If you follow Growing The Home Garden on Facebook you may have already seen some of these pictures! The garden is really coming alive thanks to the extra warm weather. This post is very garden picture heavy! See if you can identify the plants in each photo. Try not to cheat by looking at the file names of the images! Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo5 Photo 6 Photo7 Photo 8 Photo 9 Photo 10 Photo11 Photo 12 Photo 13 Photo 14 Photo 15 Photo 16 Photo 17 Good luck! Just identify the plants in the comments below and I'll check back later to see how correct you are!
The first frosts are almost always something that this gardener dreads. Mostly because it is the end of the growing season - mostly, some plants will grow on through the winter. But if you look closely at the frost you can also find it is a thing of beauty. Frost on Viburnum x burkwoodii Frost on Butterfly Bush Frost on a Solar Globe Light Frost on Oregano Frost on 'Shasta' viburnum Frost on Thyme Have you had your first frost yet? Have a safe and happy Halloween! Join the 2011 Fall Color Project and share the brilliance of Autumn!
Here's a quick look at my garden shed in the morning while a thin layer of fog was resting over the backyard. Two crape myrtles are planted on either side of the pathway but only one has bloomed - maybe next year the crape myrtles will achieve the effect I was hoping for.
I posted this picture the other day on The Home Garden Facebook page but thought I'd share it here too. Dandelions may be the bane of the lawn care perfectionist but if you look close I think you can appreciate the beauty in even the weeds.
A few years ago I drew a rough drawing of a garden area for my in-laws. They had just built their new house and were excited to fill the landscaping in with something they would enjoy. What I came up with was a sitting garden. Essentially an area where they could go outside and relax while watching the garden or just enjoying the outdoors. I put two elements into the plan that I think are necessary in every garden: an observation point (in this case a spot to sit) and a pathway. I think when you have those elements in mind you can build the garden around it. In the beginning what they had as an aggregate sidewalk that stretched form the driveway to their front steps which subdivided this are from the rest of the yard and made for a perfect region for a garden. The site had a…
'White Swan' Coneflower picture taken in June of 2010. Dwarf Boxwood hedge in the background.
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Today school was out, the roads were iced over, and the garden was draped in white. I always enjoy the one or two times each winter when our landscape is covered in snow. That's the great thing about living in Tennessee - or one of the great things - the mild winters! It will snow a couple times each year with usually no more than 1-4 inches. When it does snow 12-24 inches it doesn't last long and you're left wondering "did that really happen?" And around here we measure the snow in inches - not in feet! It's this type of situation that allows us to enjoy Old Man Winter when he comes to visit. So here's what winter really looks like in Tennessee (although technically it isn't winter yet!) We wake up to temperatures beyond cold, way beyond cold. My wireless weather station does a nice job of…
At least for these plants! This time of year it's simply amazing how lush and green all the plants are. Green happens to the be subject of the latest Gardening Gone Wild Photo Contest. This morning I went out and took a few pictures of the greenery around the garden that might be contest worthy. Here's a look at a few of the pictures I took. Heuchera 'Dale's Strain' - This is a fun little green heuchera with little silver shading that dapples the leaves. Hosta - It could be a 'Patriot' but my memory is fading as to which hosta went where in the corner shade garden. The dappled foliage of the Japanese Dappled Willow (Salix integra). The green flower of a Snowball viburnum - not yet mature. The 'Shasta' Viburnum And another picture of the 'Shasta' Viburnum. The still light green flowers make the perfect picture for this…
Moss: Nature's Carpet Edit: Here's just a short note to mention that I finally managed a little more work on the greenhouse! If you go to the post you'll see the beginning of a green roof overhang for the front door.