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Whimsical yard art

​When adding yard art to the garden, think outside the box to show off your personal whimsy. I was going to get the usual Shepherd’s hook for this cute little picket fence bird feeder, then remembered I’d pruned trees in the garden boutique area and had a perfect large branch that might work. And it did! Of course it won’t last forever, but it was free, saved me from having to cut it up, and it looks adorable. 

Bird feeder with tree branch

My next project is taking my greatnephew’s old pull wagon and making it into a container garden with a birdbath. 

Bird feeder with tree branch

So take a look around your house to see what you have that can have a second life as yard art. It’s fun! 

Btw, did you see the mockingbird sitting on the brush pile and on top of the bird feeder post? He grabbed himself a tasty grasshopper a few minutes after I took the pics. 

Happy digging in the dirt  …

              Jeanni , Gibbs , and Ziva 

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The Story of Poinsettias

​Poinsettias. They’re such pretty plants, and very much a sign that the holidays are here. Here is some interesting information about Poinsettias that you might not know…

Joel Roberts Poinsett is the person who introduced Poinsettias (see the resemblance between his last name and the plant’s name??) to the United States in 1828. He was the US’s first Ambassador to Mexico and a botanist and physician. He fell in love with the plants he discovered in Southern Mexico and sent cuttings to his home in Charleston, South Carolina.

Poinsettias, begonias, and vinca. This was in the garden center I owned in Florida.

The colorful parts of the plants aren’t the flowers. Nope, those are actually colored bracts and are considered modified leaves. The flowers are yellow and are in the center of the colored bracts. The bracts get their color changes through a process called “photoperiodism.” That means they need 12 hours of total darkness for at least five days in a row to change color. Not just a little darkness, but total darkness. Light of any kind, real or synthetic, will throw off their color changing abilities. That’s why the Poinsettias you planted in the garden might not be as colorful as the ones you buy every holiday season.

I’m sure you’ve heard that old wives tale that Poinsettias are poisonous. Well, the National Poison Center in Atlanta and the American Medical Association have repeatedly tested the Poinsettia’s reportedly poisonous abilities and have found, repeatedly, that they are not poisonous. One study done at Ohio State University showed that 500 to 600 leaves would have to be eaten by a 50-pound child before any side effects would even start to show up. And those side effects would be upset stomach and vomiting…which makes sense if one eats 500 to 600 leaves of anything.

Poinsettias do ooze a milky sap when the stems are broken. That sap can cause allergic reactions to people who are allergic to latex.

Here’s an interesting tidbit: Texas has a native Poinsettia! How cool is that?? Euphorbia cyathophora is its botanical name. Common names are wild poinsettia, Fire on the mountain, fireplant, painted euphorbia, desert poinsettia, paint leaf, and kaliko plant.

Native Texas poinsettia

And that, my friends, is my history lesson on Poinsettias. Hope you enjoyed it!
Happy digging in the dirt …

                   Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva


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Golden Celebration

It’s a grey, cloudy, rainy day so pics of Golden Celebration’s gorgeous yellow blooms are just what we need.

Golden Celebration

GC has all the wonderful parts of a David Austin rose: fragrance, beautiful buttery yellow color, and repeat blooms. I grew it when I lived in Savannah, and absolutely loved it. It grows about 6×6 with an arching habit. It cannot take full, all day sun. Shade from early afternoon on is best for it.

Golden Celebration

Do you have a favorite David Austin rose you want me to get for you?

Golden Celebration

Happy digging in the dirt  …

                  Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva