BUSY WEEK – HAPPY APRIL!

HAPPY APRIL to everyone!
What a week I had! We painted our old shed and made it look brand new. It is not all the way finished yet but here are the stunning results:
4/1/14 Before view of shed
4/1/14 After view of shed… still a work in progress
It seems like in Pensacola, Florida you are always up against the weather.  We applied two coats of an exterior semi gloss paint that is mildew resistant.  With the humidity here there is no way you will not have to deal with mold and mildew.
I had to prep the shed by washing it down with a siding cleaner I purchased from Home Depot.  I used a scrubbie sponge mop and cleaned all 4 sides of the shed.  I let that dry overnight, and it was on to painting the next day. I am pleased with the results and the color compliments our house perfectly.
 
In between painting, I purchased some additional plants to add to our patio garden.  It is predominantly in the shade and gets a few hours of morning light. The picture below shows the light and location.
I gathered some supplies and plant purchases which added some much needed color and texture to the area with some Cala Lilies shown below.
Betterlawns.com at this site http://betterlawns.com/April02/blg_5a.asp  explains that these lilies grow from rhizomes.  This means they do not grow from a bulb but instead they grow from a horizontal stem.
The HGTV website at http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/understanding-bulbs-corms-rhizomes-and-tubers/index.html says, “Ginger, bamboo and irises grow in this way.”  Cana lilies grow well in Pensacola however, I will cover them this winter so they will return next spring.
I planted a Boston fern in a pot on a stand at the far corner of the patio garden to add some height to the area.  We had a fern there last year and it was spectacular in filling up that area.  Boston ferns love humidity and love this particular spot in my garden.  A great site for fern information is SF Homes at http://homeguides.sfgate.com/care-ferns-hanging-pots-31694.html .  They offer information on ferns for inside and out of your house.
To the left of the fern, is a Plantain Lily or a hosta.  Plantain Lilies (hostas) love the shade.  They are easy to grow and this particular one has long stems of lavender flowers that the humming birds love.  Once the plant reaches that stage I will post more pictures.  The Ohio State Extension Service has one of the best sites I have seen about hostas at http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1239.html .
In front of the fern are two Liriope Musccari ground cover plants.  This plant will have shoots of lavender/purple flowers that the bees and humming birds will adore.   The Missouri Botanitical Garden at http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=l100 says, “Liriopes tolerates heat, humidity and drought. Foliage is evergreen in the deep South, but can turn brown considerably in cold St. Louis winters.”  Here in Pensacola we were pretty cold this past winter. I believe I will make sure that all my planting areas are covered with pine straw to help with the cold.
This last section of the patio shade garden contains strawberry plants and three day lilies.  My granddaughter, Savanna, loves strawberries so I let her plant these plants.  I am not sure how they will do with the birds but we will learn as we grow.
Well, it’s Friday so that means the thunderstorms are rolling into Pensacola again.  The humidity is over 85% and the temperature is hovering around 75 degrees.  I am off to rescue seedlings from the approaching storm.

Author: Colleen Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro loves writing speculative fiction and the sub-genres of fantasy and magical realism, other types of cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood – or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Fairy Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. You can learn more about Colleen at www.colleenchesebro.com.

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