Hey, Maddie here......
.........and now, for gardening updates, heat waves, hummers, Lunar
moths, black widows, and creepy cousin Wolf spiders in Faerie
The heat wave here in Faerie Holler has produced more droughts,
higher prices in milk and bread due to grain prices the farmers are
having to pay, lower gasoline prices for whatever reason (!!??
probably in preparation to Shrub's hike in Fed gas tax....) but the
magenta screaming watermelon pink crape myrtle is loaded with so many
flowers it's leaning over the fence into the pasture where i flung the
black widow spider last week and her eggs and kids and dead
mate.......the white crape myrtle is pissed at me because i never
trimmed the dead bits back after the kiilling freeze. but the fig tree
is loaded and with all this heat, i might have figs before October. one
I blew my grocery budget which is pennies as i'm not working yet, on
a sedum from Lowes knows how to drive me insane. Her name is Frosty
Morn......she adores this heat.
There is one ginormous frog that is ugly as mud living in the Frog
Holler BBQ fountain. Ferns are thriving because the humidity is
spoiling them despite the heat. It's gotten up to 107o with gods knows
what the heat index is with the humidity (humidity?? in this drought?
yeppers). Black eyed susans, pinched back May knight salvia, Blue
enigmas, towering 4's and I'm gathering seeds to the yellow 4's
frantically to share with anyone wanting them. Zebrina great grand
sisters are crispy on top with thousands of seeds, but below, where I
shoulda whacked it, new growth and new flowers.
no sign of sweet Autumn clematis alas.....a reseeded petunia returned
this time in the pot of yellow Baptismia, fever few is everywhere and I
have one rare clump of snow on the mountain euphorbia I'm praying
reseeds everywhere next year. Poinsettia euphorbia is also everywhere,
but I adore the shots of orange in unexpected places. The hummer is
frantically supping on everything. And the other day he spotted the red
and cream flowers on the crown of thorns euphorbia house plant on the
nook deck railing and was flittering about all squacky and estatic.
Magenta phlox is winding down, so I pinched it, the white dwarf
butterfly bush gets pruned and the flowers are cranking out and
providing sweet warm honey scented flowers for all the floaters.
Monarchs, Artillary, skippers, varieties I have to hunt in the
butterfly book to see who they are......The double althea in the back
has three colors of double ruffled flowers packed on the branches. I
planted them together and it looks like one bush........
Herbsonne Rudbeckia has reseeded all over but the finches adore the
flowers that nod and flop about like lazy teenagers. I see signs of
fall crocus or colchicums peeping up out of barren pots, the hosta's
underneath the black cherry tree are blowing me away and beginning to
flower. The lighter colors draw your eye as you pull in, but the mass
of foliage is what slaps you up side the head first.
The Cereus cactus has three buds, one is ripening at a fast pace
thanks to this heat and I hope it holds off for it's night debut and
one night performance until Tuesday.........Little sedums on the
railings on the kitchen deck are blush pink in the heat and sun, they
look like toes, so since I dug them in the sands of my sister in law's
cottage yard, I'll call them Michigan toes............<gbseg>
It's too hot for gardening, but I'm out there sweating buckets, which
is how I almost put my hand upon that black widow female last week. she
had made a nest underneath the pads of prickly pear I'd dug up from Miz
Mary's side where I'd planted them 11 years ago and had decided to
plant them around the mailbox with the rest. It's in the pasture and
has been trampled by the cows since Benton put them back over on my
Downstairs, I have an invasion of Wolf spiders. Not poisonious, but
scare the hell outa me when they confront me and don't run quick
enough. I usually don't kill spiders (except Recluse and maybe a Widow
if I had to) but this has become an exception. The plants on the
balcony are thriving in the heat and humidity because they're the
tropicals and adore this environment. Soon enough it will be fall and
time to think of bulbs and perennials. I will be just hoping I can stay
in Faerie Holler for a season (year) and not be pushed to dig up and
move my beloved plants. Despite my obvious absence in the gardens, a
lot of things go on without me, including the Vinca major.......alas.
it's thriving and growing feet per day it seems. evil stuff......
I miss you all and the lack of communication, and each day is a
blessing when I wake to see the assorted winged dinosaurs at the front
suet basket moving the Heavy Metal grasses and Golden rod that I
decided to let do what it wanted to. The gardens are different again
this year and I don't mind. Soon there will be someone with as much
passion as me who will shape and mold the gardens with his hand and I
will tell you when it comes about. I wish you all well, and I love
each one of you. Keep in touch as best you can, send e-mails to
firstname.lastname@example.org and soon I hope you'll see me on the newsgroup
again! I have lots of pictures to share on the binaries as
well..........((((huge MADDIE HUG)))))))
madgardener, up on the steamy ridge, back in FAerie Holler
overlooking a hazy and almost obscurred English Mountain in Eastern
Tennessee, zone 7, Sunset zone 36