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Scarecrows @ Atlanta Botanical Gardens + more

As a member of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, I have access to the Gardens at any time and that in itself is worth it! Why? I get ideas for my own garden, there are special exhibits such as Imaginary Worlds, concerts, scarecrows, and my all-time favorite special, special exhibit, the holiday light show.

I visited the Gardens mid-October to see the scarecrow exhibit and took pictures of scarecrows in the grown-up garden and children’s garden. Guess which ones are the most imaginative and cute?

Scarecrows in Grown-up Garden

 

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Scarecrows in the Children’s Garden

 

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Then, in my garden

Cypress hummingbird vine…as most plants, it starts as a seed. This seed is 1/8 inch long and ebony black. I planted the seeds in May and not a blooming flower until September! The seed packet states it blooms early summer into fall – not so! It’s a lovely vine with feathery leaves and tiny red, white and pink tubular flowers…perfect for hummingbirds to drink from.

Here are a few facts about the cypress hummingbird vine:

  • grows 6 – 20 feet…true
  • is an excellent screen…true
  • easy to grow…true
  • attracts hummingbirds with its red trumpet-like flowers…I haven’t seen one hummingbird feeding from it. This is most likely due to the time the blossoms started appearing here in Atlanta, which was September. At this time, hummingbirds are already migrating south.
  • is an annual vine in most zones and perennial in tropical areas…true

 

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Heavenly blue morning glory …it is finally blooming!!!

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heavenly blue morning glory

Here’s a closeup…

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The scientific name of morning glories is Ipomoea, and is the largest genus in the flowering plant family Convolvulaceae, with over 500 species. It is a large and diverse group with common names including morning glory, water convolvulus, sweet potato, bindweed, moonflower, etc. (Wikipedia)
This is May 2018…
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bay leaf plant + Japanese sweet potato (on right), May 2018
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bay leaf plant + Japanese sweet potato, July 2018
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Japanese sweet potato, October 2018
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Japanese sweet potato, October 2018

This is the first time I tried to grow my own sweet potatoes, and it is sooooo easy that a 2-year-old can do it. Just plant a sprouting sweet potato, water it and voila! How cool is this? I didn’t use fertilizer but if you do, make sure it’s natural and organic. You don’t want to spend the time and effort in growing gorgeous vegetables, and then use nasty cancer-causing chemicals on them.

Does eating organic foods lower your risk for cancer? That is the topic of next week’s post, so sign up and tune in!

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