Favorite Fall Flower Combos

Asters are at their best in Fall, especially 'Raydon's favorite' for stunning color combinations. It helps me to take photos and record the date of bloom so I can remember what looks good, and when. So if I design a Fall garden in the spring season- I can look at my records and know the … Continue reading Favorite Fall Flower Combos

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The consequences of nature in your garden

I was admiring the beautiful orb spider, when I looked deeper into her spider web and saw 2 butterflies- two monarch butterflies. The very butterflies I am trying to attract and save by planting butterfly weed and other pollinator plants. Looks like I just helped serve up a tasty dish to the resident spiders. Ouch.

What a difference a day makes

Yesterday saw the first day lily bloom this year ( not counting Stella d' oro which has been blooming for several weeks now) 'Kate Carpenter'  bloomed yesterday, followed by 'Pumpkin Moonshine" this morning. Both could not be more different. Both gorgeous. This is it- the start of the day lily season - keep up with it, if you … Continue reading What a difference a day makes

5 Easy Steps to growing your own beautiful flower beds!

 ALAMANCE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES PRESENT On Monday, March 20 2017 at 6.00 pm at the Graham Public Library   Presented by Jacqui Mehring, artist, landscape designer, master gardener and owner of Alba Landscapes, who has lived and gardened in Alamance County for more than 20 years. Jacqui will discuss how to: Decide on where you are … Continue reading 5 Easy Steps to growing your own beautiful flower beds!

Remembering beautiful gardens from 2016-Magnificent Montrose

Montrose Gardens in Hillsborough, October 2016 I'm not usually a tropical garden person, but it would be impossible not to love Nancy Goodwin's magnificent, lush tropical garden at Montrose. There was a profusion of perennials and annuals all merging and blending with each other giving the illusion of wildness. However, the mixture of textures, colors and … Continue reading Remembering beautiful gardens from 2016-Magnificent Montrose

It’s not too late to plant for spring

Usually I try get spring bulbs in the ground by Thanksgiving This year I'm pushing the envelope... ice on the bird bath.. yet the soil is not frozen so for the brief time the sun came out, I grabbed my shovel and started digging! I popped in a mixture of tulips and narcissus, then covered the bulbs with some … Continue reading It’s not too late to plant for spring