Adventures in Gardening: Lilies, Roses and an Update on my Gunnera.

Love
--photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Gunnera (Giant Rhubarb) --Photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Gunnera (Giant Rhubarb)
–Photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Those of you who have been following my little blog here know that a couple months ago I bought not one but two giant rhubarb plants. Why would I do such a crazy thing? Well because they were really cute in the nursery pots and they were extremely reasonably priced compared to other like sized potted plants (now I know why). So I got two, because if one is good, obviously two is better. Then I got home and despite having a smart phone, it was only then that I decided it might be a good idea to google the things and see what they would do. O. M. Goodness. 8′-9′ tall with 7′ leaves. But they are so cool looking! So I planted them anyway. After about 3 weeks in the ground (yes I let them sit in their pots for a week or so trying to figure out where I could put them without annoying the neighbors), they’re happy and growing.
Gunnera (Giant Rhubarb) --photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Gunnera (Giant Rhubarb)
–photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Calla Lilies --Photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Calla Lilies
–Photo by K. L. Zolnoski

I also have calla lilies I planted and for reasons unknown, although I suspect micro-climates, they have never thrived. I’ve babied, fertalized, moved, divided and done everything in my power to make them happy. This year, they are finally blooming and blooming beautifully. I’m so happy. I love the speckled foliage and the colors of these calla lilies are just gorgeous.
Calla Lilies --photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Calla Lilies
–photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Finally my roses. I have here Love, which is very happy in its new spot. We had to transplant it a couple of years ago when its old spot got shaded by a neighbor’s maple tree. Also I have pictures of Diana, Princess of Wales which is one of my favorite roses. I may have to move it this year. It’s struggling where its at and it is just too beautiful to let languish in a bad spot.

Diana Princess of Wales --photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Diana Princess of Wales
–photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Love --photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Love
–photo by K. L. Zolnoski

I’ll have more pictures of my garden as the summer progresses. I will also keep you updated on the status of my Gunnera (giant rhubarb). Not just because the Gunnera Manicata is very cool but because it is such a great story to tell. Also, I love my garden and I get such lovely pictures to share. I hope you enjoy them. K.

Dancing With The Stars, My Pick and Gardening Wakes My Muse

Love, Liverpool Remembers and Medallion from my garden.  Photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Love, Liverpool Remembers and Medallion from my garden.  Photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Love, Liverpool Remembers and Medallion from my garden. Photo by K. L. Zolnoski

I’m filling this post with pictures of my roses because I love them, they’re beautiful and each plant was a gift from someone meaningful in my life.

On to today’s blog: Dancing With The Stars, let me just say that I’ve only seen Afro Jazz twice in my life, including Alexandra and Mark and I’ve loved it every time I’ve seen it. Kellie and Derek are a shoe-in if you ask me; she is just so beautiful and talented. Who doesn’t love Jacoby and Karina? They’re wonderful. So my votes had to go to Zendaya and Val. I wish they all could win, I really do. Oh, Ingo and Kim too. How could I have forgotten? My apologies. Ingo is such a charmer and I loved his lovely wife’s recollection of their first meeting.

I got no writing done yesterday because I spent the day working in my garden. It’s overrun with weeds and will take daily attention to get it back into shape. I also want to put raised beds in this year. I’ve been looking at designs on a variety of sites to see how to go about it and it seems that Popular Mechanics has the best instructions so far. Although, now that I think of it, OccupyTesla on Facebook posted some great blueprints too.

LIverpool Remembers --photo by K. L. Zolnoski

LIverpool Remembers –photo by K. L. Zolnoski

It would appear that gardening and sleep deprivation spark my muse. She’s a steampunk gal with a corset, Victorian shoes with brass buckles, a tool belt over her bustle and a parasol. She also keeps a set of lock picks hidden in her gloves. She’s fickle and has a wicked sense of timing.

Love --Photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Love –Photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Anyway I have a lot to do today and I’m suddenly inundated with ideas. I’ve got to get busy, gentle reader. Whoops! Looks like a Chicago Peace made it into my feature picture. Sorry about almost missing that. Enjoy the pictures of my roses. K.