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15 May 2007



Wonderful pictures of flowers blooming in your garden this evening. I agree with how you prioritized your time. I did the same yesterday, spent time in the garden and then stayed up very late to finish up some work projects. It's always worth it to spend time in one's garden, and you seem to pull such energy from yours.

Thanks for participating in Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day again and good luck on finishing up your grant.

M Sinclair Stevens (Texas)

You're the second person I came across today who is growing borage. That was one of the first herbs I grew...gee, almost 30 years ago. But I haven't grown it since. Maybe it's time to reinvest.

I wish my magnolia was blooming. It has buds but I'm still waiting.

PS. The Dolichos lablab is up. I never got around to planting them but some have self-sown.


Carol: Thanks to you for hosting it - I think it will be fun to look back each month and see the changes, plus, it's been so interesting seeing how different everyone's gardens are!

MSS: I love borage - the flowers are such a beautiful blue, and they often reseed here - I think it is next to perfect! I've never had my hyacinth bean reseed here, although this should be the year (I didn't clean the vines up during the winter) so perhaps I'll go and take a look. I did harvest a few seeds of 'Ruby Moon' and planted them - they now about a foot tall.


A walk in the garden is a most helpful way to clear the mind for one challenged in identifying the pathogen responsible for the next coming plague;)

Annie in Austin

"Tobacco Jasmine" - what a cool name for the scented tall Nicotiana. Your hydrangeas are beautiful - they're in the nurseries, and people try to grow them here, but they seldom have that settled and contented look that I remember.

You posted a great many wonderful things for Bloom Day, Pam, and hopefully the garden-wandering gave your mind and heart some armour against the stress of working on the grant proposal.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

The County Clerk

Hopefully the "horrifically incomplete, stress-generating, tortuous, convoluted, complicated and tangled" is not also "un-imagined yet."

I love the way you have presented these images. Now I need to look at them very closely. The last ("tail of dog") is a beautiful sight... especially as I think the culitvar is 'happy.' I watch my dogs wander around the place. They periodically look over for me and upon seeing that I'm there watching, sort of "glimmer" at me as if to ask, "isn't it great to be out here?"


Do you use your borage as a culinary herb, or just a pretty flower? I had some years ago, and it may have reseeded a few times, but it's gone now.

I'm amazed by the pomegranate flowers. I guess it stands to reason that such a flamboyant fruit would be preceded by spectacular flowers.

Good luck with the grant proposal.


Beautiful images! I need to take another look at the pomegranate flowers!


Ohhh...these are so beautiful. I felt like *I* was walking around in your garden. Thanks for sharing. I'm totally jealous.


Marie: Sometimes it is a bit creepy - we've been looking at microorganisms associated with dolphin respiratory tracts, and are finding all sorts of strange and interesting microbes. A garden does indeed become a necessity!

Annie: We do hydrangeas well here (as long as we get consistent rain) and they become one of my favorites - they definitely transition the garden from that spring 'burst' into summer (and they do it well). Mine are mostly blue (or white) - I haven't tried going for a red one yet. Oh, Entangled - I mostly grow it for the flowers and the color/texture of the leaves. I've cooked with it a bit, but not much.

CC: I can't imagine my garden without 'tail of dog' in it. It is definitely a glorious species!

Entangled and Layanee: When I first moved to South Carolina, I was stunned that I could grow pomegranetes. I couldn't believe it. So I got two little ones - and during the first winter they completely froze back to the ground. I was disappointed - but then they came back the next year and now they are about 10' tall. Last year I got my first pomegranete!

Taylor: Well, I'm glad that you enjoyed the walk - it's amazing what you can grow down here, so give it a try! I have pieces of some perennials to share if you would like them. Truly.

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