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This quick, fast Summer!

This summer has gone by so quickly! It seems so much has happened to distract me from the garden!

The heat and humidity has forced me to stay inside. Gus’s cancer treatments have forced me to only plant a vegetable garden this year and not the hundreds of annual around my half-acre lot which I usually plant. It’s a good thing as I do not need to water daily and endure the ticks and mosquitoes.

So I have been enjoying the gardens and plantings around Raleigh. The above planting in Cameron Village Shopping Center of alocasia, coleus, and lantana.

A blooming and fruiting pink banana at JC Raulston Arboretum at NCSU.

The farmers market at NorthHills Shopping Center.

Naked ladies (lycoris squamiger) at JC Raulston

Rudbeckia lanciniata in my garden.

Jewel weed in my garden.

A pale pink rose-of-Sharon in my garden.

A small hydrangea bloom in my garden.

Monarda Jacob Cline in my garden.

Tiger lily in my garden.

Pineapple lily in my garden.

Hardy wandering Jew in my garden. (Tinantia pringlei ‘Panther’)

Woodland phlox in my garden.

Perennial sweet pea in my garden.

Pineapple lily

Unfortunately, one of the cats, Brody, was diagnosed with lung and stomach cancer and was euthanized.

Gus is still continuing his chemo for the lung cancer he was diagnosed with last winter and it has slowed its grown. It is expensive so I am not sure how long I will continue to afford it but for now we continue ….

With temperatures near 100f the Fiat 500 becomes very hot when sitting in a parking lot all day!  Whew!!

It’s hot!



Filed under General Gardening

Corn, hanging wall plantings and more Hydrangeas!

Its corn season here in the Piedmont of North Carolina! And that’s a good thing! I love corn. Cooking the ears in boiling water is the simplest but when the temps are in the 90sf as it has been for the past week I try not to cook inside and instead use the natural gas grill on the patio. The grill is tapped into the natural gas line for the furnace so there are no tanks to refill! Its easy! And with the total cost of $3.00 for 12 ears you cannot go wrong!

The simplest way to grill is to place corn directly on the grill. You can leave the husk on which creates a steamy environment for those kernels to cook! I had removed the husk here. You also could add spices or herbs or flavor them with herb butters. I like to taste the sweetness of the corn so just a little butter is fine by me!

In Cameron Village Shopping Center they have installed these beautiful hanging plantings. They seem to be appearing all around town.

There are about a dozen different shapes and designs through out the shopping center.

The Basjoo banana bloom continues to develop! I am still surprised that it decided to bloom at only 5 feet tall.

And several lilies are blooming. In the past, voles would have eaten the lilies before they bloomed but thanks to a black snake I have seen often my vole issue seems to be under control! This is an unusual color which was included in a mixed bag.


The hydrangeas continue to delight me! I think they are my favorite blooming shrub?  Thank you Mother Nature for the rain! This is an Incrediball Hydrangea which is a cultivar of the Smooth Hydrangea ( Hydrangea arborescens). I love its sister Annabelle, too, but I have not found a location for a few of those……yet!

So little room!! I really need to buy that house next door…………


Filed under cooking, Food, Vegetables