End of the Garden Tomatoes

The garden tomato crop is winding down, but still there were too many to eat in salads and on sandwiches alone. I'd made enough Tomato Pies, and I didn't think DH would eat another one, LOL!! While reading a charming little book called Simple Pleasures of the Garden, I found a wonderful idea on preserving the …

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August in the Garden

August in the garden means that the flowering season is winding down.  Most of the perennials have finished, but a few are still going.  The annuals keep going until it gets cold, so all the geraniums are still blooming, most are this vibrant pink. In the planter box, the asters have run wild. The coneflowers …

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Late July in the Garden

Cool temperatures last week made sitting on the veranda a daily ritual in the morning and evening. More flowers are blooming and the landscape changes almost daily.  The camera was at the ready as pollinators made some appearances on the flowers, like this little guy on one of the geranium blooms.  I think it is …

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July in the Garden

The garden is blooming still, get ready for a picture heavy post! We are fortunate to have a very long blooming season as the spring flowers fade and the summer beauties show their colors. Late June and early July is the time for the day lilies to shine.  I still have several varieties, and will …

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June in the Garden

Flowers are blooming in the garden as the floral show continues in June.  We have such a nice growing season here with flowers coming out week after week.  Let's take a stroll around our place, beginning in the flower beds out front where one of the asters has bloomed.   I think the other one is …

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Walking at the Arboretum

Right before my knee went out, we went for a walk at the NC Arborteum to see a special exhibit and enjoy the springtime flowers.  The knee was bothering me a bit then, so we didn't do a long hike, just a nice stroll around the blooming flowerbeds to see the color.  I know you …

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May in the Garden

Lovely blooms are flourishing in the garden, so get ready for a long and picture heavy post.  We have a long flowering season here, beginning in late March with the forsythias.  In late April and early May, the azaleas came into full flower.  I love the white ones, and we have three white azalea shrubs …

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NC Arboretum Orchid Show – part 2

There were so many gorgeous blooms with the orchid show, that it is taking two posts to show just a small part of them.  The show was stuffed full of a huge variety of blooms!  Color and shapes were awesome, so let's take a small tour of some more of the beauty in this room. …

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NC Arboretum Orchid Show

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday, and will enjoy these gorgeous orchids in a very picture heavy post!  A couple of weeks ago, DH and I went to the Orchid Show at the NC Arborteum to see the competition with participants from all over North Carolina vying for ribbons and recognition.  I took …

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April in the Garden – Planting pots and photographing flowers

Lots of activity this past week in the garden, get ready for a long and picture heavy post to enjoy!  I will be resting today after a busy week last week, and getting ready for a crazy busy week ahead.  I hope you enjoy the prolific blooms around our place, starting with the tulips.  Almost …

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Reblooming Amaryllis

Back in December, I repotted both my amaryllis bulbs in the hopes that they would bloom again.  The red one was a gift from my dear mother-in-law in 2013, and it rebloomed every year for four more years, but didn't bloom last year.  I thought repotting it and giving it some food would help.  Plus, …

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The Raulston Arboretum, Part 2

Returning to the JC Raulston Arboretum, there is so much more to see.  Day lilies are prevalent in NC, and they had a number of beautiful specimens in bloom in August.  My home garden day lilies are earlier bloomers.  At least the ones I have left, LOL, after digging up a bunch and giving them …

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Visiting the Raulston Arboretum

While I still work on secret sewing, I thought I would finally show you the gardens I visited in Raleigh.  The JC Raulston Arboretum is maintained by NC State University as a study area for plants and trees that would do well in our area of the country.  They describe themselves as a 'living laboratory' …

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