Monthly Archives: May 2014

Flowers For The Ages

“The Master of Mary of Burgundy” is “A Book of Hours for Engelbert of Nassau”, and it dates from the Netherlands of the fifteenth century. It is an illuminated manuscript of Biblical scenes and stories framed by illustrations of garden … Continue reading

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Blooming Today in Green Hills

This is the annual self-seeding larkspur that has been seeding itself in this garden for thirty years or more. One never sees these for sale as plants at garden centers, for they do not care for potted up life. They … Continue reading

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Scenes from a West Meade Garden- May 22, 2014

The Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) in this photo came from Creekside nursery in Belle Meade. I bought it as a “mother” plant to use for seed, but have learned that its cuttings root in water. It blooms all summer, unlike … Continue reading

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Plants by Mail

Anyone who has been gardening for a decade or more remembers the old days of ordering plants from Wayside Gardens or White Flower Farm, when plants came bare-rooted, and nothing was shipped much past May. If one wanted container plants, … Continue reading

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“Common” Flowers

The other day the Owner of the West Meade garden had something to show me. “I bought these because they were so pretty, “she said, “but  I know you don’t like common plants.” “I do like common plants”, I protested, … Continue reading

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The Curious Incident of the Angelonias in the Shopping Cart

Yesterday, at two different garden centers, I watched several people buying not one flat, not three, but five or more flats of blue annual Angelonias. At $4.99 a pot with twelve or fourteen pots per flat. At the first store, … Continue reading

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The Frugal Nashville Gardener- Portulaca Oleracea from Cuttings

Portulaca oleracea is a trailing summer annual groundcover, useful in dry borders or over creeping off the edge of walls. I bought three pots for $3.99 each two weeks ago. I wanted at least fifteen, but $60.00 for annuals is … Continue reading

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Garden Report- Green Hills. May 4, 2014

I went over to Green Hills today to plant Wild Blue phlox that the garden’s owner had dug out of her driveway at her farm over on the plateau. This was work enough, but I also had plants from Burpee, … Continue reading

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Wildflowers and Antique Iris- The Green Hills Garden

        The next to last photo is of the Twinleaf, or Jeffersonia. The photo above is of the old Cemetery White Iris. The rose behind it is a Caldwell Pink, originally from the Antique Rose Emporium. This … Continue reading

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