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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Quilter’s Meet and Greet

Today I am participating in an event called Quilter's Meet and Greet - a blog hop of quilting bloggers, some new, some established.  Welcome to From My Carolina Home!  I am a longarm quilter, pattern designer and speaker for quilting enthusiasts, and I've been blogging for over 4 years. I do lots of free patterns …

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Making Scents at the Arboretum and the Quilt Garden

Wearing perfume is enjoyable for me, but is fraught with problems nowadays because of other people's allergies or lung issues.  I have to be very careful when I decide to wear it out.  I don't put it on in crowded situations like meetings, but I do enjoy wearing a pretty scent out to dinner with …

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August in the Garden

The garden continues to have a show of pretty flowers and interesting critters.  It is a joy to have a succession of flowers that bloom in the later part of summer.  I love this white iris, a late bloomer that surprises me every year.  This year it gave us five beautiful blooms over more than …

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Watering Can Garden Art Project

This idea of a cute, painted watering can has been circulating around the internet for a while now, and I wanted to do something like it for my garden.  It was one of those projects that was planned quickly, but went low on the project list as other projects with deadlines took priority.  Then with …

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July in the Garden

It seems like the dog days of summer came early this year, with heat and humidity in June that we usually do not see until early August.  It has made sitting outside a rare occasion when usually we spend some evenings sitting in the rockers or eating on the veranda table.  The additional limitation of …

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Creating Yard Art

Gardens full of flowers are a joy to behold.  Sometimes it is nice to have some art pieces in with the flowers to add some interest when they finish blooming, or before the blooms appear.  Something to add a bit of charm to the flower bed like this miniature rusty bicycle. So, with that in …

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Kensington Gardens

Next to the palace, Kensington Gardens encompasses a large parcel of land.  There is a small formal garden next to the palace, but the bulk of the 270 acres of land is given to a large grassy meadow lined with trees on either side of a wide concrete walkway.  This is devoted to public use, …

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Late May in the Garden

The irises are done blooming now, they finished up while we were out of town.  But, can you stand just a couple more pics of them?  They were just so spectacular! I love these white ones. And I was so impressed with these purple edged ones with the white centers. On the mountainside behind the …

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Irises and Azaleas in the Garden

The azaleas and irises are in full bloom now, actually starting about a week ago.  This is such a great time of year in the mountains, not too warm, not too cool, sweaters in the evening and sunny days.  The sweet fragrance in the air makes you want to pause and breathe, taking a moment …

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April in the Garden

Finally, we have some warmer days!  It seems like winter just keeps hanging on, but Friday was warm and sunny, and Saturday was perfect for a drive.  It is supposed to rain all day today, so I am glad I got some pictures of the garden.  Flowers are starting to show their colors a bit …

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