Sometimes you find inspiration for a new garden bed on the clearance rack at your local nursery. I am such a bargain shopper! I love the challenge of bringing a plant back from near death and a few years down the road I brag that I only paid a few dollars for that now beautiful plant.
I found the below Blue Flag Water Irises on clearance and decided they would make an excellent border around my pond that is only half buried.
I am also not against taking plants others have thrown away for garbage. The below St Joseph’s lilies ((Hippeastrum x johnsonii) came from a pile someone had placed on the curb. There must have been thirty or forty? There were enough that now I have them down the drive and around the patio. This is historically considered the very first hybrid amaryllis and it multiples freely!
This iris came from a curbside garbage pile,too!
These Oakleaf Hydrangeas were from the clearance aisle of a nursery a few years ago. After a few seasons of care they are beautiful! Hard to believe I only paid a few dollars for them.
And, yes, even Gus was a discount dog. He came from the local dog shelter!
Pass-a-long plants are a wonderful way to grow your garden on the cheap! Keep an eye out as you are driving around as you may never know where your next idea for your garden may come!
Filed under Design, Plants
Around Raleigh there are many gardens with various art installations. Sometimes they are just civic pieces were the city or county has dumped a piece of art or sculpture somewhere only for the sake of saying they have public art somewhere, and then other times pieces are thoughtfully placed.
Here are a few examples throughout the City of Raleigh.
A fountain in the gardens of The Executive Mansion of North Carolina. That is a robust Japanese Climbing Hydrangea (Schizophragma hydrangeoides) behind it.
Not really a garden but I love the dinosaur trail at The NC Museum of Life and Science. It is actually in Durham. (http://lifeandscience.org/dinosaurs)
Andy Griffith statue at Pullen Park.
Graffiti along Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. Its not in a garden but I love this heart.
Another piece of art in the Gardens of the NC Executive Mansion.
A giant dragon snakes its way through the lawn in The JC Raulston Arboretum at NCSU.
A snow covered Buddha at dusk in my garden.
A fountain at WRAL’s Azalea Gardens.
The 13-foot tall Redbird Sculpture at Fred Fletcher Park and Water Garden. This is a stylized group of Flamingo flowers (Anthurium).
Even a fence may be considered art if it has some unique or geometric characteristics.
I was strolling through a Lowe’s Home Improvement store this morning and froze in my tracks when I saw this. I was going to call the police but I am not sure it is illegal or not here in Raleigh, North Carolina?
I was like: “You have got to be kidding?”. I fight this plant every season creeping over from my messy and weedy neighbor’s property that is covered in English Ivy, poison ivy, and honeysuckle. My neighbor’s trees are covered. I have to spend hours cutting it off my fence all Summer long.
I am close to organizing a protest at Lowe’s! I am still in shock that their buyers don’t know what they are purchasing!
I am going to have to write a letter!