Things I saw Today

native-hydrangea

Our weather has turned from rain to hot! It’s 81 degrees F today with sunshine so I decided to take a short hike. Along the way I took a few pictures. Most of you will recognize most if not all of these! How many can you name?

colorful moth

black-bumble-bee

mushroom

orange-mushroom

 

bumble-bee

wild-berries

cattails

How many plants did you name?

After my hike, I spent a couple hours making homemade Mint Chocolate Chip and Dark Chocolate Ice Cream, look for a post later in the week on how to make both of these 🙂 you won’t believe that these are homemade!!!

Sunday is nearly gone, that means tomorrow is Monday 😦

 

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

bowl-of-homemade-vanilla-ice-cream

 

Favorite Garden Magazine

2014 garden magazines

This year more than year’s past my mailbox has been flooded with garden magazines. From plants, to bulbs to supplies and equipment! I think I have tossed at least 10-12 magazines into the recycle bin that I didn’t want and in todays mail I received another two.

It’s not cheap to print color magazines and pay bulk postage for mailing.

What is your favorite garden plant magazine? Have you received a lot of gardening magazines this year?

 

Have a Great Weekend!

 

 

Sweet Kate

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tradescantia-sweet-kate

Sweet Kate is a wonderful perennial for the garden. The above picture was taken early in the morning back in May of this year. I purchased Tradescantia Sweet Kate from Plant Delights Nursery about 12 years ago. It is an easy to grow perennial that has spectacular bright chartreuse foliage and blooms all summer long.

It forms dense clumps, foliage is erect and has strap like leaves growing about 18 inches tall. The bright chartreuse is eye catching along the border of my garden. The next two pictures were taken this morning, towards the end of the season it is still blooming but the leaves are not as bright.

Sweet Kate

The flowers are a deep blue nearly violet color. Flowers are petaled and bloom everyday in the morning until the sun hits them from spring to first frost. The stamen stems have a dot of pollen on each that floats above the flower.

Tradescantia sweet kate

Sweet Kate is deer resistant, will tolerate wet soil, attracts a lot of butterflies, blooms from spring to the first frost and will grow in direct sun even in South Carolina. It is easily divided so you can transplant to other areas of your garden. If you are not growing Sweet Cate, you should give it a try.

Let me know if you are growing Sweet Cate in your garden?

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