Post last updated: October 3rd, 2018

Orbiting the Crooked Moon as I do, I’m always having these “adventures” I would just as soon not have. Yesterday was no different. I headed south to visit with one of my blog’s first subscribers, Meta. I ran into more than my share of T-stops that had so much signage I couldn’t see the name of the street or either the name of the T-stop was different than it was supposed to be. Then, of course, because everywhere I was driving was mostly rural, street signs required a magnifying glass. Plus, when you get far enough south, they number all their streets which can REALLY confound you when you are in the northwest teens and you need to be in the southwest teens. It doesn’t help when your visitee gives you the wrong area code for her phone number, either. This was nothing personal I learned. She regularly gives hapless fools like me the wrong area code.

Meta came to visit my gardens in July 2014 and I wanted to see hers but not in the heat of July again so I waited until now. Although it was a scheduled visit, it came at a really bad time as her daughter-in-law was in the hospital. The three of them – Meta, her son and daughter-in-law live in a family compound arrangement like I have done for the last 25 years.

I took a few photos of things I had not previously seen. To see previous photos, check these links: Garden Visitors, Meta’s Gardening Ideas, Meta’s Lion Tail.

A plant grouping in deep shade
A plant grouping in deep shade


Metas Easter Island head-6293
Meta had several pieces of yard art, including this Easter Island head, from Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville. The hosta is one for hot climates.


A pathway with Aztec Grass on either side.
A pathway with Aztec Grass on either side.


A very sturdy, fairly inexpensive support if you are handy.Coral Vine, Antigonon Leptopus (sounds like a disease!)
A fairly inexpensive support if you are handy.
Coral Vine, Antigonon Leptopus (sounds like a disease!)


I had just missed the blooms on these bromeliads.
I had just missed the blooms on these bromeliads.


Same bromeliads in bloom.Photo by Meta.
Same bromeliads in bloom.
Photo by Meta.


Clerodendrum paniculatum or Pagoda Plant (tends to be invasive)
Clerodendrum paniculatum or Pagoda Plant (tends to be invasive)


Small pink roses but the sun was too bright for a good photo
Small pink roses but the sun was too bright for a good photo


This is me in Meta's side yard with all the loot she gave me.
This is me in Meta’s side yard with all the loot she gave me.
Photo by Meta.

My worst adventure happened on the return trip. I was looking for 326 and came upon another one of those T-stops that was NOT labeled 326. At that point, I had no idea where I was. I turned around and headed back and saw a County Sheriff trying to leave a gas station. I rolled my window down and waved my Google Map pages at him. The Sheriff said he hoped I didn’t want directions because he was awful at them. I would have liked to have seen my expression because it most certainly radiated “Oh shit.” Not only was I lost but this dude didn’t have a clue, either. I think he was pulling my leg, though, because he said NE 70th and 326 were the same thing and I should take a left there, go through two lights and turn right. I could have kissed his badge because he saved me a lot of grief.

31 thoughts on “TOURING META’S YARD”

  1. Are you sure you were allowed to take the so called loot???? Her yard is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Hope her daughter-in-law is better soon.

  2. You got that together pretty quick Linda.
    I must say I really enjoyed your visit, sorry about confusing street signs and, of course, my major blunder of giving you the wrong area code.

  3. Great Adventure. What is a T-stop? Probably everyone knows but me. Ha. I thought you already had too much loot.

    1. Betty – I do have too much loot. It took me 1-1/2 hours to dig 25 holes for all those daylilies. It will look great if they all survive. A T-stop is a dead end but you can turn left or right. I never saw as many as I did on that trip.

  4. Such a wonderful walk through the garden, the photos are so enjoyable. There are so many amazing things in this world to see when you slow your pace down a bit and stop to see it all. The only reason I take pictures these days is because it really makes me stop to look at things.

  5. Oh my! Again, thank you for sharing her gardens and exotic plantings. Amazing! Next time I want to come too! Then we could be lost together and pull a Thelma and Louise as we orbit the crooked moon. I’m thinking of renaming my place the crooked moon cottage… xo kim

  6. Lovely garden! The Pagoda plant is quite pretty – not something you see up here! I love the Aztec grass and the Easter Island head too! I am terrible with directions and got lost constantly before my husband made me get a smartphone. I was very resistant to it at first, but now it would be hard to live without my GPS to tell me how to get everywhere!

    1. Indie – I don’t like invasive plants and that Pagoda plant is definitely one (Meta doesn’t agree — see her comment). I have a Smartphone-on-a-Budget which means I have minutes. No way I could have GPSed myself all the way to Meta’s (2 hours away). If you liked the Aztec Grass pathway, I hope you saw one of the earlier posts where she shared a pathway lined with clay pots. That was really cool.

      1. I have found the following entry:

        961 Clerodendrum paniculatum
        Common Names: pagoda flowerFamily: Verbenaceae (verbena or vervain Family)

        Pagoda flower is often grown in a mixed border or as a specimen along a wall, even under an overhanging roof. This long blooming perennial is a classic old favorite, grown in city parks and cottage gardens throughout the Deep South. In frost free areas it may produce flowers for most of the year. With its lush tropical foliage, however, it is as beautiful in leaf as it is in flower. Pagoda flower may produce numerous suckers and spread itself around the garden, but it is not really invasive, and rarely becomes a nuisance (it is a big plant that requires a large space!)
        My observation on this plant:

        I have grown this plant for about 20 years and have not found it to be invasive.
        It has never taken up more space than what it has now.
        If once in a while a shoot does come up quite nearby I just cut it down and that is the end of that.
        It requires no care, I have not noticed any bugs chewing on them.
        Butterflies and Hummingbirds love it.
        In my area it freezes back every year and reliably comes back up in the Spring.


  7. Very nice garden. Glad the state trooper was there to help you with directions, cause Lord knows you would still be driving around Central Florida if he had not been there.

        1. Oooooops. I didn’t expect that you would come back here to see what I said and I figured you didn’t subscribe to comments so I thought I could get away with telling you to eat dirt. This is all Evie’s fault. She’s such a bad influence.

  8. A while back I visited a garden that had Clerodendrum paniculatum growing in abundance, and I fell in love with it. I recently decided I have a place in which I could let it loose, but meanwhile I had forgotten its name! So thank you! I am glad you made it safely to and from Meta’s place. She has a lovely garden.

  9. Glad you made it there and back, Linda. Probably just as well you didn’t kiss the sheriff’s badge, but then again, who knows? I love Meta’s garden, remember your earlier posts. Looking forward to seeing how you get on with the loot…

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