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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Day 328 - The Formal Garden

at Indiana Museum of Art. These containers are so beautiful, so simple, and are so distinctive from so many different vantage points. So, what do you think?


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Day 327 - The Impact of Repetition

The texture on this alternathera is fabulous.
This row of containers at Indianapolis Museum of Art show how strong an element can be presented by repeating identical containers in a display.


Monday, August 29, 2011

Day 326 - WHAT A DAY!!

Classics are hard to beat. These containers with white, silver and green foliage are classic pieces that stand the test of time, especially with the gray stone bird feature added to the mix. White begonia, carex grass, dicondra, and some other viney thing that I can't recognize.
Today was a classic good day. I got to speak to a group at the Garden Writer's Symposium about something I love: annual flowers. I won an Ipad2 at their award ceremony. One of my heroes, Judy Lowe, gave me an autographed copy of her latest book "Herbs!". And several of my favorite garden bloggers mentioned my blog in THEIR talk- which was going on during my talk. Lots of good things - I'm thankful!Link


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Day 325 - GWA tour containers


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Day 324 -

Containers seen on gwa 2011 tour today. Exhausted and going to bed now - will fill you in on plants later.


Friday, August 26, 2011

Day 323 - GWA 2011 Container Highlights

One of my favorite container ideas that I saw today at Garden Writers Symposium in Indianapolis was the miniature garden shoppe. Great plants, adorable scenes, portable plantings.

Pretend you're a fairy and choose our new garden room :)


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Day 322 - The Dog Ate My Homework

So what does this title have to do with today's blogpost? Well, I'm in Indianapolis at a writer's workshop that I've been in all afternoon, I have this blogpost to write, I went out to dinner with a group of fellow attendees, and now I have a homework assignment to write for tomorrow's class. So I'm trying out my excuses just in case I fall asleep while writing and don't get it finished. So enjoy this combo of Hula Girl Hibiscus, Patriot Weeper Lantana, Red verbena, and red ivy geraniums while I hold the dogs back and write to my homework assignment.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Day 321 - Hawaiian Big Hair Day

Sego palm, Snow Princess®Lobularia, Ivy Geranium Colorcade 'Ruby'

Wordless Wednesday.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Day 320 of 365 Days of Container Gardening:

Are y'all having as much fun as I am with this year of container gardening ideas?
This basket of Pennisetum 'Molly', Sedum 'Lemon Ball', and Mandevilla 'Sun Parasol Crimson' turned out to be one of my favorites this year.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Day 319 - Finally!

I've been waiting all summer for this new Tibouchina variety (Glory Bush
Tibouchina lepidota
) to be covered in blooms. The verbena and calibrachoa along the container have almost petered out, the coleus and sweet potato vine are plugging along, but this Tibuchina has hardly flowered until now. But I'm thinking it might just be worth the wait. I've grown the Princess Flower Tibouchina urvilleana in the past and had more blooms throughout the summer, but never have I had this full a display. Both these plants seem to do best in consistently moist soil.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Day 318 - Columns of Beauty

Just a little more sneak peak from the Missouri Botanic Gardens


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Day 317 - Flashback to Winter Days

Camellia, heuchera, and euphorbia are two of my favorites for winter planters. Makes me ready for cooler weather!
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Friday, August 19, 2011

Day 316 again

Here's a better picture. Trying to blog from my phone has its limitations.
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Day 316 - Fish Tacos and Fabulous Window Boxes

Visiting with my darling niece, Paige Jones, in Seattle and we passed this tiny little fish taco eatery one evening that drew you in with its vibrant window boxes.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Day 315 - Bellevue Botanical Gardens

Awesome hanging baskets at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens in Seattle.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Day 314 - Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Day 313 - Missouri Botanical Gardens Container Ideas

These were in the Home Gardening area of the Missouri Botanical Gardens.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Day 312 - Meet Me In St Louis

The home gardens
The Japanese gardens
Sneakin' a peak at some Chihuly (sounds a lot more racy than it really is)

Somewhere over the rainbow, Judy Garland had someone to meet back in St. Louis so they could have themselves a merry little Christmas. (You have to be a real movie buff to follow all of that.) But if I was going to head back to St. Louis - which I visited last week-end - to meet someone, I'd make sure that we met at the Missouri Botanical Gardens! Loved this place - a bit of Chihuly, sculptures, history, home garden ideas, Victorian gardens, Japanese garden, climatron, ..... well, you'll just have to meet me there to learn about it all.
Thought these hanging sedum balls were fabulous. (this is today's container for 365 Days of Container Gardening)

And the lotus were spectacular
And they had a bed planted with one of my favorite annuals - cuphea llavea!

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