FRIDAY FLOWERS: ALMOST SPRING

By |2019-02-28T17:06:54-05:00February 28, 2019|Friday Flowers, Garden|

I realize not everyone has had nice, or even decent, weather lately. Between snow, cold and rain it has not been a great winter for many of us. So, of course, flowers are few and far between (except those luscious tulips at the store!)
We are fortunate to have a somewhat milder climate here in Zone 7b. This doesn’t mean we don’t get a lot of rain and grey days…but it does begin to warm up for many days in February.

Thank goodness I planted many new daffodils last fall. They are so easy, the deer don’t eat them, and oh do they put on a show in early Spring!

 

I had totally forgotten I put in these cute, bright Anemone Blanda/Grecian Windflower,  last fall.

 

The tulips are coming! I had an overflow of bulbs last fall so stuck these in pots just outside the back door. Have no idea what they are….which will be fun!

 

One of my hellebores from Pine Knot Farms:
‘Penny’s Pink’

 

Even the Iberis/Candytuft has popped open in a sunny, protected site.

 

Pansies do well here in […]

FRIDAY FLOWERS: DAY TRIP TO PINE KNOT FARMS

By |2017-03-02T18:21:13-05:00March 2, 2017|Uncategorized|

PINE KNOT FARMS

This is a very unusual destination!
Hellebores is the ONLY product you can buy here.

Dick and Judith Knott Tyler have owned the farm and run the business since 1982.  They know hellebores! They have written books and articles, they travel extensively to broaden their hellebore knowledge, and they give talks to many, many groups. I first heard them at the North Carolina Botanical Garden when I was new to this area…and to hellebores! Now I am hooked.

 

 

As far as the eye can see…hellebores!

 

 

 

And here are my new “babies”

 

 

Pretty special, aren’t they? In about two years they will have doubled in size and be oh so gorgeous. Stick around and I’ll show them to you!

It IS a long drive from our area. Take a lunch, or […]

FRIDAY FLOWERS: TIME FOR THE HELLEBORES

By |2017-02-02T17:51:30-05:00February 2, 2017|Friday Flowers|

Hellebores
A sure sign that winter is ending and spring is just around the corner.

I had barely even heard of these magnificent flowers until I moved to North Carolina! Where had I been, right? The range of colors and the carefree attention shown these perennials is remarkable.
I inherited some very simple, basic, white and pale pink plants when we bought this house. And now, a few years later , I finally have some new varieties.

My first bouquet picked this week:

They are perfect..oh so perfect..in this indigo blue mug made by my sister and given to me for Christmas.

These, above and below, are new(ish). I don’t know the variety, but they are just a bit sturdier and more solid than my inherited plants and flowers.

 

This beautiful pink one below is from Tryon Palace in New Bern. More to come on that visit!

Did you know there is an annual Hellebore Festival? Yes indeed,
Pine Knot Farms
in Clarksville, Virginia opens their farm and gardens to the public for four weekends each year. The next series of open houses begins on Feb. 17, just a few weeks […]

IN A VASE ON MONDAY: LOTS OF GREEN

By |2021-06-04T15:15:04-04:00March 28, 2016|Garden|

It’s Monday and, once again, time to link up to Cathy at
Rambling in the Garden
and her popular meme, “In a Vase on Monday.”

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Today I chose some beautiful Viburnum carlesii, Hellebore foetidus, Hellebore silver lace, and a petite white Jonquil.

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I put them in a silver cup that had belonged to my Grandfather. It was his prize for winning a doubles match in tennis…he played all his life and was even rated in the “80’s Plus” division. We have two of these cups; they are very special and were just perfect for these greens and whites!

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IMG_7163-1_wmThis last image is a result of another wonderful preset from Kim Klassen.
Thank you, Kim!

Hope you all have a good week.

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FRIDAY FLOWERS

By |2015-03-05T21:07:32-05:00March 5, 2015|Friday Flowers|

It’s that time of year, once again….
time for the Hellebores to show their stuff!

And, I mean that quite literally. My poor Hellebores were hidden under layers of huge, heavy leaves until I finally cleared them this morning. What a lovely sight to see the pale pink and white, fragile, gentle flowers emerge.

An antique silver cup seemed only fitting, don’t you agree?

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My hellebore foetidus are thriving and look so cheerful mixed with grocery store tulips:

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It seems I have a habit of posting about Hellebores every year!
Here is one of my favorite images from a year ago,  combining hellebores and lavender:

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Again, last year but a little later in the season, here with some daffodils:

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And THIS POST from 2012.

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Are you a Hellebore fan?

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FRIDAY FLOWERS: START WITH A VASE

By |2014-04-03T22:28:55-04:00April 3, 2014|Friday Flowers|

I started with the vase: it’s one of my own designs from many years ago done for Hausenware.
Next, I gathered some daffodils from various parts of my garden. Some of the daffs have long since faded and withered, but others are just coming out. Most of these were actually planted long before we moved here so it’s a wonderful bonus to see them each spring (and not really know just what I ‘m going to see.)

Then, once again, those wonderful hellebore foetidus.

And finally, some rosemary which has just begun to flower (can you see those tiny bits of blue?).

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I had a few minutes this evening to play with some filters. This one, below, is
Kim Klassen’s Sunkist, at 76% opacity.

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For a totally different look, I tried the Waterlogue effect:

Waterlogue

The viburnum carlesii will be […]

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