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Semi-Wordless Wednesday: Backyard Goodies

We love gardening on our time off.  This is just a sample of the goodies in our backyard.

magnolia

The Magnolia is the classic Southern flower to us. There is something romantic about the blooms.

loquats

We love the pop of color from Loquats. Subtle and stunning at the same time. And they make a lovely snack.

berries

Bonus wild blackberries! We found these while clearing brush and pulling weeds.

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It’s hard to leave them alone.

berries 2

This was the first pop of wild berry color we saw. Of course we had to take a few shots.

We also have azaleas and fig trees.  We’re waiting for the figs to bear and have vision of fig preserves on the brain.  How does your garden grow?

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Semi-Wordless Wednesday: Gardening on the brain

Spring weather makes us think of gardening.  We can’t help it. We love the sight of majestic old Oak trees and the colors of blooming flowers.

Lavender is one of our all-time favorites. Graeme Weatherston photo.

Lavender is one of our all-time favorites. Graeme Weatherston photo.

Azaleas are high on our list of favorites, too.

Azaleas are high on our list of favorites, too.

flowers 3-2013

We’re not sure what this one is called, but look at the colors! Do you know what it is?

Hampton Oak 4-2013

There is nothing like sitting under an Oak!

As for our garden, it’s temporarily on hold.  Until we can plant, we’ll enjoy the fruits of others’ labor.  Have you started your garden?  What’s in it? Containers, raised beds, or in ground?

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Semi-Wordless Wednesday: Spring Flowers

azaleas 2013

How does your garden grow?  Any colors in your space yet?

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Semi-Wordless Wednesday: Beautiful Berries

Have you heard of the Beautyberry? It’s also called American Bayberry or French Mulberry.  Maybe you know it as Callicarpa Americana.  Still doesn’t ring a bell?  Even if you don’t know the name, you may recognize the plant.  This beautiful shrub has pink and lavender flowers in Spring which turn into brightly colored, fragrant berries starting in Fall.  We found this beauty in our new yard.

It’s a nice-sized bush and can be anywhere from 4′-8′ tall and wide.  It is native to the United States and easy to care for.

These berries attract and feed several breeds of birds.

The Beautyberry is not just a pretty face. This lovely specimen is also a not-so-secret weapon – this baby has natural pest repelling properties! Back in the day, the leaves were used to help biting insects away from mules on the job. Studies during 2006-2008 prove the plant extracts are as effective as DEET against mosquitoes, kept black-legged ticks away for three hours, and repels fire ants. Impressive! (Thanks to Mother Earth News for sharing that bit of info.)

Isn’t that color fantastic?

Birds love the berries and deer love the foliage. That could explain why we have some many deer sightings just outside our door.

We saw them hanging around the new workshop. Beautiful!

This is just another neat thing about living down south. We have longer planting seasons and many plants that hold their leaves and color all year.

We’re so glad to stumble across beautiful plants. And this one is beautiful and useful. Bugs hate it!

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Semi-Wordless Wednesday: The Incredible, Edible Eggplant

We brought home something new to us from Humble last weekend.  We’re going to grow eggplant!

Look at those baby eggplant! We cannot wait to eat them!

 

It’s yummy, has a gorgeous color, and just called to us.   And we’re looking forward to making some killer fried eggplant once we harvest our own organically-grown goodness.

Look at that color? Don’t you love it? Renjith Krishnan photo.

How do you like your eggplant?  Fried?  Sauteed?  Grilled?  In Baba Ganoush or Ratatouille?  Share with us on Twitter, Facebook, or G+.  Or you can point us to your pinned favorites.  We are new Pinterest addicts.

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