container gardening


By |2019-03-14T17:07:43-04:00March 14, 2019|8 McDowell, Friday Flowers, Garden|

Container gardening is one of the things I love most about gardening.

 I love the colors and textures (surprise, surprise, right?)

Containers can, sometimes, be the only way to garden in a difficult spot. We have a Japanese Maple in our terrace garden that totally prevents me from digging into the ground below it. Containers to the rescue!

They add dimension to certain spaces. The tall green one below forms an end point in one garden and raises the eye a bit.

I’ve always liked containers by a front entrance. In my case, we have brick steps leading to a brick porch area with the front door. What a perfect place for containers. The only problem here is it faces directly west with that very hot afternoon sun so I have to be very careful with what plants will survive. Succulents have, over the years here, been the best choice.


containers in my garden

Here is a photo I had put into Instagram back in February. You can see what was, to my eye, pure garden candy! Oh the colors. So, of course, I went back and bought that orange one you see at beginning of this post. Do I love it? […]


By |2021-06-04T15:17:17-04:00October 8, 2015|Friday Flowers, Garden|

Montrose Gardens

How to explain to you this almost magical place in Hillsborough, North Carolina?

Nancy Goodwin and her husband, Craufurd, bought this historic property of sixty acres in 1977. They have restored the house and outbuildings, but most importantly they have designed, planted, tended and loved the acres of gardens here. Montrose is now on the National Register of Historic Places as well as being a project of The Garden Conservancy.

For a wonderful and more detailed  article all about Montrose, take a look at Anne Raver’s article in The New York Times.


Nancy and Craufurd hosted a “Garden Containers at Montrose” talk and workshop a few weeks ago. I was absolutely delighted to be included!
Craufurd, an economics professor at Duke University, gave us an hour’s talk about the kinds of containers he has collected and curated since 1977. The most fascinating and unique were his “Recycled Vessels from the American Farm” which includes such things as copper jelly kettles, kettles for “scalding critters, and cast-iron wash pots. We listened as we sat in the antique filled library of one of the original (1844) out buildings surrounded by original Bloomsbury Group artwork! Yes, they have been collectors for decades.

Needless to say, I was enjoying every minute of […]

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