by Shelley Cornell
(Edgewater, FL, Volusia County)
Ichiban Eggplant Flower
As you probably know, these plants grow very close to the ground and the leaves hang everywhere. In order to take an unobscured photo of the flower, I had to lay on my back on the ground and shoot up. It was a little awkward but I think it was worth it. It's a beautiful flower!
This was taken in my back yard, on the north side of the house, March 24th of this year. I was trying to get pictures of the bees that were gathering pollen. I am yet to get a good picture of the bees, but thought this was a good one of the Wisteria Vine that was reaching up to the sun.
This is my first attempt at growing one of my favorite flowers, Hydrangeas. I have found the perfect spot in my garden for this young beauty to thrive. San Diego sun and shade is keeping this young plant HAPPY!
My dear husband knew how anxious I was to see the first bloom from my Austin rose. I had received it last year for my birthday, but it had not had time to bloom before frost. Knowing my excitement, he sweetly picked it for me to see when I came home. I didn't have the heart to tell him that it had many layers yet to unfold had he left it on the vine. It was the thought that counted and regardless, the first bloom is the sweetest.
Brothers take a break from the usual sibling rivalery to strike a pose in front of the family tree on Mothers Day. We call it the "family tree" because many family gatherings are celebrated around this tree.
We had our first seasonal storm here in East Central Indiana last night. I lost a couple of trees; seeds I planted earlier this week were washed away; no idea where my garden bench is. But my faithful Mountain Bluet survived, as did their little Guardian Angel.
I have many different hellebores throughout my yard but the oldest clumps are the helleborus orientalis. They faithfully bloom every year anywhere from late February to March and are still holding their blooms high in May.
Four years ago, my husband and I moved into a promising but very rundown older townhouse that we thought had great potential. Today we are proud owners of a totally renovated house plus garden. We even have a "little Oval" to commemorate the 2010 games. This year we put an "above - ground" veggie garden that we feel is a great idea for those with bad backs and also space saving factor that all our neighbors love. Colourful perenials, annuals, night lights and bird baths enhance this small, but compact wonderful back garden.