Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Dwarf Crested Iris

can be used as a ground cover

complimented by Blue Ridge wake-robin/twisted petal trillium/propeller trillium/Trillium stamineum.

Drooping beneath the leaves is the mayapple. There's a large colony in the woods out back.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Monday, April 28, 2008

Japanese Maple

is recovering nicely from last year.

From the front door,

looking toward my neighbor is an urn I have in the past used as a rain catcher.

Sunday, April 27, 2008


and rhododendrons join 

the spring flourish.

Wild Is The Wind

Saturday, April 26, 2008


is all about pattern, texture, 


and color.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Iris cristata

photo courtesy of Roger Black

are about six inches tall and  native to the April woods of Tennessee.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Spanish Bluebell

Spanish Bluebell, Hyacinthoides hispanica, (also referred to as Wood Hyacinth) grows to 18 inches, taller than English bluebell and the flowers are powder blue, pink or white. It blooms later too, and will grow in sun or shade. If you live in a hot climate, choose a shady location. They make a nice transitional flower, after the early spring bulbs, but before the perennials. It's hardy even for Zone 3, and can be grown in warm climates too. Spanish bluebell will tolerate drought much better than English bluebells, which do better in moist areas. Mixing the three color varieties at the edge of a shady area, where they will still receive sun is a nice location. They are also lovely in the middle of a border. Brenda Hyde

    My Garden

      IF I could put my woods in song
      And tell what's there enjoyed,
      All men would to my gardens throng,
      And leave the cities void.

      In my plot no tulips blow,--
      Snow-loving pines and oaks instead;
      And rank the savage maples grow
      From Spring's faint flush to Autumn red.

      My garden is a forest ledge
      Which older forests bound;
      The banks slope down to the blue lake-edge,
      Then plunge to depths profound.

      Here once the Deluge ploughed,
      Laid the terraces, one by one;
      Ebbing later whence it flowed,
      They bleach and dry in the sun.

      The sowers made haste to depart,--
      The wind and the birds which sowed it;
      Not for fame, nor by rules of art,
      Planted these, and tempests flowed it.

      Waters that wash my garden-side
      Play not in Nature's lawful web,
      They heed not moon or solar tide,--
      Five years elapse from flood to ebb.

      Hither hasted, in old time, Jove,
      And every god,--none did refuse;
      And be sure at last came Love,
      And after Love, the Muse.

      Keen ears can catch a syllable,
      As if one spake to another,
      In the hemlocks tall, untamable,
      And what the whispering grasses smother.

      ├ćolian harps in the pine
      Ring with the song of the Fates;
      Infant Bacchus in the vine,--
      Far distant yet his chorus waits.

      Canst thou copy in verse one chime
      Of the wood-bell's peal and cry,
      Write in a book the morning's prime,
      Or match with words that tender sky?

      Wonderful verse of the gods,
      Of one import, of varied tone;
      They chant the bliss of their abodes
      To man imprisoned in his own.

      Ever the words of the gods resound;
      But the porches of man's ear
      Seldom in this low life's round
      Are unsealed, that he may hear.

      Wandering voices in the air
      And murmurs in the wold
      Speak what I cannot declare,
      Yet cannot all withhold.

      When the shadow fell on the lake,
      The whirlwind in ripples wrote
      Air-bells of fortune that shine and break,
      And omens above thought.

      But the meanings cleave to the lake,
      Cannot be carried in book or urn;
      Go thy ways now, come later back,
      On waves and hedges still they burn.

      These the fates of men forecast,
      Of better men than live to-day;
      If who can read them comes at last
      He will spell in the sculpture,'Stay.'

      Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Fuchsia Windchime 'Dark Eyes'

tolerates more heat.

Hummingbird Bath


Fire Pink/Silene virginica is so called because of the little indention in the petal as if it's been pinked.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Japanese Maple

red is like a giant bouquet in the landscape.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Creeping Phlox

in all it's glory is easy to spot in the landscape.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Pieris japonica/Andromeda

New Pieris foliage looks like flowers.

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
 You know how it is with an April day 
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
 You're one month on in the middle of May. 
But if you so much as dare to speak, 
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
 A wind comes off a frozen peak,
 And you're two months back in the middle of March.
Robert Frost

Sunday, April 13, 2008


are beginning to bloom.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Ornamental Peach

even after last year's harsh conditions looks beautiful.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Trillium is up and budded.

Eastern Bluebirds are feeding on mealworms.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Bellis perennis/English Daisy

English daisies like cool temperatures and afternoon shade.  

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

arrive first. Females arrive later. We have seen some males that seem to be just stopping by to tank up on nectar and move on. This one, however, has been around all day and has been perching in a nearby tree to oversee the feeder. As you can see, he likes the pineapple sage.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Narcissus Salome

I've always been disappointed with Salome until it bloomed for me in Zone 6. It's prettier here in the cooler temperature.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Calibrachoa 'Superbells' Scarlet'

in a hanging basket is now on the deck. Last year I had a yellowish one. It bloomed profusely, and lived long into the winter before finally succumbing to the cold. It must be placed in a protected spot for the stems are very brittle and break easily. Soon it will be large and covered with blossoms

New Guinea Impatiens 'Super Sonic' Red '04'
Blossoms are so huge on such a small plant. 

While it is cool, I will enjoy the Fuchsia 'Shadow Dancer' Marcia'.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

Come, come to me little one. The HummZinger is filled and all the flowers await you. Pear, peach, cherry, forsythia, daffodils, violets, dogwood, honeysuckle, pansy, sage, salvia, candytuft and hellebore are here to welcome you.

Arrival 10:30 A.M.
Well, hello. We've been expecting you.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

An Established Garden

Gardens are so perishable; they live on only in books and letters; but what has gone before is not lost; the future is the past entered by another door.  Elizabeth Lawrence.

Have you ever fantasized of buying an established garden and watch what magically appears thoughout the seasons? That's what Beautiful At All Seasons is about.

It's cherry blossom time. I've added weeping cherries to the garden this year.