Herbs/Flowers

Aug. 21, 2020

This is a Wild flower, it is called Trillium. They come in colors of white, pink and dark burgundy. They are beautiful and not grown easily unless you purchase them from a wild-flower greenhouse as they are really almost impossible to dig up. One of plants I miss the most from living in Kentucky. I took this photo while visiting Carter Caves State Park, Carter County Kentucky. 

Aug. 21, 2020

This may be a little off subject but not really since it envolves plants. Each year when I was a child I spent a lot of time in the summer at this park. I was a teenager around 14 years old when I spent time there with one of my class mates Robin Biddle. We had the best time walking through he forests looking for wild flowers. This is one of the the prettiest peacful parks you will find in Eastern Kentucky. Each year they give a Wild-Flower tour where you hike and learn about the flowers. There are many many types that grow here including Trillims, Sweet William, Iris, May-Apple, Jack in the Pulpit, Larkspur, Ginger, just name a few. There are streams and natural water falls, multiple caves and a nice Lodge with a dining room.  Before we left the park I spotted many of my old favorites and coud not resist bringing some back with me (although I wasn't supposed to lol) I know the plant life well enough to know how not to damage the exsisting plants and to only take a small start. I brought back some little Iris and a piece of the wild ginger root. They did come back up this year. The Trillim is something that you cannot dig up as it's single tubular root will grow straight down from 5-8ft into the ground . If you ever want a great vacation go to this park it is located in Carter County Kentucky, and then you can also go to the next town over in Rowan County Kentucky to see the great Cave Run Lake. 

Aug. 21, 2020

I love my Orange tree, it was given to me by my best friend Janet when it was only about 16" tall, I have had it now for many years and named it Janet after my friend who is now gone from this world.  It has to be moved inside during the winter months as it is a real fruit tree and produces oranges. I don't know how much you know about Citrus trees but they all have very large long thorns on them and can be a pure devil when moving them around. We fight with this tree every year when moving it inside because as you can see it is around 10 ft. tall now. Each year I trim about 3ft off of it during the summer before moving it back inside just to make it the 10ft tall. The blooms from Citrus trees produce a wonderful scent and can be used to place in water bottles to make a fragrant water to drink. If someone offered me a thousand dollars for this tree I wouldn't take it just because my dear friend gave it to me. 

Aug. 21, 2020

I remember the first time I saw wysteria when I came to NC, it took my breath away and still does. The trees were hanging full of it and the entire state was a beautiful hugh of purple. To me this plant is just a true Southern plant and you just gotta have it if you live in the South. This one is formed into a tree and is much easier to contain and control as Wysteria will literally grow up and over anything it touches. It can also be a destructive plant vine if planted near your house because it will creep up under vinyl siding or into the guttering and destroy it once the vine grows larger. It is very invasive to say the least. But to me it is Gorgeous with it hanging pods of grape pod like blooms. 

Aug. 21, 2020

One of my other favorites. Lillies  This year my lillies were so huge. They were a whopping 10" in diameter. The fragrance was that of a sweet perfume and you could smell them from all over the yard. These grew to 5 ft or a little over because I am 5'7 and they came up to my face. I have no idea where the bulbs came from because I plant so many things and I bring other dirt and plants in that people give me starts of in pots so I think it was hitchhiker of sorts. Either way I love them and they were a joy to wait for them to bloom.