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A Colonial Kitchen Garden

On our latest visit to Fort Frederica National Monument (just across the marshes from us), we discovered¬†a colonial kitchen garden recreation. The Park Service and a local garden club have recreated, using historic accounts and documents, a typical colonial kitchen garden from the early days of the Georgia colony. The kitchen garden is located on…

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Mystery Lily

I stumbled upon a beautiful lily of some sort while on vacation in September. I don’t know what kind it is. I’m not even sure if it’s a lily. It has leaves and leaf spread like a lily. Here’s a picture.         Of course, it was fall and the bees were buzzing…

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Cleaning up the Crinums

My age-old crinum lilies have spots. Seems about right. We all get to a certain age and get spots. These crinums were a gift from a dear friend. She had extras that her mother had divided and passed to her from an old cotton farm that was sold and having the farm house torn down.…

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Basil for Yew-You Can Grow That!

Ever have a spot in your yard that you know needs a little something but you’re not sure what? I have one of those. It’s a small spot tucked between a bush-whose-name-I-don’t-know (but I think it’s a Yew variety) and the concrete walkway. This little spot is about 18″ by 24″. Not big enough for…

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My Garden, My Self

      This is my latest (albeit very late and overdue) installment in You Grow Girl’s “Grow Write Guild“. I’m a little out of practice so bear with me as I try to get caught up and/or just write to clear my head. My garden at present looks an awful lot like a mess.…

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And Off We Grow!

We have had the pleasure of being asked by several gardening friends to review and grow plants. These are always fun adventures for us since we can incorporate various homeschool lessons into our garden. Recently, we were asked by Gardening Jones to try out her new gardening system. GJ and her husband have designed this…

Tomatoes in My Roses

(Dateline: August 2014): We’re slowly getting unpacked and resettled in our new-old zone 9a garden. The Wonder Kids wanted to grow some tomatoes almost as soon as we arrived. Funny, they won’t eat them but they’re quite happy growing them. We started some seeds in our peat pellets the week after we moved in. Last…

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And Then the Plumeria Seeds Exploded

Earlier this summer, a sweet garden friend sent me some plumeria seedlings. The first set of seeds turned into nice seedlings that the local mole decided was a delicious midnight snack. Urgh. Thankfully, this same sweet friend was so very gracious and sent another packet of seeds. These went right into our compost/recycled peat pellets/cups…

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A Botanical Trail, Part 1

While we were living away from the coast, a local garden club created a botanical trail at one of our local public parks. Imagine our surprise when we went for a¬†traipse to the Wonder Kids’ favorite fairy garden and found this trail. The Alice Richards Botanical Trail is a beautiful combination of history, botanics, and…