Entering Autumn - 2014 - This backyard view from upstairs in the dining room.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ABC Wednesday - Oh, No! Gee Whiz!

Oh, My Goodness!  Oh, Say it's Not SO!  This Week's letter is O and I pulled a boner!  I created a post with the letter G.  Good Gravy!  You will have to suffer through my G post.  By the time you read it, I will have inserted a few "o"s.  :-)   
O me Sainted Aunt! 
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Gladys has been my gardening companion for many years.  She loves to entertain!  In fact, the first time I featured her on this blog, she was positively Giddy!  Click on these words to see why.
oh! oh!
 Then there was the time SHE had Her gardening friends over... and, well... you will just have to read for yourself.  This post was the first of two.  Click here.

You will find the second post, the sequel, if you click these words. 

Oh my Goodness!!

One more post that might be of interest is the ABC Wednesday "G" post dated Feb. 26, 2013.  You might enjoy seeing Gladys with all her buddies at once!  :-) 

The last post I will share with you is of one workshop in which several of my Gardening friends began work to create their own soft-sculpture Garden buddies!  Enjoy the progress-process!  ;-)  Click here.

 (Only one of our friends)
As I mentioned at the onset, Gladys is my Gardening buddy.   She and I took a road trip to Michigan last summer (August 2013).  We had a Great trip.  You will find a few photos below.  :-)

Over the River... and through the woods... (into Illinois)
We stopped for a little "break," and bought something to drink.  Gladys stayed in the car.  I wondered later, if she knew what was ahead of us - with regard to the weather!   Oh, Gladys!

 By the time we neared Michigan, the weather had cleared!  Thankfully!
 In case you wondered WHY we undertook this road trip to Michigan . . .
(by the way, the photo below shows our arrival!)

. . . it's Only because Gladys wanted to meet my Grandchildren! 

We had a wonderful time... AlthO' it might have been a bit "much" for GladysOnce "on the road," she began Getting sleepy!

So much for being the Good Guide and companion on the way home!

You are right.  If I were to have had amiable company, it became mandatory 
to stop for a "picker upper!"  ;-)   Oh, That Gladys! 

 Back across the Mississippi River into Iowa!

It was a Wonderful trip.  Gladys and I enjoyed ourselves immensely.  I wonder if she'd Go aGain?  ;-)

Only Slightly Goofy... lol

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ABC Wednesday - N

Take a moment to 
N . . . Notice!

 Can you guess what happened below?

 Someone found this sweet toad in the woods!
 Do you see the paper wasp nest?
 Below:  Giant Puffball fungus

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

ABC Wednesday - M is for Mystified!

What in the world??  These are Stinkhorn Fungii.  The first three or four appeared at this location September 20.  We left for a week and upon our return, I found this amazing situation in this ONE site in this ONE area of our yard!  I am Mystified!!

I have only seen one or two at a time, before.  It seems, from my reading, stinkhorn fungi appear in composted soil and/or areas with commercial mulch (both of which appear in this little area, above).  Perhaps you have seen a round fungal ball under the soil?  I have seen these from time-to-time, with branching "rootlets."    These in-the-soil balls are the "seeds" of stinkhorn fungi.

You can read this and more general information about these fungi here.

I may be less mystified, but... not completely!! Perhaps some of our recent weather conditions have contributed to the Numerous appearance of these fungi?  (Yes, I have just read in other sources, that cool wet weather provides prime growing conditions for these fungi!)

Okay!  Mystified by the appearance of so many, but not as Mystified by why they have occurred.
SG  :-)

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ABC Wednesday - L is Ligularia

Several years ago, Jim, of Pat and Jim's Gardening Adventures , sent me some Ligularia dentata seeds (I believe, 'Othello').  I stratified them over the winter in homemade greenhouses made from gallon milk jugs (click for the post).

During year number one, they were tiny seedlings needing nurturing.  After the past two years' DROUGHT-filled summers, this year's rainfall has been a blessing! They loved the extra moisture and they all grew beautifully and bloomed!

 As evidenced below.

As the flowers began to emerge, they looked like this!

And finally, like this!!

Just beautiful, don't you think?
However, I've been warned... and I see evidence... that they re-seed Very Easily.
Want some seeds?  Send me an e-mail with your address!

Below we have Ligularia 'The Rocket'
This fellow really struggled last year... as ligularia desire good, rich Moist soil.  This year, he did okay and did flower, but it wasn't the show seen in the photo above (taken in 2011).

Two weeks ago, I planted Ligularia 'Bottle Rocket.'  He desires a little more sunlight, which he will get.  He is supposed to grow 28-34" tall - photo of the plant below.  We were gone last week.  We didn't get the rain predicted, so the plant was pretty "sad looking" when I peeked at it this morning.  A good watering and little rainfall improved its outlook.  :-)

One more "L" photo - representing two more "L" words!  
Leaf Litter!  
It is now October 1, and Autumn leaves are beginning to fall!  Hmmmm.

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If these leaves continue to fall, it won't be Shady around here much longer!  ;-)