After Hurricane Matthew

Paulownia tree down on the patio.

Basjoo bananas 

The mailbox did not survive.

Basjoo bananas 

Paulownia tree on the patio and Gus

Sweet Gum on the driveway 

Paulownia on patio

Hurricane Matthew 

And now the cleanup begins……


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A quick Crape Myrtle guide:

Pruning: friends don’t let friends Crape-murder……

How to prune a crape myrtle:

Example of crape murder:


Cultivars: Here is an excellent link for characteristics of the cultivars:


Gus stopped chemo for the adeno-carcinoma in his lungs in September but is still alive an kicking. His cough is becoming worse and he is not as active but he doesn’t seem to be in pain and still eats well. Just taking it day by day.


and now back to Hurricane Matthew……


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Cooler weather brings Fall flowers.

Cooler nights, in the 60s, and reasonable day temperatures, in the low 90s,  have encouraged a flush of blooms.

Many of the Jewelweeds died from the 100f temps and drought but a few have come back to bloom.

Tropical day flower has a similar habit as the native dayflower with the exception of the leaves.

Althea-  Rose-of-Sharon: They are at their best this time of the year.

Mistflower (Eupatorium coelestinum) – its an aggressive native but the Fall flower display is worth it.

The plant giveaway at JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University is always fun to attend. Members can grab plants after the whistle is blown! People come prepared with wheelbarrows!

Until all plants are gone!

We have no hurricane threats this year….until now. We are waiting to see which direction Matthew will travel. Some rain would be nice but no wind!!


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