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a middle tennessee garden blog

finding beauty in the natural things around us makes for one happy self and a lovely life. ~marmee

dash home farm, leiper's fork, tennessee

Friday, November 14, 2008

gifted



when meems paid me a visit recently... being the avid gardener that she is... she just had to bring me something from her garden. i love all the varieties of caladiums she has in her tropical garden in florida. i had mentioned on my last trip how i really admired these. so in her considerate manner she brought some lovely bulbs for me to plant in the spring. i am excited to have such a beautiful specimen, especially since it came from my dear sister, meems.


thanks sis for gifting me from your heart.



i believe she called these miss muffets.




Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet, you know how the fairy tale goes!
This is a dwarf strap leaf variety that will accent any landscape!
This plant has a beautiful chartreuse green color with red spotsIt is an excellent border plant and it will do great planted in those shaded and semi-semi-shaded areas of your landscape.
It'll grow about 12" tall.





yipee for me, meems you may have started something!


46 comments:

perennialgardener said...

How lucky are you to have a generous sister who can pass along beautiful plants from her garden! Miss Muffet is a charming caladium. Unlike Meems I have to dig mine up every fall (when I grow them) to replant in the spring.

DP Nguyen said...

Miss Muffet looks so wonderful! What a nice sister!

Susie said...

Caladiums are wonderful plants! I especially like that variety. Very pretty. I'm like perennial gardener, I have to dig mine up as well.

Hope you have a great weekend Marmee!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Sisters are the best. I also like caladiums. I don't have luck putting the bulbs in the ground and growing them. I usually purchase plants.

tina said...

Very cool-and to have a part of Florida from your sister in your garden.

Wendy said...

I like Tina's comment. It's really cool to have a piece of Florida in your garden. I actually have shells in mine from a trip to Florida years ago.
I like caladium. And this one looks so pretty.
Happy planting!

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

They are gorgeous! I love caladiums. Such a resplendent huge leaf to enjoy.
Brenda

marmee said...

pg,
i am not sure if i will be able to leave mine in the ground or not. i have to do some research. i am very blessed to have my sis pass along such a wonderful plant.

marmee said...

dp,
i am very happy to have gotten miss muffet from my generous sis.

marmee said...

susie, i really like caladiums but haven't had hugh success with them. but i am hoping for these to do well.
i hope my weekend is good, i twisted my ankle while going for a walk today, the hole was covered in leaves. right now i am layed up in bed with it elevated.

marmee said...

lisa,
sisters are the best and i only have one so she is the tops for me. i am hoping my ablity to grow them changes. i would not like to kill such a plant.

marmee said...

tina , i know i am full of excitement to place these in the ground. i haven't decided where yet.

marmee said...

wendy,
it will so great to have these and remind me of sis everytime i see them. this one is especially pretty.

marmee said...

brenda,

i agree, resplendent is the perfect word to describe these beauties.

tina said...

Marmee, I would NOT plant the caladiums in the ground. They never come back for me so don't risk it. I am sure they are not hardy here in Tennessee. I store mine in a cardboard box with peat moss, nicely labeled in the crawlspace or garage.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Marmee, I 'tried' caladiums IN the ground here on the plateau... Only a few of the bulbs I planted came up --and even though I mulched the area heavily, they did not come back the next year. I have much better luck with Hosta--although it's not nearly as pretty. If you do plant Caladiums, dig them up in the Fall and replant in the spring (once it is warm).

Anna said...

Lucky you and it's packaged so beautifully too.

marmee said...

TINA AND BETSY,
this is my first year here in tn saving seeds and bulbs to plant for the spring. i am saving the bulbs meems gave me in my potting shed, which is a room attached to my garage in a small cupboard.they are surrounded by shredded paper and in a paper bag. i have also put my seeds from my veggie and wildflower gardens in there in individual baggies. i am very excited to be keeping all these seeds ready for planting in the warmer spring weather, it gives me something to look forward to.

marmee said...

yes anna, my sister, meems has a flair for packages things just right. i have it sitting in my room enjoying the packaging until i have to make room. that's actually what made me think of posting it.

joey said...

A perfect gift, Marmee, with love from Meems. You will be thrilled to see it blooming in your garden. Sharing is what gardening is all about and have tons of gifts from my garden growing across the miles. My niece calls me each spring, re-thanking me for the wonderful spring goodies that keep popping up, especially woodruff for our May Wine. Love your header photo!

marmee said...

joey, i am glad you liked the header, it is simple and beautiful in it's spent condition, thank you.
it is the perfect gift that will keep giving and giving. now i just have to wait until spring to see it.
it is neat that your niece is grateful and must share in your gardening interests. i will have to look woodruff for may wine. sounds interesting.

Cheryl said...

Dear Marmee....plants are more precious when they are given to us by someone we love......
Have fun planting and watching....

Hope you are having a great weekend.......

marmee said...

dear cheryl,

having meems give me this is such an honor. to have something from her exquisite garden is my delight.
my weekend changed a bit when i twisted my ankle, i fell in a hole covered by leaves and have had to put it up the whole weekend so far. it makes me frustrated to have to sit still but i am catching up on commenting.

Darla said...

I know stinking well I posted a comment this morning, well, I thought I did. Those Caladiums are so pretty, don't recall seeing that type. Nice package they came in too.

Sarah Laurence said...

Marmee, you're Meems's sister! How fun to see that connection. I just commented on her GBBD post. Her gift to you is so beautiful and thoughtful. Siblings are great, aren't they?

Frances said...

Hi Marmee, what a delightful caladium. Miss Muffet is my favorite. They will not winter over here in TN though. They like to be started indoors in a warm spot a few weeks before your last frost date and then can be planted outside. If you want to keep them over though, they must be dug in the fall, or just keep them in the pots and bring that into a frost free spot to dry out completely and repot the next spring. What a sweet sister you have.
Frances

Rosehaven Cottage said...

Oh that's going to be so pretty! I love how their leaves feel... kinda like silk.

Cindy

Mary said...

Marmee, thanks for stopping by...

You have an artistic eye for photography! I enjoyed your walk in the woods and the beauty you found. You have an attractive blog here!

Mary

Rusty in Miami said...

That is a very nice gift and coming from your sister is even better. I agree Meems has a very nice garden

marmee said...

darla,
i have left comment before that just poofed into the air, it is frustrating. thank you for being persistant and coming back.

i am really going to enjoy these caladiums from my sis. now i have been looking online to see what others i can add to them.

my sister has a way of making every package look beautiful.

marmee said...

sarah,
meems and i are sisters. her gardens are so beautiful and well tended. very worth visiting! photos no matter how good don't do it justice. it is serene and well thought out with textures and layers of tropical bliss.
it is great to have such a wonderful connection to my sis. her gift was from the heart and garden and i am the blessed recipient. thanks sarah l

marmee said...

frances,
thanks for the good gardening information. i am waiting till spring to plant them plus it gives me time to decide where to put them.
this gift was especially nice coming from meems. her gardens are so amazing and now i will have a little piece of it in mine.

marmee said...

cindy,
they are beautiful plants and remind me of meems because she has so many. this one is very pretty with all the spots.

marmee said...

mary,
thanks i am glad you enjoyed the walk i take it most days. i have three dogs that need the exercise and love running back and forth. thanks for coming by you are welcome here at thingsilove.

marmee said...

r in m,

my sisters gardens are the real deal, she is an amazing gardener and she has been cultivating that one for 30 years. it is a tropical osasis. thanks for coming by r.

Q said...

She is a wonderful sister. I am so happy you have a sis who shares in the same passion for gardening as you do.
This caladium looks to be a lovely one.
Sherry

marmee said...

sherry,

it is the common ground of gardening that binds our hearts together. i will be placing these in a special place.

Rose said...

I love caladiums, too, and I've seen the gorgeous specimens on Meems' blog. How sweet of her to share some with you!

I just read your post from a few days ago of your walk--beautiful photos. You are so right that nature can rejuvenate us; you found beauty, too, in the ordinary that others might miss. Thanks for sharing this with us, Marmee.

Meems @HoeandShovel said...

Geez, I was gone for the weekend and missed all this sappy love going around. Seriously, thanks for all the kind remarks... EVERYBODY.

Of all the caladiums I grow Miss Muffett is my very favorite. The lime green with the magenta specks is a sure eye-catcher alone or grouped with other plants. I use them in the ground mostly but pop them in so many containers in the spring.

I would probably not put the ones I gave you in the ground in TN. At least not the first year. You want to give yourself every chance to grow them so I would say try them first in containers with really good drainage and really good soil. If they do well then maybe try a few in the ground the next year... you'll need to dig them out of the containers and overwinter them. Also whatever your research tells you about when to plant them in your zone... I'd plant them even a little later. The soil MUST be warm (even at night) in order for them to bloom.

I sure hope your ankle is feeling better after staying off of it today. Sorry you twisted it on a walk.

Roses and Lilacs said...

I love caladiums but haven't grown any in several years. A lot of trouble for northern gardeners but so lovely.
Marnie

Gail said...

Here I am arriving late to the party! What a delightful gift from your very dear sister. I know it will be beautiful in the garden. Passalong plants always make me think about the gardener who worked hard to grow the plants and then generously shared them with me! Have a sweet week!

gail

marmee said...

meems i definitely want to be successful with these but my containers are always a little lack lustre. i will need some good instruction on what you do to have them come out so beautifully.
i am doing much better with the ankle. i think i might have torn/stretched a ligament. but i am able to walk on it now. went to the garden center today and bought some live wreaths.

marmee said...

marnie, i really miss having them from when i lived in fl, i have tried buying plants up here in tn but not with much success.

marmee said...

gail
you are welcome at any time. i like having things in my garden from others too. it is a constant reminder of your friend or loved one. you have a lovely gift waiting for you if we could meet sometime. thank you gail you have a sweet week too.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Miss Muffet is gorgeous!!

marmee said...

kh,

thanks nice to have you here.