11 February 2018

Dallas Redux

An annual fall convention took me to Dallas this past year for a second time. I was there for a visit in 2010 when my convention was held there that year. I needed to satisfy my botanic garden thirst one day on my recent visit before the convention started, so I hopped on a long boring bus ride out from the downtown hotel and spent time at the Dallas Arboretum.

This botanical garden is one of my favorites, filled with interesting things and things that I like to see. Enjoy my photo log of the latest visit.
No this was not Jurassic Park, but there was Alocasia everywhere. Love it.

Are there started indoors in a prior year?

Alocasia, coleus, and crape myrtle.



Coleus like a hedge.

Coleus "Red Head' as a hedge, again with marigolds and colocasia 'Coffee Cups'.

Orange coleus and dark colocasia.

It was a relatively hot day, and the cool shade under some old impressive trees was appreciated.



Water helped provide cooling relief in several places.





Dallas is designated as a test garden for All-American Selections, a non-profit that tests, evaluates, and recommends herbaceous and edibles every year.





Everette DeGolyer was a wealthy oilman and philanthropist whose mansion and estate serve as the beginnings of the botanical garden. No photos of the interior of the house.

And last, the old crape myrtle allee.

21 January 2018

More Day 3

OK, so I am still writing about a Blogger's Fling held in June, and this is the final post on it. More regular blog posts should follow once again, as I am brimming with ideas and photos to post

Virginia's Garden, Middleburg, VA
This estate out in the county was a tamed and beautifully manicured oasis in the rolling hills and meadows of horse county.



Tabletop succulent centerpiece

How does she get that lush turf growing under that tree?





Pat & Ed's Garden, Hamilton, VA





Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA

Echinacea hybrid 'Sombreo Adobe Orange'

Red crocosmia, red echinacea, red daylilies



Korean pavilion

04 November 2017

2017 Garden Bloggers Fling - Day 3

The trips on the third and final day were spent in the Virginia countryside for the most part. Private gardens as well as a final stop at a public garden were on the schedule. These are some highlights of the first half of the day.

Tammy's Garden, Bristow
Our hostess Tammy's garden was the one of the first stops for the day. Located on the outskirts where suburbia meets country, the garden was my kind of place. Loads of natural arrangement looked like my yarden, but there were no vegetables mixed in with the flowers.



Looks like this place is a gnome home.

The owner is especially fond of gardening for nature. Lots of birdhouses and natives.



My master gardener group meets at Merrifield Garden Center in Fairfax. Our fling tour took us to Merrifield's sister facility further out (and much larger) in Gainesville. Look what the people at Merrifield left out for us. Of course, everyone bought something -- I picked up a Mojito Colocasia.

Linda's Garden, The Plains
The front and large backyard gardens featured water and pathways meandering around the grounds of an old historic home.



A very interesting begonia color

A tiny coleus with absolutely no green

I would love to know what this white daylily is.

A Thai temple bird house



Never found out the name of this hydrangea with just a hint of blue. Stunning.

30 September 2017

More Day 2

Well well, another month goes by and I am still getting around to posting the Garden Bloggers Fling photos. These are some photos that struck me as I walked through the private home gardens of Peg and Ellen.

Peg's Garden, Vienna

I loved the way a basement level patio was made part of the yard, one level up without a large retaining wall staring you in the face. This is done gradually and with planters -- all softening the rise to the backyard level.





The edge walkway bleeds into the ferns that act as a border plant. Nice edge to the lawn area.

Lots of large containers even though there were many places to plant in the ground.

Good use of color.

Her butterfly garden in the only really sunny spot.

Ellen's Garden, Great Falls
Is this a stargate? Saw lots of painted dried allium.

Fish swimming in a sea of liriope.

Real fish protected from predators by the net.

In case of zombies.



Incredible hydrangeas at the pool house.