Sunday, January 28, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
For a moment, I thought I got away with something this year. While I've gardened in this area long enough to know that a frost was inevitable, I hoped against hope that it might consider bypassing us this year. Tonight is our first real possibility of frost. At 52 degrees, it barely feels cold out right now, but the weathermen, with urgent and dramatic threats, are telling me to cover anything I have the even faintest hope of keeping.
I covered with old sheets the Bird of Paradise and Hibiscus by the pool. Both of the these plants are relatively expensive and slow to recover from a lot of frost damage. I also covered some Elephant Ears that I'm just hoping to keep because I like where they are at. Now there is nothing left to do but put do some laundry I've neglected and throw a wool blanket on the bed and try not to think about what might die in my garden tonight.
Monday, January 22, 2007
It is January. There is no way this garden should look as green as this. Hell must have frozen over, because my garden hasn't.
It is messing up my plan for this garden, frankly. In the summer, masses of purple and gold lantana would attract butterflies. In the winter, all of this would die back allowing the camellias and easter lillies to bloom. Well, the lantana is still kicking and my camelias aren't.
In front of the bird bath is a purple butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii 'Nanho Purple') which looks a 100 times better right now than it did in June. Go figure. On either side are two Salvias ('Indigo Spires') that had bright blue flowers in June - not so much now. They are getting tall and lanky, but I'm scared to prune them. I suspect I should wait until the end of February to cut down on frost risk. Behind the butterfly bush is a variagated lantana with pale yellow flowers that I think might be called 'Lemon Drop'. It didn't do well over the summer, but it has a lot of small leaves right now and might be making a come back. The tree is a hot pink crepe myrtle flanked by purple mexican petunias (Ruellia). Purple passion flower vine still has tendrills over the arbor and camellias are in the beds next to fence. Oh yeah, yesterday I planted pink tiger lillies to go with the easter lilles from last year.
Everything in here is meant to be butterfly and toddler friendly. If you want butterflies, just add a passion vine and butterfly bush. The later was in the ground a total of ten minutes before the first butterfly landed on it. The passion vine attracts the catapillers of the Gulf Fritillary butterfly who ate it to the ground over the summer. The cats cacooned and flew away and the vine grew back with a vengance. The garden is also meant to stand up to the 3 year old. All of the flowers are small and plentiful, so she can pick as many bouquets for Daddy as she wants. Most of the plants can take little walking on, too.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
No Gardening during the week. I'm not quite brave enough to breakout the flashlight and start weeding. Far too many spiders and other unidentifiable critters out there. I'm obsessive, but not nearly that compulsive. Perhaps that is why the garden has been a bit slow going. I'll take pictures of the garden on Saturday to post. I'll have to wait until then. Can't wait until summer when I can go out into the yard after work.
I suppose I shouldn't complain - at least my garden is not covered with several inches of snow! And it's not 98 degrees outside.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Welcome to my resolution.
So. This is my first entry for Wicked Gardener. This is something I've wanted to do for years. I love reading garden blogs and for a long time have felt that I could contribute something to this community. The big garden sites are fine, but I love nothing more than finding a terrific little blog, a personal, intimate account of a gardener and their struggles in taming their little piece of nature. So, one of my resolutions is to finally start a Gardening Blog.
I am a thirty year old mother of one who lives in Ocala, Florida with my beloved monster. We purchased our first home in 2004 and are gradually developing a backyard garden for our little munchkin. I've loved plants since I received my first cutting that turned into a beautiful houseplant. Now that I have a yard of my own, I'm doing my best to create our own secret garden paradise.
Notes on the name, Wicked Gardener: I love nothing if not the subversive. I wish my talents in life were slightly different so that I could be covered in tattoos and still be employed. I'm an atheist and a libertarian and plenty of people in my life have called me a witch (and the other word, starting with a B.) I had a child (and bought a home) out of wedlock and when we finally did marry, we eloped on our favorite holiday, Halloween. In my ultra conservative Red-State town, I might as well be the devil herself. This site is dedicated to the counter-culture domsestic arts, and since I do not cook, clean, sew (I knit a little, but badly) or anything else useful, I play in the dirt. Besides, I'm originally from Massachusetts, so I wanted a wicked cool blog run by a wicked gardener.