Formal Gardens

Pretties in Pink

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With all the rain this week, I floated down the Garden path to the Matson Garden.  From here I have a good view of the Tropical Garden across the canal.  The Matson Garden is a nice garden with a good mix of plants.  It is also kind of quiet with the exception of one eaglet…

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A Drinking Problem

Posted by & filed under Formal Gardens, Perennials.

I don’t really have a drinking problem.  I just have a water problem.  With over 5 inches of rain in the last week, there has been a lot of water coming down in the Garden.  As usual, when it first started falling I got all excited and started drinking as much as I could.  But…

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Party in Pink

Posted by & filed under Formal Gardens, Shrubs.

I spent the weekend in the Camellia Garden, enjoying a wonderful Valentine’s Day party.  Hundreds of camellias were there and most of them were all decked out in their party clothes, ready to have some fun.  They were all wearing shades of pink, red and white.  I felt really out of place, dressed in just…

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A Trip to Japan

Posted by & filed under Formal Gardens, Natural Areas.

Today is a lovely rainy day.  The Garden is quiet with only a handful of visitors enjoying the damp envrions.  I have spent the last few days in the Japanese Garden.   This is a great place to avoid gardeners at this time of year.  Some are busy setting up lights and displays all over…

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Happy Birthday to Me!

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Tomorrow is my birthday.  I am always grateful for that nice honeybee that introduced my father to my mother.  Without her help, my parents would never have gotten together.  Along with my brothers and sisters, I was conceived here in the Garden and ‘Ecuador’have enjoyed my entire life here.  So far, it’s been great.  The…

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Blustery Day

Posted by & filed under Formal Gardens, Perennials.

Last weekend I picked up my roots and headed to the Sarah Lee Baker Perennial Garden. With the arrival of all the wind this week, I think I made a great decision. Today a nor’easter must be coming through. The yaupon hedge surrounding the garden is perfect protection for a little guy like me and…

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We Are The Summer Champions

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After having a nice two week vacation in the tropics (Tropical Garden, that is) I headed north.  I stopped in the All-America Selections garden, near NATO Bridge.  Last spring this area was filled with flowering tulips, but now some winners of the All-America Selections are commanding the space. The All-America Selections is a long running…

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Food for Thought

Posted by & filed under Annuals, Formal Gardens.

It is funny how two different random events can start you acting on a completely new idea. I was sitting in the AAS beds the other day and saw a parent pointing out some of the vegetables to their child and the child seemed totally amazed how the vegetable was growing in the ground.  It…

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Blaze of Glory

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I am in the Sensory Garden today.  It’s a nice spot – lots of pretty flowers, plenty of people walking by and most important of all, irrigation.  Having been in the Butterfly Garden recently and now here, I have had a chance to spend some time with many of the summer annuals.  I like having…

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What’s in a Name

Posted by & filed under Formal Gardens, Trees.

I was in the arboretum yesterday and I ran into some old friends who are blooming very nicely.  One is the crape myrtle and the other is the loblolly bay.  While I was visiting with them I noticed these plants are both named for people (that is – the Latin name), while the common name…

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