Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wildflower Wednesday - March 2012

Gail at Clay and Limestone hosts the Wildflower Wednesday meme the fourth Wednesday of the month. Gail always has something special to share and I enjoy reading her detailed post as well as the great photography.
Image above is Geum triflorum 'Prairie Smoke'. This new transplant Geum was added to the 'prairie garden' in October via a bare root plant purchased from Prairie Moon Nursery.
Cercis canadensis, the Eastern Redbud is the state tree of Oklahoma and is native here in Kansas. This understory tree is a harbinger of spring.
Verbascum thapsus, the common mullein. Although this is not native to Kansas this introduced species has been around long enough to grandfather in I believe. Most people call it a weed as it is commonly found in open disturbed soils in ditch banks and poor soils. I especially like the foliage.

Please join Gail and other native wildflower aficionados and plant natives!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pass it On

Spring break has always been a special time for our extended family. Cindy my wonderful wife has been an educator most of our married life so we have had many spring breaks to enjoy. This year was even more meaningful as our granddaughter from Corpus Christi, Texas visited us at home. She is a first grader and flew by herself (chaperoned of course) to Dallas where she was picked up by my son and grandma. Days later she arrived and her gardening indoctrination soon began.
 Potatoe planting was in order as the moon phase was perfect along with the 80 degree weather. Of course we had to do a few hula hoops to stay interested. New daughter in law to the right of me.

Onions were next. Yuch for a while.

That wasn't so bad was it. Like the boots Skylar.
Ok, it's time for radishes and lettuce. 
Okie dokie, grandpa.....but I don't want to get my red boots muddy!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

GBBD/Foliage Followup March 2012


It's been in the 80's (20 degrees above normal) for about 5 days now and spring is rapidly becoming a reality. Anxiety seems to be a catchword these days. Winter foliage needs cutback, leaves removed to compost pile, division of perennials, transplanting, seeding, and of course numerous other tasks all at once! But lets not forget our blogging. It's garden blogger bloom day/foilage followup already, and I'm already a day late. Oh, well. Deal with it, right? Join Carol at May Dreams Garden for bloom day from around the globe and Pam @ Digging the 16th has foliage followup. Enjoy a few minutes, then get back to work knuckleheads!
Volunteer Native Mullien with Sedum 'Dragon's Blood'

Gotta love this combo. At least at this stage of growth.

Stachys byzantina-Lamb's Ear
Variegated flag. Iris peeking through. Gotta get to work!
Succulent collection, first day out of the house.
Created this image with Picasas new graphics tool. Echinacea spent bloom. Looks pretty cool. Happy Bloom day.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Versatile Thanks

Tammy at Casa Mariposa awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award. Didn't know exactly where to go from here, so I will say thanks. My description for versatility could be: a jack of all trades and a master of none. However, my wife told me that wasn't true and she thought I was the master of many things. Wasn't that nice?
I suppose being versatile would be having many different talents or skills. Talents such as wardrobe selection, like the garments on this photo. What could be more versatile than a cowboy hat, red shorts, and of course low cut white sock-age with clogs?

Versatility could be my ability when I get the oils out and paint my masterpieces.

And what about my baking prowess with using candles as my main heat source.

And yes my exemplary skills of identifying bacteria under a microscope. Bacillus Cereus?

Training animals to sniff vegetables, how much more versatile is that?

Oh! Almost forgot this one. Passing on my versatility of fine photography to my significant other.
 And the number seven thing very few people now about my versatility, is the ability to play a stick flute while sitting, after shoulder surgery, and with one hand. Ha! How about that?

Anyways that series of unquestionable abilities made me tired, but being so versatile we must go on as I must follow the rules of engagement to receive or is it to live up to the award. I linked back to try and discover the beginning of this award. Six generations as a matter of fact. I finally became weary and gave up. Patience is not in my versatile talents. Maybe someone else can explain to me were it began? Maybe on the 7th day?

I must show the logo: check. Can't really read what it says in the background but it's green and has a flower.

And I must send this award to 15 other versatile bloggers and leave a comment about it on their blog. hmmm. That's not very many (15) as most all garden bloggers are versatile. And from what I can tell a lot of the ones I'm thinking about have already received the award. So for those that have received this award already just ignore my rude comments. lol. And I have left a lot of bloggers out, so all of you in my blog roll count too. How's that for being politically correct.

15 Blogging "Buddies":
1.Tatyanas secret garden in the pacific northwest: MySecretGarden. Tatyana was the first person to comment (besides my wife) on this blog. Her garden is lush with opulent evergreens, perennials, and accessories which are stunning.
2.Professor Roush's Flint Hills prairie rose garden just up the road from me in Kansas. Prof has a gift of gab, loves to write about his roses, hits people in the political nose, and is an exceptional humorous writer. A true garden blogger friend. Thanks Professor! Garden Musings
3.Pamela Penick's Austin garden and writing inspires many garden bloggers. The queen of the garden blogosphere. Her versatility is very inspiring. From garden tours, nursery tours, great photography, exceptional writing, and just a "nice" person to "listen" to. Just planted some Salvia seeds she sent me this spring. Digging
4.Chris at the Redneck Rosarian. A virtual and real life rosarian of the ninth degree. Chris in his Alabama rose garden shares  his true passion for roses. He and Professor Roush may turn me into a rose lover yet. ha. Chris is an accomplished twitterer if that's a word, and has taken this new social media to a high level for roses. Now that's versatile.
5.Provocative would be the word for Benjamin Vogt's blog, the Deep Middle.. Ben is a college professor/writer/garden coach/pollinator raiser with a true talent. He enjoys to stir the political straw on subjects of growing natives, lawn alternatives, and native habitat or lack thereof. Ben's native prairie garden is a fine example for us all.
6.Les @Tidewater Garden. Les's North Carolina garden blog is always a great read. His plant information posts are always top notch. And his tours of east coast points of interest always draws my interest. And his photography skills of wide landscapes along the coast are awe inspiring. (his plant photos are great also). Les is truly versatile.
7.Hoover Boo. On the Internet nobody knows your a dog. Need I say more. Hoov's love for succulents is unquestioned, at least in my opinion. I had to have a California blogger in my list, right? Another great photographer and blogist. Hoover (is that your real name?) also raises Koi and his beloved white dogs.
8.Alistair from Aberdeen Gardening comes from Bonnie Scotland. Alistair is a true Scottish gentlemen. His ability to transfer his knowledge about gardening and his dry wit always make it a pleasure to read his posts.
9.David at the Desert Edge is a landscape architect/garden speaker/xeric practitioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico. David's knowledge of xeric plants is plentiful and very informative. His posts on visiting xeric landscapes in Nevada, New Mexico and Texas are very enjoyable. Right plant for right site.
10.Another David is from Houston. David's Tropical Texana blog comes from the humid environment of Houston, Texas. Living in the Houston area has it's own set of issues, especially this year with the drought. His tropical's, succulents and of course his chickens provide interesting stories.
11.Scott at Rhone Street Gardens is also versatile in his selections of fine plants, fine photographs and is fine commenter on many garden blogs.
12.From the cold north country, Larry with conrad art glass gardens is an artist with his stained glass and his pristine estate garden.
13.Linnie with Women Who Run with Delphiniums continues to make many laugh in her gardening post. Her skills includes communicating to stick people, her dog, pruning roses, growing plants in the her greenhouse and of course gardening.
14.Donna the super blogger extraordinaire at Garden Walk, Garden Talk. Versatile is her middle name. It seems she is always on the go. Good writer, great photographer, blogist, designer, and a activist for her region of Niagara Falls.
15.Jenny with Rock Rose, and Cat at the whimsical gardener. Both bloggers are gifted in photography, gardening in Austin, Texas and providing interesting blog post.
Others who also fit in here with their talents are: Gail at clay and limestone, and of course Carolyn at Carolyn's Shade Gardens. How could you leave them out.

Well, all this thinking, writing, and formatting is killing me. It's taken a month to complete this post.
Happy spring to every one!