chamomile today.
36129 November, 2019
We usually wait until after Thanksgiving to get a tree, but this year my schedule forced us out to the tree farm early. You won’t hear any complaints from me! It’s a beaut. What’s your Christmas tree philosophy? Do you wait until after Thanksgiving to bring your tree in or do you jump head first into the holiday season early? 🍂🌲🍾
24525 November, 2019
Is it too soon to be having a #flashback to all the green of spring and summer?! 😅
53124 November, 2019
The fall garden is such a different beast compared to the spring and summer, when mornings are spent watering and hand-picking pests and weeding. This time of year it’s dark when I wake up and dark when I get home, leaving precious few minutes to spend time outside. The silver lining there is that I get to spend my mornings (and my evenings if I want) curled up with Tucker, some hot coffee, and a book. Sounds like a fine way to start the day!
29422 November, 2019
Who else out there is juggling both a full-time job and learning self-sufficiency? It’s tough some days, especially this time of year with the sun setting so early. But every now and then when I try to race the sunset home, I make it just in time to dart straight to the garden, still in my work clothes, to make sure everything is thriving. Plus, pink suede goes with everything, from evening gowns to garden gloves, right? 🤷🏻♀️
90922 November, 2019
I love native poinsettia! I never get tired of seeing red and green together! It should not be reserved for just Christmas time, red and green look amazing together, all year!
Euphorbia cyathophora, also known as dwarf poinsettia, fire-on-the-mountain, and paintedleaf, is native to North and South America. It is an annual to short-lived perennial. Its tiny flowers attract butterflies and bees. Seeds are oval and brownish-black. The seeds are a favorite of mourning doves. Its leaves can vary in shape from oblong to fiddlelike, may be lobed, toothed, or both.
It can flower throughout the year and can be winter-dormant. It tends to prefer warmer zones 8-11 but it grows really well here in 7b. Flourishing easily in most soil types, it thrives in full sun to part shade, and grows one to two feet tall.
Paintedleaf’s interesting foliage and contrasting colors provides a nice accent to a wildflower garden or native plant landscape. My goodness is it so pretty growing in mass!
Now, depending on who you ask, some gardeners may say this plant is aggressive as it readily self-seeds. I have not found it to be invasive in my garden. Its milky white sap is toxic and can irritate the skin of some people though, so wear gloves.
Sorry for my lack of posts lately, I have been trying to heal from some health issues. I know it will get better, it just takes time. I have more patience for my garden and everything that grows there than I do my damn body.
Can’t wait to feel myself again.
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Sometimes I swear this little lady is my nemesis, like when she digs up my radishes for fun. But then she gets all weird and cute, and I have to forgive her instantly. The special guest star is my sweet #jackrussellterrier Tucker, aka my best little friend, aka #worldsworstfarmdog 😂
166717 November, 2019
So many happy little lettuces. We got some pretty cold nighttime temps recently, and I was worried that the garden might not survive it since we got started so late. We got lucky though, and just about everything pulled through. The lettuce seems especially happy about these cooler days. They’ve just about doubled in size since we put them in the ground last weekend. How is your fall garden faring so far? Or for those of you enjoying the warmer seasons now, how about your spring/summer gardens?
63317 November, 2019
GEORGIA - BATUMI BOTANICAL GARDEN
Batumi’s Botanical Garden, 8km northeast of town, was founded in 1912 by Russian botanist Andrei Krasnov. With many subtropical and foreign species, it extends just over 1 sq km over a hillside rising straight out of the sea, and takes about 1½ hours to walk the main path at a leisurely pace.
Seeds never fail to impress me. These Nikko cabbages come from the very first seeds I EVER purchased, more than ten years back. That might not be so impressive if I had known all those years ago how to store seeds properly, but let me tell you that as a new (and naive) gardener, all my first packs of seeds were put through the ringer! They lived in all kinds of unfit places before I learned about proper storage conditions. I truly can’t believe they germinated!
128410 November, 2019
I just think it’s so neat how two varieties of the same plant can be so different. In the front is Thousandhead Kale, and the three in the back are Vates Blue Scotch Curled Kale. All were started at the same time and under the same conditions, but the leaves of the Thousandhead are 5 times larger. I can’t wait to see this big guy when it’s time to harvest! Both varieties came from Baker Creek.
5719 November, 2019
After several days of hard work, the last of the garden beds have been built, compost has been spread, weed paper has been placed, and seedlings are in the ground! The weather has been so bizarre this year. These poor seedlings have been sweating it out but are now appreciating the cool temps!