A Walk In The Yard

2017

Flower Album

&

Fruit Album

We live near the town of Abbeville, Louisiana and only a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Our hobbies are growing fruit trees and flower plants. Here are some of our favorite flowers.

 



 



The Crimson Eyed Mallow, a native of the South

 

The Texas Star Swamp mallow

The beautiful Pink Mallow



Pink Mallow will die back to the ground every winter and grow and bloom the next season



Our newest Mallow The Cranberry Crush



The Clematis

The President Clematis

Ville de Lyon Clematis

White Clematis

The beautiful native Clematis of the south, a special gift from our friends, Terry & Peggy Bordelon of Arkansas



The beautiful Byzantine Gladiola.

This ancient flower was first first described in print in the year 1526. They are rare indeed and many imposters are sold in the nursery  trade. Our wonderful supplier is Old House Gardens.


Magnolias are some of our favorite   trees

The Gem Magnolia is a smaller version of the Southern Magnolia.

The Flower of the Gem Magnolia

The Sweetbay Magnolia planted with the assistance of our little friend Gabby from Missouri

The flower of the Sweetbay Magnolia

The Star Magnolia and spring daffodils 

The little tree insists on being a shrub

 


The Hybrid Magnolia "Ann" brightens a cold gloomy winter day.

Other Flowers

The bird feeder droppings create these beautiful sunflowers

The beauty of the Coneflower



Alamanda


St. Joseph Coat




The Agapanthus



 The native plant Indian Pink



Flower of the Indian Pink Native plant




The Turk's Cap , a super hummingbird attractant





We grow the beautiful Passionflower host plant for the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly



Passion Flower detail



The  Coralbean called Mamou by the Cajun Settlers and used as medicine



The Corn Plant called Jobe's Tears and used to make rosaries



The Hyacinth Bean



Rosemary Bush and Paperwhite Daffodil



 The beautiful Bougainvillea



The Grand Duke of Tuscany




The Firecracker Plant




The Firebush




The Shrimp Plant





The Lace Cap Hydrangia




 



The night air is filled with the scent of the Night Blooming Jasmine



 



The Fuzzy Deutsia







The Red & Yellow Lantana



Pink Lantana



The Mexican Butterfly Weed, host of the Monarch Butterfly




Love the Yellow Mums



And a sriking multicolor Mum




Our Native Iris









These rare plants are native to our area south of Abbeville Louisiana






Two beautiful Iris propagated from the iris Nelsoni (Abbeville Red) and the iris nelsoni (Abbeville Yellow)  in the top picture , Dixie Deb and Red Dazzler

 



neomarica gracilis

Another Beautiful Gift,
the Walking Iris, from our friend, Terry Leblanc,





The Camellia Family




An unknown variety of Sasanqua that is a very prolific bloomer




Yuletide Sasanqua always in bloom at Christmas



The Prof. Sargent  Camellia








The Beautiful Front Flower Bed in constant change


The Easter Lily and Day Lily

The Daffodil of the Cajun Settlers

Hybiscus

The daffodil of the Cajuns

This is a beautiful hibiscus given to us as a gift by my late Sister in Law, Lovenia Barker

it came up in her  flower bed in Grand Isle, LA

This is the hardy Hybiscus that looks like the Pink Mallow but has a different leaf

Roses

Two of the many roses we have in the yard

The Yellow Knockout Rose

The Red Knockout Rose with a backdrop of Confederate Jasmine

The little lily we bought from  the Late Vernel Fontenot of Church Point, LA twenty years ago and never learned the name

A Ginger Lily  gift from the late Sadie Pemberton of Kentucky

The Brown Eyed Susan

The Native Strawberry Bush at seed time

Then There is the Fruit that we grow.

We grew  our fruit orchard for  eighteen years  in an area prone to flooding with a very large orchard, and for the past eleven years here in our much smaller retirement place.

We grow a very large amount of food here in our little one half acre yard and relied  on past experience when we designed our planting so as to raise those fruits that perform well here in South Louisiana in Growers Zone 9.

Mayhaw

Classey Mayhaw at sunrise May 21, 2014

Classey Mayhaw

How much prettier can a fruit be ?

The Red Champ Mayhaw picture compliments of the breeder, our friend, Billy Craft of Woodworth, LA

Maxine Mayhaw

Our wonderful Mayhaw trees provide the juice for the jelly of the South

Our Citrus

There are six citrus planted in the yard . Blood Orange has been replaced by Washington Navel after the 19 degrees of 2014. 

The Lemon has been replaced by a Meyer Lemon growing on it's own root which will return from the roots after a very cold weather event.

Our Figs

We have two Celeste trees  which easily tolerated 19 degrees 

LSU Purple is my favorite of the black figs

The Beautiful Black Mission fig picture compliments of Terry LeBlanc

This rare fig is an old Italian fig brought here a hundred years ago by the Russo Family

picture compliments of Terry LeBlanc

The Alma is my favorite of the Green Figs

The Italian Honey Fig , Lattarulla


The newest fig in the yard is the LSU Gold Fig (Rick)

The Grapes

The Champanel Grape

Our grapes and Muscadines produce the wines we make

The Blue Berries

One of our four Blueberry Bushes

The Black Berries

A few of the thornless blackberries being trained on their trellis

The Pears

The Southern Bartlett tree which is a variety tree with six varieties of our favorite pears

The Leona Pear, the best pear  I grow.

The Jujube Tree

The Jujube Tree is a little known tree also known as Chinese  Date

Jujube fruit processed and ready to dehydrate

The  finished product , Candied Dates

The Persimmon Trees

The wonderful Saijo Persimmon

The Fuyu Persimmon

One day's harvest from the Fuyu Persimmon


 

Our Vegetables

 We are gardening on a small one half acre lot and in order to utilize every space we have put the vegetable garden in very large containers and in raised beds in the wetter areas. We have learned a lot about container growing now and can tailor the growing medium to a specific crop and fertilize for that specific container.

Eggplants work well in containers as do peppers.

This little sweetie is almost too hot to eat


The King Arthur Bell Pepper is our favorite  of the bells

Our Stuffing Pepper, the Tiburon Improved Poblano, when dehydrated becomes the Ancho used in many Mexican recipes

Siberian Kale does very well in our large containers

Our onions are seeded thickly into a large container and then later transplanted into our onion raised beds in December.



Spring raised beds in the wet area of our yard.



The Texas Legend Onion has proven to be a reliable performer here in deep South Louisiana.

Our Garlic Project

Our Garlic bed in the foreground and onion bed in background on a rainy morning in Summer with rain drops on the camera lens

2015 was a wet one with 81.3 inches of rainfall. Our 25 year average is 66.7 inches a year.

2016 was wetter  and we saw 90.5  inches total.

We are growing  several varieties of True Garlic and Elephant Garlic ( a leek)  and are in our   fifth  year testing to find those that will do best here. 

Beans and cucumber in one of the raised beds.


  Our yard is our hobby where we grow the flowers we love,  and fruit and vegetables to eat.

Travis & Diana Callahan






   

 

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