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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Springtime Tablescape

Spring has finally sprung, although the temperatures are still a bit cool.  My bulbs are blooming, and it was time to make a pretty springtime table.  My inspiration for the setting was this adorable wheelbarrow I found at the thrift store.  I liked the soft colors on the painted wood, and the little tulip stencil …

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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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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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Getting Ready for the Fair

The Mountain Regional State Fair turn-in day for the competitions is Monday, and I am entering 23 contests this year in a bunch of divisions.  I actually started early enough in August this year pulling it all together, getting my online entries done,  and completing projects.  I have 5 quilt entries, 5 photography entries, several …

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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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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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Summer Garden Tablescape

It feels like summer here with the warming weather.  While I was cleaning out the kitchen cabinets, I noticed that I had a lot of things with a vegetable theme, so I thought I'd do a table with them. I started the table with my Farmer's Market Picnic Quilt. No chargers this time as I …

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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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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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Winter Lights

Winter Lights is an event at the NC Arboretum for the holiday season, and is just magical.  It is a major fundraiser for their programs and exhibits, and you can attend any evening in December through the 31st.  We went on the last warm night before the recent cold snap and snow fall to enjoy …

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December In the Garden – Snow!

December mornings have been cold and grey these past few days. Fog in the valley shows the layers of hills between our mountain and the next ridge.  This might have to become my header photo for winter. Friday morning dawned colder still. As I looked out the window, I noticed that the snow had begun …

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