Wednesday, June 6, 2012


  I have to tell you this:  I was in my garden shed today, and found some garden stuff I wanted to put out (I was actually looking for a sprinkler, which I did not find). I tossed out onto the grass, a resin turtle, a statue of St. Francis and this guy...a grey metal garden gnome. Roxie was out with me and when it hit the ground, she yelped. For the next 2 hours, she would walk around it sniffing, backing away, and barking her fool head it was some kind of monster she was protecting us from. It was hysterical....


 The best part of doing this garden picture-rama is seeing how much things have grown in just a weeks time! If I was really inspired, I'd post then and now pictures, but that sound like an awful lot of work.  LOL  And face it, I'm basically a lazy woman...

  I want to start off with a picture of the Rose of Sharon that I dug up out of a ditch on our road last year and planted in the back yard. It has some flowers on it, and they are gorgeous. I didn't prune this one like I do my others...

Aren't these just gorgeous old fashioned flowers?  

 Then there are the big yellow lilies out front...

Hyssop..a beautiful medicinal herb

My yarrow bed

Red potatoes, flowering

Kennebecs and Irish cobblers, flowering (The tater plants are up to my hip...TALL!)

Those beloved butterbeans...growing up the teepees...

Snow peas...climbing string trellis

Lush green beans

Edamame !!!!

Flowering garlic chives--elegant!

My STILL unstaked  tomatoes...tomorrow...(I hope) lol

Uh...yes. I planted 2 more tomatoes today...Amish paste.  :)

Peppers (and Okra at the far end) -did weed this today...

2 little eggplants

My little experimental celery...a wascally wabbit ATE the other one...

Bronze Romaine, black Seeded Simpson lettuces--ready for munching.

Onyums. Lots of them.

 Beautiful Butternut Squashes

Georgia Jet sweet potatoes (jury's still out, though they are looking better)

Blackberries are loaded this year, but really needing rain...

Can you see how loaded this apple tree is? The deer are coming through nightly for snacks though, and eating fruit off the bottom b ranches...and we ran a racoon out of the tree one night.

Potted some new plants I got on sale today, starting with this little  begonia

2 pots of stonecrop, a sedum variety

A big planter of 4 pots of coleus' (on sale-4/10 bucks) I couldn't resist

And finally, some more petunias to fill in the hanging baskets on the front porch. Didn't get that done today though...


  There you have it, todays tour of the bloomin' idiots little paradise. lol

  I made a trip to town this morning, kept the Irishman's truck so that I could haul the burning barrel I got down to my friends house. Spent a lovely morning with her, sitting among her flower beds and chatting. She's done a great job on her little yard...and I saw all kinds of flowers that I want the flower buying was all her fault !!!  lol

  Then I made a couple of stops in the forbidden zone (lol) ..Home Depot and The Farm Home store...ostensibly looking for whirligigs to scare critters out of my garden...but instead found 40% off sales, which forced me to buy flowers. lol  I did find the Amish Paste Tomatoes tho--I got seeds for those from Baker Creek, and none of them germinated, so I was pretty psyched at finding those. And they were 40% off. WINNER !!!!  lol

  Finally winding my way home, I stopped and bought 4 huge bales of finish mulching AND for the chicken coop. They loaded them for me, so I only had to unload them once I got home. Not that heavy, just awkward. But I got my little garden wagon out and put the sides down and hauled 2 at a time to the back. I put 3 of them into the storage area under the coop and one over in the aisle by the sweet potatoes. Which are ready to be strawed. But did not get done.  I did finally plant my 2 lemon grass plants, a sage and a rosemary too...sheesh !!

sigh...oh well...there's always tomorrow....



cloudia charters said...

a healing visit! thanks

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Akannie said...

So good to see you,'s been a healing day...xoxoxox

Mary LA said...

I don't blame Roxie one bit. Just saying.

Annie the lushness and beauty here is a joy to see.

Beth said...

Oh dear Annie, I will be there with pail in hand when the butter beans start coming on. I really like them better before the pods start to dry.

You have a lovely garden! Is the yarrow the same as queen anne's lace?

DJan said...

You didn't tell me this gardening stuff was so much WORK! I am tired today, but I got two eggplants in, one zucchini, two delicata squash, three basils, and two kale. I also planted marigold and zinnia seeds to help keep the bugs away. Oh, and three brussels sprouts plants (we love 'em). I put some pictures out soon. Each plant cost $1.69 and the roots were all bunched inside so they should take off, I'm hoping!

But this morning I'm really tired from all that activity. :-)

Akannie said...

Mary--it is really nice out there this early in the spring/ of the things I love about this part of the country. So much stuff blooming everywhere and the greenest of grass...

Beth--me too. And no, the yarrow does sort of look like Queen Anne's lace (we have a lot of that too). I saw lots of different colored yarrow at the nurseries yesterday, but the stuff there is wild transplants. My son eats it or makes tea with it and so I moved some into a bed and it's doing great..I'll have to research it more.

DJan--LOL...Sounds like you're gonna have a great garden (if you live through it!). It is some work, initially....but you'll be glad you did it. Can't wait to see the pics!! YGG!!! (Just wait--this is gonna get in your blood like skydiving!)
BTW-- I spent the evening with my tootsies in a tub of hot water and epsom salts...ouchie!!Sore ankle muscles...

Akannie said...'s more info than you probably and this came from TLC (The Learning Channel)

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Benefits of Yarrow
Yarrow Preparations and Dosage

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©2007 Publications International, Ltd. Yarrow is used to treat bleeding ulcers, heavy menstrual periods, uterine hemorrhage, blood in the urine, and bleeding from the bowels.

In Homer's Iliad, legendary warrior Achilles uses yarrow to treat the wounds of his fallen comrades. Indeed, constituents in yarrow make it a fine herb for accelerating healing of cuts and bruises. The species name, millefolium, is Latin for "a thousand leaves," referring to the herb's fine feathery foliage.

Some people call it knight's milfoil, a reference to yarrow's ability to stop bleeding and promote healing of wounds. In fact, yarrow is often used in herbal remedies designed to treat heavy bleeding from menstrual periods, bleeding ulcers and more.
Uses for Yarrow

Yarrow has been credited by scientists with at least minor activity on nearly every organ in the body. Early Greeks used the herb to stop hemorrhages. Yarrow was mentioned in Gerard's herbal in 1597 and many herbals thereafter.

Yarrow was commonly used by Native American tribes for bleeding, wounds, and infections. It is used in Ayurvedic traditions, and traditional Chinese medicine credits yarrow with the ability to affect the spleen, liver, kidney, and bladder meridians, or energy channels, in the body.

Animal studies have supported the long-standing use of yarrow to cleanse wounds and to control bleeding of lacerations, puncture wounds, and abrasions. Yarrow may also be used in tea or tincture form for bleeding ulcers, heavy menstrual periods, uterine hemorrhage, blood in the urine, or bleeding from the bowels. Yarrow compresses are effective for treating bleeding hemorrhoids.

Yarrow is often classified as a uterine tonic. Several studies have shown that yarrow can improve uterine tone, which may increase menstrual blood flow when it is irregular or scanty, and reduce uterine spasms, which reduces heavy flow in cases of abnormally heavy menstrual flow.

In addition to its antispasmodic activity, the herb contains salicylic acid (a compound like the active ingredient in aspirin) and a volatile oil with anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful to relieve pain associated with gynecologic conditions, digestive disorders, and other conditions. Taken daily, yarrow preparations can relieve symptoms of menstrual cycle and uterine disorders, such as cramps and endometriosis.

Yarrow also has antiseptic action against bacteria. The bitter constituents and fatty acids in yarrow are credited with promoting bile flow from the gallbladder, an action known as a cholagogue effect. Free-flowing bile enhances digestion and elimination and helps prevent gallstone formation. Because of these anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and cholagogue actions, yarrow is useful for gallbladder complaints and is considered a digestive tonic.

Yarrow has a drying effect and can be used as a decongestant. Sinus infections and coughs with sputum production may be improved by yarrow, especially when mixed with equal parts goldenseal. Note that a cough with ample sputum production may be a sign of bronchitis or pneumonia and requires the attention of a physician.

Yarrow's astringent action is helpful in some cases of allergy, in which watery eyes and nasal secretions are triggered by pollen, dust, molds, and animal dander. Yarrow also has long been used to promote sweating in cases of colds, flu, and fevers, thus helping you get over simple infections.

Rita said...

I love seeing your garden. :)
Even if you didn't find the whirligigs, you found some great deals.
And from your comment I found out a lot about yarrow! Lovely! :)

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Akannie, It is great to see all the lovely things you have growing! It is hard to resist new plants and sales! Nancy

Akannie said...

I did, Rita...and I'm determined to build the whirlis myself

Hi, Nancy. Thanks for visiting! I'm not good at resisting things like plants this time of year at

I'm really happy with the way things are coming along...but we could sure use some rain...