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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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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A Visit to the Kentucky Arboretum

I finally have a day to post the last of my visit to Lexington, Kentucky.  The State Botanical Garden of Kentucky is located on the University of Kentucky campus Arboretum and is open on weekdays.  It has a 2-mile paved walking path that I enjoyed early one morning to try to avoid the heat of …

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A Visit to Brookgreen Gardens

During my week in Myrtle Beach, I had to visit the Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet. The gardens had their foxgloves and snapdragons at peak bloom, just gorgeous!  I should probably have split this into two posts, but I have a lot more to show you in the coming days, and more projects in the …

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Early April in the Garden

It is getting warmer now, and the garden seems to be coming to life again. All around the flowers are not as prolific this year due to a late freeze that did some damage to the buds. Still, the light pink azalea is producing blooms and the bumble bees are having a great time. As …

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A Quilt Garden, Dreaming of Flowers in Winter

I've been saving this post for a couple of months to give us some flowers to see in deep winter.  These pics are from my visit to the NC Arboretum last spring for the Lego Exhibit.  There is so much to do and see there, that you cannot do it all in one post.  One …

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An Interlude on the Veranda

The flowering season continues, and as we head into a holiday weekend, many more blooms have shown their faces. There were several weekend mornings over the past month where I took my study materials out to the veranda on a cool morning with a hot cup of coffee. Quiet and peaceful, birds chirping and enjoying …

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Garden Blooms May

I have had so much to post about that I haven't been able to get back to updating the garden.  The fairies have settled in permanently, and I found another door in the kitchen.  The weather finally has turned warm to stay, so the landscape has turned verdant green.  There are still some flowers in …

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Apple Blossom Tour

The apple tree blossoms are in various stages, some are just blooming, others are done.  We almost waited too late to take a drive out to the apple orchards to get some pictures of the blooms.  They really are beautiful, once again white flowers hold a special place for me.  I just love them. I …

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Early April in the Garden

April is warm, and sunny, and I am really antsy to get into the garden. But, I know better.  The prediction for the next few days is to have overnight lows in the 20s!  The last frost date is still a week away, and I am not going to pick up my annuals until next …

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October Garden and more visitors

The leaves are still lagging behind in color, but a few places are starting to show the promise of a glorious autumn. This single tree, a maple, behind our house has turned completely red, while the others around it are just biding their time still green. Out front, the redbud tree is starting a golden …

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Last of the Garden

The days are not quite so hot, and the nights are definitely getting cooler, so the garden is winding down.  The torenias will continue to bloom well into October, but they are starting to look a little leggy.  The silver pot on the porch below is the amaryllis that rebloomed last winter.  Click on Reblooming …

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