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
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
Thank goodness for Japanese maples, camellias and late blooming chrysanthemums!
Last Minute Announcement The master gardener plant sale is tomorrow starting at 9 am till 5 pm at the NC Sate cooperative extension office on Graham Hopedale Road in Burlington...rumor has it that you need to get there early to grab the goodies... This morning, master gardeners were arriving in droves to hand in their … Continue reading Master Gardener Sale Tomorrow- September 21!
Failte Gardens is where I try out different landscape designs for Alba Landscapes; it's a space for experimentation, trying new plants in new combos - and - for rescuing abandoned plants from clearance racks in the big box stores. I was told that once plants are put on the clearance racks- "They just give up completely" and immediately start to … Continue reading Failte Gardens : Garden, Studio, Workshop and Plant Rescue
Maximize flowers in your landscape by planting flowering shrubs, perennials, annuals and day lilies for sun and shaded areas and use creeping flowering verbena and hostas as ground cover.
My favorite plant design guru Piet Oudolf advises to leave dead stems and dried flower heads in the landscape for architectural winter interest and for food for the birds. I think it's a great idea but when it comes to near to the end of February.. I've seen about as much of the dead and brown … Continue reading Time for action! Getting plant beds ready for spring