Friday, October 26, 2007

In lieu of...

My own posts, check out the Houston Chronicle's growing gardening community:

And more to come.

Posted by Erica Bess Duncan in Gardening in General, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Speaking Latin.

Those Latin plant names give growers fits

Posted by Erica Bess Duncan in Gardening in General | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Looking Back.

i have little (read, no) time for gardening and blogging these days, but i did enjoy participating in Kathy Purdy's excellent (multipart!) garden blogging retrospective over at Cold Climate Gardening. she'll be publishing several more installments in the coming days--don't miss them!

Technorati tags:

Posted by Erica Bess Duncan in Gardening in General, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Quarterly Update.

i really need to get back into the habit of regularly updating the blog, but for now i'll aim for monthly posts.

things are currently hot and dry, not unusual for this time of year. the oxblood lilies (rhodophiala bifida) bloomed on two scapes about ten days ago; a third scape bloomed this week. and it looks like there may be two more to come. this pleases me greatly since i started with just two bulbs in december 2002.

callicarpa americana

the american beautyberry (callicarpa americana) is looking beautiful. i haven't bothered taking pictures, but the berries really are as richly colored as they appear in the photos on the usda plants site, and here's a picture of my own to prove it.


Posted by Erica Bess Duncan in Gardening in General | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Sunday, April 03, 2005

'lectric Love.

we bought one of these today--a black & decker 18" electric LAWNHOG™ mulching mower.

for our first three and a half years of homeownership, we used a scotts classic reel mower. i loved the sound the reel mower made--a very therapeutic "snick, snick, snick." it was a quiet and non-smelly mower. but it really, really struggled with pine cones, twigs, anything non-grass that got caught in the blades inevitably jammed. it was incredibly frustrating to stop every other minute (so it seemed) to unjam the mower. and forget shredding pine needles or leaves. granted, the reel mower never claimed to do those things, but i sure was envious of mulching mowers.

so with a new mowing season upon us, we have a new mower. it (the mower) and i both got a thorough workout today mowing the front and back yards. it was louder than i expected, but everything else was just as advertised. a little bit of practice and i was quite adept at keeping the extension cord out of the way. it handled the as-yet unmown lawn just fine. and no nasty fumes.

now that all the weeds are chopped down, perhaps the poor st. augustine has a chance for sunlight.

Posted by Erica Bess Duncan in Gardening in General | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Springtime.

the weather is decidedly spring-like, so i should try keeping up with this blog again. i got out of the blogging habit during the heat of summer--wasn't doing much gardening in july and august. and in august i started a new job and darin started med school. so we're still here, we've just been preoccupied with other things.

Posted by Erica Bess Duncan in Gardening in General | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Saturday, February 28, 2004

Miscellany.

  • the butterfly weed (asclepias tuberosa) is on the verge of blooming, but a small herd of monarch caterpillars is grazing on the foliage and will almost certainly get to the flower buds before they open
  • the summer snowflakes (leucojum aestivum) have experienced a recent growth spurt, but still no sign of flowers
  • the coral honeysuckle (lonicera sempervirens) has new growth at almost every node
  • to my great surprise, three chinese trumpet 'regale' lilies are sprouting under the tea olive
  • narcissus "petrel" are sprouting in various places, most are about eight inches tall
  • the "wisley blues" have a vase-life of about 48 hours

Posted by Erica Bess Duncan in Gardening in General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Weekend Reading.

Posted by Erica Bess Duncan in Gardening in General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Friday, February 27, 2004

You Know You're a Gardener When...

you wake up in the morning and remember dreaming about pulling weeds.

Posted by Erica Bess Duncan in Gardening in General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Thursday, October 02, 2003

What a Difference a Week Makes.

[i meant to post this monday but i've been sick. much better now.]

on sunday darin and i returned from a week-long vacation with various members of my family. when we left houston september 21, high temperatures had been in the mid-80s, lows in the low-70s. we returned to high temperatures in the low-80s and lows in the (gasp!) 50s. and beautifully clear blue skies.

it's not every year that houstonians get to experience a "real" fall. usually it seems we go directly from searing summer heat (combined with sauna-like humidity) to the cool, overcast, wet days that pass for winter here on the upper gulf coast. sure, there are some scattered "fall" days with pleasant daytime temperatures, crisp evenings and clear skies, but seldom do we get a whole week of them strung together.

if we're really lucky the trees and perennials will treat us to some decent fall color instead of just turning brown and looking dead.

all the plants appear to have thrived in our absence. the tomatoes -- the volunteers as well as the spring plants -- are intent on taking over the world. or at least our backyard. in addition to growing madly, there are also oodles of flowers and green tomatoes with a few red ones starting to appear.

the serrano peppers and the bell peppers (i gave up on the banana peppers before we left last week and yanked them out) have also rebounded nicely. the serrano plants are rewarding us with more than we can possibly use and while the bell peppers are much more restrained, there are several peppers in various stages of development.

evidence in the form of dried up flowers indicates that the larger gardenia bush put on a very nice display in our absence. harrumph. i should have asked the cat sitter to take pictures of any attractive events. and i should have predicted that one based on the number of buds when we left.

Posted by Erica Bess Duncan in Gardening in General | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack