Saturday, March 26, 2011

Stormy skies in Americus

While we are watching the skies over Americus, (we are under a tornado watch), I ran outside to take some photos.The dogwood tree is full of blooms.
If we have severe weather, we might lose some of our beautiful flowers. So, I took pictures of the Kwanzan cherries,

the azaleas,

red ruffle azaleas,

and the iris.
Hopefully, the storm will just pass us by.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The first official day of Spring

After an incredibly warm day in Americus yesterday, high in the 80's, today is a comfortable 76 degrees on the porch.Today is the first official day of spring and the dogwood trees have just started blooming.
The saucer magnolia is greening up

but there are still quite a few beautiful blossoms on the trees.

The knock-out roses are putting on quite a show.

I noticed a strong sweet fragrance in the air near the parking area.

From the balcony of the balcony suite I located the source - wisteria!

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Have a happy day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Beautiful March Day in Americus

Although the weather was perfect today, the contractor had another project that needed attention, so the workers did not come. They weren't here yesterday, either. But, that gave me a little time to enjoy the yard/garden and Kim has been working on touch up paint and caulk. When I looked out at the pond, several of the cats seemed very interested in what was under the surface. Unfortunately for one of the fish, one of the cats was successful in catching a big one. The leaves are starting to come in on the magnolias and the blooms are disappearing. The saucer magnolias are still gorgeous.
The society garlic is budding.

The ruby lorapetalum is still all covered in flowers.

The weeping cherry is prettier than ever.

And, every day, there are more iris.

This is truly the most beautiful time of the year in Americus. Wish you were here enjoying it with us. For the first roses of 2011, please visit us on facebook at

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Quick Garden Stroll in Americus

Every day, I make a point of taking the time to smell the roses, or, whatever else might be blooming in the garden. While waiting for our guests to return from their day's outings, I took a few photos for you to see. Remember to click the photos for a larger view. I just love this plant.
It's the curly filbert.

Right now, it is still leafless.

But, you can truly enjoy its beautiful form.

The saucer magnolias are still blooming.

I can't believe how pretty the weeping cherry is this year.

The ruby lorapetalum are still gorgeous.

You can see the plum tree is blooming and the oakleaf hydrangea is leafing out.

This caught me totally by surprise.

I was looking out the window of the Library Suite.

They weren't blooming yesterday.

But, today, the white iris have arrived.
Thanks for taking the time to join me in the garden at the Americus Garden Inn. Hope you are having a great day.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

December Project; Lights go off and back on

We ended the previous day with our main electrical service being disconnected so that we could do the necessary work behind the panel boxes. This photo shows the start of the following day. Remember to click the photos for a larger view.By midday the band board, drip rail, bead board, window trim and a fair amount of siding had been installed.

Siding work continued after lunch with the goal being to get high enough to enable the attachment of the mast for the electrical service wires.
During this process, work began on reassembling the electrical meter panel and the wire feeds to the two 200 amp panel boxes.

Work continued above during electrical reassembly. We should have worn our hard hats. Thank goodness there were no mishaps.

The electrical mast was put into position and was secured on top of the new siding.

Siding was nearly complete at day's end.

A closer view.

The City Building Inspector approved our reassembly of the panel boxes and we waited for Georgia Power to return to reconnect us.

Georgia Power, thankfully, arrived and reconnected us as evidenced by the wires going to the electrical mast. Extreme caution was observed while doing touch-up painting.

Due to weather issues, guests and lack of materials, the work has been delayed for a few days. We will continue sharing the progress as it continues.
Thanks for visiting the Americus Garden Inn blog. This post was written by Kim.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Let's Play "Name that 'Shroom"

You can really tell that spring is in the air. Everywhere you go there is a distinct aroma. As I was working in the garden yesterday, (since the electricity was off I couldn't do my usual tasks), there was a familiar odor.I had not experienced this odor prior to the installation of the new garden after the tornado. It is hard to believe that today is the fourth anniversary of the tornado.
After we planted the trees, perennials and shrubs and mulched the yard, we found these orange "things" coming up in various places throughout the garden.
It is the distinctive aroma that leads you to their identity.

They are stinkhorn mushrooms.

They are fascinating mushrooms that use insects to spread their spores

That is why they are called "stinkhorn". They exude an odor that attracts insects.

Hopefully, they will not be around too long. Because of the rain yesterday, they had perfect conditions to develop. If it dries out in the next few days, they will soon just be a smelly memory.
Thanks for your visit to the Americus Garden Inn blog. Stay tuned for more renovation photos soon.