Late Fall - 2015

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Late Fall, 2015. Welcome to My "Getting Less Shady" Space!

Hello!  This has been a wonderfully colorful Fall in the midwest!  Particularly, SE Iowa.
I wouldn't have expected it to be so...  our Spring began with very cool (cold) wet weather.  Spring actually extended through most of June (!).

We did have a few hot days during July and August, but not per usual.  We continued to experience cooler weather with rain at all the right times!  (I hardly watered pots more than 2 or 3 times; flower beds twice.)
Below:  The shady backyard on August 23, 2015
Traditionally, August is a very hot, dry month here.  Our grassy lawns go dormant and brown.  However, not this year.  As you can see, that even as late as the day-before-yesterday, our lawns are still nice and green!

(Below:  Front, sunnier yard (Nov. 13, 2015), especially since deciduous leaves are falling!)

I am so excited!  I just recently took ownership of a new, self-propelled lawn mower with a small rear bagger.  Friday afternoon, I mowed for what I believe to be the last time... mulching and bagging the leaves as well.  Doesn't the front yard look nice??  :-)

Enjoy a few "Fallish" photos below!

Look at my lovely (baby) Oakleaf Hydrangea!! 

'Husker Red' Penstemon in the foreground, below

Gaillardia (started from seed... which reverted to a lovely variety)

The last leaves of a burning bush

Below: (a baby) 'Mohawk' Viburnum burkwoodii
I cannot tell you how much I enjoy this plant below!  The flowers are
VERY fragrant in the Spring.  There are berries for the birds... and the color is lovely in the fall.

Nearly all the oak leaves have dropped... the rest will remain until Spring.
Yes, there have been TONS of leaves back here.
But that wonderful little mower cleaned the remaining leaves on Saturday (Nov. 14), beautifully!
(I don't work as hard on reseeding grass back here.  The ground isn't perfect and it's shady.)

Wishing you an enjoyable rest-of-the Fall 2015!!
SG

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Way Down South in the Land of Cotton!


 Good times there won't be forgotten!!




We spent a week in New Orleans recently... traveling with a tour.  Lots of fun!  And here...  cotton!  (These plants were spotted during our visit to Destrehan (historic) Plantation.)


Sunday, October 18, 2015

What is this?

Supposedly it's 'Sunset Hibiscus' but I wonder...  ;-)



 Hibiscus?  Mallow?  Cotton plant???   lol

(The following three plants are cotton plants)





Actually, here's a post by The Curious Gardener

Happy Mystery Plants to you, too!!
SG

Friday, August 21, 2015

Great Spangled Frittilary the Second

Caught this fellow in the backyard yesterday!  Resting on 'City Lights.'


'City Lights' in a shady backyard!
:-)
SG

Great Spangled Fritillary

Beautiful Butterfly!


Enjoy your day!  May it be "Spangled!"
SG

Friday, August 14, 2015

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Audacious 'Othello' Ligularia!

The Bold and the Beautiful!  :-)

Four years ago, I planted new little Ligularia 'Othello' seedlings I started during the wintertime.  Four years ago also began a severe two-year drought.

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 Ligularia enjoy, and thrive, in moist, humus-rich soil.  During those two drought-ridden summers, I watered was watering those little plants Very Often!  (They droop terribly when they are dry!)

The efforts paid off.  These past two years have been lovely, rainy with cool and temperate temperatures. 


  These little "papoose" flower bud bundles are wonderfully unique!

  




These plants are in the shady south/front of the house, while the others are in the backyard.


Happy Gardening!!
SG

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Do I have the Best Neighbors in the world? (Even better than yours?) A "Shout Out!" Round

To get "Limbered up," you could listen to at least part of the song on this Youtube...


 Let's see if the tune fits the following!  ;-)


There was a tree...    Out by the drive...    The prettiest "little" tree...    That ever could be...

 A Tree by the drive, and the green grass grew all around, all around... and the green grass grew all around.


 And on that tree...    There was a branch...   The prettiest "little" branch...    That you ever did see...

A Branch on the tree, and the tree by the drive, and the green grass grew all around, all around... and the green grass grew all around.







Now that big branch...    Fell on the ground...    Fell right on the ground...    Now, how could that be...

The branch on the ground, It fell from the tree, the tree by the drive, and the green grass grew all around, all around... and the green grass grew all around.







Here came a neighbor...   Who spotted that branch...  the branch on the ground...   and he called for some help...

A neighbor saw the branch, the branch on the ground, it fell from the tree, the tree by the drive, and the green grass grew all around, all around... and the green grass grew all around.







The neighbor came to help...    with another chainsaw...   they got to work...    on the branch on the ground...

The neighbor came to help, a neighbor saw the branch, the branch on the ground, it fell from the tree, the tree by the drive, and the green grass grew all around, all around... and the green grass grew all around.


They cut the branch...  That pretty "little" branch...   that fell on the ground...   and now it's all gone...

They cut up the branch, the neighbor came to help, a neighbor saw the branch, it fell from the tree, the tree by the drive, and the green grass grew all around, all around... and the green grass grew all around.
 






They stacked all the pieces...  They cleaned up the mess...  from that prettiest "little" branch...    that fell on the ground...

They stacked all the pieces, from the sawed-up branch, the neighbor came to help, a neighbor saw the branch, it fell from the tree, the tree by the drive, and the green grass grew all around, all around... and the green grass grew all around
















When we got home...   There was that tree...    The prettiest "little" tree...    That you ever did see...

We would not have known,,,    had the pictures not been shown...    We love our neighbors so...
And the green grass grows all around, all around,.. and the green grass grows all around!







See?  We DO have the nicest, the best neighbor(friends) ever!!


Happy!

 What's to become of the tree?    We shall watch and see...

Have a great day!!
And hang on to a song.  :-)
SG