Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Who Lives Here: Bubba

We've had a few new friends get added to the family last summer and this spring.  Bubba arrived in early summer via craigslist (I really need to avoid that site).  He is a Gulf Coast Box Turtle.

Bubba is a good looking little guy...or gal, and growing every day.  I swear he is bigger each time I see him.  His coloration is really pretty.  There is a lot of variation in the species.  He enjoys worms, sunning himself and cool jazz.  (Just kidding)

Box Turtles are a little different than both aquatic turtles or tortoises.  They are omnivores, eating both plants and meat (mostly worms, grubs and pill bugs in our case).  They live on land, but enjoy water a lot.  Some will even swim a bit.  This spring he graduated from a blue wadding pool (that didn't stay vacant for too long) to their own turtle garden.

It's still a work in progress and needs some more plants and maybe some additional leaf litter come fall.  I can't wait to see how they, and their garden, grows.  Unfortunately, Bubba is temporarily back in his pool due to some predators in the area.  We aren't sure what they are, but we want to keep him safe.  Hopefully he will be back in his garden soon.

Monday, May 21, 2018

A Trip to the Beach

We went on a great vacation this winter to Florida and stayed with my parents on the beach.  Everyone had a fine time and nobody cried and clung to their mommy because of the ocean this year, so it was a total win!

In fact, we were even able to stand and walk around all on our own.

And stopped and found LOTS of treasures.

Though she comes by it naturally.  Here are some of her Mommy and Daddy's.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

It's Bloom Time!

The daylilies have started their yearly show!  Here are some from my garden.

Seedling 15-009

'Great Red Dragon'


'Free Wheelin'

'Spacecoast Tigertail Tango'

'For Algernon'

'Hurst Merry Go Round'

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Papaya Update: The End of the Season

As expected our summer wasn't long enough to ripen any of the papayas in the garden.  The frost in November effectively ended any hope of that.  I'll let you see the papaya before the cold got to it, in all it's glory.

It now looks like a thick stick stuck in the garden.  We still haven't gotten around to cleaning it up.  We tend to leave a lot of that work for March.  I did take the largest fruit inside to see what it would look like.

Definitely not ripe, but rather pretty close up.

So ends the papaya experiment of the 2017 season.  We are considering it a success and have plans to include one in next years garden.  Maybe two if we add one near the new stock pond water garden we're planning.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Martin Creek Lake State Park

Way back in October we headed out for our second family camping trip to Martin Creek Lake State Park, right as the weather got cold.  Like bust out your winter coat cold.  There were definitely some concerns as we were getting ready to leave, but we decided that the worse that would happen is either we would hang out int eh camper the entire weekend (with the heater), we would be so miserable that we would pack up early, or we would have a fine time (while wearing a few more layers than expected).

Our campsite had a great view, though the pad we were on made putting up our awning basically impossible.  We ended up with a lakeside campsite conveniently located an easy walk to the bathhouse.  You can see the silhouettes of the lotus in this picture.  They had already been hit by a frost, but must have been beautiful during the summer.

As it turned out, the daytime temperatures weren't too bad, so we got a chance to walk around and check things out.

The lake was really pretty.  This weekend was really quite, but they hold a lot of fishing tournaments, so it can be really really busy.

There were also plenty of rocks for throwing.  Everyone (dogs included) had a great time.  Unfortunately, our trip home was a little more eventful that we had hoped.

The first tire was one that was on the camper.  We think it failed due to a defect in the tire.  Earlier this year we replaced the other tire due to the same problem.  The other tire would be the spare.  Four store later, we had found ourselves a new trailer tire and were back on our way.

We made it home for dinner and we were all ready for work and daycare the next day.  While we enjoyed the beauty of Martin Creek State Park, we probably won't be back anytime soon.  It's just a little too far from our house to be an easy trip.  This was the last trip out for the season.  Our next trip is already planned and reservations made for April!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Where did you go...

I'll let you in on a secret, by the time fall hits, I'm really for a gardening break.  Like clockwork every year, October comes and I'm ready for winter and begin to turn my attention indoors.  It probably makes me a rather bad garden blogger.  I basically stop gardening sometime between October and November. I just don't care to work outside and there is really little anyone can do to get me excited.

Fortunately, the true Plant Geek keeps things going.  He spends time all winter puttering in the greenhouse propagating plants and starting seeds.  (I'll write more about that later.) I start working on other things, like knitting, refinishing furniture, and crafting.  My best project this year were the paper flower trees I made.

Each tree took a lot of paper flowers.  Luckily I had purchased a dictionary from the 1970's at the library's used book sale.  I had plenty of pages.

I think they looked great this winter with some greenery from the garden.  They lived on the buffet the entire holiday season (though the greenery didn't last that long).  Now they are tucked carefully away for next year.

I'm starting to get excited about spring and gardening again, I'm chopping at the bit to go camping,  cant' wait to start the pound project we have planned for this year and I'm ready to start writing about our garden and our adventures outside.  It's good to be back!