Monday, April 19, 2010

Lots of Whites and A Couple of Blues

Mr. & Mrs. Penthouse (who are a completely different couple than Mr. & Mrs. Big House) are moving back to Atlanta for the spring season, so Patti and I spent the day grooming and fluffing the garden up in the sky.  For a change, it was a really pleasant day to be working up driving rain, no ridiculous winds, no hawks nesting ten feet above our heads.....The New Dawn roses were the last of things that needed to be installed.  I'm confident they'll do well there (it's a protected balcony), but I'll know better later in the summer.

In any case, I had my little point and shoot camera with me, and was strolling around the Stepchild Garden for a couple of minutes this morning.  It seemed that everything white was simply glowing today in the early sunlight.  The azalea called "Snow" looks great right now, just about to burst into bloom.  Once it's open for a couple of weeks, it starts to look like used tissues and I have to "blow the bejeebees out of it," but I don't have the heart to take it out.
This is a flat of strawberry begonia still to be planted in the shade garden at the back, which looks like a giant block of white foam with all those blooms
Up in the tree near The Wild, these two little cherubs are really bordering on being too "kitschy," but I like them anyway.  Their names are TJ and Maxx.
The tree form Doublefile (AKA my favorite tree) is looking pretty fabulous at the moment.  Shame it will look like so much nothing by the time of the tour, but my garden is really for my own enjoyment, anyway.....
Here she is peeking over the clipped hedge from another angle.  My competitive side just loves the fact that so many of my gardening friends covet this tree.
The Iris Crestata doesn't seem to mind being planted next to the gas and electric meters....
This afternoon when I came home, things were still looking pretty good, since it's been overcast all day.  The Centaurea montana caught my eye as I was walking in the door.
Hopefully your garden is doing some glowing of its own today, as well!


  1. looking beautiful......

  2. The whites are so great and the two blues too. I don't have a lot of blue in my garden and it is hard to find it for our climate. It is a beautiful tree. I went over today and took shots of my neighbors magnolia tree. There is only one variety that we can grow and this tree is 20 years mature.

  3. Jim, the tour is May 15. There are still lots of "fluff" things to do, but I'm consciously holding off on pine straw, mulch, etc., for a couple of weeks.....when the sweetgums stop dropping their stuff....

    L.D., it's interesting that I always have a hard time with blue in the south, and think it's so easy for the north. Iris, delphinium, lilac, etc. Maybe we should just trade gardens for a few months!

  4. I don't think I've ever seen a tree form viburnum. I love it. Is there a link to more information about the garden tour?

  5. There was a great nursery north of Atlanta that got that viburnum started for me. They are, sadly, not in business any more.

    For the tour,

  6. The standard viburnum looks great, Tim. How come your centaurea's aren't covered in mould? Ours always collapse just as the flowers come out!


  7. Hi Tim, we love the doublefile and have started several from the parent. One of the favorite spots is down over the hill, so that we can stand at the raised (vegetable) beds and look down upon the blossoms. Beautiful plant! And you can keep the Centaurea montana... weed like in our garden.

  8. Azaleas have never been a favorite of mine, they seem very "grandma", I have some coral colored Azaleas that came with the house, but I have to say the snow white plant it your photos is really beautiful & enticing.

    I love the Viburnum for the same reason, I dig that pure white. I have one with beautiful form, but the blooms are a dirty cream color.

    Thanks for sharing!