Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Have I just gotten so silly over a minor project finished? Does this mean I have a Potter Potted Area? Or could it be that putting the finishing touches on a project are exhilarating? Sometimes hard work and the remains of an acking back makes one silly… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Playing in the Dirt AGAIN


This Plant name made me chuckle… Crocus speciosus 'Albus' Remember Albus Dumbledore? Then the word speciosus, tee hee. Reminded me of one of the SPELLS used by Hermione Granger to find out more of Harry's Advanced Potion-Making book in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Pronunciation: speh-see-AHLIS reh-VEL-ee-oh Specialis Revelio


Ok OK close but no Cigar.
On a more serious note. We need rain………………………………………
First a new garden tool that I am finding handier than a Hip Pocket on a shirt. ~~~~~~~~~ ROTO Planter by Yard Butler
~~~~~~~~~~~~ Yard Butler's garden augers fit any cordless drill 3/8" or larger, digging holes with the ease of a power tool. Garden augers are useful for planting bulbs, aerating trees and shrubs, weeding, fertilizing, drilling under sidewalks, putting in fence posts and dozens of other applications.
These were the bulbs that were planted.
1. Lycoris aurea is the golden spider lily and originates from limestone areas of China. The spidery flowers face upwards and are a orange-cadmium yellow. It can often be a difficult species to get into flower. It requires a hot dry resting period during summer to promote flowering. Dressings of potash and lime are also helpful. Lycoris are splendid autumn-flowering bulbs when their requirements are met, and make excellent garden subjects and provide a good supply of cut flowers. Photo by Bill Dijk.
2. Lycoris radiata var. pumila is the red spider lily, and has much reflexed, recurved red flowers, wavy on the margins, with long, exerted filaments on tall, naked stems in late summer. Long-lasting and popular with the ladies in their floral art arrangements. Photo by Bill Dijk.
3. Leucojum aestivumCommon Names: summer snowflake, giant snowflakeFamily: Amaryllidaceae (amaryllis Family)
4. speciosus 'Conqueror' - very large, deep, sky blue flowers; 5"-6"; early-mid fall; zones 4-9.
5. CROCUS Kotschyanus - Fall Blooming Crocus are similar to their spring cousins and flower when not much else is blooming. Best in a sunny location; naturalizes well. The leaves turn a golden yellow. Flowers are large rose-pink with yellow centers. 10 bulbs size 9+cm. zones 5-9.
6. Crocus speciosus Albus; Crocus speciosus 'Albus' is more than just a white form of the species. This charmer won an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. Its blooms are borne on yellowish green stalks and open to reveal a yellow heart inside. Common Name: Fall-blooming Crocus Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8 S / 4 - 9 W
The source of my mirth!


Old Wom Tigley said...

Those flowers are just stunning, the colour are so nice...

DeeMom said...

Next year, O.W.T. I can take pictures of mine...

Alyssa said...

I'm really sorry that you are still in the drought. And it looks like lots of other people are too. Hopefully, soon it will be over. I just love planting spring bulbs. They feel so good in your hands and are so simple. Can't wait to see yours next spring!

Ki said...

We have an auger but we rarely use it. I think having to trail extension cords kaboshed that deal. I have a cordless drill but I don't think it has enough torque to do the drilling and the battery died. :(

DeeMom said...

Alyssa, for sure the feeling of the dirt in the hands is so rewarding, often I forget to use the gloves, BUT the dirt feels so good and smells wonderful. Next Fall MY pictures…

KI, my cordless has enuff torque…I agree the batteries do GO quickly, we have a back up extra one though…
I am quite pleased how well this new tool worked