Cultivating a Culture of Gardening™

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Growing Zone - Day 30

Japanese barberry and meatball shrubs - a strange but oddly appealing combination.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Growing Zone - Day 29

Following in yesterday's footsteps of clever cottages for the garden, check out this one from Lorene Edwards Forkner that I saw in her fun and kitchy Seattle garden. Lorene has a great book out called Handmade Garden Projects if you love taking treasured, well-loved items and putting them to new use.


Monday, November 28, 2011

The Growing Zone - Day 28

Repurposing done right.
Yesterday's Bonneroo vehicle = today's playhouse.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Growing Zone - Day 27

This home in Nashville was on tour but I was drawn to this welcoming little corner in their back yard.


The Growing Zone - Day 26

Traffic and the Auburn/Alabama football game kept me from getting home in time to post this before midnight, this is supposed to be Day 26.

I loved these hydrangeas I saw yesterday at the Chastain Park area in Atlanta.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

The Growing Zone - Day 25

You got somethin' to hide?
Big sis's new house has this utility box smack dab in the middle of their front yard so they've surrounded it with Encore Azaleas - blooming now in mid-November in Atlanta. They'll eventually be big enough to hide this eyesore.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Growing Zone - Day 24

Thankfulness is the bridge that takes us from restlessness to contentment

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Growing Zone - Day 23

My darling niece, Paige Jones, on her European adventure experienced a world-wide appreciation of The Growing Zone. Check out the planters at her French bed and breakfast in Avignon.
French vineyards


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Growing Zone - Day 22

Sky Pencil holly Ilex crenata, pansies and violas, and Nandina Filamentosa


Monday, November 21, 2011

The Growing Zone - Day 21

More reasons for planting bulbs - and plan on visiting Dallas Bloom Days in March and April!
So why is the beautiful Narcissus flower associated with the awful narcissistic personality? Well mythology tells us that Narcissus was a beautiful man who spurned love from all who sought him out because of his own vanity. The goddess Artemis made Narcissus fall in love with his own reflection in a pond from which he could not leave because he was so enamored with himself. He died at that spot and a white flower, with a blood-red rimmed cup, grew every spring where he died.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Growing Zone - Day 20

Just a few reasons why you should plant bulbs...


Welcome Home, Jonathan Wise

Poppa Jon and Aiden
Jonathan and Alex
Dad (my hubby, Steve) flew to Hawaii for the homecoming
Steve, Jonathan, Aiden, Alex (with baby due in just a few weeks - doesn't she look fabulous!), and Alex's mom Donna

The Arrival


Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Growing Zone - Day 19

Yesterday my #2 son was on Beale Street enjoying classic blues

But look for the blues throughout out your own garden - in the plants
and the containers
or the beautiful sky

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Growing Zone - Day 18

So what did you notice in the picture above? The container, the sunbeam, or my awesome work truck?

Late afternoon in November - some of the wonders of The Growing Zone
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Growing Zone - Day 17

Y'all remember my big garden install project that I mentioned on Day 1 that was pushing me into The Growing Zone?

Added a few trees and shrubs

Insta-park! Just add water and it grows!!
Lesson learned when finishing off this project: with the steep slopes of these beds, we used pine straw as our mulch - won't wash away like hardwood, pine fines, or pine nuggets.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Growing Zone - Day 16

Wordless Wednesday
(Thanks, Chris Peake, for the great ideas!)