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Archive for August, 2013

Garden Events for September – October

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Rare and Unusual Tree and Plant Auction- 2nd Annual for Trees Atlanta

September 28, 2013- 6:00 pm

Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center

225 Chester Avenue, Atlanta GA  30316

Join me!

This event features approximately 50 rare and unusual plants and trees- items you will not find at any plant or garden store around our city.  The auction also features non-plant items as well.  This year’s theme is “Getting Active Outdoors” so we are gathering items such as bikes, kayaks, outdoor adventure trips, gear, outdoor-themed books or experiences etc.  The funds raised through the event will directly support our tree planting programs as well as our youth and adult education programs.  The audience is plant/tree enthusiasts, Trees Atlanta volunteers and donors and people interested in the environment.  The ticket price, which includes dinner and drinks, is $75.

Trees Atlanta is a nationally recognized citizens group dedicated to protecting and improving Atlanta’s urban environment by planting, conserving and educating.  Since our beginnings in 1985, we have planted more than 96,000 trees across the City of Atlanta.  We educate an average of 3,000 children and adults annually about the importance of the urban forest.  We also engage thousands of volunteers each year (more than 13,500 volunteer hours served in 2012!) to help us plant and maintain Atlanta’s trees.

Here is the link to purchase tickets

Goodness Grows Nursery to host “The Legends of Ogelthorpe”

October 26 and 27, 2013, 9-5pm, 332 Elberton Rd, Lexington, GA 30648

A rare opportunity to participate in a living history weekend with “in character” actors bringing to life individuals who have been a part of Oglethorpe County’s rich history.

“The nursery will be closed to the general public giving attendees exclusive shopping privileges.” Take a horse drawn carriage ride, enjoy a self-guided walking tour of historic Lexington and purchase plants to take home. A great time for gardening in the South and a great source for perennials. For more information and tickets visit

Late Summer Blooms

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The sun is out today and the forecast looks bright for the rest of this week.  We have had a rainy summer and I am still trying to catch up with the weeds in my garden. Yet, whenever I hear anyone complain about the rain, I think back to all the summers with extreme heat and drought. I’ll take the rain and the weeds, along with all the lush growth. It’s the end of August and my Joe-Pye weed, Eupatorium purpureum, soars to about eight feet high, provides a screen on the street and is a magnet for butterflies.

Eupatorium purpureum

Reliable and rewarding, Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’ offers welcome white flowers on these hot days. While it’s an older cultivar, it remains one of my favorites. The fact that it thrives in full sun (really) or part shade and all I have to do is cut it back in early spring, make it a winner every time.

Tardiva hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata 'Tardiva'

Rain lilies, Zephryanthes candida are always a treat, and because I can’t get other species of this genus to persist I appreciate Z. candida even more. The hardy geranium ‘Rozanne’ has been in bloom for weeks and a good performer in my garden for the past five years.

rain lilies

looking down into Zephyranthes candida blooms

Allium millennium

Allium millennium in late August

Other good garden moments include Allium millennium and Clematis ‘Arabella,’ which always seems to have at least a few flowers or promising buds, all summer long. With all the rain my Japanese anemone , Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ is loaded with buds; something to look forward to later this fall.

hardy cyclamen

Cyclamen hederifolium

One more hardy bulb to mention, Cyclamen hederifolium, albeit a small clump, offers up tiny pink flowers. I hope it will multiply and spread.

Buff Beauty rose in late August

Rosa 'Buff Beauty' in late Summer

And, I am delighted that Rosa ‘Buff Beauty’ graces us with a small burst of her fragrant flowers. For late August in Georgia, my garden (in certain spots and from the right angle) looks good. I look forward to fall and what it brings.

Designing Gardens in Alaska and the Far North

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Earlier this week I was delighted to open a package from Brenda Adams, her new book titled There’s a Moose in My Garden, 2013 University of Alaska Press, Fairbanks, AK. Hot off the press, this book will delight both Alaskan and Northern gardeners with its information and superb photos. I first met Brenda in 2010 when I was invited to speak in Homer, Alaska and was fortunate to be her guest. Her garden and the gardens she designs are full of interesting plant combinations and her book offers detailed practical advice on garden design. During my stay in Alaska, I encountered a moose in a parking lot but Brenda has to contend with these creatures visiting her garden, especially in winter. And while I will probably never be able to grow Lady’s Mantle, Alchemilla mollis, here in Georgia, I can admire it growing in cooler climes like Alaska. What follows are a few photos of Brenda’s garden that I took in 2010, highlighting some of the plant combinations that captivated me. I look forward to my next visit. For more information about her book contact Brenda at

View of Kachemak Bay from Brenda's garden, Homer, Alaska

Daylilies and Mertensia paniculata, late July, Homer, Alaska

Primula, hardy geraniums, petunias

Meconopsis in late July

Iris sibirica 'Silver Edge' and Euphorbia 'Fire Glow'

Tour Southern Italy in May 2014

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Join me on a tour of southern Italy with Earthbound Expeditions May 19-30, 2014.

Limited space, sign up early!