Blog posts from August 2009

Backyard Chicken Sales at North Haven Gardens are back on!

Aug 27, 2009

05-21-2009_NHG_21HenPhyllis_GLG2KHSJE_1 So, we've got the green light from the city to continue with our hen sales at NHG. Whoohoo! That was a long but worthwhile struggle.

We have a confirmed sale date of September 19th, when we will also be having a chicken program and Q&Q starting at 10am, but we're are also trying to get one scheduled for Sept 5th. See you at NHG for chicken days!

Aggie Cotton in bloom…

Aug 25, 2009

I'm not an Aggie, but I do love me some Aggie Cotton, Gossypium hirsutum. This great heirloom annual tends to come and go. Folks forget about it for a while and  you won't really see it in the nurseries for a few years, then it shows back up again in small quantities. Just like all that bad 80's fashion we're seeing right now! Well, except that's really really bad...Aggie cotton happens to be very, very pretty.

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The flowers and foliage are reminiscent of a burgundy leafed hardy hibiscus with lovely pink and cream flowers. The flowers are followed by small cotton bolls that add interest and texture to the garden. The burgundy foliage gives you some really nice foliage contrast mixed with salvias, ornamental grasses and other annuals like angelonia and lantana. It's blooming in my garden now and through the fall will reach about three to four feet tall.

Butterfly Ginger is blooming…

Aug 24, 2009

Yay! The first blooms on my the butterfly ginger Hedychium coronarium, have finally appeared. This is a tropical perennial native to India and a cousin of the culinary ginger, Zingiber officinale. Plants reach about five feet tall here and can be planted in part shade (morning sun/afternoon shade, or dappled sun throughout the day) and plants like lots of moisture. They are also nice in containers. Plants will die down to the ground in our area, zone 8, but come back up the following year. The fragrance is to die for. Plant some near your patio or where you can enjoy the fragrance.



Hummingbirds at the door…

Aug 23, 2009

The hummingbirds showed up very late this year. I was fretting they would not show up at all. But, we've had two female Ruby-throated move into our garden in the last couple of weeks. So exciting. Over the last week, they've become more accustomed to our presence and are now zipping around just a few feet from us. (click photos to enlarge)

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I have a bounty of blooms in the garden for them to feed on such as the bog sage, Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue', above. They also like the Rose of Sharon, Rattlebox and the multitudes of other salvias in the garden.

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They've also finally discovered the feeder that hangs right by the front door above the salvia. You can see a few red droplets in the neck on the one to the left. As they are territorial, I've found them perched close to the feeder more often, guarding it. I can't tell if these two are working together or if they are fighting for the feeder. They zip around in the air together in a sort of dance, but it's possible they are fighting over the turf.


We got some good video of them feeding at the feeder. As soon as I have a good format in which to post it, I'll get that up. Bees, butterflies, dragonflies and hummingbirds..the front yard is abuzz!! So fun.

House Bill HR 2749 - the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009

Aug 23, 2009

House Bill HR 2749 - the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 - is a bad bill. You need to read it and make your voice heard. Food contamination and animal abuse comes from large scale commercial ag techniques, not small diversified farming or backyard gardens. The poor American diet comes from large scale "food" science, not the fresh produce sold at you local farmer's market. Over-regulation. Wrong regulation.

You can Farm-to-Consumer for more and petitions to sign for your reps.

Fall Veggie Garden Class, NHG today, 1pm

Aug 23, 2009

Dill_flowerHey folks, one of my fantastic garden advisors at North Haven Gardens, Alison, will be giving a free class today at 1pm on the fall veggie garden. She's great, and not nearly as long-winded as I am, so her program will probably run about 45 min. Make sure to grab my veggie planting date handouts while your there or get them off the website.

August Garden Lovelies…

Aug 20, 2009

Yes, you can actually have some beauty in the August garden, despite the scorching heat! Here are a few of my August garden lovelies...

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A fragrant pale cream daylily I've forgotten the cultivar name for and a weeping dwarf crapemyrtle entwined with sky vine (Thunbergia grandiflora) 

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Echinacea 'Sunset' flanked with Angelonia 'Serena Purple', 'Tamora' Rose and Salvia guaranitica 'Black & Blue'

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Salvia 'Mystic Spires' and dwarf Philippine lily


Black Bumblebee…

Aug 19, 2009


Lovely black bumblebee in the purple Ruellia, Mexican Petunia

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