Can you imagine when this hydrangea blooms?

Limelight hydrangea blooms

This is my crazy Limelight hydrangea and can you imagine what this is going to look like when it blooms? I’ll keep you posted over the next couple of days because it is just about ready to take off. I feed it Espoma Holly Tone in the early spring. I did cut it back each year for the first couple of years. I planted this from a small 5″ pot in 2008. We have been in a bad drought too with very hot days. It just laughs at the heat and lack of water.

Sorry you haven’t heard from me

IMG_1159Sorry you haven’t heard from me, my sickness has lasted longer than expected. These are my flowers this year and of course much less planted than in years past. It’s been 3 years since I last gardened on a larger scale. I really miss it. I am getting better but it’s baby steps.

Lots has happened this year. We might be moving. My husband lost his job and we don’t know if we will go ahead and retire or take another job which would require us moving. I love my home that I built in 2008 but sometimes God has other plans. My husband and I really have been through lots of ups and downs in life so we look to God for our strength. We don’t panic over these bumps in life. We wait on the Lord for guidance.

If I move, I won’t get another big garden like this. I’d like to garden on a smaller and more manageable scale. It’s really nice to think about planting some of my favorites and not worrying about weeding all day. If we stay here, these gardens will be reduced by adding more shrubbery.

If you know me, adding more shrubbery means getting some hardy hydrangeas. One that has done well for me is the Limelight. The one on the left front corner of my front porch is about to go wild with blooms. It really took off this year and went nuts. Once it blooms, I’ll show it to you.

Nice to be talking to you all again. Please know that I’ve missed you. Hugs to you all!

North Carolina closes caves to the public trying to protect declining bat populations


North Carolina closes caves and mine shafts to the public trying to protect declining bat populations. They are very sick and dying in record numbers.

“Entry into caves or mine shafts in the national park is prohibited until March 2015.

This closure has been initiated due to recommendations issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concerning white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that more than 5,700,000 cave dwelling bats have died from white-nose syndrome, and many more bats are at immediate risk.” per article titled Caves

“A bat with White-Nose Syndrome has white fungus growing on its nose, toes, and wing webbing. One of the most at-risk bat species is the Little Brown Bat, because it hibernates in caves where the fungus grows. A social bat that’s common on the East Coast, the Little Brown is one of the bats you’re likely to see swooping across the sky at dusk. Right now it numbers over 6.5 million, but scientists think that this entire species could be extinct in 20 or fewer years as White-Nose Syndrome spreads.” Cave Bats in Crisis

Funeral tracking the family garden…sounds weird

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Funeral tracking the family garden sounds so weird but it happens and can be helpful to the grieving family.

Funeral tracking requires that you read the obituaries and call on the grieved. They share stories about their lost one and hopefully will share cuttings and diggings from the garden if one exist.

You can build a memorial garden for the family in your own gardens or you can donate your time and the plants to a local public garden site. It looks really pretty to have a statue. ( sharing you time for the public garden means you can take home some cutting for your garden). Often times the family will want to put a plaque in the garden with a poem or something that honors their loved one.

If there isn’t a service like this in your area then you should consider starting one.

Happy Day…Anna

I created the garden above at June DeLugas Interiors in Clemmons, NC . It’s not a memorial garden but it does show the use of a statue.