Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sara P Duke Gardens in late June

Visited Duke Gardens today, looked really nice as always. This post will share some of the scenes and plantings in the gardens. Always look forward to visiting the gardens, looks like there is a lot more ginger lilies planted than ever before hope to catch them in bloom in late summer.

 Coneflowers were in peak bloom, a real delight. Same no big butterflies visiting them though.
 Hostas and ferns, nice!
 Lots of elephant ears mixing the colored foliage. 
 Water Lilies!!

 Two angles of my favorite bench in the gardens, nice hideaway.

The white garden above and below, only white flowers in this garden! 

 Gray Hairstreak on Black-eyed Susan.
 Old fashioned flowers in the Burpee Garden.
 Juniper Hairstreak!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Plant Delights and Juniper Level Botanic Gardens

We went to the open house at Plant Delights Nursery yesterday, the focus was on hellebores. It was at least 10 years since I visited there, back then I didn't know what a hellebore was. I do recall spending $125 and getting a box and a half of plants, this time $125 bought a half box of plants. Just about everything they sell is rare and unusual, so one would expect to pay more.

Some impressive gardens don't you think?

One thing that was a surprise was all the trillium in the gardens, never seen so many in all the years I have been gardening.. 
The gardens are called Juniper Level Botanic Gardens
Meg, bought the above trillium Oconee Yellow, we have a few trilliums in our garden. Maybe one day we'll have a mass of trilliums like shown below.

 I'm a big fan of cyclamen we have maybe 6 varieties in our garden, I added 2 more today, one of them a white blooming cyclamen.

  • Ok now for some hellebores from the gardens.

  • Above is a single flowering hellebore.

  • Here is a semi double hellebore.

  • Above and below some very nice double hellebores.

     Yellow hellebores used to be somewhat rare, not anymore.

     This semi double I've love to have in our garden one day.
     Below is Penny's Pink we have it in our garden expecting it to open up any day.