Friday, November 02, 2007

-Ed Davis

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

August Beauty

OK, so we are experiencing hot summer highs in the 90's (degrees F) and the humidity makes one feel as if they are in a steam room, but there are many plants in my garden that are very comfortable. Click on the images to enlarge photos.

As you can see, there are advantages & disadvantages to gardening WITHOUT pesticides. Holes in leaves & flower petals go unnoticed when there are more important things to see.

Purple Coneflower 'Magnus' is an improved cultivar of our native prarie coneflower. The adjacent yellow-gold flowers are Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm').
This is a close-up of the flower of a Southern Magnolia cultivar called 'Little Gem'. This plant is considered by some a dwarf plant, but I believe the botanists who suggest this is just a slower growing selection of the South's famous native tree. If I had to name a plant that I could not live without, this would get my vote. It serves as a backdrop for my perennials and screens my neighbor's ugly metal garden shed. The dark rich green foliage is lush all year long.