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Variegated Canna Pretoria

I have been a huge fan of this canna hybrid for years. They have so much sass!

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Unfortunately, I didn’t dig up any of the tubers before we left Atlanta. We figured they would be around every year in plentiful amounts. It was difficult to contain my excitement when thinking of planting some here at the new house. We’ve checked Lowe’s, HomeDepot, and elsewhere on a few occasions since the move, but with no luck. Every employee I asked just shrugged their shoulders. I knew it was time to visit Hyams and check with them. We’re now living a bit aways from them.:( I asked one of the employees about them and sure enough, she knew what was going on. Apparently, they have succumbed to a disease this year and many vendors are wary of carrying them. I was so upset that I wanted to cry on the spot. I know I can look to the wonderful Internet to order them, but shipping plants in this heat I’m not sure it’s the safest thing to do.

I’m going to keep checking and maybe take my chance on ordering.

Pinterest

Pinterest is like a virtual inspiration board where you pin things to a ‘board’ on your page. instead of pinning things to your wall. Your pins can be viewed by and shared with others. You can pin images from anywhere on the web, add your own notes about the image, and the bookmarklet credits and links back to the original image.

Currently, Victoria from sfgirlbybay and the folks from Pinterest are running ‘Pin It Forward‘, where various bloggers create boards of ‘What Home Means to Me’. I missed the sign-up for this series but I’ve decided to play along and work on my visual interpretation of home. I’m far from finished. Here is the board Lindsey has created thus far.

I have been blissfully running amok creating other boards, such as outdoor living ideas. It makes sense with the kick I’ve been on lately. I gathered some of the images posted here and elsewhere, and some via other members. After all, that’s the intent of the site. Here is what I’ve gathered for our ‘Outdoor Living’ board..

Bon Weekend – a trip to Fantasy Garden

Mom was feeling up for a run to a few nurseries this morning. It breaks our hearts that she lives in an world of incredible pain everyday, so when she says she’s ready, it’s go time! I’m so happy to be back in gardening mode while prepping for the move. We bought two hydrangeas at Rosebank Farms and then stopped by Garden Wise where we bought a gorgeous variegated hosta and a Farfugium japonicum ‘Giganteum’, aka the Giant Leopard Plant. The giant waxy leaves look like a tractor seat. They produce a stalk with yellow daisy-like flowers in the fall.

I follow a blog called ‘Garden Porn’ that is maintained by Michelle Derviss, who is a landscape designer. These are photos of the ‘Pina Colada Garden’ in Novato, CA. I believe this is her actual garden. It’s about as close to my dream garden as it’s going to get. I apologize in advance for the large file weight of the images, but I couldn’t just pick a few. I had a very difficult time narrowing it down to just these…

Fantasy Garden
Fantasy Garden
Fantasy Garden
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In the beginning.

I thought I’d share a couple of reference photos of the early stages of the garden. These were taken at the beginning of June 2006.

Early garden
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Seeds of Change.

Gardening was one of mine and Michael’s favorite activities. Some of my best memories are from working in the garden all day, showering, opening the loft windows to let out old jazz, louching a glass of absinthe, and then head back out to retire in our seats and enjoy the evening. Below are some images of our loft garden in Atlanta. It evolved from spring/summer 2006 through spring/summer 2007. By autumn 2007 it was a jungle.

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Today I was on the Charleston MLS site looking at downtown listings so I could see their gardens. Strange, I know, but I figured it was the best way to see some beautiful gardens that you won’t normally see on the internet. My dream garden will have hardy banana (Musa banjo), elephant ears, spider lilies, ginger, canna (I’m partial to the variegated color combo above), gardenia, magnolia, jasmine, camilla, sago palm, palms/palmettos, bougainvillea & crotons (that will probably remain potted for winter storage), ornamental grasses, hibiscus, angels trumpets, and a variety of fruit trees. Along with those, I can’t help but want a weeping willow, our japanese maple, a new bog garden with carnivorous plants and papyrus, and Italian pencil cypresses. We’ll also have a side vegetable/herb garden.

The one thing we will NOT have? Azaleas. I cannot describe how much I loathe them. I usually call them ‘rat bushes’. Yuck. If you want to come take back my ‘True Southerner’ card, I’ll be more than happy to leave it in the mailbox. 🙂

Artemisia vulgaris

Commonly known as mugwort. I took these pictures of our mugwort in the front garden. A member of an online community asked to see photographs to help identify what may be mugwort growing in her yard. The pictures she found online caused her a bit of confusion between it and grand wormwood.

In herbal lore, it has been widely used for protection. In remedial practice, it is used as an emmenagogue, which regulates/promotes menstruation. Mugwort has been used to flavor beers, before the introduction of hops. As a nervine, Mugwort is valued in palsy, fits, epileptic and similar affections, being an old-fashioned popular remedy for epilepsy (especially in persons of a feeble constitution).

Mugwort - Artemisia vulgaris
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