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25 June 2011 @ 04:26 pm
Garden Picspam  
So I've been taking photos since spring of our gardens and flowers around the place. My mum is very talented at gardening. I have a whole lot more pics than I have patience to size down and upload, so here is just a sampling. A few are from earlier in the spring, some from a couple of weeks ago, and some today. A few are also some plants we keep indoors in the winter.

The cherry tree bloomed beautifully this year. I love cherry trees more than almost any other blooming tree.

My mother collects hostas. These are a more common sort, but they were so lovely when they were blooming.

These are some hostas and oak-leaf hydrangeas in the sidewoods garden.

This is the sidewoods as seen from the side.

This is down at the lakefront.

A far different angle to the lakefront just today. Lookit the taaaallllll pines.

My mother has a whole bunch of different hydrangeas, and they're all so gorgeous. They're making the best showing this year that I've ever seen them make. These, with their shifting colors, are my favorites.

We have lilies out the ying-yang. So many different sorts--lemon colored, wild lilies, Easter lilies (which are done for the year), different varieties of red and orange and doubles and singles. If anyone wants to see more of them, I'll upload them.

More lilies, this time in red.

Next, I want to show you what poinsettias can REALLY look like. Ours are HUGE, and we've had them for years. They turn themselves, rather later than most poinsettias do, and not as much, though I'm sure if we tried to put them in a closet we could make them turn.



Also, we grow pineapple plants. We start them from the tops of fruit, get them rooted, and grow them. In their second year, usually, they'll produce a pineapple. This is the one that's producing this year.

This was in the early spring. February or March, maybe.

This is just last week. See how much it's grown!

Just had to share the pretties! Maybe if I feel like it later, I'll do a few more.
averygoodun on June 25th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
First, your mom's garden is gooooooooooorrgeous!

Second, that pineapple is very possibly the coolest thing I've seen (today). I wish I had room to grow one!

Thanks for sharing! Awesomeness abounds here!
Gelseygelsey on June 26th, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
It really is. She's done a lot of hard work and it's turned out so nicely.

They're not THAT big. If you cut the pointy tips off the plant, children and dogs aren't in any danger of poking. THey do get big eventually... but they are quite neat.

You're welcome!
Shivshiv5468 on June 25th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
Oh that's so very pretty!
Gelseygelsey on June 26th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
Thank you!
kareliakarelia on June 25th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
So very beautiful! *admires*
Gelseygelsey on June 26th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
Thank you! She does beautiful things.
Bambu: Edibles Coconutbambu345 on June 25th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful and peaceful place.

I loved the pineapple plants; they're just amazing.
Gelseygelsey on June 26th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
It can be, especially if you're all alone out there.

They are very cool. And they're not that hard to grow, really.
Bambu: Flowers in a Birdbathbambu345 on June 26th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
You probably just drink in the scenery after a long day/night.

I may have to try a pineapple plant. We have the heat, but not the humidity. Hmmm. I like experiments.
Generally Mischiefangel_vixen on June 26th, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
I love, love, love that first view of the lake-front. Needs a hammock!
Gelseygelsey on June 26th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
It is a lovely view. I always try to take a picture of it off the deck, which is usually where that shot comes from.

We never have had luck with getting a hammock to stay anywhere, though.
julesjulesndairyland on June 26th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)

I have never seen poinsettias that are that BIG!


Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics.
Gelseygelsey on June 26th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
Aren't they AWESOME! Can you tell how big they are? That second one is well over the door knob of those doors...

You're very welcome!
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Gelseygelsey on June 26th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
It can be quite peaceful, especially when you're alone out there.
Tabbywhy_me_why_not on June 26th, 2011 05:56 am (UTC)
oh my goodness, what lovely pictures! I'm jealous! I totally have a black thumb and could kill plastic plants, but my dad is a gardener; I'm always so jealous of people that can make things grow. SO PRETTY!
Gelseygelsey on June 26th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Awwww yeah, some people are like that. Though some of this stuff is hard to kill, luckily. But mum has a super green thumb, which is great.
dickgloucesterdickgloucester on June 26th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful garden!

Oooh - if I ever get a greenhouse, I'll have try my hand at a pineapple.
Gelseygelsey on June 26th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
You should! Depending on if you have somewhere with enough sun, there is the possibility of growing it just indoors (though with kids and pet, you would need to snip the very tips of the plant off so no one gets poked. we did this for our dog).
droxydroxy on June 26th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
Lovely!! On a lake! =)

I miss living on a lake.

Hmm..I wonder if a pinapple would survive the winter here. I'm impressed, and I bet they taste great too.
Gelseygelsey on June 26th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
It can be very nice :D

We bring ours inside in the winter. I'm not sure about Texas winters, but I'm sure if you brought it inside as well, you'd be just fine. Put it where it would get some sun and I think you'd be good to go.

They are pretty tasty. The hardest part is judging when they're ready to pick.
droxydroxy on June 26th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
When they turn a nice yellow/gold- then pick them
babsbybend: sunshinebabsbybend on June 27th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
Beautiful. Thanks for sharing!