Q1 2012 Yard & Garden Round-Up

Forsythia in the foreground and azaleas in the back! Hyacinth. At work we just had a quarterly company review, which is always fun. We get together with beer and wine and look at everything we’ve accomplished in the past quarter. There’s all sorts of fun charts and amazing stats, with embarrassing pictures of people hidden […]

August Flora

Various forms of swamp hibiscus are still blooming – I won’t photograph them all because you’ve seen them before. Except this one – a new type of mallow/swamp hibiscus bloomed, but I was too busy to catch it in time. The leaves are furry. Four o’clocks still going strong… four months later. Even our very […]

May Flora

The end of May has the fine Southern Magnolias in full bloom, the hydrangeas going, and the trumpet vine getting started. Good stuff. hydrangeas – and magnolia in the background Gardenia Trumpet Vine There are also some edibles going – raspberries and blackberries are working their magic, and we’ve even managed to get a few […]

An Overexposed Photo of an Iris

Because I felt like it. They like wet feet, so I am impressed that they are growing in my dry, sunny yard. I love the form of flag irises, so sleek and graceful. I also love botanical illustrations. Here is a lovely one of the yellow flag iris from Wikipedia Commons.

March Flora

Just a quick post with a few more floral happenings in the garden. This year is the most exciting, since this is our first spring in the house and we are discovering all the flowers for the first time. Forsythia. Very interesting to note the difference between this “maintained” bush in the front of the […]

February Flora

It’s been a productive couple weeks in the garden. We’ve been tending to our new raspberries and pawpaws, and pulling tons of ivy each weekend. Last weekend we scored two white oaks and planted them. This weekend, we went on our first native plant rescue with the Georgia Native Plant Society. We had a lot […]

Breaking Ground in the Garden

So I am definitely a foodie in my own right. But I am also cheap, and this leads to a lot of… internal conflict. I want fresh fruits and veggies that haven’t been drenched in pesticides and herbicides while being grown in a blasted medium that doesn’t remotely resemble soil (Read Michael Pollan’s Botany of […]

Concrete Jungle

I ran across this organization a while back, forgot about it and recently rediscovered it while reading up on the Atlanta Local Food Initiative Fruit Tree, Vine, and Berry Bush Sale. (Tomorrow! Cash/check sales of pears, apple, plums, pomegranate, pawpaws, raspberries, blackberries, grapes, and more I am forgetting I’m sure – you should go!) Check […]

Gorgeous Grenada

 (This entry is part of a series highlighting the photos I’ve taken in the last year as I go through my messy photography drive. Read the explanation here. This trip was an important trip with a lot of photos, so I think it warrants special treatment. So here’s the special treatment.)  Alamander (thanks to Nicole […]

Bristly Locust

I realized only a few minutes ago that I left off one other native tree species that I am very interested in: the bristly locust. Its name sounds like a biblical plague, but I guess you can’t win ’em all. This small tree is a member of the pea family and his has those gorgeous […]

Researching Native Trees of Georgia

Last week officially started the first step of the seemingly insurmountable task of making our property our own: removing invasive species. Most of our yard is english ivy, privet, vinca and nandinas. I’m sure we’ll find more as we go along. Our first endeavor has been unearthing our patio. Not because we care for the […]