The Poisonous Palm

This plant is called a Sago palm, but it is not a palm.

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It is however, poisonous if ingested.

It is an ancient plant called a cycad.

Cycas revoluta is its scientific name.

Its fronds are stiff with leaflets that have pointy, scratchy tips.

I water it rarely except in the hot summer.

It puts up a new crown of leaves in June. This takes about two weeks.

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This new set of leaves is almost as big as the ring from last season.

I have read that you should leave all the old leaves, but I never do.

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The whole plant will get hauled inside for the winter.

The bottom ring will turn brown and ugly.

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I will remove it.

I do not know whether this is a male or female.

It has never put up a cone or basket.

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Maybe that’s because I stress it every spring by amputating the ugly, old leaves.

So my advice is. Cut off the ugly parts, but do not eat them.

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Stargazer Crazy

It is hard to miss this show-off in my garden right now.

If you are not looking in its direction, its fragrance will turn your head.

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This Stargazer Oriental lily/ Lilium orientalis has doubled in size since last summer.

The only drawbacks are the staining orange pollen and that it is toxic to cats.

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(I do not have a cat, but needed to share that for my cat-loving readers.)

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Stargazer Oriental Lily

 

Some flowers are beautiful. This one is crazy beautiful!

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A Real Parade

I was thrilled to get to watch a parade that did not require hot glue and poster putty.

This real parade was in the mountain town of Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

I will spare you commentary.  Enjoy the parade.

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I will mention my favorite character in the parade.  Let’s call her Sparkle.

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She came through three times. I think she cut the corner and came back around.

I love a parade!

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A Fairy Fourth

American freedom is a thing to celebrate.

The fairies realized that a party was in order and planned a parade.

There were prizes awarded for the best decorated entries.

Carie the Tooth Fairy won for her bike decor.

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Several floats were constructed.

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Tink enjoyed riding on one of these.

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Queen Mona decorated her carriage.

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A patriotic tear drop trailer joined in.

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Even the onlookers were in costume.

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Wingrid stayed awake for the festivities.

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Ruth lead the proceedings, of course.

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My favorite entries were the little kids in wagons.

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Happy Fourth of July!

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Thanks to my friend Barbara S. for the parade idea.

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Happy Birthday to my favorite little boy, Rudy A.

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Happy Birthday America.

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The Blitz is Done!

I am hoping that some of you will be sad that my June blog blitz is over.

I myself am relieved to be done.

Now for the data.

Did posting every day run up my stats? Yes

Was it worth it? No

I felt like I was my own Flower Twitter tossing floral confetti out into cyberspace.

If this is what it takes to get an agent and publisher, I may have to pass.

I will be quiet and rest up for the FAIRY PARADE on Thursday, July 4th.

I will be going back to my usual two or three posts per week.

I hope you folks aren’t too awful disappointed.

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Blackberry Lilies

The Belamcanda chinensis are competing for attention in a rather crowded field of flowers today.

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These beauties are really in the iris family, but are called Blackberry lilies.

There are several colors.

My dark “Leopard Lily” must have crossed with

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my yellow “Candy Lily”

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to produce this unusual tie-dyed look.

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Another surprise in the garden!

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Glad Again

The gladioli are blooming profusely now.

I am so glad that I moved them from their former, floppy location.

They need sun and staking to thrive. These are inside tomato rings for support.

The stalk I broke off by accident during a photo-shoot has looked lovely in a vase for days.

No wonder it was the “Funeral Flower” in the past.

I think the stalks are beautiful from the back also.

I have two types of white. One has purple pollen.

I am glad that it is Glad time in my garden.

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P.S. Be sure to tune in for the FAIRY PARADE next Thursday. It is crazy cute!

The Disappearing Pepper

Mr. Flower had an extra Sweet Banana Pepper plant.

He gave it to me to pop into one of my beds.

It was rather small, so I potted it up.

I wanted it to get bigger before putting it out in the real world.

I walked by its pot on the steps numerous times each day.

Yesterday, I looked down to see a barren green stem in the pot.

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At first I suspected the little bunny that has been munching on my hostas.

Then I saw them,

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The caterpillar poop/frass.

They looked like tiny grenades scattered around the base of the stark stem.

Another donation to nature! Poor little pepper plant.

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