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Garden Reports, Tours, and Native Vines

Dear friends,
Any way you look at it, May of 2020 was one month we won’t soon forget, even if we might like to. I’m trying to listen and learn, even though it isn’t always comfortable.

Thank heaven for the beauty of the natural world and its abundance this time of year. Fern fronds, wildflowers, and the scent of magnolia are good medicine.
miniature australian or american shepherdAnd so are puppies. We got a new baby last week. I think we’re experiencing some limerence over here.

It was May 1st when I decided to start blogging again and I wrote a garden report a week. I’ve never had an easy time with consistency, so it was a stretch, but I actually did it! Thanks to those of you who read them. I especially love to get comments, so thanks for those as well.

If you like garden tours, I posted a few garden tour photo galleries from my trip to Austin in 2018. They were a long time coming, but there are some good ideas in them.

Did you know there is a native vine for nearly any garden situation? Sun, shade, wet, dry, whatever you have, whatever your style, there is a vine that will do. Native vines are perfect for vertical gardening, container gardening, espallier, or even the kitchen garden (some are edible).

native vines articleI got kind of sad about the limited vine palette in my neighborhood, and decided to write an article about the beautiful natives that could be used more often. I’m sure some of you have favorites you would add. Please take a look and let me know. And if you like the article, please share it.

Gil Nelson is one of my favorite botanist writers, who has written many books and articles about plants of the South.  This quote in the introduction to his book, Best Native Plants for Southern Gardens, is for all of us gardeners loving and learning about native plants.

I keep tinkering with the Folium, to make it work better / faster, and I’m always adding more photos there–over a dozen more plants this month. There are notes on a few of them; I’ll continue to add more with time. Your comments, questions, suggestions are always appreciated. It would be especially great to hear your memories or stories associated with these particular plants. What did you call them, what did you do with them? Let me know.

Reptile pics, especially turtles, but also snakes, seemed to really explode in my Instagram and Facebook feeds this month. My favorite post, and the most useful one I’ve seen in a long time, was this one on Facebook by Emma Eldridge. She has included all the snakes species of North Carolina with common and scientific names and photos. It’s a mini field guide–better than your average Facebook post!

Lastly, I pondered the validity of blogging in 2020. In the process, I realized that pondering the validity of blogging is dead in 2020, but actual blogging never will be. :D



This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Love your new puppy. Do we have a name yet?
    We are seeing a lot of snakes this past week. So many people don’t know their snakes, I like that Facebook page you shared. We have a good website for South Carolina snakes. I use as many resources as possible. Luckily for me I have a couple friends that are good at snake ID. They are my phone a friend guys.
    As for vines- am trying two different native wisterias, in addition to the native honeysuckle and Carolina jessamine. I go for whatever works.

    1. His name is Boone — my husband’s choice but I like it, too. It’s great to have a couple of reptile afficonados to consult. I live with one, which is great, but I check more than one source, too. I love the native wisteria — saw a nice display near Wadesboro on the way to the coast recently. Was a really nice surprise. I think it’s the first time I’ve seen it wild. Thanks for stopping by, Janet.

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