Blooms in May

There was so much happening in April and this year the weather has blessed Savannah with a cool dryness,….yes, we all like the rain to wash the garden, but the humidity in Savannah can be brutal. 2022 has been quite different and except for some bothersome days with gnats, the gardening life couldn’t be better.

However, May will bring on summer, long before the rest of the country experiences it. The weathermen say we may see 90 degrees next week. In the mean time, look what is blooming on Skidaway Island in my garden. And visit The Propogator who hosts Six on Saturday (I am a day late) featuring links to gardens all over the world!

Salvia ‘Hot lips’
Unnamed begonia with a Mahonia, not the leather leaf type
Kitchen window box
Hydrangea ..an Easter hostess gift
Begonia, tuberous
Lantana
View from Delegal marina

That is my six on Sunday! My readers of many years may notice that I am more casual in naming my plants with their botanical names. While accuracy is important and I have worked hard to research and recall the proper names, amidst the ever changing science, over the years…. My status has changed. I am now officially a GCA Horticulture Judge Emeritus.

So just as I have retired from actively judging GCA flower shows, I am completing the UGA Master Gardener program. Naturally, my decades as a gardener have taught me more than I could possibly learn in a 6 month course and a year long volunteer commitment, as a Master Gardener, but I recommend taking a master gardener program wherever you live. You will learn so much, and be exposed to more science than you have had since college! All of the Latin names for plants that I have committed to memory will not be as important without my Judging assignments to study for. My focus this past year has been more on the science based workings of plants. The 978 page textbook includes such chapters as: Basic entomology, plant pathology, propagation, vegetable gardening, turf, plant and pest management, with organic gardening, composting and landscaping design thrown in along with so much more!

The view out over the marsh says so much…keep your eyes on the horizon because there is always something new to learn and to experience with each new day you are blessed to live!

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Saturday flowers

Leucojum
Snap dragons planted in December, now in bloom
Camellia ‘Royal Velvet’
Red Buckeye – blooms in time for the hummers to return
Satsuma orange tree blossom
Viburnum

The garden is a mess, because of wind and rain and our no-show lawn guy. But the plants bloom on. I am joining the Propagator as usual on Saturday…. well, not exactly usual, but I do try to carve some time to see what is going on in his world and his fellow garden followers! check it out! Rain and bad weather is heading for coastal Georgia this afternoon, so I will sail across the ocean just now!

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Long on Lorapetalum

You might say we are long on lorapetalum on Skidaway Island.

Lorapetalum

As a member of the same family as witch hazel, they can take the occasional freeze of a cold Winter here. But best of all, the deer don’t eat them and they can take our hot, humid summers. You will see a range of colors and sizes and styles. Some like to trim them as a hedge, and others prefer a natural look.

Amaryllis

This is also the time of year that I begin to look for a blooming stalk of amarylis to emerge from the many bulbs I have planted in the ground, after their Christmas blooming is finished. This is the first one this year and I hope the freeze expected tonight won’t harm it!

Azalea

The azaleas are out in full force, at least the tops of the azaleas are blooming. Our hungry deer on the Island have made quite a mess of the many azaleas we usually see at this time of year.

Camellia

The camellias carry on. Tomorrow there will be a meeting of the Coastal Georgia Camellia Society, at a member’s home, and I am excited to see a private garden and more camellias!

I’ve linked to the Propagator’s Six on Saturday and I know you will enjoy what is going on in his British garden. http://www.thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com. His Six on Saturday is a good way to start the week end. The world is in such turmoil….getting out in our gardens helps to lessen our worry, doesn’t it?

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Saturday, Sunday, so What?

I so appreciate the Six on Saturday posts from The Propagator blog. Check out his bloghttp://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com, It is a check point in my week. A checkpoint that I hardly ever check off until Sunday or Monday. The expression, better late than never, rings true.

Gecko friend
Begonia

Saturday was spent repotting begonias and moving them out of the garage or from their sheltered Winter homes.

Pansy

The pansy that won’t quit! This plant has lived in a pot on our outdoor dining table since Fall with only a couple evenings covered due to freezing dips in temperature. Amazing!

Viburnum hedge…newly planted

Just a little experiment. Planting a new viburnum hedge with pennisetum ‘Sky Rocket’ and newly divided iris planted in front. Let’s see how each does by July.

Sparrow Pollinator Garden

Bottoms up ladies! I volunteer at this garden, sponsored by the Skidaway Audubon group, once a week. Cutting back the “brown stuff’ last week. Within a few weeks, you will be surprised to see how it changes so fast on coastal Georgia!

Seeds are sprouting on the warming mat….tomatoes, lettuce, asters, and basil. What are you starting from seed?

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Monday Blooming

Tea Olive
Snapdragons
White snapdragons and Digitalis coming along
Daffodils among the lavender
Geranium will not quit
Amaryllis will not quit

That’s what is blooming in February. Hop on over to the http://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com for his Six on Saturday. And wish him good health!

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Six on Saturday

My Six plants a growing (sorry the 12 Days of Christmas is still playing in my head!) on this Saturday….

Camellia behind Shell Ginger

On my daily walks I am seeing more and more camellias in bloom. Love to see them in January!

Camellia

The Camellia japonicas are especially showy. Tomorrow I will be going to the Judge Soloman Camellia trail at the Coastal Georgia Botanic Garden.

Queen’s Tears

I showed this plant last week, and now the “tears” are beginning to fall. By next week, the bloom will be fully out…it is a process to look forward to for plant geeks.

A lovely home that illustrates our Winter on Skidaway Island, in Savannah, Zone 8b that feels like 9.

Lily of the Valley

Today is the sad task of taking down the Christmas tree. I imagine that anyone who celebrates Christmas and is reading garden blogs also has many garden themed ornaments. The Lily of the valley, gifted by a friend, is a perennial favorite! The tin pail behind it, showing hydrangea blooms is another favored ornament.

Six on Saturday is hosted by a grand English gardener who runs for fun…visit him at https:/thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com

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2020 too

Will 2022, become 2020 too? Let’s hope that 2022 brings about all good changes from 2020. Better health and a better understanding of how to achieve that in the age of Covid 19! And more acceptance of other points of view. There is no way to achieve that if we do not listen to one another. Listen with compassion in hopes of understanding.

More time in the garden, because that is where you can find deep satisfaction, alone with your thoughts in the solace of the natural world. This is what is happening in our garden. This is where solace awaits.

Trough at Christmas

The trough is quite lush right now. This will most likely need to be divided in Spring.

Parsley

The parsley by the back door has revived with warm temperatures.

Queen’s Tears or Billbergia nutans

The original Mother plant was given to me by my son and daughter in law when they first visited us in Georgia. It is now divided and I have several. It is always exciting to see it bloom, and makes me think of them…miss them, so far away.

Camellia from seed

This camellia bud is beyond thrilling. Why? Because when Hurricane Matthew struck Savannah, we evacuated to Augusta GA, and spent a day visiting Aiken SC. While there, walking through a public garden, I picked up a camellia seed pod, and planted it when we got home. I now have three camellias growing from that attempt. This plant is still in its pot. The other two I planted in the ground have not set bud. So perhaps the lesson is to keep young plants in a pot longer. Anyway, I am so excited to see what the bloom will be! Since camellias do not always grow true to seed, it will be a surprise!

Camellia

The camellias are out in full force in my neighborhood. The combination of camellias flowering among the Spanish Moss draped from towering live oaks is a sight that never fails to take my breath away.

I didn’t make the Saturday deadline for The Propagators blog this week, but I resolve in 2022, to live life at my own pace, so deadlines need not stress me. Let’s see how long that lasts! In the meantime, visit him, he is very good with deadlines! http://thepropagatorsblog.com

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Savannah Christmas

Christmas is alive on East Jones Street in historic downtown Savannah Georgia. Just love the play of light in the afternoon.

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Six in Savannah

Autumn is here and though fall color is not something to travel to Savannah to see, this year has been ablaze. Particularly the cypress (admittedly trees are not my area….cypress, right?)

Live oaks and pine trees predominate on Skidaway Island, providing green all year long, while the cypress, hickories and sweet gum trees drop their leaves, nuts and needles.

Camellia ‘Yuletide’

Another source of color all Winter are the camellias. This one blooms reliably at Christmas, thus named ‘Yuletide’! My Mah Jong group purchased this one for one of our regular members who recently lost her Dad.

And of course, this marks the time for harvesting citrus. Our neighbor has many grapefruit, orange and lemon trees. The lemons, this year, are like giant juicy oranges. One lemon gives me at least 4 times more juice than one from the supermarket! So far, from my kitchen….lemon bars, 2 lemon pound cakes, and an apple crumb pie.

Citrus from Hal’s yard

The pollinator borders at the Skidaway Community Farm continue to entice any lingering pollen loving insects.

My Christmas cactus is blooming on schedule.

Bloom continues at the Pollinator Garden at Sparrow Field.

Because the sea, the sky and the creeks and rivers dominate the landscape on Skidaway, the nightly show creates color that dwarfs all plants.

I did mention the live oaks which form a miles long iconic scene at Wormsloe. This time of year they drop their old leaves and quickly replace with a fresh green for Winter. But this is what they look like during the transformation…reminds me of the Winter greyness of CT where we lived for so many years.

Wormsloe

I have gone beyond 6 photos, but I hope you won’t mind. I love joining in The Propagators Six On Saturday! Be sure to go his site to link to more photos from around the world.

http://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com

In the mean time, enjoy the last few weeks of the Yuletide rush!

Santa on Peregrine Crossing

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Six on Saturday

Where do you work the land? Does your volunteer life place you in other gardens or farm plots to plant, grow and weed? My own garden is my jam, but I also spend a lot of time in the Skidaway community farm and also spend some time at the Sparrow Pollinator Garden. My 6 come from these communal places today.

French breakfast radishes

We have our own plot at the farm, but I also manage another plot whose produce goes directly to the Social Apostolate of Savannah to feed the hungry.

Skidaway Community Farm
Both ends of the Farm include
pollinator plants
Cool weather crops
Sparrow Pollinator Garden
Sparrow Pollinator garden
Camellia sasanqua from my garden

Catch up with the https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/author/cavershamjj/ on his blog, where he hosts so many beautiful gardeners sharing their Six on Saturday!

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