On the Road Bloom Day July 2013

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Summer often means traveling, visiting friends and family. The camera is a constant companion on these jaunts, especially when Carol’s Bloom Day is right around the bend. Such was the case these past few days. A few snapshots of the home garden were taken before we left.
Above: The Bongo Congo cement family gaze upon the under the deck bed and especially enjoy when the calla lilies, Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘Naomi Campbell’ show off purple chalices on long legged stems.

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Dahlia ‘Gallery Cobra’ blooms for several months every year in orangey hues with a scarlet reverse.

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Seeds are saved every year of the yellow colorway, first sown from a packet of Cosmos sulphureus ‘Bright Lights’ to provide back up singers in the raised box Dahlia bed. This little one is trying to outshine Gallery Cobra.

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Onward we go, over the Smoky Mountains from Tennessee to North Carolina, home of offspring Brokenbeat and family. Their garden is going to be on the West Asheville Garden Stroll this year in September and the garden looks mighty fine. A story was written in 2008 about this garden that can be seen by clicking here. Lilies and phlox are blooming right now.

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Various hydrangeas are putting on quite a show. It should be fun for all this fall when visitors get to see what can be done by young gardeners who work full time. Making the most delicious ice cream at The Hop for the masses can still leave time to create a beautiful outdoor space.

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Onward again to Fairegarden North Carolina, our home away from home when traveling in that fine state. Rocky is enjoying some Heuchera ‘Pinot Gris’ at his feet. Click here for the story of the big Rock.

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The garden in North Carolina is planted entirely with natives and edibles. In summer, the combination of Echinacea ssp. and Rudbeckia fulgida is considered a Perfect Match, this is a link to the post about this lovely couple.

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This garden gets no tending at all except when I visit every couple of months. After the initial planting, it is on its own, and these coneflowers look way better than the ones back home in the garden that gets plenty of hands on attention. Hmmmm….

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Last fall another plant, Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ was added to make it a threesome. Things seem to be working out nicely.

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Onward again to a spot near and dear to my heart. Perhaps you can guess this destination from the rock cairn displayed at the entrance, although the garden flowers are partially obscuring its form.

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Here is another clue, the iconic Uncle Ernie, standing guard over the roadside veggie bed. It looks like Ernie has a spiffy new paint job. Those colors are so flattering on you, my good sir.

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Fleabane and chicory decorate the split rail fence along the scenic byway. I lust in my heart for those blue wildflowers, not native but found dotting most roadsides with pale shades before the harsh glare of the sun causes them to close their petals.

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In case you still do not know this garden, here is the man himself, Christopher of Outside Clyde, sharing some chicory seed sowing tips with me along with a sack of seeds. He was the head honcho of the garden bloggers fling last year in Asheville, and his wonderful wild cultivated garden was part of the tour. This day his space and the garden just above his that belongs to his mom, Bulbarella were open to the public. I have never seen them look better. The gardens were pretty, too.

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Christopher built his cozy cabin, just visible through the floral tapestry, from scratch and wrote about it on his blog. He is a modern Thoreau and a very fine fellow, and gardener. Previous visits to his mountain can be seen here, here, here and here. It never gets old.

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This was the first time we have visited in July.

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It was a good time to go.

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Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pinky Winky’

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We even got to see the magic smoking fungus!

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Mrs. Brokenbeat and little FG, youngest offspring of the offspring hiked up and down the slender, rocky mountain trails with us. Well, the little one hitched a ride in the wraparound contraption his mother wore jauntily and with a faire amount of attitude and sass and may have dozed off for part of the tour. It was a good day in a string of good days of traveling. We are back home in Tennessee now and our garden looks like it could use some taming. I will follow the whip cracking example provided by my good friend Christopher!

Frances

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20 Responses to On the Road Bloom Day July 2013

  1. Carol says:

    What a lovely bloom day post, Frances, Love seeing the blooms and the beautiful people, too. Thanks for sharing them all with us for bloom day.

    Thanks to you, Carol for thinking up the brilliant flower sharing meme! It is a highlight of the month for me.
    Frances

  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    A world tour for GBBD. Lucky you getting to go see all of these gardens, your own included. :) It is nice to see that your garden of Grands is still growing. Happy GBBD.

    Happy GBBD to you, Lisa, and thanks for stopping by. It was a whirlwind tour, and so fun to have gardens involved with my favorite folks.
    Frances

  3. Linda says:

    Frances, the baby is growing fast and is quite handsome (boy, right?)! What is the name of the lily in pic #4?

    Thanks Linda, yes, little FG is a male child and soooooo handsome he melts our hearts! We do not know the name of the lilies, I am sorry to say. Brokenbeat does not keep up with plant names like I do.
    Frances

  4. Everything is so gloriously sumptuous. I’m extra impressed with how wonderfully your N. Carolina looks considering it isn’t on the receiving end of lavish attention. The Ménage à trois created by the addition of the blue agastache is quite alluring…seems like they are getting along wonderfully. And your ‘Gallery Cobra’ dahlia is just gorgeous. Well, I could go on and on…great post…enjoyed immensely every picture!

    Hi Michaele, thanks so much. The North Carolina Fairegarden amazes me every time I visit. I don’t know if it is the planting of only natives, something about the soil and rainfall, the specific plant choices or what, but it doesn’t need me at all. The Blue Fortune was the perfect foil for the other two, I agree. Gallery Cobra is gorgeous, and very hardy, this being its 4th? year in the ground.
    Frances

  5. Fairegarden NC is looking lush. I’ll have to stop by and have a look when I am in Asheville this week. It is always a pleasure to have you visit Frances and a special treat that you brought Mrs. Brokenbeat and baby FG. I think you have all the seasons covered now for visiting our mountain top except a deep snowy winter.

    Thanks for having us, Christopher, it was a joy to make the trip up the mountain and I was also glad Mrs. B and little FG came along. It was such a lovely day and your garden was delightful, as was the company. I have been there in snow, but it was still fall as I remember. Not sure I want to make the drive up on a slippery scenic byway. Do stop by the NC Fairegarden, it looks pretty dadburn good!
    Frances

  6. Nell Jean says:

    Fun post, Frances: a tour of the Southeast for Bloom Day. Magnificent.

    Hi Nell Jean, thanks so much. We made the rounds and it all looked wonderful. My garden back home looks a little shabby from neglect by comparison.
    Frances

  7. Dee says:

    Loveliness abounds. I love that last photo best. Happy Bloom Day!

    Happy Bloom Day to you, Dee, and thanks. That is also my favorite shot.
    Frances

  8. Alison says:

    How cool that you get to show off others’ gardens in your Bloom Day post. I might try that next month. I’ve been on so many garden tours lately, and probably more to come. I’ll have plenty of pictures.

    Hi Alison, thanks. Sometimes we are traveling on Bloom Day but there are always gardens to capture and share. I like doing so, too.
    Frances

  9. commonweeder says:

    Your garden(s) are always so beautiful – and so beautifully recorded and named. I loved especially the photograph of the coral bells against Rocky.

    Hi Pat, thanks so much. My photo of the pink blooms and Rocky was disappointing, it is much prettier in person and they have been blooming a very long time, too.
    Frances

  10. Jill says:

    Hello-
    I am new to your blog. Your gardens are beautiful! Any idea what the name of the red daylilies are in the gardens of Outside Clyde?

    Hi Jill, thanks and welcome. I do not know the name of the red daylilies and doubt that the name was recorded way back when those were first added there. Sorry, I am not more help, but if you want to see the names and photos of red daylilies, check out the page listed on my sidebar titled Plants We Grow-Daylilies.
    Frances

  11. Your purple coneflowers are looking great. I have purged them completely because of aster yellows, but I gather you don’t have that problem.

    There were but a few that had to be pulled in the North Carolina Fairegarden, Jason. More than a few had to be pulled out in my garden at home. It was a bad year for that dreaded virus here.
    Frances

  12. gail says:

    This GBBD post makes me so happy~beautiful gardens, photos of two of my favorite gardeners and a fantastic mom and a precious baby. As a dear friend likes to say, “It’s all good!” xoxoxogail

    Hi Gail, thanks so much. I wish you could have joined us, the gardens looked fabulous and it was a breezy, perfect day up on the mountain. All good, yes.
    xoxoxo
    Frances

  13. What a great road trip, one that filled me with pleasant memories and an unusual craving for lavender ice cream from The Hop. Happy blooms day, Frances.

    Hi Helen, thanks for stopping by and Happy Bloom Day to you. I might have had a little ice cream from The Hop while there, vanilla bean with home made hot fudge and real whipped cream. I am a purist! HA
    Frances

  14. lynngator says:

    Christopher C and Bulbarella are simply wonderful (and so are their gardens!)

    They certainly are!

  15. Lola says:

    What a wonderful visit. So glad you had company. Lovely blooms and other plants as usual.

    Thanks Lola!

  16. Les says:

    An vacation escape in Ashville, planted with colorful natives, plus with family and good friends there, you are indeed fortunate.

    Hi Les, thanks for stopping by. I am so very fortunate and am grateful every single day.
    Frances

  17. Very nice! All the locations you highlight are sparkling for Bloom Day! Your Calla Lilies and Yellow Cosmos are gorgeous. I think I’ll try some yellow Cosmos next year. All the Cosmos blooms are fantastic!

    Hi Beth, thanks for visiting. The yellow cosmos are outstanding and eye catching in the garden. The pollinators seem to prefer them to the orange ones, too.
    Frances

  18. phillipoliver says:

    Christopher! So good to see him. That photo of the red daylilies and the stacked rocks is out of this world. And I love that calla in the first photo. All beautiful!

    Hi Phillip, thanks for visiting. It is always great to see Christopher and Bulbarella, and of course the mountain gardens. We had a perfect day.
    Frances

  19. Scott Weber says:

    Gorgeous posts…every single picture…LOVE the Agastache, Rudbeckia, Echinacea grouping…perfection!

    Hi Scott, thanks. The North Carolina native garden is doing very well with no help from me!
    Frances

  20. I see the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! I only hope that my children will become gardeners when they acquire homes someday. Smoking fungus? This I gotta see!

    Thanks Robin. It didn’t happen right away for my offspring to take up gardening, but one by one the DNA to garden is showing up. Christopher was very proud of the smoking fungus and we were lucky to get photos of it!
    Frances

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