These are my observations about gardens, people, and outdoor miscellany. I live in Durham, North Carolina.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
is anticipatory a word?
It’s hard to get under the crust of routine and appreciate what you see every day. Photographs help. Yesterday I took several while on my lunch break in Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Even though there are a lot of bulbs, shrubs, and trees due to bloom in the next two months, it is also worthwhile to take notes on what things look like before they flower or berry or exfoliate or do whatever it is that make them "desirable" in someone's garden book. You can grow daylillies because they look good coming out of the ground in March--three months before everyone else notices them.
above-emerging daylillies at the base of a large red cedar tree. left- Cornelian cherry buds below-hellebore flowers
This site is mostly about ornamental horticulture. But I hope to appeal to both non-gardeners and green thumbs.
Sometimes I may hammer out something about Durham neighborhoods, growing vegetables, or Nature. But chances are, most of my posts will be observations about different landscapes I encounter: a tree here, a bush there, some rumored bulbs in an abandoned garden somewhere else.
I have been living and gardening in zone 7 since the fall of 2004. This time in the garden has turned out to be a mostly zone 8 experience. Global warming may not be great for the polar ice-caps but maybe it has been part of what's kept my lantana and gardenias safe over the last few winters?
I am not a hard-core environmentalist or strict organic gardener but I do like native plants as well as my shrinking lawn.
I love old fashioned pass-along plants and the stories they hold.
Unless otherwise credited, Victor Gordon is responsible for all the writing and photography here.