Passionflower-It's Not What You Think

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is a native vine that has a spiritual meaning and is also a host plant for the gulf fritillary butterfly. https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2017/08/27/passionflower-its-not-what-you-think/

The other evening I was walking through the butterfly garden in search of monarch caterpillars, when my foot managed to get tangled in a vine.  Looking down, I noticed the beautiful passionflower vine (Passiflora incarnata) sneaking its way into the garden path. Before I go any further, be advised this particular passionflower can be invasive.  … Read more

It's Four O'Clock Somewhere

One of the most talked about flower on my Instagram and Facebook page is Mirabilis jalapa or the old-fashioned four o’clock flower. Four o’clocks were one of the first flowers I grew when we bought our first home.  I had mentioned to a coworker that I wanted to find a flower that grew quickly from seed and … Read more

Time To Tidy Up

This time of year starts a frenzy of garden to-do lists.  Seed packets are organized, new seed varieties are studied, and plans are being made for the gardens.  Not much can be planted outside now, but the greenhouse space is already filling up. For my garden, ornamental grasses, climbing roses, and hydrangeas can be cut … Read more

What a Summer

Multi-colored (orange, yellow, rust, gold) large marigolds--will get approximately 12-18 inches tall.  This annual needs full sun and will bloom all summer with dead heading.  (Dog not included

I can’t believe summer is over and I am loving the cooler weather that’s upon us. The gardens have had to fend for themselves this year as my sisters and I have been taking care of my dad after an accident in June.  Let’s just say his leg met a very heavy concrete slab and the slab … Read more

The Gardens at Moss Mountain

As one would expect from P. Allen Smith’s  Moss Mountain Farm, his gardens were absolutely incredible.  Mr. Smith led the garden tour and I’m sure he was telling everyone about all the different species and wonderful tidbits about each plant. Me?  I started out in the front of the line and somehow ended up being … Read more

Sights of Summer

Another summer is winding down. My awesome peach crop was eaten but not by us.  We were able to pick quite a few but something ate the rest (probably birds and squirrels) leaving us these reminders that we are not the only ones on the farm that like peaches. Both pecan trees have pecans this … Read more

Chicken Coop with Living Roof

I had toyed with the idea of raising chickens for several years but, with no existing chicken house on the property and no idea where I would put one, I pushed the idea aside. But never the dream. The chicken house I had in mind would be a combination of garden shed and chicken coop.  I had envisioned … Read more

I'm beginning to mold…

As I write this, the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill is upon us. The rains have come in waves and as soon as I go out to do anything, it starts to pour.  I go in and it quits.  I go out and it begins again.  Back and forth. Forth and back.  Raincoat on.  Raincoat off.  Boots on.  … Read more