Day-Lilly

Hemerocallis fulva, the orange day-lily, tawny daylily, tiger daylily, fulvous daylily or ditch lily (also railroad daylily, roadside daylily, outhouse lily, and wash-house lily), is a species of daylily native to Asia. 


It is not a true lily in the genus Lilium, but gets its name from the similarity of the flowers and from the fact that each flower lasts only one day. 

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The Praying Mantis aka Mantis religiosa. They are Invertebrates and Carnivores. Their average life span is about 1 year. 

I was walking around my family’s property and spotted this baby Praying Mantis on a Peony. 

There were about 9 in this small area.



I went back about 2 weeks later and could only find two. 



They grew a lot. They are fascinating creatures who are great for gardens. 


Photos by: Cindie Harper

Rainbow Knockout Roses

The original and Rainbow variety of Knockout Roses were named as “All-America Rose Selections” in 2000 and 2007. 


Knockout Roses are just like any other rose. One of those ways is that they do best with no less than six to eight hours of sunlight every day. 

These rose bushes get pretty large, ranging from three to five feet tall and wide. Some sources claim they can reach as high as eight feet if not pruned. 

Daffodil Story

The story of the daffodil originated from Greek legend & superstition. The Daffodil (Narcissus species) belongs to the Amaryllis family.
The botanical name of the genus Narcissus is often said to derive from the classical tale of Narcissus, who was blessed with eternal beauty. The drooping of the daffodil symbolises the image of Narcissus bowing his head to admire his image in the lake. They say the centre of the daffodil is a cup filled with his tears. Some people believe the daffodil represents vanity and unrequited love. This story led to the term Narcissism or a Narcissistic view. 

The bulbs are poisonous and if consumed, can cause vomiting. The bulb extract, if applied to an open wound, has caused numbness of the whole nervous system and heart paralysis. The flowers are slightly poisonous and the sap is toxic to other flowers and can also cause dermatitis and irritation to the skin, known as ‘daffodil itch’. 

It also has many beneficial uses and was used in the olden days to relieve whooping cough and bronchitis, and as a poultice to heal burns and wounds. Wealthy women used the yellow flower dye to tint their hair and eyebrows. Today, it is used in Alzheimer’s drugs and is also being researched as a treatment for depression.

Dogwood legend 

Dogwoods are symbols of protection and safety in southeastern Native American tribes. In some Mohawk communities, the primeval Tree of Life in the Sky World was said to be a giant dogwood tree. In Northwestern tribes such as the Quileute and Makah, the dogwood symbolized good luck and dogwood berries were eaten during religious ceremonies.


The bark and roots of dogwood trees were frequently used as medicine herbs and dyes, as well. Dogwood sap, however, is toxic and was used in some tribes as poison.