Saturday, April 16, 2016

Postage Stamp Garden II

Since joining the world of postage stamp gardens, I've discovered one can fit a lot of garden into a compact space.  It's all in how you arrange your pots and your attitude.  Postage stamp gardening is the "Tiny House Nation" of the gardening world in my opinion.  My magical little garden is brimming with all sorts of surprises (maybe even a garden fairy or two).  Aside from the joy of the plants, the "Patio Garden Aviary Choir" performs each morning, the resident nuisance squirrel fills the role of little garden beast to feud with, the bluebird families are a joy to watch, and the hummingbirds are always a treat.  Last but not least in the credits, are the neighborhood deer who travel through the garden under cover of darkness to nosh on the hostas and coleus.  They have no fear!

The "Patio Garden Aviary Choir" is truly fabulous.  Performances begin early in the morning.  They seem to specialize in rain forest songs.  

Choir Member
Shameless is quite the character.  I don't know where to begin with his shenanigans.  Shameless raids the feeder and seems to mock me through the window.  The little beast even willed himself to power through habenero laced spicy birdseed.  Eventually he adapted but has paid the price.  Shameless has gotten so chubby that he seems to heave himself up into the trees now.  Oh, he also eats all of the pansies all winter long.  Shameless! 

Two bluebird families have been raised in the bluebird house here since we moved in.  We've been lucky enough to see the chicks take their first flights.  This year they wisely decided to lodge elsewhere due to cat activity in the area.

Mrs. Bluebird
The hummingbirds are always entertaining.  The group here has been particularly territorial of "their" tiny garden.  If we aren't out on the patio on a regular basis, we are subject to being swooped at with lots of fussing going.  However, we are always allowed out there to fill the feeder.  I don't remember a time in my adult life without a hummingbird feeder hanging during hummingbird season.  That's just a given.

In Reverse
Well, the deer here are different.  They have no fear of people.  These city deer literally look at you with a "What are you lookin' at?" expression.  I'm used to deer heading for the hills when they see a person.  The hostas haven't been able to show their faces for two years!  The gardener is currently losing and the deer are winning.  I don't have a photo of the deer, but it wouldn't be hard to get one.  I don't want to encourage them though. :-)

I will soon be leaving this patio garden for another, which will be full of sun and in a fenced in spacious backyard.  A new postage stamp awaits.  Until next time, all the best!

Sunday, April 3, 2016


Hello out there, friends.  I have certainly missed the blogosphere and am glad to be back.  Life is bustling with spring in the air here in Atlanta.  It really is such a lovely time of year.  Our neighborhood is planted with flowering cherry trees.  Friday, when I returned home from work, it was as if it had rained pink petals all over the neighborhood.  It really was quite magical and pretty.

While going through my photos, I found these which I just wanted to share with you.  I took these before we moved from the lovely lake.  They tell a little springtime story, don't they?

Until next time, wishing you all the best!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

New Chapter - Postage Stamp Garden

Resident Bluebirds
We're now in our new home in the Atlanta area.  Luckily, we found a charming rental townhouse with a great area for a postage stamp garden complete with a mature passionflower vine and resident bluebirds.  To top it off, I've been given full gardening freedom by the landlord.  Just wanted to share some shots of my canvas in waiting.  I am STILL unpacking (had no idea we were borderline hoarders until now ... LOL).  I'm off to continue unpacking.  There will be a postage stamp garden progress report on my next post.  Until next time, let's keep on shining! :-)

Traveling Orchids

Traveling Staghorn Fern

Passion Flower - New Garden

Postage Stamp Garden in the Works

A New Favorite Tree

Brought This One With Me - Lemon Spider

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Garden of Friends

Wow!  I know it's been a long time since my last post, but A LOT has been going on since then, friends.  I'll be packing up and leaving the Daylily Soup garden in three short weeks.  We'll be moving to a townhouse in the Atlanta area, and I will then be a girl without a garden.  There!  I've said it!  Tears have been shed but but I am now in "prepare to bloom where you're planted" mode.  It seems my stars have lined up as far as the daylilies go.  Friends have offered out of the blue to take divisions, and "babysit" (their word) the daylilies until such time as I get my gardening hands on a garden again.  It really is true, "A garden of friends is always in bloom."  Daylily Soup will take on a different light for the time being, and will probably be a blog of my life and times as a gardener/photographer with posts about the gardens and blooms of others as well as my Atlanta adventures.  I'm really looking forward to visiting the fabulous Atlanta Botanical Garden.  Don't worry, I'll take you all along too.  Hopefully, I'll be able to post some 2014 daylily blooms before I land elsewhere, but I'm not sure if I'll see their smiling faces this year as we've had a very cold spring.  At least they'll have good babysitters. :-)  Well, I better run.  I'll see you on the other side.  Until then, I'll leave you with my cool weather friends, the Dutch Irises.  Thanks for stopping by. :-)

Dutch Irises - Cool Weather Friends

Saturday, December 28, 2013

'Tis the Season for Orchids!

Just a note to wish you all a very happy new year!  May 2014 be our best new year yet!  There will be lots of big changes in our lives here at the Daylily Soup garden in 2014, so I hope you'll stop by often to see what's going on.  I've certainly enjoyed your visits, comments and friendship in 2013.

For now, I'd like to leave you with these beautiful buds and blossoms from two of the resident orchids.  'Tis the season for orchid blooms around our home!  By the way, I found a great tried and true mail order source should you need a fix. ;-) You may have to wait a bit for a shipment now as it's too cold to ship currently.  Here's the link:

Until next time, let's keep on shining!  
See you in 2014. :-)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron by LaLens
Great Blue Heron, a photo by LaLens on Flickr.

Hey Friends, I've been out ruffling feathers today, and I wanted to share my lucky shot with you! There was one big, blue, "angry bird" flying around our lovely lake this afternoon. Great Blue Herons will actually growl at the paparazzi. Until next time, let's keep on shining. :-)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Water Witches, Devil's Needles and Hobgoblin Flies, Oh My!

 Since we've either walked willingly, tumbled or been shoved through the doors of October with Halloween now upon us, I was inspired to write a post about some of my favorite garden visitors.  Known in different parts of the world as "Water Witches," "Devil's Needles" and "Hobgoblin Flies," dragonflies never cease to amaze with their stellar aviation skills, tissue paper wings and jeweled, colorful bodies.  Although some see them as a bit spooky, they are considered holy creatures in many parts of the world as well. 

Lately, I was lucky enough to get a striking green "Water Witch," and a lovely azure "Hobgoblin Fly" to pose for a photo shoot.  Here are the local spooks:

Water Witch
Hobgoblin Fly

I do hope all of the "Water Witches," "Hobgoblin Flies" and "Devil's Needles" will stay around to decorate my garden for Halloween!  Should  they cause any mischief, I still have my blue glass bottles out in the garden turned upside down on garden stakes to catch any misbehaving spirits (according to old garden lore). 

"We're all only fragile threads, but what a tapestry we make."
-Jerry Ellis