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Wow, Who knew?

I love learning new things.

So, I was thrilled when Ann of


(Btw, her photo’s are amazing ~ If you get a chance check them out)

 left a comment on the Beauty Bush blog post I wrote!

(you can read it here)


Ann said down in Texas it was called the

American Beauty Bush and that they make Jelly out of them.Who knew? I didn’t. But now I do because of Ann.

 So, right after reading her comment I went on the hunt!

I went on the hunt for a GREAT recipe/tutorial .


Here is THE BEST one I could find:


over at


Looks pretty easy to follow.

Let it be known I can’t wait to try this recipe!

And again,

THANK YOU, Ann!!!!

For letting me know those beautiful berries are more than just beauty they’re also tasty in jelly form.


Until the next time Happy Gardening 🙂





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Soft yellow (part 2)

Wow!Mexico Tarragon is so pretty!



Another soft view of the Mexican Tarragon in my herb garden. I didn’t feel like this one belonged with the others because it’s a little brighter/high key in comparison.

It’s amazing what you can do just by changing your position. You can also move the flower or stem into a position where the light hits it the way you want.

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BIG Updates!

BUG Biting plants Terrarium Set, UPDATE!

Yay, it’s been ONE WEEK! ONE WEEK!

I’m SO excited, can you tell?

So, here’s the update.

The first thing I’d like to mention is:

  The Venus Fly Trap seemed like it was wilting a bit. So, I decided to uncover it. Other than that the plants are moving right along. AND

They are getting bigger by the day.

Here’s the Venus Fly Trap. As you can tell it now has some teeth which are actually *trigger hairs*


You can also see that there are multiplying as I type.



Here is the much slower grower,

*Pitcher Plant*


Can you see them?

I was SO excited to go to the SC Botanical garden this past week. LOOK at these Pitcher Plants:



Their impressive, right? They got me to thinking I need to find a book. And I found one,

Check out this 5star amazon book,

The Savage Garden :


Pic Amazon.com

Can’t wait to start reading it! Anyway, this was the update!

Until the next update, happy Gardening 🙂


Veruca Salt?

I don’t think so….

I’m originally from New Jersey. So, when we moved south and I saw this very weird beautiful plant/bush I had no clue.

I had absolutely NO CLUE what the heck it is.

So I had to do some investigative work and some friends to help me out. (they live down south)


they told me it was a

Beauty Bush!



I can see why. It’s absolutely mesmerizing to look at. The Purple color is so shocking it would brighten any body’s day. 

This is the information I found out about this gorgeous bush:

1. It goes by a lot of different names American, French Mulberry,  Bunchberry,  Sourbush or Purple Beauty-Berry.

**The one pictured above is the American Beauty Berry.**

2. The roots, leaves and branches were used by the American Native tribes for various medicinal purposes such as fevers, rheumatism, discentery, dizziness,  stomachaches and even for colic.

3. Zones 7-10 6 if protected

I got this information from the USDA click here for the PDF link.

OKAY, think I’ve said enough for one night. I just LOVE this plant/bush and can’t wait to plant one one day!

Happy Planting! 🙂

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**ALERT, Southern Baked!

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE yellow squash. It’s really one of my favorite vegetables. So, I’m always looking for new recipes. This morning I found one on Allrecipes.com that sounds super awesome! I can’t wait to try it.

It’s called,

Southern Baked Yellow Squash

and it’s made with lots of delicious things like bread crumbs, eggs, butter (because everything is better with butter), onion……doesn’t that sound absolutely YUMMY? I may add a bit of cheese because I mean really doesn’t cheese go with everything?

Pic: courtesy of AMAZON.com

Pic: courtesy of AMAZON.com




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I LOVE Tulip trees, do you?

Backyard and Beyond

Liriodendron tulipiferaTulip Trees (Liriodendron tulipifera) are some of the largest trees here in the East. In the woods, they tend to grow up very straight, as in the NYBG example below, shooting up quickly to get the light and not bothering with broadly branching. There are some wonderful examples in the Midwood in Prospect Park and in Green-Wood. But Green-Wood is less of a dense woodland, and some trees there can spread out a bit. Still, this Green-Wood specimen is unusual. It’s has a very wide bole, but then it sprouts out with as many arms as an octopus. It looks practically pollarded, and I suspect that’s what happened at some point long ago. The visible cut section may be more recent (?)Liriodendron tulipifera“It’s an Ent!”

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