A Chick Does Tropical Garden

Saturday, March 24, 2012

This blog has moved!

I've moved!  You can now find this blog at my new Wordpress site called "The Chick of All Trades" by going here:  http://www.thechickofalltrades.com/chick-n-garden/.  See you there!
GROOVY COOLNESS GADGET


T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
Chord Piano Is Fun

Sunday, September 4, 2011

They are A-LIVE!!!!!!

This 100+ degree heat is killing us!  Well, not really, but it IS killing a lot of garden plants that can handle a bit of heat, but not weeks and weeks of it.  Typically, Houston has FOUR days in the summer of 100+ degree weather.  THIS year, we've had over 30 days.  In a row.  A "once in 10,000 year event."  YOUCH!

We were supposed to get some rain in the next few days due to a tropical depression forming in the Gulf of Mexico.  But, now they are saying that we may get NOTHING.  ZILCH.  We are going rain crazy.  Crazy to get some. 

But, in the midst of this drought, in the midst of all of the complaining and whining and praying and wishing, there ARE some plants that are showing me they can withstand the worst of what Mr. Sun can throw at them.  And, besides this, when we think we are DYING due to the heat, some little creatures are also basking in the heat like it's "what they do."

Please enjoy these photos of some of those flora and fauna not only surviving, but THRIVING!





















Dove's egg









GROOVY COOLNESS GADGET


T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
Chord Piano Is Fun

Friday, July 15, 2011

July Happenings in This Chick’s Garden -- Bamboo Arbors

It's gettin' hotter!  Actually, it's been pretty darn hot here in Houston for the entire summer -- often over 100 degrees, and just now are we starting to have voluntary water conservation.  But, the garden is still thriving.  For the most part, that is.

It's not unusual for me or my gardening buddies to be gardening outside in this hot weather.  We begin as you would boiling a frog -- start the temperature out cool (so that, in the frog's case it doesn't jump out of the water), and as it heats up it's hardly noticeable.  Pretty soon, you are cooking and you don't even realize it.  I know that's kinda gross, but that's kinda how it is.  (Not that I would cook a froggy. Yuck.)

But, I still LOVE IT.  No matter what the weather, I love getting out in my garden, digging, moving, pruning, watering, enjoying my tropical garden.

A few weeks ago my son, J-GQ, and I trimmed down some of my wonderful Oldhamii bamboo and built some arbors for along my fence.  We did this, because the palm tree in that area had grown so tall that the leaves no longer camouflaged the neighbor's roof line.  I no likey.  A neighbor's roof line has NO PLACE in a tropical garden.  So, I wanted to build some "height" and the best way to do this was with the arbors.  My Boyfriend had built an arbor last year with some large sized bamboo that I ordered online, these are mini copies of this.

Here are some photos of the process.  First of all, we have the "host", which provided the lumber:




Then we measured properly, measuring twice and cutting once, as one must always do when building something, don'tcha know.  After that, we drill, drill, drilled -- connecting the crossbars with the posts.
Dig those groovy boots...





It was hot, but it was kinda fun, too.  (We took turns with the drill drill drill part.  I didn't want to be left out.)











 Then, we drilled them to the fence, one on each side of the large palm tree. 








We then drilled some smaller "branches" under the crossbar to fill it in and allow for vines to attach itself to as it eventually will begin to billow over the arbor.













I then tied some twine over the intersections of the bamboo so it looks really cool. 











 Here are some photos of the finished product:









If you'd like more information on how to do this, leave a comment and I will give you some more tips!




GROOVY COOLNESS GADGET


T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
Chord Piano Is Fun

Saturday, June 25, 2011

"It Looks Like a Fantasyland!"


That was a comment that I got from my friend, Sue, when she saw my garden for the first time the other day.  Of course, that made me feel very good -- knowing that all my hard work not only gives me joy, but brings it to others as well

June is my MOST favorite time of the year for my garden.  Even though we have had record temperatures and almost ZERO rain for the last 4 or so months (o.k., so it did rain for just a bit the other day and made us ALL -- humans and flora alike-- VERY happy), this year my garden is as lush as ever.  I never knew what I would be getting into when I started a tropical garden, but I was HOPING it would be a little bit like this.

Rangoon Creeper
Tropicals are a LOT of fun to grow.  They thrive in Houston's hot, humid, subtropical weather.  I tell you that Houston gets a bad rap, but being from Seattle -- where the bones don't warm up until the middle of July and then start getting wet and soggy and limp starting somewhere near the end of August (o.k. -- maybe September), Houston's weather is just up my alley.  Yes, Houston summers are HOT, but, we also have air-conditioning.  And yes, Houston summers are HOT, but for this reason pretty much everyone has a pool.   And yes, Houston summers are HOT, but the sun comes in my window every day.  And yes, Houston summers are HOT, but Houston falls are lovely (like the perfect Seattle summer day), Houston winters are cool to cold (we have had snow the last couple of years), and THEN, Houston springs are just like Houston falls, which are just like Seattle summers.  (Does this make sense)?  And yes, Houston summers are HOT, but I can have the most AMAZINGLY HOT COLOR in my garden.


One of my sitting areas -- where I drink my coffee...
When I can see sunshine coming in my window most of the year and the fruit of that, it more than makes up for the "hotness."  (Of course, when you're "hot", you like "hot".  Haha.  Just kidding.)  It's not even that bad working outside in the heat of the day (when you have a lot of water by your side), even though I try to get my gardening in in the morning, right after having my cup of coffee on the patio and reading my Bible.  When I look at my garden, I can't help but thank God for his creativity and beauty.  After all, He's the one who made all this stuff.

O.k.  Now.  Here are some of my favorite flowers and scenes from my garden during the month of June.  I hope you enjoy these!  I know I sure do!

Blue Salvia -- hummingbirds (and bees!) love these!

Crinium

Easter Lily (from last year's plant we bought at Kroger)

Day Lilies, Salvia, cool blue Asian pot

Day Lilies
Angel Trumpets (Brugmansia)
Pink Mandevilla

Hardy  Hibiscus (these freeze over and then come back!)

Pink Mandevilla
In forefront --Pride of Barbados, in background -- Angelonia
Angelonia
Rangoon Creeper -- has both red and white flowers!


Canna Lilies with Hardy Hibiscus
Male and female cardinal in the bamboo

Knockout Roses, Coleus, Caladiums, Impatiens
Fred

Herman


Dave


Tropicana Canna



Red Cannas behind Blue Salvia

Pink flower -- don't remember what it's called -- will have to check with Rebecca 'cuz she gave it to me...

Red Hibiscus





More to come!  I hope you've enjoyed my June garden!


GROOVY COOLNESS GADGET


T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
Chord Piano Is Fun
T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
Chord Piano Is Fun