Entries in woodland garden (90)

Sunday
Jul172016

Deep Green World

The shady areas of my garden are lush and restful. In July they have become a deep green world with accents of white and an occasional pop of pink, orange or burgundy. The woodlands are a welcome shelter from the white hot sun. It is not the time of year for heavy or even moderate gardening, but for languid strolls, embracing the moist tropical air and keeping a bottle of cold water at hand. I take my time. I pause to take in the overall view, then slowly search out details of individual plants.

Here are some images from my deep green world. Some views will be familiar to those who regularly follow my blog, but I like to provide images through the changing seasons:

This very old birdhouse in the Trident maple has acquired a mossy patina.

 

Ligularia

Hardy begonia

Stromanthe 'Tricolor' is a potted tropical plant that spends the winter indoors.

Variegated toad lily

Zantedeschia

Hepatica, also called liverwort

Autumn fern peeks between leaves of Hosta 'Francis Williams.'

Dracaena marginata is another tropical plant that comes inside for the winter.

A potted ivy hangs from a decorative bracket beneath a birdhouse near the entrance to the woodland garden.

The sun glinting off this fern was almost too bright, until I turned it black and white:

Hydrangea 'Lady in Red' remains one of my favorite woodland plants:

Cercis canadensis ‘Whitewater’

Clockwise from top left: Pieris japonica; Hosta 'Sum and Substance' bloom; Snowflake hydrangea; Variegated hydrangea; Limelight hydrangea; A summer-blooming native azalea.

I hope you enjoyed these views of my deep green world. Have a great week!  Deb

Sunday
Jun122016

A Little Bit of Heaven

A marvelous garden is tucked into a lush hillside near Birmingham.It is filled with hundreds of hydrangeas and azaleas and myriads of other woodland plants. Winding paths take you into primeval settings of moss and ferns beneath towering trees. A charming garden house, a true retreat for the gardener, nestles in the middle of the garden.Scriptures are etched onto stone plaques, and you can't help but be affected by the peaceful atmosphere.

A friend and I recently spent a morning exploring, storing up memories of this remarkable space. The owner pointed the way and left us to wander, but we were not alone. Two identical gray cats vied for our attention.One kitty went to the extent of wrapping his legs around my own and holding on for the ride. All in fun, of course, but now I know why the owner warned me to wear long pants!

Here are some photos of this little bit of heaven:

 

Though our world is in turmoil tonight, my hope is for you to have a refuge, and peace and light in the darkest places.   Deb