Various spring flowers in my garden, including Azaleas, Dogwoods and Tree Peonies.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Petersham Nurseries is not just a place to buy a magnificent selection of plants and containers for the home and garden, but also an experience not to be missed. If you are ever in or around London and have a day to spare, hop on a train to Richmond and spend some time wandering around Petersham Nurseries. They have a Cafe and Teahouse, serving the most delicious selection of food, $$$$, but well worth it. Should you decide to visit for lunch, I would suggest that you call ahead and make a reservation as they do book up weeks, if not months, in advance. They also have a shop, selling a great selection of garden tools, gifts and antiques - you can buy anything from books to antique French wire furniture, rustic tables with zinc tops, frames pictures and chandeliers. The cafe and shop are located in rustic conservatories with earth floors, that add to the ambience. The setting is breathtaking -out in the country, surrounded by fields and meadows. One of my favorite places to visit. You can go to their website and look through their magnificent gallery - http://www.petershamnurseries.com/
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Beautiful butterflies in the Butterfly House at Brookside Gardens, a 50-acre public garden in Silver Spring, Maryland. Surrounding the Butterfly House are bright, colorful gardens planted up to attract the butterflies with nectar filled flowers, and host plants on which to lay their eggs. Once the eggs hatch, this plant then becomes food for the caterpillars. To attract butterflies to your garden, it is necessary to offer both nectar and host plants.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Mid April and the daffodils are in full bloom here in Annapolis, Maryland. They pop up on the side of the road, in the woods where the squirrels drop the bulbs - they naturalize and the clumps get bigger and more beautiful each year. These are all flowering in my garden.
The violets are growing up like weeds in the lawn. I pick little bunches and put them into liquor glasses - miniature flower arrangements.
Various containers at Chanticleer Garden - a spectacular 30-acre garden near Philadelphia, in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Floating daffodils on a patio, a broken container planted up with succulents, an urn used as a focal point and a collection of containers filled with spring bulbs.