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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February in the Garden

February is usually cold and bleak, but not this year.  I had the windows open yesterday to air out the house, it is that warm!  Above average temperatures and abundant rain have woken up all the bulbs.  Another hyacinth is coming out in bloom, again way too early!  This one appears to be mostly white …

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Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens

Last summer, when we went to Florida to visit friends, they took us to the Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens in Port Orange.  Knowing that we enjoy walking in nature, this was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.  While I work on secret sewing projects, and it is bitterly cold outside, I thought it would …

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It’s been 5 years!

It's my blogging anniversary!  Five years ago I decided to begin writing my own blog, and I am still here, with more to say, LOL!!  From the beginning, I wanted my blog to be a bit different.  I wanted to do posts on all the things I am interested in, not just a single subject, …

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January in the Garden

There is still activity in the garden, even in the deep winter.  We don't have the epic snowstorms like the northeast area of the country, but we do have our share of cold.  One of the joys of living in western North Carolina is the almost perfect four seasons, about three months of each.  Not …

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October in the Garden with Wildlife

In the garden, there is much to do this time of year.  There is ongoing clean up with falling leaves, and some plants need to be dug and stored.   The flower beds will get a covering of mulch, making sure to keep the rhizomes of the irises clear. If you compost plant materials, this …

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September in the Garden

The growing season is fairly long here in western North Carolina, and even more things are blooming now.  It is the last of summer, with some bloomers hanging on, and new ones coming out.  On the veranda, about half the pots still have something blooming. These yellow bidens just keep coming. My pink geranium gave …

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