Fall in the Mall Y’all

A friend and I traveled down to Laurel, MS, to view a Garden Club of America Flower Show presented by the Laurel Garden Club last week... I thought it was so clever to stage the show in a local shopping mall and to have the classes of competition play off shopping mall inspired themes. One … [Read more...]

London Calling

A couple of friends have been in London recently and I've loved following their travels via Instagram so memories of my trip to England in May are front and center! of course the store fronts are spectacular... An afternoon of walking definitely provided plenty of inspiration... Loved the … [Read more...]

Garden Paths

One of you dear readers requested a post on garden paths and I am happy to oblige! One element that I love in a garden path is a moon gate... Holicoffee.com Moon Gates have many different spiritual meanings. The half moon of Chinese Summers is represented by the sloping roofs.  The gates are … [Read more...]

Great Dixter

I'm sharing a garden from my trip to England in May with you today, Great Dixter, the garden of Christopher Lloyd... Lloyd was born at Great Dixter and lived his entire life here, taking on the responsibilities of the garden from his mother in 1946.  He was a pioneer in developing mixed borders … [Read more...]

RIP Ryan Gainey

Some twenty odd years ago I invited Ryan Gainey, renowned landscape designer from Atlanta, into the garden here OPP for a consultation... Let me tell you, he was quite a character!  He arrived wearing a colorful shawl and carrying a signature LV tote bag.  He gave creative suggestions for a … [Read more...]

This That and The Other

Dear readers I have spent most of the past two days dealing with replacing my phone after my device met an untimely death in a rain puddle.  So, when I arrived home with new upgraded device I had to play around with the camera just to see for myself if it really was that much better... I'm just … [Read more...]

Flower of the Month

A couple of years ago I brought home a paper cup full of seedlings weeded out of the garden at the Eudora Welty House and Garden Museum and they are still thriving here OPP... Cypress vine or Cardinal vine or Maiden feather - whatever you call it I love it... It blooms from summer til frost … [Read more...]

The Gardens at Farleigh House – Part 2

The first two segments of my visit to Farleigh House may be found here and here Today I'll finish up the tour with the remainder of the gardens... A welcome spot for a bit of respite while gardening... Behind the little shelter, a well on the grounds is embellished with a most interesting … [Read more...]

The Gardens at Farleigh House

Let's take another visit to Farleigh House in Hampshire and I'll show you some of the garden rooms today.  If you missed the house tour you will find it here Georgia Langton was commissioned in 1992 to bring the gardens surrounding Farleigh House to life...   Rooms in the walled garden … [Read more...]

Flower of the Month

Oops, I almost let the month of May get by without designating a flower! No question about it, the flower that wins this month is the hollyhock... Can you spot it there in the background?  This plant has soared to over 6 feet tall... Here's the thing, it has been years since I have been able … [Read more...]