Creating a wildlife haven one plant at a time

Sunday, July 25, 2010

If you can't beat the heat, I say join it!

In this sweltering heat along with heat advisories this weekend one doesn't really feel much like eating anything heavy for Sunday dinner so I think some fresh salsa is on the menu tonight. I got this wonderful recipe from Jamie Oliver who I think is just fantastic!

Hot Smoked Salmon with an Amazing Chile Salsa

From my garden:

beautiful Roma tomato

gorgeous hot banana pepper

scrumptious habanero pepper

and luscious lime

Unfortunately the cucumber, green onion and avocado are store bought. But this is going to be delicious! Don't you agree? What better way to beat the heat than join it! And for dessert we will have some mouth-watering watermelon and end the evening watching Masterpiece Mystery! What a perfect Sunday!

Friday, July 23, 2010


It has been blazing hot this July! Honestly, I haven't done much in the way of gardening except water and under the tutelage of the Georgia Governor the occasional rain dance. My feeble efforts have merely resulted in the plants meagerly surviving. In the early morning I scout the yard to see what plants have become the latest victims of voles, chipmunks, deer or any number of other animals also trying to survive this oppressive heat.

But, there is always a silver lining, right? Well, this summer its watermelon.
Sometime in June my husband notice some vines coming up in the knock-out roses. Coincidentally, where our kids had spit watermelon seeds. Well, he decided to leave them alone and see what would happen. Well, this is what has happened: despite very little rain and the oppressive heat the watermelon plant spread vigorously between the roses and even onto the lawn.

Yesterday we were poking around to see if the plant had actually produced any fruit and much to our surprise and delight we have 3 watermelons that are coming along very well.

Now, I have never grown watermelon before so I am not sure when to know if it is ready to harvest. I guess it will be a little bit of guess work and since we have at least 3 melons we will have several chances to get it right. I am so looking forward to biting into a nice sweet & juicy watermelon. It will really hit the spot on a hot & humid August afternoon!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Beatrix Potter would not be happy

Oh dear, the rabbits are at it again. This time they are eating my black-eyed susan. They have managed to eat all the leaves off three plants. They are a little worse for wear as they are just stalks with a lonely flower.

Yes, I think some damage control is necessary. These rabbits are going to need to find another place to go.

There has been some deer activity as well. I spotted a little damage to some ferns and hostas in the woodland gardens. Here is one of the culprits that was out and about yesterday afternoon.

While I was away ....mother nature will play

left side (includes purple heart, lantana, crepe myrtle)

I have been away from my garden for three weeks and Wow! what a lot can happen in a short time. With all the rain that fell during the first week the weeds went wild. Upon my return I spent two days trying to find my plants in my front flower bed. I dare say the plants are happier now that they don't have to compete with the weeds and I am sure my neighbors are pleased that it isn't such a jungle out there. As an afterthought I should have done a before and after shot to really appreciate the fruits of my labor but alas I was too anxious to get the work done beginning early in the morning before the heat and humidity got the better of me.

right side (yellow knock out roses, daisies, varieties of day lilies, bee balm & whirling gaura)

As a side note, these flower beds are in their infancy. We are still contemplating the entire design of the front entrance. I am not a fan of hollies or box woods and would like to pull them out and replace them with a patio/ and expand the stairs. On the left side the bed continues down the hill and we would like to install a retaining wall and walking path to access the side yard. Still all in the planning stages and will be a fall or next year project. Will keep you posted.