Thursday, September 17, 2015

Garden Tour Thursday

IZA:  Welcome to my Garden Tour!  Most of the flowers look the same as last week, but I have a few new things ta show...

This stuff is "mesclun".  Its a mixture of fancy leafy stuff TBT adds ta salads.  He says they are kinna spicy or at least colorful.  He used ta grow regular lettuce in these windowboxes, but they didnt grow like the stuff he gets at the store.  
Besides, regular lettuce is cheap and this stuff is like $6 a pound, when he can even find it.  And it is easy ta grow.  He just snips off leafs and the plants keep growing new ones.  As far as IM concerned, they just look pretty.
We got 2 new plants.  This one is a Knock-Out Rose.  The flowers dont have anny smell, but they flower all season and the dead flowers just fall off, so we are giving one a try.  At $25 a plant, TBT says he will just take this one and root a bunch of cuttings ta make more.  
This is another $25 plant.  Its a Dwarf Butterfly Bush.  TBT is gonna root cuttings from IT too.  I think we are gonna use the new plants in the new bare area in the background.
 Meanwhile, ya can see the Zinnias are blooming nicely.  But iffen ya look close, ya can see we added some scawny Marigolds.  They been sittin in little pots all Summer, so they dint grow very much.  Well, we dint know just where ta put them, so they got ignored.  I finally told TBT ta put them SOMEWHERE!  If they grow now, good.  If not, well, they would just die in a couple months annyway...
And while he was planting them, he noticed this little funnel-shape in the dirt.  Its an ant-lion pit.  The ant-lion is some insect larva that makes these pits for ants to crawl into.  Then they cant crawl back out cuz the grainy dirt is too loose.  The ant-lion is hidden at the bottom and grabs them.  TBT has seen it happen.  Sometimes we find spots where there are a dozen or more cuz the soil is perfect for them.   They grow up ta be some flying insect that looks like a little dragonfly (but isnt) and it drinks nectar from flowers.
 The Autumn Joy Sedum flowers are turning redder.  Pretty soon they will be brick-red.
This is just one plant of it.  They are very healthy and long-lasting.
Well, its such a lovely day that we are gonna have our snacks out on the lawn.  Oh wow, we have SHRIMPS!  And Niptinis or cream.  Made with our own fresh Nip, of course...

Thanks fer coming along on my Garden Tour today!

13 comments:

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

My human remembers reading about ant-lions from when she was a kid, but she has never seen one in action!

Sweet Purrfections said...

Mom Paula admires TBT's gardening skills

Flynn said...

I have never heard of an ant lion, but anything that gets rid of ants is good. Your flowers always look lovely.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Great tour. I had never heard of an ant-lion, very educational. I miss our sedum- dang moles ate them.

Megan said...

TBT is always applying thought and effort to growing things, isn't he? He's a good man.

Megan
Sydney, Australia

Brian said...

That was a great tiur sweet Iza! Things are looking good!

William said...

It's nice to see some flowers still!

Just Ducky said...

Nice tour, our sedum's are getting darker and darker too.

The Island Cats said...

Your flowers and plants are looking great. We never heard about ant-lions before. Very interesting.

MeezerMews&FrecklesWoofs said...

We could use some ant lions here too.
Our sedum are getting very red, but in the biggest bunch of them someone or something squashed the central so they are all down...shucks, next year we shall try again to keep the upright.

Maxwell Faraday Richman said...

Our mom should totally add that in with her arugula. She LOVES spicy leaves!

Pretinha said...

Iza estou ansiosa para ver aquela rosa!
Tenham um ótimo final de semana!

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We are thinking about trying a Butterfly Bush again, our Vitex did well this year. It is sorta like a Butterfly Bush.