Oh October!

Oh my October! How do you top these golden days in Georgia when the light is lower and more golden than ever, the greens are deepening and our tropical and subtropical cplants keep rolling on. I love to join in The Propagator Six On Saturday

I am cheating a bit, because I am continuing with pictures of plants that were in bloom last week on the campus of Georgia Southern/Savannah. Continue on with me through this beautiful place.

There will be a plant sale on campus this month! Guess who will be in line hoping to procure a piece of this spectacular plant!

I like the foliage on this plant, but the eye of a gardener immediately tries to place those long and lovely stems among other plants in places in one’s own garden. Could I fit this in somewhere? That is the question.

Temperatures in Savannah still reach into the 80’s during the day, but the cool evenings, perhaps down to the 50s this week end, assure that there is some sign of Autumn. Leaves change color, some yellow, making for that wonderful feeling of a change of season. You know, pumpkin spice and all things nice, like apple cider and warm donuts!

Who knows the name of this vine? It might work to fulfill my wish to have more vertical bloom in the garden.

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I am trying to have rose blooms and firecrackers in my garden, but we have a huge deer population on Skidaway Island. I have moved a rose to the fenced area in my yard, but it is in a pot where I move it from one sunny spot to another to get the required 6 hours of sun….I don’t know how long I will be willing to that! The firecracker is just a plant I love and when I see it here in full bloom I am thrilled. The deer graze on mine continually so I do not ever see this show.

That is my six on Saturday. What are you doing this week end? My spouse is currently digging a hole for my Bird of paradise plant that has outgrown its huge pot. I think 5 years in a pot is long enough to wait for bloom….it never did. So it is going into the ground. I hope it does better in the earth. I will continue to give it space, because I adore the foliage…so very tropical.

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Our October Blooms

October on coastal Georgia brings bees, butterflies and blooms. While my gardens in New Canaan CT were prepping for a cold Autumn and Winter by October, this climate encourages the garden to continue delighting the gardener. I was fortunate to be able to go on a small private garden tour early in the week on Skidaway Island where the owners were developing a passion for gingers. I love the gingers, so this was a morning I couldn’t pass up.

Many of the gingers weren’t in bloom, but the owner had an I Pad to show us the many varieties he grows.

Today on a warm overcast morning, I drove to the Georgia Southern State campus in Savannah to walk along the many paths that encompass a 268 acre arboretum.

Gingers along a path
Brugsmania

The garden areas are spread around the campus, so a long, reflective stroll was the order of the day. Stopping to examine new plants, I tried to photograph the ones unknown to me along with their tags.

The vine above was growing up and through a shrub in the Conifer Garden. Do you recognize it? It is similar to the Blue Moon vine I grow, but I’v

e never seen pink!

I am growing a stag horn fern on a board, at home, but I’ve never thought to grow one on a tree directly, un

til I saw this.

Stag horn fern

I spent an hour walking the campus, so there is much more to see. I may save the rest for another post. But I can’t leave this post without remarking on the glorious Overstory of magnificent trees.

So, check back next week, for a continuation of the walk on campus, once known as Armstrong State, but now part of the Georgia State University system.

I remind you to visit thePropagator http://thepropagator.wordpress.com for a look around a British garden and to connect with other gardeners around the world. His Six on Saturday is always a joy.

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Six on Saturday

Savannah ….September week ends can be blissful.

Birds nest fern
First Camellia sasanqua to bloom
Cardinal climber
Canna Bengal Tiger
Salvia Black and Blue

Please visit https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/author/cavershamjj/ to see the author of six on Saturday, and see what is blooming all over the world today!

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Six on Saturday

Six or maybe seven on Saturday in Savannah!

Fake bloom! Fake butterfly!

‘Crystal Peak’
Fennel bloom
Mandevilla climbing the Sweet Gum tree
Liriope finally booms after being moved from outside the fence! Sorry deer!
Curcuma! Love all the gingers!
Crossandra

Thanks go to Jon the Propagator who hosts Six on Saturday. Pop over and see what’s blooming all over the world. Our poor world, needs more gardeners.

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Blooming in Savannah

A week of rain and humidity should encourage growth, yes? But a bit of sunshine is needed to keep the photosynthesis going! A few things blooming…

Summer waning, hydrangea too
Dahlias, not show worthy, but bloom is welcomed!
Canna, the fawns like the blooms, so this is rare!
Tall dahlia, out of reach of deer.
Hedychium ‘Disney’, a favorite of hummingbirds
Crinum, I wish you could smell this!

Join Jon the Propagator for this Six on Saturday!

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Time in Taos, adding Angel Fire

Santa Fe to Taos

We began July with a cross country trip, cavaliers on Board, first stop Birmingham AL. The visit with an old friend included an evening in her garden!

Another cross country trip
Birmingham AL garden

On to Dallas, and I have nothing to say about that stop, except the La Quinta across from the Four Seasons was one of the best we stayed with our pets along. Would’ve liked to stay at the Four Seasons! It irks me that my two perfectly clean and coiffed dogs would cost so much extra just to sleep in their own comfy dog beds. I am sure they are cleaner and better behaved than the typical 3 year old, and the kids are free!

Taos after several years, feels like a second home. and now son and his wife have added land in Angel Fire, so that is a new destination. Their dogs love it, especially the lake, but it much too wild and rural for the likes of the cavs.

The puppies and Mom,
with son

We took a packed lunch to Angel Fire, watched the dogs swim in the lake, observed wildflowers everywhere, even at 10,000 feet, and tried to identify the birds from their song. What an amazing afternoon to just be in the mountains. Peaceful beyond words.

From our window in the newly refurbished casita, the sunsets blaze, the cows and horses graze, and we feel so happy to be in the Land of Enchantment.

Casita evenings

Our morning walks through this beautiful countryside start each of our days with a serenity that is hard to find anywhere else.

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June Blooms

Wordless Wednesday blooms…

Crepe Myrtle
Canna ‘Bengal Tiger’
Echinacea
Fennel
Cleome
Salvia ‘Black n Blue’
Lantana
Marigold
Salvia
Physostegia
Small Echinacea
Mandevilla
Favorite begonia today
Crossandra ‘Orange marmalade’
That’s all for June in my low country home…

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Savannah sights

Just some sights of Savannah as summer wheels this way.

Datura seen on a garden tour
Skidaway Island border on garden tour
Magnolias bloom in a Savannah square
The new Zunzibar
Garlic harvest from Skidaway Farm
A Covid needlepoint finish

Steamy days ahead! Less time in the garden, more time for reading, stitching, And viewing of all sorts,

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Ossabaw Island Views

Recently I travelled with friends by boat through the low country to Ossabaw Island. There is no other way to arrive there. This barrier Island off the coast of Georgia is one of the few unspoiled areas along the 100 mile Eastern coast of Georgia. One family had owned it, until the last heir died this past year at the age of 108.

There is so much history here, but I wont attempt to delve into that in a short post. Our trip was possible through the Ossabaw Island Fooundation, and I recommend visiting their web page for more information, http://www.ossabawisland.org. I would like to show you some photos.

We left from Butter Bean beach near Skidaway Island.

After a 40 minute ride along the river, arriving at the dock, this island was a serene outpost where I could not imagine one woman living alone for decades..”Sandy” Torrey West (1913-2021) was an inspirational and enthusiastic protector of her island, where she lived full time from the age of 75-103.

Waterway to Ossabaw, low country of GA

She loved the wildness of the Island and kept it that way but invited visitors from the world of the arts who were able to retreat to this natural space. She also loved her menagerie of wild animals. Some donkeys remain there, and most certainly some wild hogs.

Alligator tracks?

She was born to a wealthy family in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and her debutant-like upbringing did not prepare her, as such, for the life she was to lead when her parents bought the Island in 1924; 26,000 acres of forest, marsh and wild animals.

She allowed the wild animals to roam free on the 26,000 acres when she inherited the Island from her parents. Some of the donkeys remain along with alligators, hogs and many wild creatures.

We hiked into an area where she housed visiting artists over the years.

The Foundation now invites artists to take up residence, to this day. We walked the paths, and found some remaining slave quartes from a distant past.

Tabby slave quarters

We saw many decrepit out buildings, but were not invited to view the main house which the Torrey family built by 1926. From reports, it was once was a majestic home but is now in need of repair. This Island has 4,000 years of human habitation, from Native American Indians, colonial plantation owners, as well as enslaved and tenant farmers. The stories of those people add to the imaginative mind that is overwhelmed when stepping foot on this magical Island.

I hope to return to this incredible ecosystem which has lessons yet unlearned.

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Shrooming Instead of Zooming

Spring has arrived in Savannah. Azaleas are popping, more people are vaccinated, and human life is catching up with the natural world. All through this pandemic, fungi has been doing its thing, don’t you know? I learned more about that today, when the Landings Garden Club hosted a ‘Shroom Walk with mushroom grower and businessman, Ancil Jacques.

Ancil is the owner of Swampy Appleseed Mushrooms. He is very entertaining and his expertise was shared with some stalwart members of the Landings Garden Club this morning as we took a Mushroom Walk.

We met Priest Head Landing, on Skidaway Island. In this remote area of the island, the walking trail showed its treasures this morning as we learned so much about mushrooms and the importantance of fungi.

Some ladies took home a block of specially formulated sawdust with spores of an edible mushroom, and some like me, were content to buy a bag of mushrooms.

I am thinking risotto tonight?

I think a trip to the Forsyth Farmers Market this Saturday morning in the heart of Savannah’s historic district, is where you will find me, purchasing more mushrooms from Ancil….he is there every Saturday morning to sell his marvelous mushrooms!

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