Sunday, April 26, 2009


Roses are such a struggle! But, you just can't help yourself... they are so beautiful.

Heavy feeders and need lots of water, but getting water on the foliage gives them black spot. Then you have to fungicide.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Some say I am confined to wheelchair
But I don’t think they know
That though my body is affected
I still am on the go.
I go to visit those I love
And walk to market place;
I tread the woods until it rains
And then the rainbow trace.
Of course my body cannot always go
For it’s been restricted for days,
But who would say paralysis confines
A soul and mind that dreams and prays?
Although my body sometimes lets me down
Through days of darkest night,
My spirit soars on wings of prayer
And moves with speed of light.
In dreams and prayer I visit those I love;
Great is the gift of prayer;
And when my thoughts are beamed toward you
You’ll sense my presence there.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

German Bearded Iris

Today's stroll...

Well.... here is another Iris! This is a German Bearded Iris with no name-- I call it "Cloud." A good friend in Illinois was big into Iris and hybridized quite a few. This was one of them.

Along the path, I found the Ajuga blooming

And, of course, more iris with a backdrop of beautiful small yellow daylilies.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

City Flower Bed

Thursday, April 16, with guidance from me the trustees put in sod on right side facing City Hall. We started at 10:00 a.m. and finished at about 2:00 p.m. with a lunch break. First, they turned the dirt and added a special soil from Shore Acres Plant Farm, then placed the sod on top. With a good regular watering, it should look great. That side had bare roots from the pear tree showing and just dirt.
Last Wednesday I spent the afternoon working with 2 "trustees," from Atmore Prison, working on the flower bed in front of Chickasaw City Hall. We ripped out all of the old stuff and threw it away. It went against my nature to do that, but didn't have anywhere to use it and no one to give it too. We replanted with red and white begonias.
I've been repotting plants using the great potting soil that I got from the plant sale, and planting newbies that I grew from seed.
Ed took a little hoe and ground (grinded?) the edges and ends to make a sort'a horse shoe shape with pointie ends for me to use. I can easily plant, pull, hoe, slip out a weed without damaging the other plants, and use it to prop me up as I bend over from the wheelchair.
Here is another Iris that's blooming here - an African Iris

Sunday, April 12, 2009

A Day of Iris

As I perused the garden today, I saw several Iris in bloom.
There was an old fashion white:

An African Iris

Walking Iris

Gets it's name from the growth habit. It flowers and the flower heavily droops to the ground, then a new plant forms as it sits on the ground. And, on and on...

The beautiful Japanese Iris "Gamecock" with more blooms...

And, the one that saved my life-- Iris pseudocorus "Yellow Flag"

An Iris dealer I would recommend:

Sunshine Gardens

Ten Easy Rules to Follow for Beautiful Blooms:

Let me know if you can't read this and if you should want it, I'll send you a copy.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Cactus bloom

I have a cactus in bloom. I can't remember the name of it!! It is so beautiful. I gave a friend a starter of the plant two years ago and it made a big hanging basket full. Hers is blooming also and with lots of blooms.

Oh, yes-- it's an epiphyllum! There are about 13,000 varities.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Black Gamecock Japanese Iris (30" tall)

Louisiana Iris

Indigo Bunting in the feeder

We have seen a lot of Indigo's at the feeder. They are beautiful!

The Chickasaw Garden Club plant sale is over. We had a great turnout from the community. Thanks! Here is a picture of some of ladies who worked.