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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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….
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.
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.
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.
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!