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June 26, 2014

Colorful Containers

Filed under: Containers,Spring,Summer — Judy @ 10:28 pm

Some of the fun part of what we do is planting containers for folks. Every spring we make the rounds of so many garden centers finding the best looking plants. There are the tried and true plants, the new cultivars, thrillers, fillers, and spillers and we need to select hundreds every year to fill all those containers. The deck, where we store them until they get used, is crammed full three or four times every year.

Plants on deck

We start out the planting season in mid-April with some ceramic bowls stuffed with colorful pansies and Johnny jump-ups. There is still the possibility of snow and freezing temperatures until mid-May and these plants are troopers! Their sweet smell and cheery faces are always welcome and hold up well until the weather gets downright hot.



Once the weather stabilizes, we get busy filling all the containers. What plants go in which containers always depends on the environmental situation. Is it a hot spot, a shady spot? Will the plants get watered faithfully or have an irrigation line tapped in, or will they be left mostly to their own devices – never a good situation! Some plants are so tough (more…)

May 25, 2014

Flora – up close and personal

Filed under: Flowers,Spring — Judy @ 2:12 pm

Some more of the flowers and foliage showing off now.

Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven'

Polemonium ‘Stairway to Heaven’

Amethyst Myst Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Amethyst Myst’

Pulmonaria Mrs. Moon

Pulmonaria ‘Mrs. Moon’

Yellow iris and Scilla hispanica

Early yellow iris and Scilla hispanica just opening

Painted ferns and Brownies coral bells

Japanese painted ferns and Heuchera ‘Brownies’


Trollius (globeflower)

Burkwood viburnum

Viburnum burkwoodii

Mayapple flower

Mayapple flower

Violets and coreopsis

Wild violets in the Coreopsis

Isn’t that last one sweet?

May 1, 2014

May Day Flowers and Foliage

Filed under: Flowers,Spring — Judy @ 1:24 pm

Spring is here! A few flowers and foliage images to celebrate May Day:

The pinkish new foliage of Polemonium ‘Stairway to Heaven’ – this is such a great 3-season plant!

Polemonium Stairway to Heaven

Chionodoxa forbesii – “Glory of the Snow” – love this blue!

100_3232 Chionodoxa

Pulmonaria ‘Mrs. Moon’ – Lungwort – the spotted foliage is the thing!

Pulmonaria Mrs Moon

Yup, gotta have daffodils!


Quince is almost open!


Primula vulgaris – primroses – terrible name, but such a lovely scent on these sweet yellow flowers!


Are you dancing around the maypole today?

April 2, 2014

Phipps Spring 2014

Filed under: Shows and Tours,Slideshows,Spring — Judy @ 10:14 am

I do love going to the Phipps Conservatory when we go to Pittsburgh! Here is the Spring Show from March 2014 featuring primroses, pansies, and so many beautiful orchids. Enjoy!

Phipps Spring 2014

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