‘Spider surprise’ sounds like a horrible dish from a terrible restaurant


… but in reality it’s always a welcome addition to the scorched, dead-earth-looking yard in late summer/early fall.

Why I am not in charge of naming flowers


While hiking up Lookout Mountain last year, Nick Fowler and I for some reason started talking about black-eyed Susans and how they got their name. We pretty much settled on the only possibility that made sense to us at the time: That the black-eyed Susan was a flower insensitively and macabrely named for a domestic violence altercation of yore. That is not true, the internet tells me, and I am quite relieved.

Anyway, I have some sweet black-eyed Susans in the yard this year — another bright spot transplanted from Middle Tennessee to Memphis by @saraclark.

Tiny fireworks


Everyone say hello to the coneflowers that made it all the way from Nashville to Memphis via @saraclark. They are bustin’ out!

Day 101/365: What’s Blooming

Day 101/365: What's Blooming

My grandmother potted this for me last year and called it a bleeding heart. But it looks just like a columbine bloom, only it’s clumpy and grows much taller than my purple columbines. And the internet returns something much different when I search for “bleeding heart.” So I’m going to call it a columbine, at the risk of inciting grandmotherly rage.

What else is out there?

12april3   12april1
Snapdragons, I forget what it’s called.

3april61   3april59
Creeping phlox, little moonflower weed thingies (they are on their last legs)

31march8   11april1
azaleas (I’ve got several varieties in pink, hot pink, and white), columbine

20march8   21march3   20march9
tulip (last of the petals just fell), armeria, vinca

IMG_1711   21march6
verbena, purity candytuft

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Day 64/365: Branches


When the wind kicks up, the big oak in the front yard looooves to let you know about it.

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Day 58/365: Little Sparrow


I now have two bird feeders. Mine is the most popular yard on the block, as voted by tiny winged creatures.

Seriously, it sounds like bird armageddon out there most days.

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Day 49/365: Look What Was Under Those Leaves


This is a transplant from saraclark’s Nashville garden that appears to have done quite well over the winter. Score!

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