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FRIDAY FLOWERS: GROWING DAHLIAS

One of the best garden blogs around is
The Middle-Sized Garden

Yes, it is based in the U.K. so of course discusses gardens over there. But the information is, I have found, so very universal. Plus, I come away with so many new places I want to visit!

Go to the home page and look around. See what you think.

Last week Alexandra did a video chat all about growing dahlias. Listen to how the Brits pronounce this flower: dahlias with the ‘a’ being a long one. Do you like it?
I found this video talk so informative even though I have grown dahlias for years. But watch it until the end: I love the way they discuss companion plants for dahlias. I’ve now started thinking of next spring and making certain I plant some sun loving dahlias right with my cannas. Somehow I never saw those two together before!!

 

This is the only dahlia I’ve grown this year…sadly. These came to me from many family generations and I do treasure them! I dig up some of the tubers each fall but also leave some in the ground for the winter. In this climate it doesn’t really seem to make a difference (sigh of relief!)

dahlias

By |2019-09-04T17:04:36-04:00September 4, 2019|Friday Flowers, Garden|

FRIDAY FLOWERS: TRIP TO BIG BLOOMERS!

Unless you are local to this area of North Carolina you probably do not know the name

Big Bloomers

It’s an enormous flower farm, retail garden center, and home of so many plants of all sizes and kinds that it can be totally overwhelming.

But if you ARE local, then you need to get over and down there. Annuals, of which there are thousands (?) are more than half price off.  They even have healthy petunias in nice size pots for $2.00. My flowering cannas, Chocolate Sunrise, were $6.95 each.

I didn’t take any pictures while we were there…it was just TOO HOT to do much of anything. I was on a mission to buy plants and DID accomplish that!

All this for $40.00. Pretty pink portulaca for my hot western rock garden. They had been, and are everywhere else, $3.95. Marked down to $1.00.  You just can’t beat the prices, and these are all very healthy plants.

I asked how long the sale lasts: until they sell out and then the pansies start.
Yes, pansies!

By |2019-08-15T17:36:17-04:00August 15, 2019|Friday Flowers, Shopping|

HOUSE RENOVATION: THE STAIRS

Our house was built in 1992. One woman lived here until we bought it in 2010. We think she never, ever went upstairs (master bedroom is on ground floor) and thus the carpeting on the staircase and upstairs was barely used.

So yes, this was a good thing for us. I guess.

But was it our taste? Certainly not. The builder had installed same carpet in every house here and some houses even had it in the bathroom. Horrors. At least our bathrooms had vinyl tile!

Here is the original bland carpet extending almost wall to wall on stairs and landing. It also covered the entire upstairs hall and guest room.

We lived with said carpet for 8 years. We had carpet companies, carpenters, and builders all in about five years ago to see our options.

We thought long and hard about how to move forward. Cost was a consideration in that I would have liked to sand and stain the treads. But the wood under the carpet was rough pine and would never have looked smooth or taken a stain well. So, short of removing the bannister and replacing all the treads and the entire floor on the […]

By |2019-08-11T21:45:19-04:00August 11, 2019|8 McDowell, Shopping|

A Shout-Out to Garnet Hill

Do you know the retailer,

Garnet Hill?
They do actually have an outlet store in Franconia, New Hampshire, but most of their business is on-line.

I have been a very faithful customer for years and years; I think I started ordering from them in the late 80’s!

I will start this short post by saying HOW much I adore this “store.”

Their sheets are, with maybe one exception, the ONLY brand I buy. Ever. And I don’t buy the Eileen Fisher or Wamsutta or anything else they actually do sell but rather I only buy their own brand. The percale sheets are superb. They fit beautifully, they wash superbly, they last for at least fifteen years (remember, I don’t own a clothes dryer!), and they iron easily. 

Yes, you will see a set of their sheets hanging in my laundry room about every ten days.

Recently I have had a yen for linen sheets. I looked and looked and researched and realized I wanted the softest possible fabric, as per many reviews. So, of course, I went to Garnet Hill.

This is what I bought:

These are the Solid Relaxed-Linen Bedding in Tourmaline […]

By |2019-07-29T14:54:32-04:00July 28, 2019|Shopping|

FRIDAY FLOWERS: THE GARDEN MUSEUM

This is one of my favorite places in London.

 And yes, if you are a long time follower here, I did a post about the Museum in this post.

The Garden Museum

 

The Garden Museum is a lovely, quiet oasis on the South Bank across the Lambeth Bridge and just a short way from Westminster. Its Cafe is excellent; I highly recommend it if you go. The Museum is actually the renovated and redesigned Church of St. Mary-at-Lambeth. The building/church was due for demolition in the 70’s and was rescued by Rosemary and John Nicholson. You can read all about it HERE.

 

Just a month ago I went to see the exhibition of Ivon Hitchens: The Painter in the Woods

 

And at the same time, an exhibition of  George Rowlett: Paintings of Sarah Price’s Garden

 

But MOST IMPORTANTLY
The Museum needs support and help from all of us.  A planning application for high rise…as in 28 stories.. luxury apartment building has […]

By |2019-07-11T21:09:14-04:00July 11, 2019|Garden, Travel|

VISIT TO CLIFTON NURSERIES IN LONDON

Our visit to
Clifton Nurseries
was an unexpected and delightful surprise.

I had never heard of it, nor had I been to this part of London. It is near the Little Venice neighborhood and the tube stop is Warwick Aveneue.

It is set back behind and between so many gorgeous and beautiful London houses and, if you didn’t know about it, could almost be missed as it is set back like a private park.

What a hidden gem it is! A bit like Petersham Nurseries I would say, on a smaller scale. And from their website it seems the main business is landscape design. But the variety of plants, furniture, garden tools of all kinds, baskets, topiaries, succulents and gifts is wonderful.  The selection of pots, garden tools, water features and furniture is amazing and a bit overwhelming!

 

 

I need this furniture!!!

 

 

Loved these wire animal topiaries!

 

I have been looking for ages to buy these metal plant supports but cannot find them anywhere in the States. If you know how to find them, please let […]

By |2019-06-27T16:50:52-04:00June 27, 2019|Garden, Travel|
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