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I have leaves! About a month after planting a fresh crop of seed from one of my favorite small trees, Aesculus pavia , the Red Buckeye, I counted 7 new shoots.
The metal grids on top of my planters are to keep the squirrels out–of course. They are so active (make that destructive) this time of year.
Come spring, I’ll re-plant my buckeye forest into individual pots and share.
Red buckeye is a great small tree/big shrub for my wooded Wake County Garden. It’s tough, beautiful, and as you can see, easy from seed. You should grow that!
So what big success have you had from seed? Now that I’m rockin’ buckeyes, I can’t wait to try another tree.
But there are so many annuals I NEVER want to garden without.
At the top of that list:
Manaos Beauty aka Brazilian Button Flower aka Centratherum Intermedium. A perennial in it’s native country, here in Wake County NC it’s tender and needs to replanted in the spring.
Even the leaves are pretty–
And the button-like buds and flowers rock the front of the border from mid-summer to frost.
I first saw this plant at he famous Montrose Garden in Hillsborough. Fortunately I was able to find seed at my favorite source for hard to find and old fashioned annuals, The Fragrant Path. http://www.fragrantpathseeds.com/product.asp?ID=135.
Annuals like Manaos Beauty are the reason I usually have lots of flowers in the garden. What about you? What are your workhorse plants?
This morning, the pods began to split and husband Bill and I harvested 37 buckeye seeds.
That’s a record!
Using fresh seed seems to be the trick for getting buckeyes to germinate at our house.
This big bowl of buckeyes, will go in the outdoor screen box. The cold weather ahead will be good for my planting and hopefully by spring, I’ll have a little forest.
Red Buckeye is a favorite small tree, BTW. Also called Firecracker plant, it has knock-your-socks off red blooms in the spring.
Then there are the big buckeyes that hang there, so full of potential.
Do beware, though. Our dog seemed to know instinctively that buckeyes are poisonous, but children might not. Keep these are all seeds out of reach.
So what exciting things are you harvesting in this garden this month?
When the season changes, so does the pallet in my Wake County NC garden. Cooler temeperature mean deeper colors.
Red which looks too hot in summertime suddenly seems to glow.
And of all the reds, spider lily may be my favorite. I’m lucky if it blooms 2 weeks out of 52. Still, I wouldn’t be without this old southern flower that makes the path suddenly exoitic and full of color after the long hot summer.
All it asks from me is an initial investement. Plant the bulbs in an area where they won’t be disturbed and every year you’ll be delightfully surprised. The dark green leaves belong to Lenten Roses, BTW.
Popping up and not quite blending is the oxblood lily. It’s another of those plant it and forget it blubs that do well in the South. Just don’t forget where you planted them. Like spider lilies, they hate to be disturbed.
Cypress vine grows readily from seed and is great to cover a mail box. I save the seeds from this plant every year and start them indoors under lights. (BTW, our mail man says he loves it, too even though he can no longer read our address)
Finally, the beauty berries are a delight this time of year. This one is a Asian variety–but I’ve never met a beauty berry I didn’t like. They’re tough, will grow in my deicious woods, and make a great cut-back shrub for a mixed border in part sun or part shade. Do put it on your “grow that” list. And do share–what early fall colors are you enjoying in the garden?
Meet Travis and Lester. I certainly won’t forget meeting them earlier this week.
There’s so much l liked about these two guys, it’s hard to know what to write.
But let me start by telling you that it’s a long way from the suburbs to the Wake County neighborhood where Travis and Lester grew up. And I’m not talking about miles.
Our paths NEVER would have crossed if not for my friend Cindy who works for a great local organization, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.
This week Cindy took cookbook author, Linda Watson, and me on a tour.
There’s a lot going on this corner—first, a working organic produce farm called T&L (for Travis and Lester). They sell on Saturdays in the parking lot across from the Kroger that recently shut down on MLK . SE Raleigh is a food desert.
T&L Farm also provides produce to some of downtown’s hippest restaurants with a 30 minute (no fooling) turn around time. Their okra looks AWESOME BTW, and their organic compost is to die for.
There’s also a community garden where families can adopt a row for free.
There’s an education garden for kids.
And there are big dreams:
Lester dreams of a meditation garden on the property.
Travis dreams of collards like his grandma made, and a new favorite–kale soup
Both want to see their children eat good food and know the joys of growing it.
Both want to see their community come together around a garden and make something good for the body and mind.
Both men are in their 30s, graduates of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s urban ag program, AND never believed that they would would be working in agriculture and loving it at this point in their lives.
But gardens change us, don’t they.
Cindy from the Food Shuttle tells me there IS enough food in the world; it’s just a problem of access.
Travis and Lester are working hard for access their little part of the world. Cross your fingers for them.