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Friday, December 17, 2010


Brought out a house...
Put blocks under it... put in a septic tank...

Started planting trees around it... still need to add solar panels...


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Monarch butterfly

Monarch on lantana

monarch & tropical milkweed animated gif

Monarch & tropical milkweed.



Monday, July 20, 2009

Mid July

Butterflies, lizards and flowers from the moon garden. click butterflies & lizards for larger pictures (opens in a new window)

3 gulf fritillary butterflies & buckeye butterfly
gulf fritillaries

2 zebra swallowtails
zebra swallowtails

painted lady butterfly on echinacea
painted lady butterfly on echinacea

buckeye butterfly
buckeye butterfly

Takes caterpillars to have butterflies, and they have very specific dietary requirements.... In this day & age of endless turf, we all should grow
butterfly host plants   << click the link

It's no longer possible to depend on the vacant lot down the street to supply us with butterflies for our flower garden.

little gray lizard
little gray lizard
AKA Eastern Fence Lizard

striped lizard
striped lizard
AKA Six-lined Racerunner

These lizards are helpful in the garden, They will occassionally dash out in front of me to grab bugs... I've even had them hang out next to the campfire eating termites while I made coffee & pancakes!

I was reading at the baker creek forum (http://idigmygarden.com/forums) where somebody had a squash bug eatin horned toad!

Obviously, you wouldn't have butterflies or lizards in so-called "traditional" chemical gardening...

Here's a couple taken at dusk from the moon garden.

flashlight bush
flashlight bush

gourd blooms
gourd blooms


Monday, June 15, 2009

The June Garden

Everything is blooming!

What were these veggies doing in my flowers?


Monday, December 29, 2008

winter colour

First Bloom... I grew this camellia from seed.... My camellia bushes traveled with me from GA to TN, and back...


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Autumn Colours

The sand holly bushes are beautiful! I spent days online searching for the name of this drought proof wonder, using search terms like "red berries in the autumn", "in the fall", & I did find one picture on an Alabama blog, but she didn't know what it was either. When / if I find her blog again, I'll post a link.

The leaves on the Sand holly soon turn yellow and fall to the ground, but the berries persist on the naked branches till Spring. I sampled the berries, hoping for cranberries, and while one didn't make me sick, they also didn't taste good enough to make a meal. It would seem the birds agree.

I finally wrote to the Georgia Extension Service and after a false start, we got it narrowed down.

Ilex ambigua

some additional colour:


Another cool xeric shrub



Thursday, August 21, 2008

New Well

We're Finally getting a well! No more portaging water from the city when transplanting.

Here's pictures of the equipment & crew.

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