Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Ahh, the fragrance of lavender. In Asheville, NC, you'll find it blooming now.Whichever variety you prefer, the payoff is always the fragrance of both the flowers and the stems.
English varieties l. angustifolia such as 'Munstead' and 'Hidcote' are smaller at 12-14inches, while l. 'Grosso" are 24-30inches tall.
Lavender grows naturally in hot, dry climates...think south of France, places like Provence. Here in North Carolina, well drained soil is critical...so the 'feet' of your lavender plants stay pretty dry. Good news: Lavender will do well in pots on your sunny porch or deck.
At Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast, we have several lavender varieties in the garden.I love walking past them just to touch them and then smell the fragrance. Proven to soothe and relax...what could be better!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Right here in Asheville, NC, the red hot lilies are just beginning to bloom. I refer, of course, to Crocosmia "Lucifer". Named for the 'red-hot guy' himself, these lovely plants have fronds which produce bright red multiple blooms. Blooms start coming out at the stem end and move forward to the tip until it's all in bloom.
And more good news: Hummingbirds LOVE these lovely red flowers. So, sitting quietly as these lovely blooms 'nod' in the breeze will often produce a wonderful bonus in the form of a busy 'hummer'. And while the hummingbirds are not officially on the guest register at Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn, they are surely an added attraction for the lucky guests who are in the right place at the right time!
Monday, June 14, 2010
W Th "No price is set on the lavish summer; June may be had by the poorest comer." So said the poet James Russel Lowell in 1848 in the poem "The Vision of Sir Launfal".
June, the month of summer beauty in our Asheville bed and breakfast gardens. June, the month of hydrangeas.If you know these plants, you know that if they are happy, they produce large flower clusters of blue or pink or white.
This June they've gone wild...in a good way. Large, healthy and so many flowers. And the blooms can be brought inside to make lovely arrangements and also dried to make beautiful arrangements to use at any time of year. Our Asheville bed and breakfast gardens look like 'ground central' for hydrangea varieties. Come experience some of the "lavish summer"!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
As Gertrude Stein once said, "A rose is a rose is a rose." There's nothing quite like them in the Spring. We have several varieties in the garden including white Meilldeland alba and r. "The Fairy".