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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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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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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Bonsai Society Show and Garden update

Last fall, the NC Arboretum hosted a gathering of fifteen Bonsai Societies in a marvelous exhibition of this ancient art.  Entries for judging came primarily from associations in North Carolina, along with Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina. The bonsai trees ranged from the amazingly tiny to huge. I took almost 100 photographs of these interesting …

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Karesansui teien

I have been planning for some time to do a series of posts inspired by Japanese influence.  I hope you'll enjoy these posts, with interesting facts, fun projects, and even a couple of giveaways later this month.  These posts will be sprinkled around  other post subjects over the next month or so, with gardens, sewing …

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January In the Garden 2018

For those of us who enjoy digging in the dirt, the cold part of winter is a time for planning. It is a time of thinking about what I'd like to grow in the veggie garden this year, and looking for some new flowers for the perennial beds. Long time readers may recognize this silver …

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A Year at From My Carolina Home, and a plan for next year

Are you a planner? I have to confess that I am not much of one anymore. After spending many years in the business world and the medical field, using complex planners to keep track of appointments, travel arrangements, goals and objectives, this is the last thing I want to do now. For me, quilting, cooking, …

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October in the Garden and a Giveaway

Our weather has continued to be warm through most of the month, not really getting chilly at night until this past weekend. But I know that the garden is winding down, most of the flowers are done. It is time to prepare for some things to come indoors for the winter. One of the plants …

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September in the Garden

The garden is winding down, and the hurricane has helped to move things along.  A few critters did their share too. DH modified the bird feeder so that less seed would spill into the tray, which made it a bit more difficult for the larger birds like the cardinals to eat. So, feeling sorry for …

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Late June in the Garden

This past weekend a cool front came through, lowered the humidity and made Sunday a perfect day for gardening. I had weeds to pull, and some other tasks, so I got busy. Get ready for a picture heavy post, there is a lot to see in the garden today. Late June sees more flowering plants …

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Early June In the Garden

The garden continues to grow and evolve, watching for the first tomatoes and hoping for a good crop of basil.  The garden is busy and blooming so get ready for a picture heavy post!  Out in the forest, the honeysuckle is going like crazy. The sweet fragrance wafts across the air, and the pollinators are …

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Garden Jubilee 2017

Memorial Day weekend is the annual Garden Jubilee in Hendersonville, the largest annual plant show and sale in the western North Carolina area.  We go most years, and this year I was on the hunt for more perennials, and I really want a clematis for the lattice in the front garden bed. Local nurseries and …

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January in the Garden

January means little to do in the garden outside, but there are plenty of things to do inside.  I am my annual mode of reading my new Farmer's Almanac, perusing the seed catalogs, and scrounging for gardening magazines at the thrift stores and library magazine exchange.  I already repotted my orchid, and I have needed …

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June in the Garden

June in the garden has most of the potted plants getting bigger, and the flowers are still going. I put a white lobelia in the watering can, and it is doing well, now trailing nicely. Yellow lantana with blue lobelia, and a geranium with a different variety of lobelia, both doing well. The day lilies …

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