Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

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It’s not a yellow submarine

August 11, 2014

. . . or a little yellow village. Nope, it’s yellow mushrooms in my flowerpot. And it’s not a good thing!

Contaminated mushroom spores are distributed during the soil packaging process and on employee clothes from farm to factory. The good news is that this type of mushroom, Houseplant Mushroom, feeds on dead organic material and won’t hurt healthy plants.

The bad news? These pretty little mushrooms are harmful to humans and pets if ingested. So remove them right away, during the small growth stage before they open and shed hundreds of spores. Of course, I didn’t do this because I was curious and I wanted photos to share. That’s the price of a crazy garden blogger.

 

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Scientific name of the Houseplant Mushroom is Leucocoprinus bimbaumii (originally Lepiota lutea).

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It is 6:00 a.m., Saturday morning

June 7, 2014

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I am ready to exit the home office, push my fingers into a pair of garden gloves instead of tapping them on the keyboard where I have spent most of my week. It will feel GOOD to be with nature, to spruce up the plants that need deadheading, and clear the garden floor of leaves.

At some point, I plan to pull out a 15-year-old lavender plant. It is four feet tall and three feet wide, mostly woody. Plants don’t last forever, and I have to admit 15 years ago I did not know how to properly care for lavender. If lavender plants are not trimmed correctly from year one, cutting later, into the ugly woody branches to get rid of them can kill the plant. Having learned too late, I let mine grow and grow and grow.

I won’t be looking for a replacement plant this weekend, but I’ll search the nurseries soon for something less troublesome. For now, I’m going to enjoy my time in the garden—before the triple digits.

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Guess What Today Is!

May 30, 2014

May 30th is Water a Flower Day, an annual reminder that summer heat is fast approaching and our beautiful flowers (and plants and trees) will be thirstier than normal. They’ll love you even more if you mulch the flowerbeds and use moisture control potting soil to retain water and reduce watering.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

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Getting my Fix

May 6, 2014

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Last weekend, I spent most of my time gardening. First, I strolled around the beds, as I always do, to see what needed to be done. When I came upon Love in a Mist, I was delighted to see what the blossoms look like. It was a free plant and I had no idea what to expect when I planted it two mouths ago. (I purposely avoided looking up images on line.) I am fascinated with the flower structure, the soft, delicate web-like foliage, and pleased to have this annual.

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Walking on, I noticed the volunteer snapdragons were still blooming so I took a photo. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, I’m sure you’ve guessed that my camera goes to the garden with me, along with gloves, hat, and kneeling pad.

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After casing the greens, I wrapped my camera in an old towel and placed it on a bench in the shade. Then I trimmed, deadheaded, raked and bagged, among other tasks, before potting up the hens and chicks as planned. I don’t always accomplish what I intend, but last weekend I actually did more than anticipated. It was a good feeling. I’m sure some people feel the same about fly fishing, hiking, or shopping . . . whatever revives the spirit. What works for you? I’d love to hear about it.

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Turning to the Outdoors to Revive the Spirit

May 3, 2014

Turning to the Outdoors to Revive the Spirit

Except for these few moments at the computer, this weekend I’m taking time off from the indoor workload and be with nature. Yesterday was stressful. But this morning, when I stepped into my perennial garden, full of breathtaking blooms, my spirit felt a surge of joy and calm. This is one reason I garden.

It is a perfect day for outdoor activities. The sun is a gentle warm up and the air moves with a cool breeze. I’m going to deadhead, trim, and pot up some hens and chicks. Shape and remove, add to and change . . . the cycle of life.

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The Best Place to Be

May 2, 2014

The Best Place to Be

The flowers in the photo are “snow in summer” and the oak tree is the one I have often written about and cursed for its acorn abundance.

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Have a wonderful weekend, and THANK YOU!

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Summary of Buying a Little Green Book

February 5, 2014

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I went again to the used book store and purchased this 1946 Sunset Flower Garden Book for fifty cents. It is tattered and worn, no doubt thoroughly used. Thumbing through the pages, I noticed several of the illustrations were colored with crayon. Clearly, the young and mature enjoyed this little green book and perhaps read it together, eager to plot out a family garden or single bed.

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One look at the Contents and my interest was heightened. The book is small, but packed with boundless horticulture practices that encourage one to grow the tastiest, healthiest vegetables on the block, and ornamentals to die for.

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Gardening books, like this one, hold a wealth of cultivation methods, and are keepers of illustrations, solutions, landscape ideas, and daytime dreams of yards small and carefree or grand and magnificent . . .

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. . . yards full of progressive blooms, fragrances sweet, mild or strong. There’s no doubt this book represents professionals and the home gardener who have delved into horticulture through paper volumes and soil. How could I not purchase this little green book from 1946 with the inscription Kay Catherine Nille?

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