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Thursday, May 21, 2009

This and That Thursday..

My first Rose of Sharon bloom of the season.... What in the world is on my Hyacinth Bean Vine?

I find something new every few days in this wildflower mixture that I planted in Dec.

Pink Bachelor Button

Thought this was bright and sunny.
Forget Me Nots and ?
The Lacecape Hydrangea from Ms. Doris is beautiful.

...Monarda didyma L. Scarlet Beebalm is beginning to bloom.

We don't only grow flowers. Here are a few food items that we are working on. The others are not post worthy quite yet.

Cherry Tomatoes

Our Crookneck Squash is loaded with blooms. We have them planted in large containers.

Update on the Grapefruit for Patsy.

A few things from our backwoods.

Stinging Nettle grows all over the place. When you touch it with your bare skin you will get a terrible sting which can be very painful and itchy. The stinging sensation is caused by formic acid which covers the tiny hairs of the plant. It has been used as a medicine in Europe for over 2,ooo years.
Elephant Ear bud. Ferns

Here's the mom to the eggs I posted yesterday. House Wren we believe.

Can anyone help me with the ID of this plant. If so, what are the growing conditions of it?

I hope you enjoyed my This and That Thursday!


Anonymous said...

You have so many pretty things! I love that pick bachelor's button and that little bunny hiding in the plant is adorable!

Smilingsal said...

What an interesting garden; you'll soon have a delicious salad with fresh flowers on your table.

Now, about that UGLY bug... ewwww.

Anonymous said...

I remember the nasty stinging nettle from my early years of living in Texas. That is an ouchee plant especially if you land in it by accident while riding a bike with no hands & your eyes Your wildflower mixture is very pretty, especially the yellow & white daisy like bloom. Wish I could help you with the id, it looks similar to my Heuchera 'Purple Palace'. :)

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Looks fantastic! The tomatoes look great, I love fresh cherry tomatoes!

Tootsie said... usual...I am envious of your climate and admire your gardens! I have the name of that plant on the tip of my tongue...I will come back if it comes to me...

Martha said...

As beautiful as everything is looking I still want to know what that weird bug is! I don't think I've spotted one of those yet! Ick!

bennie and patsy said...

Thank you for the update on the grapefruit, they are growing. Did you know that the other names for the rose of sharon is the Confederate rose or the cotton rose it is from the mallow family.

RainGardener said...

Everything looks so beautiful Darla, I love your Rose Of Sharon - it looks like my Minerva.
I have many, not so fond, memories of stinging nettle. Been there a few times growing up. ;-)

George said...

Thanks for the tour of your garden. I wish I could see it in person -- you have so many beautiful and fascinating plants.

Leedra said...

There are 350 species of Ladybird Beetles (commonly known as Ladybugs) in America. Might be one of the 350.

No idea on the plant.

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Red said...

You've got a beetle... lol, helpful? ha!

The white blossoms with the forget me nots I think are Nemesia. We have purple ones now - see my mom's recent post, but in the past we've had whites. Is it quite fragrant? If so, I'd say definitely Nemesia.

Too bad you've got the stinging nettle in the yard. We found some in ours recently too. Your rose of sharon is gorgeous :) I like that flower.

hmmm... my word verification is 'yards'. can you believe it?

Betsy from Tennessee said...

How are you feeling, Girlie???? Hope you are better.

Your garden is fabulous. I love FERNS.. I've had them in hanging baskets before--but I can't keep them alive during the winter.


Twisted Fencepost said...

Sorry, can't help you with the bug or the plant. If you find out their identity, be sure to let us know.
And I remember nettle from growing up in WV. Nasty stuff!
Thanks for letting me know how your garden is growing, too. Looks great. And ahead of mine. It's so neat seeing where yours starts and then moves up the US to when the northerners get started.

Jake said...

Wow, wht a bug! I would have the same vine if my dog hadn't ate the seedling of the only seed I had, lol. The Rose of Sharon looks gorgeous, how long do they bloom down here. In KY it is like July or August to firsts frost in October.


..........barish k baad ......!!! said...

hi darla, what a beautifull garden tour ! i do love flowers and your garden is a place never to miss ! love your blog ..

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Darla, I wonder what illness they treat with stinging nettle. Nasty stuff!

That beetle is unusual. I hope someone posts a name for it.

Your flowers are wonderful. So much blooming all at once.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Darla your flowers are great as always. I really like the sunny daisy. Your tomatoes are doing so great. That is one weird looking beetle and a new one to me.