A Walk In The Yard


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


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


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)  on the left  , Dixie Deb and on the right 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


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 as a volunteer in her  flower bed in Grand Isle, LA

One of the delicate tropical hibiscus

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


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


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 twelve 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.


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 17 degrees in 2018

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


The Alma is my favorite of the Green Figs. This is a tree given to us by our friend Ferd Flores


Our second  Alma is from the parent tree of my friend Rick Coleman

The newest fig in the yard is our Olympian, a gift from our friend Terry Bordelon of Arkansas.

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 five varieties of our favorite pears

The Leona Pear, the best pear  I grow.

The Jujube Tree

The Jujube Tree is  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.


The Revolution Bell is our favorite Bell Pepper


Telica is a beautiful four inch Jalapeno

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. They are usually harvested in May.

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.

Then 2017 produced 93.0 inches of rainfall here.

2018 produced 75.5 inches of rain.

We are growing  three varieties of True Garlic and are in our seventh year of testing to determine just which does best for us here in Coastal Louisiana.
There have been fifteen others tested in the past. These are in a second year test.

My number 1 at this time . This seed was planted in October 2018

Number 2, Aglio Rosso (Spain)

And the highly tested Elephant Garlic ( in the leek family) we named Grady from West Central Arkansas now planted for the seventh year in a row.

  Grady Elephant Garlic

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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