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Apr 28 2009

Redbud ‘Lavender Twist’ Tree

Redbud ‘Lavender Twist’ Tree


This unusual Redbud tree blooms in early May. It is one of my favorite redbuds because of its very unusual characteristics. It is a twisting, weeping dwarf tree that only grows to between 5 to 7 feet tall. The redbud ‘Lavender Twist’ tree grows vigorously and is absolutely beautiful when in bloom.

photo courtesy of bluegrass gardens

photo courtesy of bluegrass gardens.com

 

The blooms are a soft lavender pink, it’s leaves are large, dark green and layer the twisted canopy. This unique tree is hardy and the branches eventually zigzag through-out the entire body of the tree.

This tree is a beautiful specimen even in winter.


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Apr 21 2009

Winter Poems & Quotes

Winter Poems & Quotes For those who love nature…


Grab a mug of something hot, if it has any chocolate in it whatsoever –

add a little more whipped cream
and enjoy some of my favorite winter poems & quotes
-helps take the chill out of the air…

the ice storm

the ice storm

© 2007 photo courtesy L Watts

“Fall is a second spring…
when every leaf is a flower.”
~unknown

“If we had no winter,
the spring would not be so pleasant”
~Anne Bradstreet

narcissus in snow

narcissus in snow

© 2007 photo courtesy L Watts

“Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle …
a seed waiting to sprout,
a bulb opening to the light,
a bud straining to unfurl.
And the anticipation nurtures our dream”

~B. Winkler

 

“The birds are gone, The ground is white,
The winds are wild, They chill and bite;
The ground is thick with slush and sleet,
And I barely feel my feet.”

~unknown author

“From December to March,
there are for many of us three gardens –
the garden outdoors,
the garden of pots and bowls in the house,
and the garden of the mind’s eye.”

~K. S. White

narcissus

narcissus

© 2007 photo courtesy L Watts

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Nov 17 2008

Indian Blanket Flower

Indian Blanket Flower

‘Gaillardia pulchella’

The Indian Blanket Flower also known as the Firewheel or the Sundance flower, is the official state wild flower of the State of Oklahoma. It blooms practically year-round in some warm areas, but more typically in summer to early fall. Legend states; the blanket flower was once all yellow and was a favorite of the Aztec Indians, years ago, young Aztec women would decorate their hair with crowns of the golden flowers. When Cortez came to their land and killed those who were living there peacefully, the much loved flower “caught the blood of the innocents as they fell”…..and to this day the red stains remain on the flower.

indian blanket flower in bloom

indian blanket flower in bloom

© 2007 photo courtesy L Watts

Blanket flowers are easy to grow from seed. The seeds can be sewed in early Spring and will bloom that same Summer. These hearty flowers thrive in much of central United States, all the way from northern Mexico to southern Canada. From the daisy family, the blanket flower petals are exquisite, each petal in itself is a flower, the colors are vivid and there are several color varieties available. The beauty of each individual flower is timeless, but a large patch of Indian Blanket flowers is a sight to behold.

© 2008 oodles of infOrmation

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