Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I found out many people view blogs negatively. While at school on Tuesday I was talking to a few friends about my blog and they seemed lackluster about checking it out. I assured them I was NOT selling anything and I am NOT making money either. I told them I talk only about garden things and life things and you will not find anything negative on my blog. This is when I heard about blogs being gripe forums for people. Maybe so, but I have not found any to be like that (keeping in mind I do NOT visit many blogs-only gardening ones and it is hard to be negative when you discuss gardening).
This blog I publish on is hosted by Google, with a direct path to the Leaf Chronicle. When I go to log into Google Blogs there is a link on the log on page that clearly says, "What is a blog?" Well do you all know what a blog is? According to Google's Blogspot log in page, a blog is,
" a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world.
Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.
In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.
Since Blogger was launched in 1999, blogs have reshaped the web, impacted politics, shaken up journalism, and enabled millions of people to have a voice and connect with others."
So now you know and I know exactly what a blog is. I had known of blogs prior to volunteering to write one but wasn't really sure I had visited any. Now I am thinking I did visit some blogs because of my gardening research on the Internet. Oftentimes garden blogs are called garden journals, but really they are a web site where someone writes things, a blog.
I knew of blogs from My Space. I do have a My Space page to keep in touch with my family and children and even to check up on my teenaged son. On each My Space page there is a place you can sign up to blog. I think my children do blog but I have never checked their blogs so I am not sure. I had never actually pursued blogs and when the editor at the Leaf Chronicle asked me if I knew what a blog was and had I ever blogged, I answered honestly, "Not really and no." But here I am and having fun living and learning and meeting new people! I think the friendships you can develop on blogs is an added bonus of blogs which Google should add to its definition of blogs. Something like this, "A great way to meet new people with similar interests to your own." Actually, the "connect with others" statement in the Google definition kind of sums it up.
Tomorrow I will post more on blogs. My mother, like many mothers, is very interested in what I do and has been kind enough to send me an article discussing blogs. I think it would be interesting for my readers so I want to share it. It discusses ways to be successful blogging. While we bloggers blog for the fun of it because we are passionate about something and would like to connect with others, we do want to be successful so tune in tomorrow for 10 tips on being successful at blogging.
The picture is of a wonderful sunset taken from my back deck. It is the little things everyday that count and sunsets are but one of a million little things!
in the garden....
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Here is another beautiful camelia which is growing in Skeeter's yard. This winter rose is white to match the snow which may or may not pay us a visit this year. It is truly gorgeous. Just look at how the white bloom stands out against the dark green foliage of the bush. You just cannot go wrong with camelias. They are such a pick me up when not much else (if anything) is blooming in gardens at this time of year.
Coming home from school on Monday I saw a little red fox on Dover Road right where Hwy 374 crosses over Dover. I thought how beautiful the fox was and it reminded of why I love Tennessee-the natural beauty, flora and fauna. I saw the little fox again last night, unfortunately it was when I almost ran it over in the same place it was two nights ago. I hope it stays safe and does not wind up under someone's tires but I think this story may not end well.
in the garden....
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
There is a saying many have heard, "Less is More." Sometimes this could not be more truer than in gardens. We plant collectors tend to overload our gardens with many types of plants which can lead to a chaotic look. Nothing wrong with this look but sometimes it is nice to just simplify the garden and focus on two or three main plants which can carry the garden all by themselves. This garden is that type of garden.
Obviously this is the front of the home and is very visible from Lafayette Road, though you would have to be looking for it as the house is somewhat raised above the road. There are only three main plants in this foundation garden and none of them are what I call blooming plants, as the flowers are not showy. That does not detract from the garden in any way at all. The three main plants are: Artemisia "Powis Castle", Ligustrum, aka Variegated Privet, and an ornamental grass (type and cultivar unknown but it looks to be a Miscanthus).
The privet and grass are alternated in front of the house, with the artemisia planted in front of them. The textures are wonderful and I like the color. This picture was taken today and I think the garden still looks good even after the freezes we have had. This is a garden which will change throughout the seasons as the new grass and privet grow in the new foliage will be green and brighter, then mellow out during the growing season, finally the grass will turn brown in the fall and winter but all plants maintain a presence throughout the year. Something interesting is always going on in this garden and it is very low maintenance. The house gets a lot of sun so this type of planting would be good in a garden with a lot of sun (not my house obviously since I don't have much sun). The textures are wonderful, all plants play well together and make a statement. I could not get all of the garden in but suffice it to say the house is heavily planted with a number of different specimens and the foundation garden also extends around the home.
The homeowner (Tracy) tells me the garden was already installed when she and her husband purchased the house two years ago. She has maintained it but with a full time job, college and children she doesn't get to work in as much as she would like. I think the fact the garden still looks super is a testament to its designer and to the plants themselves. All of these plants can take care of themselves with no problem.
I want to thank Tracy and her family for allowing me to share their lovely garden. If any of you know of a special garden you would like to see profiled here just let me know.
in the garden....
Monday, November 26, 2007
Our latest endeavor involves adding faux stone to the outside of our home. The area where Mr. Fix-it comes from in the mountains of North Carolina has many homes with stone on the exterior, to include his childhood home. My home state of Maine also has many homes with stone on it-both areas in the two states have an abundance of stone available so it is a natural choice for homes (just my guess). Stone reminds us both of our homes in other states, so we wanted to add it to our Tennessee home.
I have spent most of my time planting shrubs and trees because I know they take a long time to grow in and make a difference. Mr. Fix-it spends most of his time working on cars and his boat. The house has kind of taken a back seat-until now. Making changes to houses is so much simpler and faster than making changes to gardens because you can get instant satisfaction gratification. It is not like planting shrubs and trees which take years to grow in and show some results. So we have waited to change our home instead focusing on the garden. We contracted with Centurian Stone of Nashville to change the siding and have been pleased with the results. The picture above shows Carlos (the man in the cream colored shirt) and one of his crew working on the east side of our home.
The other picture shows the south side of our home. This is the side we use the most since it faces our parking area and we have a little basketball hoop here for our children.
We went with a faux stone because it can be custom made to our specifications by both cut and color. It is guaranteed for a full 30 years by Centurian, goes on the house easily and quickly and should provide a maintenance free exterior for many, many years. I feel like the stone makes the house more a part of the garden and I tried very hard to pick a color which would match both the existing vinyl siding and the plants already in the garden. The workers took great care to not harm my plants and I appreciate it, but the work was a small disruption in our lives that we are glad is finished.
I did check with a neighbor on Woodlawn Road who had the faux stone added to her home a few years ago. She said she and her husband have been very pleased with the results and the work Centurian did for them. Hearing this from another satisfied customers makes me feel more confident in our choice of contractors and we look forward to a great looking home for many years to come.
If someone reading this likes the look of the faux stone and decides to go with Centurian because of this blog entry-don't forget to put my name down as the person who referred you. Centurian does give a monetary reward for referrals and it sure would come in handy:) Actually, my friend Geri referred me to Centurian and I am waiting for her to get some more work done so she can put my down as the referring person like I did her...what do you say Geri?
in the garden....
Sunday, November 25, 2007
People who know me know I am not only a big gardener with ornamentals, but I am a big lawn person too. I guess you might say I somewhat obsess over my lawn. I was truly afraid leaving leaves on the lawn all weekend with rain in the forecast would cause some damage to the newly seeded grass. So in the rain I go to sweep it all on Wednesday. Mission complete, topped off with a nice hot shower on Wednesday.
Today was the day to get all the new leaves and pine needles up. The day started out great but while I was out running some errands, here came the rain-again! De-ja-vu all over. I really don't mind raking the yard in the rain just so long as it is not cold. Thankfully, I did not think it all that cold today, though Mr. Fix-it was not happy I was outside for over four hours. I think he felt obligated to come out though I assured him I did not need his help and this was really why he didn't want me in the yard today.
I got most of the yard raked by hand. I am very proud because I have a big yard and raking is hard work. I also have the blisters to prove I did it all by hand! No lawn sweeper today. I love hand raking because then I can really look at the grass and I can see an instant change when I rake. My Rebel Tall Fescue lawn is VERY green with all of this rain and is actively growing right now. Leaves smothering the grass would not do at all.
All raked leaves go into gardens. I usually run out of leaves though I have many, many trees. This year I think leaves will be scarcer, because of the freeze and drought the trees did not put out their full complement of leaves like usual. But there will still be plenty! Before the leaves go into gardens I lay down a layer of 5-6 newspapers over the soil. This extra layer of newspapers is the secret to my gardening along with the leaves. So many people use mulch without something under it, or worse yet, with black plastic under it, but they still have tons of weeds. The newspapers really block out the sun while still allowing water and air to pass through to the soil and effectively keep the weeds at bay. Any weeds that do grow through are easily pulled. Within one or two years the newspapers will decompose and add organic material back to the soil. I only use the black and white portion of the newspaper and couldn't garden the way I do without them.
I am in the process of trying to get up with a homeowner in order to receive permission to photograph their garden for my choice of "Garden of the Month". I have left a telephonic message so I hope they call me back soon! For now, I will be soaking in a HOT shower.
in the garden....
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I transplanted the some yuccas in July 2006. They did not require any water this year and have thrived in this inhospitable location next to a busy road and my driveway. I think near a road or a driveway are really good spots for these stalwart natives and got the idea to plant mine here from several local houses with yuccas prominently displayed near the road for all to see. Another alternative is in a dry hot garden designed with xeriscaping (low water garden) in mind, or in a desert themed garden. This yucca is hardy here and requires no maintenance other than cutting off the flower stalk after it has bloomed in June. You can leave the stalk on, but I prefer to cut mine off. The bloom is beautiful but I find it doesn't last long. Also, sometimes the yucca will bloom more heavily one year and not the next, which is a drawback in the year of light blooms. The yucca root is a tuber somewhat resembling a potato, which I am sure gives it staying ability in dry inhospitable conditions. Digging yuccas and coming across the root can be shocking if you are not sure what it is-so be prepared.
I had this posting all ready to go when over the Thanksgiving weekend I discovered this beautiful grouping of yuccas at Mr. Fix-it's parents home in North Carolina. I already knew of it, but thought the coincidence of being able to photograph the grouping BEFORE I did this posting was a good thing. Comparing my little yucca I planted last year to my in-law's yuccas is like comparing a cherry tomato to a beefsteak tomato-really no comparison. But unlike the cherry tomato which will never catch up to the beefsteak, my little yuccas will someday grow into beautiful specimens like those pictured here. I think yuccas look best grouped together and this grouping is very effective with the added bonus of a lacecap hydrangea thrown in the mix (to the right and rear of the yuccas).
I want to thank my friend Deb for her yuccas and give you all the idea that if you feel you want some yuccas and have a friend who has some-ask her if you can dig them and I am sure the answer will be yes because in all likelihood the yuccas will grow back.in the garden....
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Felder Rushing visited my blog and looked at the pictures. He tells me bottle trees go back over 2000 years to the days of geniis in the lamp. Superstitious people would put bottles outside in hopes of catching bad spirits. Felder also says bottle trees were brought to America by northern Africans (who he says invented bottles). He should know, he has photographed bottle trees all over the world. Felder also says bottle trees are generally a Southern "thang". I have never seen a bottle tree up north in New England but that doesn't mean the north doesn't have any. If anyone has knowledge of bottle trees-let me know! I'd love to hear if there are some in the north and see pictures-which I will post with permission.
I had to post this picture of my camellia. I did not post it in the initial camellia posting, though there is a picture of it prior to bloom. This shrub is SO loaded with blooms it appears pink from a distance. The ground under the shrub is literally covered with pink petals and this morning when I got close to the camellia, I thought I had disturbed a beehive because of all the bees humming. All of these blooms are inundated with bees doing their job pollinating the camellia. I have had the privilege of seeing camellia seeds and hope I get many more this year. I enjoy the seedpods but if I did want more camellias, I think the best way to make more is by cuttings or air layering. Neither of which I have done with my camellias. The seeds look like miniature apples on the shrub and are yet another ornamental feature of this great landscape shrub.
in the garden....
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
On our way up north Jimmy really, REALLY had to go pee. He could not hold it for the life of him. Being a boy who is not used to going pee on the side of the road and never one to settle for any ole bush, I was surprised he insisted I stop right away. He picked the perfect spot on the side of the Pennyrile in the dark. Ran to a bush, did his business then ran back. Here begins the problem.
He had to jump over a drainage ditch in tall grass in order to get back to the car. His eyeglass lens fell out of his eyeglasses when he landed after jumping. Jimmy knew exactly where and when it happened. Simple enough right? Anyone who wears eyeglasses knows they are not cheap and this pair is particularly expensive because it has a one year warranty. Apparently the cost of the glasses does not make them immune to falling apart at the slightest movement. We spent the next 45 minutes searching for the eyeglass lens to no avail. Not one single police officer showed up, but a nice couple did stop to see if they could help. They thought we were wrecked and I am sure we looked comical searching for something on the side of the interstate in the dark with nothing but headlights and an LED light. The couple were quite kind and got down in the tall grass with their hands searching for the eyeglass lens (after they made sure it was not the place where business happened). Jimmy cannot see without his eyeglasses and I thought it vital we find them. Not to mention I was REALLY mad about the whole situation and a bit frightened being parked on the side of the interstate at night, but it was OK. The woman told Jimmy that if that was the worst thing he ever did then he'd be alright. She really did put things in perspective. We left the roadside empty handed.
All is not lost though. We returned in daylight hours and spent a total of fifteen minutes searching for the eyeglass lens. Who would have thought it would be so difficult to find a little piece of glass in tall grass? (Say that three times fast for tongue twister) Finally, an ever so slight glint from the sun led me to the lens and we left the roadside very happy and relieved! Today those eyeglasses go back to the manufacturer! So much for tall grass and eyeglasses. Lessons learned: Jimmy-hold it or go closer to the car! Mom-return the eyeglasses or glue the screws in! Jimmy is a good sport and does not mind me talking about him on here (does he have a choice?) though he might not like this story getting back to him so help me keep it a secret-ok?
in the garden (or in this case the tall grass searching for eyeglass lens)....
Monday, November 19, 2007
This is a picture of a topiary UE, which stands for University of Evansville. I had the pleasure of talking with Donna Hipp, the granddaughter of the original founder of the nursery, Wendolyn Hipp. Wendolyn Hipp is of German descent and migrated down here from South Dakota and began the original nursery. He began the nursery by selling peonies all over the country. It was Jim Hipp, Donna's father who transformed the nursery into what it is today-The Home of the Topiary Tree. Donna said it was funny, her grandfather kept telling her dad, Jim, "You are ruining those trees by doing that!" But from the success of the nursery I would say the trees are a big selling point and Jim found a niche in and amongst the many nurseries plying their trade. Jim passed away one year ago this past June and is buried close to the nursery. The family plans to do something special for his grave.
Jim's favorite tree was the Bald Cypress but he also loved Japanese Maples. I took a picture of a specimen Japanese Maple which was moved recently. It is doing fine and has a great silhouette in a prominent place close to the house on the nursery grounds. The fall color on the tree was wonderful. Donna was telling me that in order to plant trees during this drought, the workers first had to dig a huge trench around the area where the tree was to either be dug or planted, fill it with water and let it soak in, then they were able to get the tree spade into the ground. This extra step slowed down the process of tree planting by some 40 minutes to an hour, which can cost money. I couldn't even imagine what it took to transplant this beautiful specimen Japanese Maple! You can see the nursery loves trees so I included a few special tree pictures in this posting.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Callicarpa americana, aka American Beautyberry is a southern heritage plant and native to this part of the country. It is a beautiful and easy to grow shrub for your landscape.
Many landscapes around Clarksville are graced with this shrub. The flowers are not showy nor are the leaves. I do think the shrub's form is noteworthy but the shrub's main claim to fame is its berries. The berries are a rich magenta purple which persist on the bush well after all of the leaves have dropped. The berries look like little jewels clustered all around the branches. The effect is unusual and quite a sight. Birds love to eat the berries. My beautyberry pictured above would usually have more berries but it was set back by the late frost and subsequent drought.
In my garden I have two beautyberries. One I ordered from mail order and the other was a gift from a gardening friend (Diann). Diann started the shrub from berries she picked and planted. These shrubs are four years old and are about three feet high and four feet wide. The branches gracefully seem to cascade out from a central stem low to the ground. When planting you need to allow for the cascade and ultimate spread as shade cast by the branches is deep.
Don't forget, I will reveal which bottle tree is mine on Wednesday and I also received an email from Felder Rushing himself concerning the history of bottle trees. I will post the information on Wednesday. My mother guessed the right bottle tree so you all give it a try!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I am not sure of the history of bottle trees but believe it is a 'southern thing'. Since I am from the north I will just have to play along. Bottle trees are a fun and very colorful way to add some light and change to your garden. Not to mention they are a great way to display collectible bottles-out of the house. If you are like me you probably have too many collectables within the confines of your home and may want to expand beyond your four walls. Here are two pictures of bottle trees. One belongs to me and the other belongs to my good gardening friend Gerrianne. She was kind enough to allow me to use a picture here. We both agreed bottle trees are a winter subject.
My new friend the Saint said that in Germany the Germans would put bottles over pear blossoms in the spring. The pears would then grow within the bottle and conform to the shape of the bottle. At first he thought this is what these bottles were for. He did like the bottle tree much better than the bowling balls, but like I said gardens are individual and not everyone will garden in the same way. There are no two gardens the same nor are there two individuals the same and that is OK.
Please leave a comment or email me stating which one of these lovely bottle trees you think is "growing" in my garden. For those of you who have been to my garden-please don't spoil it for the rest of the readers who want to guess. I will let you all know which bottle tree is mine on Wednesday, 21 November.
in the garden....
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
This picture of perennials demonstrates the spikey, frilly and roundy concept even without flowers. The iris are spikey (straight green blades to the left of St. Francis), the Powis Castle artemesia (a plant I must have in my garden and is the silver and gray plant in the foreground) is the frilly, and the large canna leaves are the roundy (the plant behind the artemsia). Throw in the cleyera behind and to the right of the cannas and you have a good well rounded garden containing lots of textures and different colors. Sometimes all it takes to make a pleasing garden are special shapes and colors of foliage-no flowers required. Just remember spikey, frilly and roundy! Combining textures and colors of foliage can be much simpler and easier to do than finding flowers to fill a spot. Soon, I will post my choice for "Garden of the Month" which clearly demonstrates this principal of using just foliage. Will it be your garden???
I hope everyone has a good Veterans Day-it is a time to reflect and enjoy being with family; grateful for all of the sacrifices we veterans have made in our lives for others. The Leaf Chronicle has a few very good articles highlighting veterans in today's paper-check it out.
Today is also a good day to rake pine needles for mulch-so for now I will be in the garden....
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Dividing perennials is one of my least favorite chores in the garden. I think my favorite chores are raking the yard and pruning with my hand clippers. Anyhow, now is the time to divide perennials. There are two general reasons to divide perennials, one is to make more of the perennial and the other is to rejuvenate an overgrown perennial. Fall is the ideal time to divide because the plant is usually ready to go dormant, there is plentiful moisture, and the soil is still warm enough for good root growth. I think it is important to time the division so that the perennial can get reestablished before really cold weather sets in, but as long as there is moisture in the ground and the ground is not frozen, you can probably divide up to December, then begin again in February.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Today I ran into my friend Celeste. I have not seen Celeste and her family for quite a while but sure had a good visit with her this morning in St. B Wal-Mart. She used to be my neighbor out here in Woodlawn and was a super neighbor. To my great surprise she knew everything that was going on in my life-I am a grandma and the garden and my mom and so on. Can you guess why? Yup, she reads my blog every day. Her habit is to rise early and check out all the online versions of newspapers not only for Clarksville, but for other cities she and her family have lived in. Her son Zachary, who reads the hard copy newspaper in Rossview middle school, told his mother and father about my blog as he recognized my picture in the paper. Astounding since it has been a good year or two since he has seen me-he has a great memory! Since then, Celeste has read all of my postings, including the comments. Celeste has not gotten the hard copy newspaper in years because she likes the online versions better. I am completely opposite. I love the hard copy and could not live without my morning paper. It is a luxury I find necessary. Since blogging I do read more online information-but I always skip the Leaf's headlines if I have not yet read my paper. It would be like finding out who was kicked off Survivor without watching it-or who won the Superbowl the day after (very common when you live in Europe and there is a seven hour time difference) without watching it. I want the little details and I want it in person.
Celeste, I was looking for a reason to post this picture and now I have one. It is for you and this posting is for you! So good to see you and Jacob this morning and thanks for reading along! This picture is one of my favorites and is in a special gardening frame a friend (Mary) gave me because she knows how much I love gardening. Celeste's oldest son, Danny, and Jimmy were good friends and Danny would come over and hang out sometimes. I managed to convince both boys to go pick some vegetables from the vegetable garden on this day. Getting family to pick vegetables is hard. I feel that since I plant, grow, nurture, water, weed and store the vegetables the least my family can do is pick them! But I never have problems getting vegetables picked when friends come over because they are always happy to help out-thus Danny and Jimmy wound up in the vegetable garden with green peppers. They were 10 years old in this picture and aren't they cute?!
I would be remiss in not saying hi to Dan and "The Girl" since I got the other three kids in here-hi Vonia and hi Dan!
in the garden....
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Euonymus alata, aka Burning Bush is considered
invasive? A good native alternative would be Aronia
arbutifolia, aka red chokeberry. Substituting native
plants for exotic invasives is but one way you can control the spread of the invasives; management of the
land is another.
Some of you may be familiar with Nick-a-Jack lake near Chattanooga. The above picture is of the sunset on Nick-a-Jack lake. I wasn't familiar with this lake until my college instructor (Nancy) mentioned a project she is working on with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the developer of Nick-a-Jack lake. It seems the TVA is allowing a developer to develop the natural area around Nick-a-Jack Lake with some stipulations. TVA has contracted the area surrounding the lake to an elevation of 250 feet will be restored to its original native condition and maintained in this condition indefinitely. If the surrounding bank of the lake rises straight up to 250 feet within 10 feet of the lake or whether it gently slopes up to 250 feet within 1000 feet of the lake does not matter, this area is to be restored over a five year period.
Nancy is working on the project and has developed a plan to remove the exotic invasives like Chinese privet (Ligustrum), multiflora roses, greenbriar (Smilax) and poison ivy. While some invasives are native, even native plants can become nuisances in the wrong places by choking out other native plants. Such is the case with the greenbriar. Removing invasives is not an easy or fun task. Have you ever tried to walk through the woods and been scratched by multiflora roses and tangled in Japanese honeysuckle? I have and it is not pleasant. I am glad to hear of governmental agencies taking a proactive stance in doing something about the exotics and invasives in our area.
In your own garden please be mindful of the consequences of plants you plant and always, always know what you are planting BEFORE planting it. Invasive tendencies aside, you don't want to plant something you know nothing about and wind up with your house disappearing under a tangle of vines. If you have exotics like multiflora roses-rip them out!
To find out more about exotic plants in Tennessee check out the list at:
in the garden....
Monday, November 5, 2007
I think I will try to standardize some of my postings. I really, really enjoy gardens and usually the gardeners who tend them. I have been known to drive around and stop and knock on someone's door to comment on a particularly nice garden I have spotted. I have made a few friends this way and have found others not willing to talk about their gardens, and that is perfectly okay.
I think I will make my postings in a few areas more standardized. I have already profiled a Plant of the Month (Japanese Anemone), a Gardener (Ann), and a Community Garden (New Providence Blvd.), and now I would like to add a Garden of the Month. When I mentioned my new idea to Mr. Fix-it he said, "Who will be the judge?" No judging. Absolutely none. I don't believe you can judge gardens as they are as individual as the gardeners who tend to them. Just a personal preference of what I think works and what others might like to see or emulate in their own gardens. I look for gardens that are not necessarily designed and maintained by professionals, but for gardens an amateur gardener loves and tends. Gardens can be as small as a specimen plant in the front yard or as large as an entire front yard devoid of any grass and instead planted solely with ornamentals. What matters is the garden itself and the gardeners connection to the garden.
I like whimsy in my garden but that is not necessarily what I like in other gardens or even what I look for. It is always nice to smile when one sees a garden but there are also feelings of serenity, ease, symmetry, formality, color, peace, fun and the list goes on. Gardens are usually a reflection of the gardener but even if they aren't, they show what the gardener likes. I am interested in all types of gardens and already have several in mind that I have noticed over the years. Some are simple only containing one type of plant, some show some serious organization and others just yell at you and say look at me! Some are subdued and some are so low maintenance as to be doable by anyone that I just enjoy the possibilities of them all.
Participation will be voluntary and I would never use someone's garden or information without their consent. I am primarily talking about the private gardens and gardeners. The community garden will always be a public garden, and the plant of the month will always be a plant from my garden. Recognizing community gardens are very important to me because they and the gardeners who tend them give so much to the community. Using a plant from my garden ensures I know how it grows and that I know what I am talking about when I post about it. So, I'll give it a try and see how things go!
in the garden....
Plant of the Month
Community Garden of the Month
Gardener of the Month
Garden of the Month