Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, April 17, 2016

Posted by on April 17, 2017

THE WEEK Traveled to Atlanta with the Fearrington gardening team! Warm. The weekend, it was in the 80s.


0.00 inches. None! Looks like we might get rain starting Monday night, but it kinda looks hit or miss. I hope it hits.



Road Trip!! Met with the other gardeners at Fearrington for our road trip to Atlanta. Actually the journey starts with the first step; and it did. This truly is a concept never to forget.


We arrived at the home of Greg and John. We were served a delicious coffee and a mouth watering homemade ginger scone. Fabo! After visiting Greg and John’s garden, and meeting baby Thomas, we traveled south. Our first stop was visiting the The Gardens of Old Salem where we were given a private tour by Martha Hartley.

The Gardens at Old Salem showcase horticulture practices of the Moravians in Salem from 1769 to 1847, with each individual garden featuring elements and materials compatible to the date of interpretation of the lot.

Research-based garden restoration has been the foundation of the Horticulture Program since it was established in 1972, with the cultivation of open-pollinated heirlooms, seed saving, and sustainable practices as guiding principles.

Bounty from the gardens and orchards is used seasonally in Old Salem’s museum kitchens where delicious smells draw visitors to firesides and bake ovens to learn about early cooking in Salem.

Lunch at a great restaurant in the middle of the land of a thousand BBQ joints. Greg found this gem, BOCA. The food was delicious!!!! We shared tapas and I had a spicy Italian wrap. Best wrap EVER!

We were then off to visit the North Carolina Arboretum south of Asheville, NC.

For 30 years…Cultivating Connections between People and Plants…amid a 434-acre public garden, The North Carolina Arboretum is located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest just south of Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393. Surrounded and crisscrossed by forested coves and meandering creeks in the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is set in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.

The Arboretum was established as an affiliate of the University of North Carolina by the State General Assembly in 1986, nearly a century after Frederick law Olmsted, the Father of American Landscape Architecture, first envisioned a research arboretum as part of his legacy and plan for George Vanderbilt at Biltmore Estate.

Located on land within the Pisgah National Forest, the Arboretum is operated under a special use permit issued by the National Forests in North Carolina. This permit does not give the Arboretum the authority to allow commercial activities on National Forest land. Please visit the National Forests in North Carolina website or call the Pisgah Ranger District at 828-877-3265 for more information regarding permitting.

That evening, we stayed the night in Brevard, NC. When I was a kid, my middle-school best friend, Sharon Ullam and her family, moved there. (I just tried to search Sharon on Facebook, but didn’t find her.) During the summer before starting 9th grade, my parents let me go visit her. I can’t remember how I got there, though. Anyhoo, we had the best visit. I remember loving going down Slippery Rock, which is apparently really called Sliding Rock.

That night, we and another fabo meal, The Square Root Restaurant. The decor was funky and fun. The floor was made of square tiles of 1.5 inches wood, taken from the center of trees.

Located in a beautifully restored historic building…down a quiet alley in the heart of Downtown Brevard, The Square Root Restaurant is as well known for its architectural and artistic decor as it is for its fabulous food. Whether you’re hoping to enjoy the ambiance of our indoor dining room, our locally crafted wood bar top, or the fresh breezes of our covered outdoor patio – there is room for everyone. Our atmosphere is inviting for romantic evenings, cocktails with friends, and family gatherings. We pride ourselves on serving locally roasted coffee from The Brown Bean, and we offer several local brews on tap and by the bottle. Menu choices include options to please the young and the old, the adventurous and the picky eaters, and anyone who enjoys delicious fresh food at reasonable prices. We also offer a full bar with extensive wine and cocktail choices.

Holiday Inn & Suites in Brevard, NC. Just a place to crash, as we were running behind and lingering at dinner.


Hotel breakfast. The usual HI stuff.

Before we headed out of town, we stopped by Connestee Falls. It was a short walk to a pair of breathtaking falls.

Stopped by the South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson, SC.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden is a diverse 295 acres of natural landscapes, display gardens and miles of streams and nature trails. Together with distinguished education and outreach programs, a nationally recognized nature-based sculpture collection, and the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, the SCBG is a premier site for experiencing nature and culture.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden is home to an official American Hosta Society Display Garden, a 70-acre arboretum, miles of nature trails and streams, a butterfly garden, a wildflower meadow and many specialty gardens. The Garden is also home to over 300 varieties of camellias, as well as an extensive collection of hollies, hydrangeas, magnolias and native plants.

Visit the Garden today, and discover a place “where nature and culture meet.”

Today we made our way to Atlanta to visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

We has just enough time to visit GardenHood Atlanta. I found some fun plants for the my garden, and design ideas to tuck away for another day.

We stayed at a very fun inn, Georgian Terrace Hotel.

Dinner at the hotel, another fun evening! We have such a lively group. I will be forever known as someone who likes to taste other people’s food. Not sure if they approved haha, but I did. In my defense, I let others share my food.


After a wonderful stay in Atlanta, we made a beeline back to Chapel Hill, with a couple of stops along the way. First up was My Secret Garden.

I opened My Secret Garden, a Home and Garden center in Peachtree Corners to offer Atlanta area residents a beautiful collection of trees, shrubs and plants, including herbs, fruits, vegetables, perennials and annuals to name a few. My Secret Garden is committed to outstanding quality, knowledge and service offerings.


The last stop was to the Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve in Spartanburg, SC. It was such a pleasant surprise.  I was most impressed with the pats and the water within them.

First time in a long time, I hit the wall. I was so tired! It was a fun trip, but it must have caught up with me from the traveling I did earlier that week, the Bee Better Forum on Saturday, and the traveling as a Brand Ambassador with Trop-Bilt the W-Th before and all the travel upsets then.

At Fearrington, I only had one day in the garden to do what I wanted done in the Roost before the Easter weekend. I didn’t need to bust my but (not sure the origin of that expression 😉 ); I couldn’t stand not having everything looking top notch; so I pushed myself.

No regrets. It means a lot to me that my little part at Fearrington can give visitors so much joy

My friend and her daughter Dinah were in California looking at collages. Alex had a gig in PA, so I got to care for Sir Rupert. Sing-song: Reunited and it feels so good…

I had hoped to straighten up the house and garden, just a bit before my friend Matt Mattus was to visit in the morning. In the end, I didn’t bother. Thank god for good friends.


My friend, Matt Mattus, was in town in his role of the President of the National Rock Garden Society speaking to us about forgotten bulbs. It was one of the very best presentations.

We had such a good visit. He had to rush off to his next visit; we lost track of time It has been that way since the very first time we met.

After errands, I was able to work in the garden some.

Added a Pincushion flower, Scabiosa ‘Pink Mist’

Added a climbing hydrangea, Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris


Matt was speaking at our Piedmont region NARGS about little bulbs.

Afterwards, a group went to lunch at Neomonde. I couldn’t make it, since I am waaaaayyyyyy behind.

Then I got some time in the garden. Matt gave me a great suggestion for the north side garden, so I stopped by the Raleigh Flea Market to see if I could find a table to use under the eves to raise my boxwood collection. I found something even more exciting.

I know where I want to hang a super cool section of wood I picked up at the Farmers Market, but it will involved power tools in the brick. These two concepts are not something David is fond of. I’ll ask Jorge at work the best approach.

The idea is to make a shelf to showcase part of my boxwood collection.

As I’m writing this, I’m thinking I can find two tall cedar post to serve as the base. Yes. That would be cool….now…where to find them.

Watered new plants out front. I have another week of every-other-day watering


Easter Sunday. Mass. Brunch at First Watch. Chilling in Helen’s Haven while David and Aster paint the house.

I did get some gardening it, and a nap. For the gardening, I transplanted an Illicium from the back Xeric Bed, which it never should have been there anyway! It is now in the Transitional Bed. It would do better in an Oasis area, but it is better in the Transitional Bed than in the Xeric Bed!

For Easter dinner, I made lamb. That may not sound innovative, but it was the first time I ever made it. In fact, I don’t like lamb. Well, that was before today, when I realized that it’s not the taste of lamb I don’t like. It’s the smell.

I can remember as a kid, my mom would always try to make lamb and call it beef. She never realized, I couldn’t get past the smell. Once, I asked what’s for dinner and she replied, “Beef stew.” I said, no it’s not. I smell lamb. Funny, right. After all these years, I still can’t sand the smell, but I enjoyed the tasted. As a back up, I fried up a little bit of Smithfield ham for a biscuit. I ate that too.

Sir Rupert will stay another night. Alex got home late in the afternoon and GG and Dinah don’t get back tomorrow. I just told Alex, I’d like another night my my little doggy. That is one super sweet dog, but he wants to hunt the chickens. The chickens are now, and Rupert is beside me as I type.

Weeded until I was so sleepy, I went upstairs to take an hour long nap!

Picked up rocks. These are still from the batch of mulch I got LAST year. Every rain or so, erodes the mulch away enough to make them visible. There are some things that bother me, and that one is a biggy.

The magnolia leaves have started their annual two-month fall. Started on those right away.

Watered new plants out back. I have another week of every-other-day watering. Planted corn I collected from our niece’s weeding, Meghan and her now husband, Jesse.

Made a list.

Shelled peanuts for planting.


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