Friday, July 30, 2010

They're Here!

I have two and need only one more to make my little monsters happy at Halloween! Maybe the Great Pumpkin will shine down on my garden and give me just one more! I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

So, I tore the

heck out of my garden a few weeks ago....very few plants were spared and those that were.....looked mighty terrified.

I don't think I can get a shovel near them again with out them sobbing.

I think the lupins are trying to dig there way out and into the neighbors yard....cowards! :D

Poor remaining plants. I told them if they behave I promise not to dig them up until next year. I don't think they believe me. :) plant all my new purchases!!!

Corpsing in the garden

We had our first ever "corpsing" class this last Saturday in the Graveyard - our good friend and fantastic photographer Marci took pictures. Loving gardens as she does she snapped this picture of one of the students through my hanging flower baskets.

Made me smile, so I had to share.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

My Haunted Veggies

Well my pumpkins are doing pretty well. The scarecrows don't really work. The deer don't seem to mind them. The rest of our veggies are on the deck. Keeps the most critters away!

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Cemetery Lily

When a person speaks of a Cemetery Lily, an image of a Calla Lily usually comes to mind. But in The South, the term Cemetery Lily refers to a Crinum Lily.

The Crinum belongs to the Amaryllis family. It can withstand drought, poor soil, scorching heat and the native Swamp Crinum Lily even enjoys soggy soil. Yet, despite what Mother Nature (and Man) throws at it, this hardy bulb will provide years and years of blooms. The Crinum will have long strap-like leaves with multiple blooms borne on a stalk. The blooms are quite fragrant, especially as evening draws nigh.

Crinum originally migrated to America via ships arriving from South Africa and other tropical areas. It adapted well to the Southern climate and was planted around homesteads and grave sites. Today, these Crinum can still be seen blooming.

There was a surge in popularity in the 1920s and again in the 1950s, with many new varieties being bred. Preferring hardiness zones 8-10, some Crinum will survive to zone 5-6 with mulch. All Crinum can be grown in a pot if enough room for bulbs and roots are provided. For more info go to The Bulb Society .