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Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Water Garden at Fred Fletcher Park


The Water Garden at Fred Fletcher Park which is on Glenwood Avenue near the intersection of Peace Street. Behind the water garden is also the gardens of the old Methodist Orphanage.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Water Hyacinths in my water garden.


Water Hyacinths in my water garden.

These are floating tropical plants that do not tosurvive frost. In tropical areas they can be agressive and cover an entire pond. They are illegal in most tropical states!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

A recipe.........

Massaman curry paste
3-7 red thai chilis chopped ...
1 tsp chopped lemongrass
1 tsp chopped galangal, (available at most asian grocers)
1 tsp garlic chopped
1 tsp chopped shallot
1/2 tsp toasted coriander seeds
1/2 tsp toasted while pepper corns 1/4 tsp toasted cumin seeds
5 cloves toasted

Put all the ingredients in a mortar and pestle with 1/2 tsp of salt and pound to a fine paste. It takes a while but it's worth it. Don't try this with a food processor, it won't work.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Kerria japonica "Japanese yellow rose or Easter rose"

These grow like weeds here in Central North Carolina. Does well with our 20/30f winters and our 100f and humid summers. They look best when kept clean by removing old limbs once they are finished blooming and allowing the new limbs to take their place. Although if you want it to grow into a big shruby mess with sporatic blooms through out the Summer you would only need to remove dead or damaged limbs.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

How to make a bulb cage.

If you have problems with voles or squirrels eating you bulbs you can use bulb cages to protect them. They are simple to make.


1) Cut  a piece of wire to form the four sides of the box. Calculate the length of the wire by multiplying the width for the box size you want by four.




2) Bend the wire to for a box.
                                                

3) Bend the individual wires around the wire on the opposite end to secure the box.


4) Add a bottom and secure it the same way.


5) Dig a hole to bury the bulb cage.


5) Place in the location where you are planting your bulbs. You may leave some of the cage above ground or it may be just below ground lever or the mulch.




6) Fill the cage with soil and your bulb(s). Add a top.

You may want to use a wire that has larger holes for the top to allow larger stems of lilies or other bulbs.