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Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Hi Everybody!!
When You live out of the city limits in rural areas, You learn to plan your trips to town around getting everything you need. It is just too long of a drive to run to the store for a soda. Today, I had to make a trip to the lumberyard. I had two choices: to stand in the hot parking lot and watch them load my van or walk next door to my favorite Garden Shop to check out the plants and see Jessica.(You know what I chose!) I went sneaking up on Jessica and hid in the bush to photograph what she was doing. Guess what?  She was working! Out watering the plants in 95 degree heat. After she saw me, I think she wanted to squirt me for snapping pics! I talked her into giving us a tour of the grounds (which meant I had to follow her around while she worked watering). Everything looks beautiful as you will see in your photostudy below. Your infostudy is on one of my fave flowers - Agapanthus. They were blooming today at the shop. I was happy to get back to the loaded van and sit down. Whew, very hot out today and no rain.

(She saw me!)

The bush on the right by street is where I was hiding until she saw me!
Through the Garden Gate to the Back Patio Garden with Dry Creekbed. (Dry Creekbeds are popular landscaping space in this area to accommodate run off from occasional heavy rains and prevent flooding of the gardens. This is an example of Linda's work, the owner of the Garden Shop and Bluebonnet Landscaping Team). Jessica is the Garden Shop Manager and caretaker of these grounds at the shop.



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Agapanthus /ˌæɡəˈpænθəs/[1] is the only genus in the subfamily Agapanthoideae of the flowering plant familyAmaryllidaceae.[2] The family is in the monocot order Asparagales. The name is derived from scientific Greek: αγάπη (agape) = love, άνθος (anthos) = flower.
Some species of Agapanthus are commonly known as lily of the Nile (or African lily in the UK), although they are not liliesand all of the species are native to South Africa, from the Cape of Good Hope to the Limpopo River.[3]
Species boundaries are not clear in the genus, and in spite of having been intensively studied, the number of species recognized by different authorities varies from 6 to 10. The type species for the genus is Agapanthus africanus.[4] A great many hybrids and cultivars have been produced and they are cultivated throughout warm areas of the world.[5] Most of these were described in a book published in 2004.[6]

Agapanthus flower and leaves
Scientific classificatione
Type species
Agapanthus africanus
T.A. Durand and Hans Schinz


Agapanthus is a genus of herbaceous perennials that mostly bloom in summer. The leaves are basal and curved, linear, and up to 60 cm (24 in) long. They are arranged in two rows.
The inflorescence is a pseudo-umbel subtended by two large bracts at the apex of a long, erect scape, up to 2 m (6.6 ft) tall. They have funnel-shaped flowers, in hues of blue to purple, shading to white. Some hybrids and cultivars have colors not found in wild plants. The ovary is superior. The style is hollow. Agapanthus does not have the distinctive chemistry of Alliaceae.


An agapanthus beginning to bloom

An agapanthus in pre-bloom stage
Agapanthus africanus can be grown within USDA plant hardiness zones 9 to 11. In lower-numbered zones, the bulbs should be placed deeper in the soil and mulched well in the fall. Agapanthus can be propagated by dividing the bulbs or by seeds. The seeds of most varieties are fertile.
Several hundred cultivars and hybrids are cultivated as garden and landscape plants. Several are winter-hardy to USDA Zone 7. Two cultivars have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden MeritA. campanulatus subsp. patens,[15] and 'Loch Hope'.[16]
In some regions, some agapanthus are listed as invasive plant species. In New Zealand Agapanthus praecox is classed as an "environmental weed"[17] and calls to have it added to the National Pest Plant Accord have encountered opposition from gardeners.

 ...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time. I hope the tour Jessica gave us inspires You to go out to your local garden shop and buy flowers and trees to plant. We all need to learn to be gardeners of the Earth, not just some of us. It will be good for everyone and the Earth to plant trees! 
If I can do it,.............!