Elephant Ears

 Awhile back I decided to address the tiny garden at the end of the drive. It was just two benches and the ferns. I had some elephant ear bulbs looking for a home, so ...


I cleared around the trees and popped the bulbs in the ground. I think they like it. I hung one of the ferns in a tree and moved my peace lily over to take advantage of the shady area. Look close and you will see a path between the trees and the bench on the left side. It leads to the water cut off. I figured I should make use of the shade since I needed to mow and keep that area clean.

I had a lot of elephant ear bulbs in various sizes. The majority of them went up the hill with me and were planted in the woods. 

I am looking forward to having them fill this area with their beautiful "ears"!

This one looks like some sort of bugs are feeding!

Its twin is looking healthy enough. I did some weeding in that area, but it will require much more and some more pine straw.

This is what they look like before they unfurl the big leaves. I saw this one today while watering. It almost looks like it is glowing!


I had given up on the bulbs I planted in the woods. I figured some woodsy creature dug them up and ate them. Then, a couple of days ago after a good rain, I hiked up the hill to take advantage of the cool breeze and saw this! It just took them longer to pop up in the shade.



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  1. Do the elephant ears come back every year?

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    1. I think it depends on your zone. I know they will in south Georgia and Florida, but I plan to take the bulbs up and store them over the winter. Although HeWho was dtermined to go south, being at our elevation means that our weather is similar to yours.

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  2. You have really made this place YOURS. I love all the gardening you have done. This looks so inviting.

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  3. I love all the gardening. You're the garden commando.

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    1. Good thing I enjoy it so much. The work is demanding, but the results are worth it.

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  4. Someday you might have your own folk tale: Kathy Elephant-Ear. Like Johnny Appleseed.

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    1. Sounds like I have big ears! Actually HeWho does have big ears! He had a mustache and longerhair when I married him. Then he cut his hair short (he had hair then) andshaved off the mustache. I thought he looked like Mickey Mouse! Then my grandson, Gavin, was born and he has identical ears!! Endearing on Gavin, though.

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  5. It's definitely "home" now with all the new little gardens all over.

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    1. I am feeling like this is becoming my home more and more. I seem to be putting my stamp on it!

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  6. I have some of the giant ones that I grow to feed to the turtle.

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    1. Good to know for when Dora gets bigger. Right now her favorite food is meal worms.

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