Archive for November 4th, 2009

>Salad Feast


I made a tasty salad from the garden… radish, pepper, spinach, lettuce, and tomato. Mmmm!

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>Master Gardeners Tour


I know I’m a little late, but it’s been a crazy week and a half. Sadly, now that I waited so long I don’t remember all of the names of plants or gardens. I’ll put them in the order I took them, so hopefully I’m close. I drove in the order of the brochure, since my house is closest to the first one. I really loved this tour. The gardens were beautiful, but also seemed attainable (with a little more creativity and skill than I currently have).
Garden 1 – Rollingwood

I loved this bathtub pond. I knew my husband would too, so I took a picture for him. What an ingenious idea!
Silver Saw Palmetto
Garden 2 – Crowheart Cove

Dwarf Lions Tail. I bought one of these, so thought I’d take a picture of how awesome it looks one established. I have since planted it where my white honeysuckle that succumbed to the heat and our dog.
Garden 3 – Lucas Lane
This garden was quite different than the others, very tropical. It’s awesome what a different look you an achieve while still keeping native and adapted plants.

Some sort of palm

Ornamental Peppers that I absolutely loved. I remember seeing a post from Jenny (RockRose) about this plant. I’ll have to see if she knows the exact name.
Update – Iris from Society Garlic gave me this info
ornamental pepper “Black Pearl” (Capsicum annuum ‘Black Pearl’
Thanks Iris!
Garden 4 – Eleanor’s Garden
I loved this garden. It had to many treasures. I wish I could have stayed longer, but I was running low on time.

White Spiderwort. What a great looking ground cover, and it seems to like the shade. These would be beautiful in my backyard.

Really interesting coleus. I’ve never seen one quite like this before.

Chinese Ground Orchid. This one is really amazing.
Garden 5 – Cheryl’s Garden
What a magical, whimsical place. I loved the plants and yard art. I feel like I probably missed half of it.

I loved this bed. I plan on getting some recycled glass later this month for some pathways. I also loved how the wine bottles were mismatched. I’m in the process of building a border and had been working to try and make them the same height, but after seeing how good this looked I believe I just saved myself some time and effort. The bowling balls are a nice touch too, and I’ve already got one of those in the yard as well!

Loved the boston terrier. I’ve got 2 myself and had been eyeing some statues I saw passing through Hempstead. Wonder if you can get these in town?

I purchased a mint marigold here and took a mature picture for reference. What a great looking plant. The MGs at this site were giving the hard sell on this one, so I figured I had better listen.
Garden 6 – Randy’s Garden

Unfortunately, I only took one picture. It was of this huge banana tree. I wish I had taken more, since this was a beautiful garden as well. The patio was really spacious and a great place to sit back and take in the scenery.
Thanks for all of the participants for sharing your gardens with us!

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