Monday, August 29, 2016

Late Summer in the Gardens

Late Summer in the Gardens

When we moved in into our home, there was a lilac in the yard. We have been here eight years and the gardens continue to spread and grow. One of many hydrangea bushes scattered about.
A close up of the hydragenda blossom
This butterfly plant was grown from seeds I started in the greenhouse. It is blooming just before the Monarchs are due for arrival.
These lovely anemone spread and threatened to take over the yard. They have been contained this year and a large beetle has been loving the leaves.
I must have planted six packages of nasturium seeds everywhere. Some bloomed and some didn't. These seeds came from Hudson Valley Seeds.
A geranium which usually blooms in early spring but came up a few weeks ago.
I cast these cleome seeds all over the yard. They have come up in the most interesting places.
I found this flower bulb discounted at the grocery store in Big Stone Gap.
                 These seeds I found at Millmont Garden Center in Stuarts Draft, Virginia.
My most successful flower seeds: snap dragons. I grew so many of these that I donated them to the Norton Elementary School farmer's market in May.
Scarlet runner beans are grown for the hummingbirds. These beans can grow ten feet!
Entrance to the green house is covered with these black eyed susans. They are in several gardens especially near the front of the house growing up through the moss.
Cuttings of lavender that are three months old! I simply snipped leaves from plants. I put the ends in a rooting hormone. I placed them in a seed growing mixture in the greenhouse. They continue to grow.
                         This beauty came up from a seed mixture and is two years old.
Spider plant or cleome growing in between the angel trumpet.
One of my grandaughter's favorite plants, she calls them poppers. When they go to seed, you touch the seed pod and they fly everywhere.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Art in the Garden ~

 Phoenix rising is our latest piece of art for the garden. Ray created this fused glass sculpture as a cover for the septic tank. We unexpectedly had a new garden area created when we had our septic  tank pumped . We now have lots of plants, a bird bath, and a sculpture where a backhoe gouged out the yard. I have been bordering it with stones from the yard.
 Last year I went to the Philadelphia Flower Show with Fran Moore. We do have a good time together. While there, I purchased this daffodil sculpture. There are nice copper petals which are covered by the black eyed susans and the Japanese anemone leaves.
        A Margret Gregg sculpture is the focal point of the small garden in front of the studio.
                                                       Aren't these painted ferns  nature's art ?
The gardens are filled with butterflies, hummingbird moths, bees, wasps, hummingbirds, and adolescent birds. The front of the house is bordered with butterfly bushes. On Saturday, a hummingbird moth flew across my face. On Sunday, a praying mantis landed in my hair and did not want to leave. This all comes about from trimming butterfly bushes. Wonder what today will bring?

Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer Flowers in the Garden ~com
Been awhile since I have done any blog posts...The summer garden is filled with colors. The glads are continuing to bloom in radiant colors this summer.
                                          Don't you like this sweet little red yarrow flower?
                              This perrenial is quite tall and seems to blow in the wind.
A few of the many daylilies in the garden and this one came from the farmer's market.
Quite a few lilies came from the gardens of the Southwest Virginia Museum plant sale.
White lavender just waiting to be harvested. Lavender seems to thrive in rock filled soil here.
              St. John's Wort is flowering and cascades about five feet down a garden slope.
I believe this is a hummingbird moth. Took the photo pretty quickly to capture the moth.
      One of the many hydrangeas blooming in the yard. It is a very large blue blossom~!
                               I call this the hummingbird vine. It must be a cousin to kudzu.
View from a small portion of the garden off the deck in the back yard. The sunflower is a volunteer from the bird feeders above.
                                      The deep rich colors of summer really brighten up the gardens.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

April Flowers ~
 April brings lots of new flowers to our mountain gardens. The bleeding heart is in the faery garden next to the woods. It is home to a few faery garden statues.
 The poet's daffodil is a very old flower. I brought a few from the Episcopal rectory which was built in the early 1900's before 1916. It is quite fragrant.
 Threat of frost this evening which always seems to happen when the lilac begin to bloom.
                                     We planted five of these in the woods. Three are blooming.
                 Wild jasmine, a native plant,  grows with the tulip poplars in a wooded garden area.
 When the Asheville Botanical Center had a plant sale, I purchased this yellow wood poppy several years ago. The deer and bunnies nibbled it to the stem last spring. Even the hostas are okay. I am using grated Irish Spring soap again this year and garlic powder.
 These daffodils are just some of the bulbs I ordered in the fall from a company that specializes in bulbs from Holland. The bulbs were very large and often had three or bulblets attached to the mother bulb. The success rate was amazing. As soon as I find the catalog, I will share the information with you.

      Yellow primroses purchased from the Southwest Virginia Museum's annual plant sale.
     Some of the first flowers planted here and hiding in the daffodils near an old stump.
          These tiny flowers are some of the sweetest smelling in the front gardens.Iris will be blooming                soon. The critters ate the few tulip bulbs. Saw a lily poking its head up near the greenhouse.