Path to Secret Garden

At last, the rains fell in torrents, the sun appeared and a walk through the gardens to the path to the Secret Garden. What will my eyes behold there anew? It is always exciting to see what is springing up from my last visit. The Promise Gardens are ever-changing as different species and plants appear for their show. The critters have made havoc in some places as they munch on hostas and favorite vegetation. I miss the beauty of walking paths of candytuft but the rabbits devoured and wild strawberries have taken their place. It is still glorious even with its change and hot summer weather here. I shall continue my walk and discover. . .

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“Mountain and meadow blend their gifts in one.
This morn I trod the secret path of dreams,
 And, lo! my wilding flowers sprang thick around me,
Alpine and lowland too; and with them sprang
Blossoms that never had I known before
Except in poets’ pages—fancied forms
And hues that shone in more than Alpine light.
 Poppies incarnadine and rosemary,
And violets with gentle eyes were there,
 And their sweet cousinry, the periwinkles;
 Night-blooming cereus, agrimony, rue,
And stately damask roses, Eastern queens,
The noblest-born of flowers; and by their side
The panthers of the meadow, tiger-lilies;
Came with her trembling banner of perfumed bells
The lily of the valley, and the jessamine,
Princesses twain with maiden fragrance pure;
The azure of the Alpine gentian shone
  Intense beneath the rival blue of heaven;
Along the heights blossomed the Alpine rose,
And higher yet the starry edelweiss,—
 And sweet the wind came o’er the visioned Alp.
_Titus Munson Coan

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Oh Roses…Before and After

“I KNOW a little garden-close
Set thick with lily and red rose,
Where I would wander if I might
From dewy dawn to dewy night,
And have one with me wandering…”*

The Fountain Rose Garden “before and after” the rain. The sun is shining bright and early this morning so this garden will be restored to its proper glory and new blooms after the gardener’s loving touch.

Promise Gardens Rainy Day #2

A GARDEN is a lovesome thing, God wot!
Rose plot,
Fringed pool,
Ferned grot—
The veriest school
Of peace; and yet the fool
Contends that God is not—
Not God! in gardens! when the eve is cool?
Nay, but I have a sign;
’Tis very sure God walks in mine.**

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*William Morris
** My Garden, Thomas Edward Brown (1830–1897)

Photographic Notes:  The top image was captured with the Sony Nex7 (purse camera) and bottom image with iPhone and Camera Awesome. 

Beautiful Container Gardens

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It’s “Beautiful Container Garden” time now that the weather has warmed for those luscious annuals and colorful annuals/tropicals. This image serves as fun new inspiration in the gardens. I have included my former “Beautiful Container Gardens” post as well for our new gardening friends. Get inspired from the Southern Living Container Gardening link for your new containers. There is much to be gleaned there. Our new ones are forthcoming on the blog when rain and wind stop to design them. Have a happy container hunt and design!   Be sure to read my post below for tips and more.

Do you love container gardening?  Looking for a way to beautify your gardens with your favorites and keep the critters out?  Do you have limited garden space?  If you answered yes to these questions, consider the wonderful ways you can dress up your gardens, porch, deck, patio and more with a plethora of different plants and flowers in containers.  I have always loved them because I love vases filled indoors and urns outdoors so they were a sure bet for me in my Promise Gardens.  I have everything in them from roses, flowering shrubs, perennials, annuals, tropicals and more.  In the summer, I fill large containers with tomato, squash, lettuce, cucumbers, peppers and herbs.  All of these plants and vegetables grow beautifully and they are easy to water, feed and protect from disease and insects.  They are just the best and their use and creativity is limitless.

This container and its twin sit in “pie-shaped” twin gardens on each side of my porch stairs.  They contain floribunda roses, perennials, annuals, grasses, trailing vines and many other plants.  Each year I choose different plants and create a new look for the season and transfer the previous years plants to the main Promise Gardens to spread and supply me with future container plants.  It is pure joy to create and photograph them and during our flower and garden show to share them with friends and family.

One of the first questions I am asked about the containers when folks come to visit the gardens or see photographs of them is “how do I create them?” and where can they learn to do it.   I share my favorite books and sites with them (see links on tab above).  My favorite container gardening book is P. Allen Smith’s “Container Gardening” and was the inspiration for my twin containers above.    You can visit his website to see photos, videos and recipes for container gardening.  The book is a “must-have” for your gardening bookshelf and will inspire you to create beautiful containers for your home and gardens.

We will be sharing many of our container photographs and recipes over the seasons.  Be sure and come back and visit us.  Happy Container Gardening!

A Beautiful Ride with Flowers

As you might have guessed from my new banner, I have completed the garden bicycle and it is exactly what I anticipated it to be…simply lovely!  As I blogged on my design in earlier posts of “Promise Garden Color Guide” and “A Lovely Ride” the flower bicycle is a favorite focal point for the 2012 Rose & Flower Show with lots of exclamations of “wow” with praise and “I want one”!

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A few notes:  My final decision was Turquoise as the color for the bike (see Color Guide link above) and Purple for the Herb Tricycle (photos forthcoming).  The flowers will grow out and cascade over the bicycle in several weeks which will enhance it even more.  I used many different annuals and perennials that trail, cascade and give an ever-blooming display.  Watch the blog for more on the bikes, trikes and potting tables.  The slideshow gallery for the 2012 Rose & Flower Show will be posted soon.   Be inspired to create and happy gardening!!