Monthly Archives: August 2014


These past two weeks have been a whirlwind of Native Plant Society happenings.

Two weeks ago, a group of us went to Gainesville to the Kinsey Family Farm to purchase plants.  We brought home a truckload and an SUV load of native trees and shrubs to plant along the nature trail at Buffalo Creek.

Last week we had the second of our big workdays, getting the sites ready for planting.  On Tues. a group of about 20 planted 300 Trillium grandiflorum on a hillside.  There were so many people on that hillside, they looked like ants scurrying around at a picnic. And they got all 300 planted and watered in about an hour.  Those trilliums will be spectacular as we walk the trail in the spring.

On Thursday, I led a rescue at a new site here in Carroll County.  The new owners are planning to pulpwood the land to start a small family farm.  They have graciously allowed us to go into the woods and collect native plants that will be endangered by the pulpwooders and the cows.  I got some spice bush, Silverbells, trillium, Jack in the Pulpit, Rattlesnake orchids, Elephant’s Foot, Collinsonia, Itea, Royal fern, Lady Fern, Fragile Fern, green headed coneflowers….It is a treasure trove for those of us who love native plants.

I have spent all week potting the rescued plants from Thursday, and some rescued at two other rescue opportunities.  Many of these are going on the Buffalo Creek trail.

Next week, I’m putting displays in five libraries in Carroll, Heard and Haralson counties, giving information about the West Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society.  Go by the library in Bremen, Bowdon, Villa Rica, Temple, or Ephesus and check it out.  If you are interested in learning more about the importance of native plants and how to identify them, you should come to our meetings.

Last month we had Charles Seabrook, free lance writer of Georgia Wild featured in the Sat. edition of the AJC.  He did a nice job telling us all about the wonderful places to go and things to see here in Ga.  Check  Google for his list of 35 places in Georgia  everyone should see before they die.  Just type in Charles Seabrook 35 places.  You’ll find a list with lots of helpful links.  I have our list printed, and we plan to start doing all 35 things later this fall.  Some we did years ago, but now that I’m so interested in our native plants, I plan to revisit those places and see them from a different perspective.

We are having another workday on the trail on Wed. to prepare planting sites for the 100 native azaleas we’ll be planting when cooler weather gets here.  I can’t wait to see what the next spring will bring.  Hope to see lots of blooms, as most of the native trees and shrubs we bought and the azaleas all have wonderful blooms.

My life is so rich, getting to do the things I never had time for when I was working.  Wish everyone could find that special something that makes their world a brighter place.  It sure keeps me going!


What a Wonderful World…..

What a wonderful world we live in.  We in the United States are so blessed, beyond all measure.

Here in my part of the world, I’m blessed with a wonderful family and friends, a great life during retirement, and the ability to still get out and do the things I love.

This week I went on a plant rescue with my native plant friends.  I got lots of great plants, many to be donated to the Buffalo Creek Nature Trail.  Next week, I’m off to a native plant nursery to buy trees and shrubs for the nature trail.  Volunteers will be planting many new trees and shrubs along the trail this fall.  We hope it will become a destination for anyone who loves a good hike along beautiful trails filled with native trees, shrubs, and flowers.

Tomorrow, Leslie and Bradley are coming over to spend the day.  We’re looking forward to seeing them.  Even though they live only an hour and a half away, it seems they’re always busy, or we’re caught up in something that prevents us from visiting.  I think this is definitely one place our lives could use some improvement.

I went today and got my hair ‘done’.  I have been very lax in getting it cut, and have decided to let it grow a little longer than usual.  Of course, when I start working outside and sweating (or glistening as my great grandmother would say), that longer hair may become shorter hair real quickly.

I enjoyed Wednesday night at church where we have started a study of the book of Revelation.  It’s both frightening and reassuring at the same time.

And I relay all of these humdrum things in my life just to point out that today, nobody looted a store in town, nobody lobbed  a rocket into our yard, no one has forced us from our home, we haven’t been exposed to any deadly diseases today.  What a wonderful world we live in.  If only everyone could live in a world like ours……..

Whew! What a Start for the Week!

The week started off with church on Sunday morning, with a visiting preacher.  I really enjoyed his sermons for the past two weeks.    After church, we went to the Braves game with some folks from First Presbyterian.  The Braves won, but it took one good inning to win it, with eight innings of their usual lackluster hitting.

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After the game, we had a pleasant ride home, with a beautiful sunset to lead us back to Carrollton.


On Monday, we took Scott’s mom to a doctor’s appointment.  She had a spill in April and her hip has been hurting recently.  Luckily, the doctor said it was just some inflammation and could be cleared up with some anti inflammatory meds.  I’ll take bets that no one has a mother in law as great as mine!

Tuesday was a much anticipated day for those of us who are working on the Buffalo Creek Nature Trail.  My good friend, Ernest Koone of Pine Mountain joined us  for a hike down the trail.  Ernest is a foremost authority on native azaleas.  He can recognize them planted in the woods, with no blooms.  He is amazing.  He was helping us decide what kind of azaleas will work well on the trail, along with advice for placement and numbers.  This spring, all our hard work should pay off with some beautiful blooms!  If you want native azaleas, you should visit Ernest at this plant place, Garden Delights right on the main drag in Pine Mountain.

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Taking a break and taking notes.  I think Kim wrote down every word Ernest said!

On Wednesday, Scott and I continued working on putting a protective coat of paint on the deck.  I’m not crazy about the painted look, but Scott really wanted this, so I gave in.  Maybe it will grow on me.

I spent quite a bit of time hauling mulch from the composted shreds that the Carroll EMC folks kindly dumped in my front yard last year.  It is like black gold.  All my plants are gonna be loving them some EMC workers.

The Boy Scouts gave us a hand on the trail planting ferns and a few other native blooming plants.  They have adopted the area we are referring to as the Fern Glen.  If you walk the trail at Buffalo Creek, you’ll come up on it after you cross the meadow.  They installed about 25 plants.  It will take a while, but it’s going to be spectacular.  Farther along on the trail is a wide expanse of ferns that was planted several years ago.  If you’ve never seen our native big leaf magnolia, there are two planted there.  You’ll be amazed at the size of those leaves, even though the plant is not fully grown yet.

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I’ve had a great time watching the hummers do their acrobatics in the air as they come to the feeders.  I think they spend more time trying to keep each other off the feeders than they actually spend eating.  One of the hummers alighted on a trellis in the vegetable garden on Monday while I had my sprinkler going.  He sat there when the water passed over him, then waited for it to return.  After the second pass, he would fly up about a foot and flaps his wings, then settle down for another shower.  He spent about 15 minutes in the ‘rain’.

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Hummingbirds absolutely adore Lobelia.  Today the red cardinal flower starting opening its blooms.  The blue and white have been open for a couple of days.  My hummers are very patriotic, with their red, white and blue flowers.



Today was another day of painting and mulching.  But tonight, I’ve been busy. Made quiche to slice and freeze for a quick heat up breakfast, made some black and blue berry jelly (didn’t have enough of either kind of berry, so I just combined them) and finished up a batch of Mama’s really, really sweet pickles.  The pickles are good, but the cole slaw and chicken salad with these pickles are out of this world.

Life doesn’t slow down and wait, so I have to keep on the run.  Next on the menu:  shopping for native plants for the nature trail, scouting new digging locations for native plant rescues this fall, and finishing up with the sidewalk we’ve been putting in for Dianne.  (As well as planting those shrubs and flowers that we’ve been babying in our back yard until we could get around to putting them in the ground at her house.)  One of these days, I gonnna sit in the porch swing and do nothing!