Sunday, August 29, 2010

Swallowtail Butterfly

The other morning I saw this cute guy munching on some dill in our garden. To most this little bugger is a garden pest who eats holes in the plants we love in the garden......but this guy is actually the larvae of a swallowtail butterfly. So if you run across this garden beauty during your duties let him be please.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Recent Photos From Our Garden

Cast iron container with a summer perennial and annual mix

Lady's mantle in bloom


Geranium 'Brookside' looking beautiful in the evening light


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

An Evening In the Garden

Tonight's weather is so beautiful. Such a welcome change from the extreme heat and unbearable humidity we've had of late. The past two nights we have really enjoyed just being outside in our backyard. Eating dinner, swinging from the tree swing, and just lounging. The photos are just some things that really inspire me around the garden.

On the left is a beautifully aged Camp de Fiori planter with a variegated caladium.
I really love the moss on the pot!

A close-up of an Australian tree fern (Cyathea cooperi)


That same Australian tree fern in front of my Boston Ivy covered wall, which by the way I am so excited about, my house is now half covered.....I'm going for my house to be 2/3 coverage.
Next year we will be there.

The massive Thailand Giant Colocasia....one leaf is roughly 5' across.

A close-up of our really mod flap-jacks (Kalanchoe luciae). Also, it is a succulent, meaning so easy to take care of.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Summer Containers

I know I have been a horrible blogger- the summer has really gotten away form me....I promise to do better. I wanted to share some of the beautiful summer containers growing now in our gardens. Hope you enjoy.


Colocasia 'Thailand Giant' and Juncus 'Twister'



For some scale her is my 30" tall son, James



A trio of planters flanking a front door with an assortment of ferns and a Alocasia 'Colidora' as a focal point


Window boxes hanging on a wrought iron fence with the Bordeaux petunia


Stone containers flanking an entry way with the stunning Pennisetum 'Princess' as the centerpiece


A touch of modern with Green Velvet Boxwood and Plectranthus 'Silver Shield'