Around the Garden World – Day 9

Yesterday I was posting about “micro-gardens”. Today I was walking around the gentrified neighborhood Church Hill in east Richmond, Virginia, and saw these “fairy gardens” or sometimes called miniature gardens. The really odd thing about the fairy garden (there is a sign that says, “Fairy Garden Open”)was that it was on a street corner and seemed to be on what is considered public easement.

not too sure about mr. gnome and barbie hooking up

This was the miniature garden’s garden

Troll doll visits for the day

This looked like artichoke leaves

To learn more about Miniature gardens, check out Janit Calvo’s book Gardening In Miniature. 

Around the Garden World – Day 8

While visiting in Richmond, Virginia I’m finding some wonderful little micro gardens in the small lots of the Churchill community. 

 No yard for these town homes but that hasn’t slowed these gardeners down!

I loved these mini-gardens in the front of Portrait House restaurant – great succulent window boxes

Around the Garden World – Day 7

I’m writing today as Hubby and I drive to Richmond, Virginia so I’m checking out how smart my smartphone is – let’s see if I can write a blog from the phone using photos taken on the phone a few weeks ago. (And getting interrupted every few minutes with Hubby’s, “look at that beautiful scene!”, as we travel through these gorgeous Virginia hills). So far we’ve looked at gardens for their beauty. Here at the Franklin, Tennessee Farmers Market is bounty from gardens usually   known for more practical purposes. I love how these gardens bring folks together.

#4 son and I ran into the McFaddens – both of us mommas a little tender hearted about our last trip together to the farmers market  with our kiddos before we sent them off to college. 

Practicality of the gardens doesn’t mean beauty can’t abound – the colors of harvest are rich and inviting.

These cut flowers in a tin can were selling like hot cakes.

How can you resist buying from this smile!

Loved seeing Amy Brothers and all her girls.

Pretty okra!

Too pretty to eat
Beautiful woodwork p

Love me some Papa C’s Pies. 

Around the Garden World – Day 6

New Dawn Rose putting on a fresh flush of bloom with blue clematis. 

 I have so loved visiting gardens around the country but I absolutely love having time to spend in my own garden. Here’s a peek at what I’ve got growing on in Sage Gardens.

Close up of Troy’s Gold and Whopper Red Begonia

 Tropicana Canna, Whopper Begonias, Plectranthus ‘Troy’s Gold’, and creeping fig vine (Muehlenbeckia)

It’s really more about the pots…
Yes, the passion vine needs a little trimming, but I’m not one to cut back on passions

The passion flower bud is alluring

but the passion flower itself is otherworldly. Looks like a Dr. Seuss plant!



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Naked ladies!! (Belladona lily) with a friendly butterfly 

Crepe myrtle Red Rocket

Chenille, Black Pearl Pepper

Whopper begonia and Wedding Train Coleus

This is the new Torenia Catalina Grape-O-Licious with Big Begonia

one of my all time favorites – Cuphea Flamenco Samba

Rozanne Geranium 

Oakleaf hydrangea

Japanese Kerrie

Japanese Kerrie with Burgandy Geranium and Plectranthus Troy’s Gold – the heat and drought!

Superbells Blackberry Punch Calibrachoa – LOVE THIS PLANT!!!! 

This Supertunia Cotton Candy Petunia has been a Proven Winner in my garden! 

Tiger-eye Sumac

 Here are a few of my favorite guests in the garden – the hummingbird moth

 sorry folks, I really don’t know my butterflies so chime in if you know which kind these are

This I believe is a swallow tail


Around the Garden World In 365 Days – Day 5

 Jardin Jeanne-d’Arc is a sunken garden within the larger National Battlefields Park. In the center of the garden is a statue of Joan of Arc that was donated by sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington to “the most beautiful city in the world”. The garden was designed in 1938 by landscape architect Louis Perron.

 A great combination of Blackie Sweet Potato vine and blue scaevola.

 The play of color and texture was fabulous throughout the garden like these black rubber plants contrasted with red gerber daisies and the fine texture of Fireworks grass pennisetum seen in close up below.

 Cool idea to put these trellised mandevillas behind the rubber plants (ficus elastic).

 Another great display of color and texture using Princess grass, banana trees, and an assortment of other plants that I wasn’t too sure about.

Love Anemones!

 I won’t grow blood grass here in Tennessee because it is so invasive but adore the impact it gives in the landscape.

 Sweet dahlia – these look like “Bishop’s Children” Dalhias.

 Black Pearl pepper are perfect in from on these orange blooming cannas.

Photo bomb by my friend Cindy Shapton!

 A paint brush stroke of echinaceas.

Around the Garden World In 365 Days – Day 4

One of the benefits of a virtual garden tour is that one day you can visit a garden center on the quaint island of Ile d’Orleans in Quebec and the next day you can be yarnin’ with down-home country folk in Mentone, Alabama at Moon Lake Trading Company – part garden center, part country store. Here’s a glimpse at one of Alabama’s grooviest garden spots.

 Gardening going to pot

 And don’t forget that classic garden readers are timeless in their applicability.

Around The Garden World – Day 3

 To get to know the gardens of any city, one should always visit the Independent Garden Centers in the area. On the enchanting Ile d’Orleans, Le Jardin des Arts was more than a garden center – it was a place to explore local artistic work, both botanical and eclectic.

 I absolutely adored how they built garden displays INSIDE the store

 Enjoy the tour!!

Around the Garden World – Day 2

When I first was planning last month’s trip to Quebec with the Garden Writer’s Symposium, I kept wondering who this Jardin fella was that so many places were named after. Obviously, I never took French in school and “Jardin” is French for garden, which is what Garden Writers would be wanting to see.

What I didn’t realize is that Quebec City is as much a garden city as it is a historical one.

 Hanging baskets and windowboxes abound throughout the city.

 No skippy little containers or garden beds in this city!

The gardens here will capture your heart.

 In front of the Parliament Building is an vegetable garden growing in raised beds and “Smart Pots“.

Nasturtiums are pretty and edible

Cindy Shapton showing the artistic beauty that can be created using the smart pots. 

Love this combination 

I think I’d have a hard time staying inside if I worked in this Parliament building!

Around the Garden World – Day 1

I am a project person. Give me a goal, a time line, and I’ll come up with a plan of action to bring the task to completion. So as I began the daunting task of sorting through the thousands of photographs that I’ve take over the last year and a half in my multiple travels, I knew I had a project brewing that would fall in line with my original goal of starting this blog – the goal being to help cultivate a love of gardening by informing, encouraging, and simplifying the plant world. Along the way I’ve also tied in a bit of life because I am always growing – either horticulturally or metaphorically.
THEREFORE, it is with much anticipation and a little trepidation that I begin my next blog project – 365 Days of garden treasures from around the country. Some days there will be stories and pictures about these gardens or the people behind the gardens, some days there may be just the who, what, and where with a few photographs.  Check in daily and take a glimpse of some great gardens!

Day 1 – If you live in Quebec, year-round gardening is an indoor activity. And my friend and Garden Writer’s Association President Larry Hodgson built a living tropical wall into his home in Quebec City. I caught up with the Larry while he was in the bath tub (giggle) and gleaned a little about how he built this botanical bathroom beauty.

Larry gives us the grand tour of his indoor tropical paradise.

Rocks cover the drain which captures the gentle waterfall that drizzles over the plants .  Larry has a pump on a timer that drips from the top of the wall onto the plantings. 
Cork was attached to the wall against a waterproofing wall liner; the  plants grow in a thick mass of moss. 

Can any garden be complete without pink flamingos?

Larry, if you get a chance to read this, chime in with more details – inquiring minds want to know.