Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April Flowers ~

 Some of the late blooming daffodils blooming in the yard which is a direct result of planting them in January. While all the early ones have faded, these are just blooming.
 Each year the Asheville Botanical Gardens has a spring and fall sale. I purchased this woody poppy at the fall sale two years ago.  It has spread and has two baby poppies.
                  The inner cup is bright yellow and the outer is a very pale lemon yellow.
 These are wild daisies that bloom in one section of the yard. They cover the hill and bloom right after the wild grape hyacinths. The bright yellow flower is a wild strawberry which are everywhere!
 This was the only flowering shrub that was planted in the yard before we moved it. The lilac now has four other lilacs nearby to keep her company.
                                       These actually bloom two to three flowers on one stem.
 This daffodil has a very pale pink inner cup which due to the bright sunshine is not seen very well in this photograph.

                                                  This one has the most amazing smell.
 Beware if you purchase this plant. It takes over. A tiny bit of root on the vinca and it seems to enjoy growing no matter where it lands.

 These are lily of the valley which I purchased from the Southwest Virginia Museum's annual plant sale coming up on April 22 in Big Stone Gap. They have spread and when I came into the garden the fragrance was really sweet. In the side yard, they have yet to bloom.
                                           Some little pinks blooming outside the greenhouse.
 This is where I have been spending a lot of the greenhouse. There are a lot more plants than in this photo. The round leaves belong to nasturtiums.
                                          Primroses from the Museum's annual plant sale.
 Wild geranium dug from a friend's garden before she moved away. They are spreading.
The wild violets are all over the yard. I have asked Ray not to cut the yard until they stop blooming. Their are a few white ones with blue stripes. Hope you enjoyed the visit in the garden.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Daffodils are Blooming!!!!! ~
 They are filling the gardens with color, fragrance, pollinators, and joy! The grow laughter was purchased at Sinking Creek Gardens in Ft. Collins, Colorado. A wonderful community garden with a children's garden that I visit each time I am in Ft. Collins.
 Each year since we have lived here, I have planted at least 150 daffodil bulbs. Two years ago, I started ordered from a company that ships their bulbs directly from Holland, Van Engelen Inc.This years bulbs aren't blooming yet!. I procrastinated and put them in the ground on a warm day in January.
                                            These are the different varieties blooming today.

                   There were only two of these beauties with such a deep salmon pink cup.

 This is one of the oldest. I think is if from 1890. I transplanted these from the Episcopal rectory where we lived for many years with a garden filled with tulips as well as daffodils. Here the critters will eat the tulip bulbs like candy!

                 The King Alfred daffodils run the length of the wall and up the driveway.
Some of the tiny little daffodils that smell so sweet. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the daffodils blooming in my gardens. The mountains are alive with spring right now and maybe that snow will stay in Philadelphia!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Flowers in January ~

                                 Flowers in January

For the past two years I have ordered bulbs from Van Engelen Inc. They are imported from Holland and the bulbs are huge! This year I ordered 250. I finished planting them today, January 13. This is not unusual for me to plant as late as January 13. It has been later and they bloom. These are double narcissus in a variety of colors. They are sleeping under the plant smiles. While planting I was looking under leaves and found all sorts of plants coming up. The wild ginger looked great. The more I looked, the more I found.

                                             Snowdrops are blooming in the back of the house.

Last year I planted 100 snowdrops in the front of the house and here is one beginning to unfurl.

While walking near the studio, I encountered a honeybee. Not too far away was a pot of  violas, little johnny-jump-ups blooming. They have been here since October. A nice way to enter the house with flowers blooming in January.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Snow on our Mountain ~


My son texted me earlier today to ask if we had gotten snow. Once the temperature got a bit warmer than 12 degrees, I laced up my snow boots.

                                   I enjoyed the shadows from the trees falling into the snow.

    We have a nice collection of garden art. This little girl is about the size of a two year old. She                      usually greets me as I walk into the greenhouse.

                               My favorite stone which sits in the forest nestled among the ferns.

                                       A little bit of green coming up through the snow.

            Ray's sunburst design rising above the mountains nestled in front of the evergreens.

  A sculpture created for us by Margaret Gregg to represent each member of our family. It moves.

                                                               Snow on the branches

As I walked to the bottom of our property, I was fascinated with all the animal foot prints.

                                                           The phoenix rising above the snow.