JC Raulston Aboretum Poinsettia Show
Each Christmas season poinsettia breeders have a chance to show off their work with poinsettias!
Unique colors or leaves.
I love these with a bronze tone:
And tree forms:
And the poinsettia Christmas tree!
Haywood Hall Christmas Open House
Haywood Hall is the only original Raleigh House on its original plot. I love the symmetry of the house.
I love this bed.
The Christmas Tree
The kitchen building
The Boylan neighborhood ArtWalk
The Boylan neighborhood was created in 1907 when the Boylan family sold the family farm to land developer. The original house, Mumford Hall, sits on its original location. The first weekend of December the homeowners open their porches to artist.
The neighborhood is close to downtown Raleigh.
A great event to cap off a busy day!
Of course, I made homemade chicken salad sandwiches on English muffins to keep our energy up on a chilly day walking around the neighborhood!
It was a busy day!
Filed under Gardens, Raleigh
The temps Sunday were very nice and cooler, low 80s with low humidity. The light breeze made it a perfect opportunity to visit The North Carolina Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill and Sarah P Duke Gardens in Durham.
The North Carolina Botanical Gardens
The Education Center building and gardens at The North Carolina Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill
The Education Center has solar cells and all the rain is collected in large storage tanks.
I would love to have a few of these to collect and store rainwater.
There are many garden beds with examples of native plants and small plot vegetable gardens.
Several theme areas representing various ecological zones found around North Carolina.
And a garden of poisonous plants.
Paul Green Cabin: the Paul Green Cabin, was moved to the North Carolina Botanical Garden in 1991 and restored. In this cabin, playwright Paul Green did much of his research and writing on uses of native herbs. Green’s plays often incorporated the botanical knowledge and herbal folk wisdom of North Carolina’s native peoples and settlers.
Jewel Weed (Impatiens capensis)
Sarah P Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina
Ponds near the Doris Duke Center
Ostrich Ferns in a gully leading down to the lake.
The Roney Fountain
Burpee Learning Center
Vegetable gardens at the Burpee Center.
The Perennial Allee
Terraces and fish pool
The main lake
If you have a few hours and the weather is nice it is a great place to visit!
The temperatures have become steadily warmer and have really fueled growth in the garden. One negative side effect, as least for me, is the onslaught of pollen from the wind pollinated pines and oaks. I have had to deal with the allergies every Spring my entire life!
When it rains during this time I can breathe for a few hours as the rain cleans the air temporarily! You can see how it coats everything.
Side walks are covered for a week or two and the rain washes it into the low areas.
I would like to just stay inside and pray for rain during all of this but their is work to be done!
One of the first chores in the Spring is to search the lawn for seedlings from garden plants. The lawn grass usually doesn’t wake up from its Winter nap until later in Spring so you can easily spot seedlings such as Spiderwort.
It’s also a good time to move shrubs that have out grown their spaces.
This Gardenia ‘First Love’ is now shaded by a nearby Asian Magnolia that has grown rapidly the past few The plant came apart into three plants! So now I have three!
The path from the patio to the bird feeders is experience a rapid growth of wild strawberry and evening primrose! It should be amazing in May when the pink evening primrose is blooming!
And the Kerria are in bloom.
On the Coast, where I grew up, I remember older gardeners would tie up the foliage of Spring blooming bulbs to get it out of the way. This still allows it to nourish the bulbs for next year. I thought I would try it!
A good example of how plants spend their first year putting down good roots before top growth is this perennial sunflower. Last season it grew about knee high and produced only a few blooms. This Spring there are about five shoots coming up so far. It should reach five or six feet by Fall and be loaded with blooms!