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Posted on June 18, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Look who's blooming!!!!  Calla Lily.  My friend at the Ingles in Blairsville gave me a slip last fall.  I overwintered it in the basement, and brought it out this spring.
It grew beautiful big leaves, and here's the blossom.
Isn't she beautiful!?!
Posted on June 16, 2018 8:15 AM by Gerry Trout
I KNOW I've shown you this before, but it is SO EXCITING!!!! 
The leeks are in bloom in my garden.  And they are beautiful!!!  Some are white, some have reddish stems, and some have lavender flowers!  I'm not very scientific about my planting, but I am JOYFUL!!
I planted several different types of leeks from seed, and they are all in bloom right now.  So I don't know which ones are which, but...I don't care.  I just LOVE seeing them ALL!!!!
Posted on June 15, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Yep, here they are!!!!  My Black eyed Susies are blooming!!  Aren't they cheerful?  I love them!!!!!
And see all that green growing around them?  They're not weeds!!  They are more Black eyed Susies!!!!!  They might take over the entire garden!!  Nah, I'll dig them out, put them in 4" pots and sell them.  I'll be a millionaire!!!!  Maybe I'll just give them to my favorite neighbors for beauty in their gardens.
Botanical name is:  Rudbeckia hirta.  Native to our Carolina countryside, you can see Black eyed Susies all along the roadsides, hillsides, and right here in our neighborhood.  They will bloom now til August.
How could anybody call THIS a weed?  Technically, a weed is a plant growing out of place.  So that colony to the left is actually a weed patch, cause I didn't plant them there.  But they are a blessing in my garden, and I'm going to let them grow. 
So, if you have a sunny spot that needs cheering up, we have plenty of Black eyed Susies, and I'll be happy to share.
Posted on June 14, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: General
I love seeing flags flying...from flagpoles, from houses, on boats, everywhere! 
I hope you are flying your flag today.
Click here for some interesting flag facts, customs, and etiquette:  Flag rules and etiquette
Posted on June 10, 2018 10:00 AM by Gerry Trout
I didn't take this picture, but this morning on my walk I saw a baby deer exactly this size.  As I came around the curve by the hiking trail, she walked right up to me as if she knew me.
She seemed to be by herself, so I called for Momma.  Because Baby had a mind to follow me!!  
So, if you're walking, keep an eye out.  If you're driving, GO SLOW!!!!  You might get to see her.
Posted on June 6, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
We all know what they look like in the can...but here they are growing in the garden!!!
See the blossoms at the top?  Lee to!d me that his grandfather had him plant sweet peas just for their sweet smell.  We plant them for the peas!!!  But they really do smell sweet.
This year I planted three different varieties, and they're all mixed up.  I don't care!  When the pods are flat, we eat them as snow peas.  When the pods fill up and get fat, we use them as shelled peas.
I told Momma that we are growing peas in the garden, and I'll bring her some.  If we have enough, I'll take them when I go to VA.  If we don't have enough, I'll stop at the Ingles store in Black Mountain and buy some, and say they came from our garden.  It will make her happy.  Don't tell.....
Posted on June 4, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
These are commonly known as Indian pipe.  Botanical name Monotropa uniflora.
Also called ghost flower or corpse plant, it is completely lacking in chlorophyll.  Leaves, stems, flowers are all white, and waxy looking.  Since it has no chlorophyll, it doesn't manufacture food from sunlight.  It derives its nourishment from decayed vegetable matter in the soil.  You can see them growing in the dark woods, sprouting up through deep rotting leaves, and from fallen trees trunks.  The flowers are only about 3-8 inches tall with their distinctive nodding heads.  
Indian pipe is unconventional, but not uncommon.  We've seen it in Virginia Beach, altitude 0; and Jon found these in our woods, altitude 2300.  They have started blooming, and you should be able to see them through the summer.  As if this close up is not thrilling enough, check out this patch!!!
I hope you get to see this unusual flower on your walks in the woods.
Posted on June 3, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
I really like posting pretty pictures, but this isn't one.  It is interesting, just not very pretty.
It is dinosaur kale after the cabbage whites got to it.  They lay eggs on the underside of the leaves, and when the caterpillars emerge, they feed on the leaves.  
I'm keeping this in the garden, hoping they will stay on it, and not go to my other kale and mustard plants.
I'll let you know if it works.  :P 
Posted on June 2, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
On Friday, we had visitors from Yorktown, VA, and they were welcomed by our new sign.
This is the one that Mark and Karen made for us, and we painted and framed it.  It now graces the front of our beautiful home, however crazy it may be...
Thanks for the sign, and thanks for the visit.  It was a GREAT day for us!!!!
Posted on June 1, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
While I was out in the garden looking at the butterfly weed, I came across this wildflower that we transplanted from the woods into our perennial bed. 
Fire-pinks are in the same family as the familiar carnation.  They grow on banks, cliffs, rocky hillsides up to 5000 feet.  The stems are only 1 - 2 feet tall, but the fiery crimson blossoms make fire-pinks quite noticeable.  We see them along the roadways, when traveling about 25 mph.  
I hope you see some, and they make you smile.