Beauty At Casa Brokenbeat

Welcome one and all. This is a continuation of the high points of last weekend’s road trip to North Carolina. We have already discussed the visit to Christopher’s that was the first leg of our journey here. We next arrived at offspring Brokenbeat’s lovely cottage. He and Mrs. Brokenbeat are extremely busy at the moment. She with the running of the ice cream shop jointly owned with us, The Hop. Brokenbeat himself is immersed in the men’s and women’s soccer teams of the University of North Carolina – Asheville as assistant coach to both teams. There is lots of travel involved with his vocation, not to mention practices. This was a free weekend with no games so we had lots of time to visit. Since they became homeowners, a year and a half ago, they have found joy in digging in the dirt. There have been many visits since they caught the gardening bug, but the flowers blooming right now, as frost threatens, left me stunned with their beauty. The Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria’ (name of Mrs. B’s mother) with the dark sapphire blue backed by Salvia elegans ‘Golden Delicious’, gold leaf pineappe sage is a vision.This sunny border with a meandering path and backed by the house is a garden of delight. Lavender, dianthus,and other Mediterranean plants form the left side bed while  more large scale perennials are showcased on the right. The gold leaves of the salvia light up the back as the red sparklers add some zest. Midway is a patch of our beloved sheffies.  Some pink muhly grass is peeking out from behind the right side of the pineapple sage. Let’s take a closer look at some of the other plants living so happily here. What so far has been a hardy Mexican bush sage, Salvia leucantha ‘Emerald’, from Sandy Mush nursery sports darker than usual purple velvet with white icing flowers in huge numbers. Fronting the sage is the most luscious color of dahlia.What would you call this shade? Dreamsicle? Orange sherbet? Apricot dream? I admit to being smitten by this particular hue, aren’t you? Added, Brokenbeat says this is Prince Of Orange.Moving down the path we come to another dahlia that is loaded with bicolor blooms. Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’ joins in the fun along with a blue aster of some kind. Yes, BB admittedly is having an affair with salvias right now. Who can blame him?The number of full petaled pom poms on this dahlia is astounding. This is some rich soil. Added, Brokenbeat says this one is Mystery Day.They almost are too perfect to be real, but I can vouch for their authenticity. (By the by, my dahlias do not now nor have they ever looked like this.) We had a plant filled visit with stops at several of the local nurseries. There were some sale items purchased, no salvias found, much to the sadness of Brokenbeat. We scoured the displays for ideas for our future garden designs. I picked up a few more blue asters in addition to the wild asters from Christopher. Next year the Fairegarden should have a river of blue with all the new asters added this fall. Let’s see if I can list them for anyone interested, A. frikartii ‘Monch’, A. oblongifolius ‘October Skies’, A. paludosus ssp. hemishpericus / Tennessee aster, A. laevis ‘Bluebird’, A. cordifolia from Christopher and A. tartaricus from Gail. I know they have changed the name, but don’t care, like the mums, these are going to called asters by me. We ate some delicious food at local restuarants, Asheville is a culinary dream with lots of hidden treasures. I think I could live here.
On the way home from our plant foray Brokenbeat pulled into the metal artist’s studio that we wrote about here and here. We don’t know who built this amazing bird from metal bits and pieces but it is a masterpiece. Brokenbeat thought I might want to take a photo of it for the blog. Good thinking! As I was leaving town there was a truck backed up to this spot and the bird may have flown the coop. So glad that it was captured in pixels for you all to enjoy.  As with all of our photos, click the pic for more details.  Back on the road home there was one more adventure that I would like to share with you. Stay tuned.

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32 Responses to Beauty At Casa Brokenbeat

  1. A very pretty garden indeed. That bird sculpture is quite the piece, and would have made a good addition to Faire Garden, or any garden. But how would you have gotten it into your car? I know that’s the only reason you didn’t buy it, right?

    Good morning Carol, nice to see you and thanks for stopping by. I would love to have such a piece as that but it would be way out of my price range. However, Brokenbeat has an artistic streak and a love of old metal bits. All he needs is a welder. Someday I may have something like that for it was sublime. You could see that old tractor pieces, plumbing parts and sheet metal had been used. The beak is a tool of some kind. Glad we have a photo of it to study.

  2. Beautiful garden you have visit.
    We have put ouir Dalias in the basement for thise year.
    They are a big contribuation to the garden in the fall.
    I like the metalic artists bird, I have been on a musium here in Sweden, in Gotenburg and the show just things that metalic artist have done with metalic junks.
    I remember a bird made of Venetian blinds, it was amazing.

    Hi Ken, thanks. I was astounded at the progress the kids have made in such a short time in their garden. I need some of those fancy dahlias, even if we have to dig them here too. So far I only have planted the single types which overwinter sometimes here, sometimes not. Venetian blinds as the feathers of a bird would be fantastic, such a creative idea.

  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I am always amazed at the uniqueness of the metal artists. I am glad I don’t have to vist there because my garden would probably be full of rusty metal objects.

    It looks like Mr & Mrs Brokenbeat are a chip off the ole Gardener. Their fall blooms are great. I love the dahlias. I think they look artificial they are so perfect in their form.

    Hi Lisa, you should try and visit Asheville. It is an artist’s mecca. Everywhere you look there are small shops with brilliant creative minds at work. Little eateries, ice cream shops ;->, small gardens with inventive plantings, just a wonderful place. The one thing that has been inherited from the fairegardener by these offspring is the love of hard work. As you know, hard work is what makes everything better and gives one a sense of pride and satisfaction. I need some of the dahlias too, next year.

  4. linda says:

    Hi Frances, the garden at Casa Brokenbeat is beautiful indeed! Love all the salvias, and the dahlias are gorgeous!

    I could go nuts at the metal artist’s studio. Love all that rusty stuff!

    Hi Linda, thanks, it was the best I have ever seen it. That studio is just up the street from Brokenbeat’s too. There are all kinds of neat things laying around. Too wonderful.

  5. Cindy says:

    That is a lovely garden. I especially like the stone path. The Dahlias are gorgeous. I’ve always been partial to them. The colors you give for the luscious peach dahlia show the influence The Hop has had on you 🙂

    HA Cindy, that’s is a very good observation, I didn’t even think about those being ice cream flavors! Thanks for the kind words about the kids garden, they are full of great ideas. My own garden at that age was nothing like that, very boring and ordinary.

  6. Randy says:

    What lovely photos, Frances. I’ve been itching to get to North Carolina. Jamie and I have already discussed the fact that when I retire I want to build a house in Asheville or near Maggie Valley. I can’t think of a better way to spend retirement than walking mountain trails.

    Hi Randy, thanks. That is the most beautiful area and Asheville has so much to offer. It is usually rated in the top places to retire too. Remember though that unless you retire very young, walking mountain trails might be difficult. Maybe walking foothill trails. That is more my speed. I do enough hillbilly climbing around my own garden now! Keeps one in shape I suppose. ;->

  7. Kim says:

    Well, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree, did it? Casa Brokenbeat has some lovely flowers, and I especially like that path between the beds . . . . gives me an idea. And the metal! Oh, my, I would love to browse studios like that. I can see that I need to take a trip to Asheville some time. Thank you for sharing that impressive bird. I agree, it would look lovely in fairegarden!

    Hi Kim, we are very proud of what the kids have made of their space in such a short time. And they have lots more ideas too. And the vigor of youth to see them come to fruition. You do need to visit Asheville, go by the hop, mention fairegarden and get a free cone! ;->

  8. Joy says:

    I love the Dahlias .. I am determined next year to have some “this time I mean it !!” haha ..
    Metal and glass sculptures/art .. are my favorite .. metal changes all the time .. and glass, well the reflection of light is fascinating. The stone path is another eye catcher !
    Great garden : )

    Hi Joy,thanks. I am just like you with the this time I mean it! LOL. I was never drawn to those types of overblown flowers until I saw the ones featured here. I think there could be a place found for them here. Metal and glass belong in a garden, I agree. ;->

  9. Gail says:

    Dear Frances, It’s clear Mr B has inherited a few of your genes! The Casa Brokenbeat garden is lovely….I like the design, the stone path and of course the salvia. Once you have seen the many salvia and know that they are flying critter magnets, you want more! Speaking of design…the dahlias look wonderful paired with the blue salvia. I don’t think they will thrive in my less then ‘good’ soil! I love Asheville, too….one of our favorite restaurants is near the BiItmore. See you sooooon!!! Gail

    Hi Gail, thanks. He also had the black flowered salvia with the green calyx, an annual and has taken cuttings. He is like Dave, he takes cuttings of everything! We should go together to Asheville sometime, or try to meet up there. So much to do and see. Can’t wait for you to arrive!

  10. Marnie says:

    I would love that bird in my garden! The cobblestone path is so charming. Everything looks great, you can’t tell it’s a new garden.

    Hi Marnie, thanks. That bird was fabulous and quite large. It would enhance any spot lucky enough to have it. The kids have done wonders with that bed.

  11. Rose says:

    What gorgeous dahlias! I never have any luck with these; Brokenbeat must be doing something right to grow such lush flowers. His garden looks well-established already. And he has my favorite–the salvia “Victoria.” Your son has good taste:)

    Hi Rose, thanks. These dahlias make me want to try those large flowered ones, not too many, but that peachy one won me over. He has chosen plants well and there are fabulous nurseries in Asheville to shop at too, though expensive. He is into taking cuttings too.

  12. Dave says:

    That is a very neat metal bird! Someone definitely has some vision to be able to turn old pieces of metal into art. I can’t blame BB for his affair, one can easily get obsessed with salvias! That Mexican bush sage is really cool.

    Hi Dave, it really was cool and huge! He had salvias I have never seen before, but want to try now, like that gold leaf pineapple sage. It was amazing.

  13. tina says:

    I am so glad you captured it too but most impressed by the garden! All the plants and dahlias are superb. And all in only one and one half years? Wow! Great job! What did they make the path out of? I like it very much with all the color. Just beautiful.

    Hi Tina, me too. If someone ever wanted to try and make a bird of their own they can look at this one. The path is made from concrete and a form that looks like cobbles. Very inexpensive and easy to do. You can get them at Lowe’s and make the path as large or narrow as you want. It has weathered a little and has some mazus creeping in between helping to make it look older. I am proud of those kids!

  14. Frances…what a positive and healthy outlook you’ve given your offspring with gardening! The dahlias are fabulous! Of course, I’m a fan of salvias, so I love the intermingling of those in the gardens. Cameron

    Hi Cameron, thanks. I am lucky the kids all love the garden and being outside. I think his use of the salvias with the dahlias is fabulous. I am going to try and copy that idea next year.

  15. Pam/Digging says:

    I’m smitten with the dahlias, even the Dreamsickle/apricot, a color I don’t usually care for but which looks scrumptious in your photo. Their garden is lovely.

    Hi Pam, thanks. I love that color but find it difficult to use well in the garden. It looks great with purple and red I see now. There will be dahlias in my garden next year that color, I hope!

  16. Siria says:

    Hello Frances…what a lovely garden the Brokenbeats have! I love the meandering rock path, and those flowers are just beautiful. It is so nice they are not too far from you and you can visit all your children often. My interest is peaked for what other adventures you might have had on your trip.

    Hi Siria, thanks. I am so lucky the kids are close. But we moved to them, not the other way around. We had moved to Texas after living in this area for many years. As soon as the first grandchild was born I had to put my foot down and we came back, at a loss in salary too, but so worth it. I hope you enjoy the final leg of my journey! Coming soon!

  17. Linda says:

    OhOhoHohOhOhohohohoooo I WANT that bird!

    Hi Linda, it looks like something up your alley. It might be a dragon, who knows?

  18. nancybond says:

    Those dahlias are gorgeous, especially that peachy one with the purple behind it — what a great combination. A lovely garden.

    Hi Nancy, thanks. I want dahlias that color next year, and maybe more colors too. They really add to the fall landscape.

  19. brokenbeat says:

    it’s true that i am addicted to salvias of all kinds and am in constant search. the numbers will definitely increase for cuttings have been and are easily taken. also i have piled on the mulch to help perennialize them. anyway, it was a killer weekend and we are both happy that you treked it through the mountain pass. i’m also impressed that your pictures came out so well. they make it look like the wife and i planned this display. it was more just a bit of fortune. you all should know that about 33.3% of these plants in our garden were lifted from fairegarden, which has been inspiringly generous. thanks mom for that. thanks for all of the nice things that have been said.
    much love

    Hello my dear BB. It was one of the very best visits ever. Your garden was breathtaking and continues to evolve into something magical, as gardens can do if allowed some freedom, just like offspring.
    Love, Frances

  20. brokenbeat says:

    gah, i love that metal bird.

    Is it still there?


  21. Wow! Mr. and Mrs. Brokenbeat sure have been busy creating some beauty… that garden looks amazing, but especially for only having been in existence for a year.

    PLEASE tell me that they know the name of that apricot dahlia, and are willing to share it? It would look amazing in my front yard garden with the peachy heucheras and purple- and brown-leaf plants…

    Hi Kim, they are hard working for sure. The shrubs against the wooden fence are raspberries and roses, how’s that for a winning combination. I have emailed Brokenbeat with the request for the name of the dahlia. I am going to look for one that color myself. The dark leaf plants would be a good foil for that brilliance. There are usually bags of dahlias at the big box stores in spring or maybe we should do some research of online bulb specialist?

  22. Brenda Kula says:

    What a majestic bird! I love the color of that dahlia, whatever you decide the color is!

    Hi Brenda, isn’t it! We are trying to find the real name of the dahlia, for it needs to be growing in my garden next year.

  23. Nice Salvias. The Brokenbeat’s are at least a zone and a half warmer than me and while I covet the salvias too, I resist, preferring to start with known perennials before I branch out and risk the less hardy.

    Was that a Castor Bean I saw growing in the background? It is going to take me a while before I don’t see a giant weed when I see those.

    Hi Christopher, they were nice. The Brokenbeat’s are wintering over things that I cannot with their microclimate by the house. They have several of those giant castor beans planted strategically to thwart the ground hogs. I’m am not sure if it worked. They have a family of those varmints wreaking havoc on the garden and someone told them to plant the castor beans. They huge and the leaves have such great structure. We saw them planted around town in mixed beds.

  24. brokenbeat says:

    the name of the yellow-orange dahlia is ‘prince of orange’ whereas the red and white one is ‘mystery day’. both were purchased at local powergreenhouse, reems creek nursery. in less sunlight ‘mystery day’ is almost entirely red with little white flecks. keep away from groudhogs.

    Hello dear Brokenbeat, thanks for that info. Reems Creek is indeed a wonderful nursery. We will look for Prince of Orange. Bad groundhogs.
    Love, Frances

  25. Chloe.M says:

    I am loving the stories and photos of your offspring’s gardens! It’s a wonderful thing indeed to see a love of the earth in our children.

    Chloe M.

    Hi Chloe, oh good. Sometimes I am not sure if that is interesting to anyone but me. Thanks for that affirmation.


  26. Jan says:

    The dahlias are so beautiful, esp. the orange one. I think “Dreamsicle” is a perfect name for that color.

    Always Growing

    Hi Jan, thanks, I am going to try and find that one. Brokenbeat has identified it as Prince of Orange.

  27. layanee says:

    I love the bird! The dahlias are not so bad either. Do you think they will share some tubers with you?

    Hi Layanee, that bird is a star! The dahlias will be left in the ground, I believe, for they have proven to be hardy at his place as long as the ground hogs don’t eat them. I am now armed with the name, Prince Of Orange and will search it out!

  28. Shauna says:

    The “Dreamsicle” dahlia and Salvia are a gorgeous combination. Your rich writing style makes me feel like I am touring with you. More Adventure!? All I can say is “Are we there, yet?”

    Hi Shauna, thanks and welcome. I enjoy your blog so much, it is a perfect blend of gardening, humor and fairy frou frou that makes my heart sing. Also making my heart sing is the compliment of *rich writing style* as opposed to *enigmatic writing style* as claimed by Stuart. ;-> Hope you like the next adventure in this series!

  29. Di DeCaire says:

    Thanks for taking me on your hike. Beautiful photos.

    Hi Di, thanks for going along and welcome.

  30. Patsi says:

    Love the orange sherbert dahlia,the salvia and shabby chic metal artist’s studio.
    Great trip !!

    Hi Patsi, thanks. I want that dahlia, Prince of Orange is the name and maybe someday someone will make a bird like that and give it to me, in my dreams. ;->

  31. Thanks to Brokenbeat for supplying the name of the apricot beauty. 🙂

    Hi Kim, yes it is good to know that name for I am going to look for it next year and give it a try. Or maybe he will get me one from the nursery where he bought it if they have them again, that would be a good son. ;->

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