My post yesterday got a little picture heavy so I saved the plants I took pictures of to post today.
All around the buildings on the campus of the West Tennessee Agricultural Research station there are a lot of interesting plants. There is an Ornamental Horticulturist on staff to take care of the plants and answer people’s questions about plants you might have in your yard. In addition to agricultural research, they also conduct Forestry research and turf and grasses.
I like those “Black Magic” elephant ears planted in amongst those yellow Coleus.
I’ve never seen this shade of Coleus for sale around here. The station sometimes gets plants that are just being developed and are not for sale yet. I think the local chapter of “Master Gardeners” help tend these displays as well.
This is one of my favorites, I have a thing for giant Elephant Ears. Two years ago, Elephant Ears were the featured plants and there must have been nearly 100 different ones, miniature specimens all the way up to giants. We have finally got most of the brush cleared from the area in front of the homestead so I am about ready to start doing some landscaping. You can bet I will have some Elephant Ears included in the design.
The plants I most have an affinity for in the landscape are Hostas. This is a picture I found on the web of an Empress Wu hosta, I will definitely have to get one of those! Keep prepping everyone.
Once again we find ourselves on the anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Centers. Once again, most people are sticking their head in the sand and just going about their business and not even thinking about world events. On this day I choose to not only remember those who died on that day, but to also think of the thousands of our military members who have died since then fighting to keep us safe. So how about we all send up a prayer to ask for the safety of the men and women serving our country today? For those of you who are against war (and what sane person is not) I remind you the threat of Islam is still out there. You will notice I just said Islam and not radical Islam because I consider them to be mostly one and the same. If you don’t believe that most Islamist want to kill you just do a little reading on the groups called ISIS, ISIL, or IS. Their stated goal is to take over the world and to convert you or see you dead. I think the scariest thing about these groups is the amount of money they have supporting them. It is one thing to have a group of haters wanting to kill you, but it is another thing when that group has untold millions of dollars backing their efforts. So before you go to sleep tonight, how about saying a prayer for our troops and the troops from all the other countries that are helping to protect us. God Bless America, and God Bless Our Troops!
Classic Stuff from Mr. Cool with an assist from Shelby Lynn and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, enjoy!