Friday, July 13, 2012

In the Yard Today

I know you could probably care less what is in my yard today but I really haven't done anything except work this week and I am sure you don't want to see baby quail again so here is my walk around the yard this morning.
We'll start with this rose. This little rose bush has struggled along but has not bloomed in years. It sits beside the driveway and for a while just kind of got trampled and once Phil mistakenly cut it down with the weed-wacker but this year it has grown enough to get one bloom. It's spot in the yard is more protected now as other things have grown up around it. It is a very nice smelling rose too.
Here are a couple of the Rose of Sharon. Rose of Sharon is nearly a weed here. These I got from a couple neighbors who were more than glad to give them away. They didn't even know what they were called but had lots of them. They seed everywhere and even now I have lots of little sprouts that need to be cut down or given away.
There is a couple purplish ones and a more pink one. I know I used to have a white one but it either is not in bloom or is gone now.
Here are some more 4 o'clocks escaping the front flower bed. I am tempted to pull everything out of this bed and plant something edible in it but for some reason Michelle likes this flower bed.
The fig trees have grown quite large now. I believe both will have to be cut back this fall before they get out of  hand.

Also huge are the banana trees this year. By the way, the bloom fell off in one of the storms we had. I believe I will have to separate some of the bananas this winter (if we actually have a winter this year) and move some of them. I wanted a few banana trees to shade this side of the house but I didn't want a whole banana grove.
Here is the picture of one of the hazelnut burls. The hazelnut bushes are perfect for growing here. They seem to have no bug or disease problems and grow really fast. I will have to cut some of these back this year as well since these are planted beside the driveway and I have to walk through branches to get in the car.
Here is another shot of the Meyer lemon. There are one five little lemons on it this size the rest are smaller.
These aren't actually in my yard but just a few steps up the road, beside the road. These are the wild muscadine grapes. They are the ones that will turn purple when they are ripe.

                        

 As you can see they don't grow like other grapes. No big clusters just a few here and a few there. 

Over by Dukey's run you will see this:

This is one of the dead trees that fell in the last storm. I am really surprised that we didn't hear this one fall. That is one tree. The top broke off and fell then the bottom broke too and fell beside it. Dukey was in his doghouse I am sure since he doesn't appreciate rain and storms much.
And lastly this is the wonderful pile beside the driveway where Phil parks his truck (we have two driveways).

This may seem like junk to some people (well the tire is junk) but this is the beginning of my new fence in the back yard. You all will have to wait for that post though.
Anyway that is the walk through my yard this morning. I had a terrible time taking pictures as it has rained for 3 days in a row and it is so humid that the lense kept fogging up.



15 comments:

  1. You're wrong. Lots of people are interested to see what's in your yard right now. Your Rose of Sharon is a different plant to ours of the same name. Ours is Hypericum. Yours look very much like what we call Hibiscus.

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  2. I believe our is Hibiscus syriacus

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus_syriacus

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  3. Hi Becky, sometimes people miss alot by not walking around their yard and seeing what is there.

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    1. I know I miss it when I can't do it. I always try to make time every morning to walk around my yard and down the road some. It is a necessity to me.

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  4. i live way out in the country surrounded by forest...so my gardens and my flowers are rather haphazardly planted where they might grow best. this sort of planting and landscaping requires those daily walks-never know what kind of surprises i will find..lovely blooms that seem to have popped up from nowhere and sometimes a trespassing turtle, or baby bluebirds in the birdhouse peeping their lungs out...the daily walk over the homestead reminds me of our blessings and how fortuneate we really are.

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    1. That is how my yard is and we can find anything in the yard as well.

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  5. I do enjoy pictures of baby quail, but then I also enjoyed the tour of the garden, the wild grapes look great.

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  6. I like a good walk about! Thanks for the tour... A pallet fence.... good thinking!

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    1. He is out there getting it started now :)

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  7. Hi Becky loved the walk through your Yard I love that expression you use. My pal in Fresno calls it that, we use the term garden much more "English" regards,David

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  8. Hi Becky! Love the Meyer lemons! Are they in the ground or in a pot that you move in during the winter? I have a Meyer lemon tree planted in the ground, but the cold always gets it! It does'nt have any lemons on it, so I don't know what good it's doing me. The rose is beautiful!
    Are you getting any figs this year? Mine are really big! I just pulled a basket full to make fig preserves tomorrow! I wonder why our muscadines don't have any fruit? Must be too much shade. Blessings from Bama!

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  9. The Meyer lemon is in a pot. I will move it into the greenhouse or in the house during the winter. I have figs every year but so far the tree hasn't kept them. Everyone says the birds get them but I have never seen any birds in the trees, I think they just drop the fruit with our unpredictable weather.
    As for the muscadines, only the two on the road produce fruit. I have heard that you need to add dolomitic limestone to the soil. I tried it one year and got a few grapes so that must be right.

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  10. Oh, thanks, Becky, for the tips! I wished we had somewhere on our property that is safe for a greenhouse! We put up a plastic one last year and the straight line winds got it. We have a lot of straight line winds here, so I would need a more permanent greenhouse.

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