Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, July 17, 2017

Posted by on July 17, 2017



Boy, we need it



When I returned to Fearrington from the weekend, my plants were thirsty! I worked 12 hours today just to make sure all my plantings were well watered and deadheaded. It was hot and I was all sweaty!

I also painted the fountain in the Inn Courtyard. It needed it and I like painting, so I volunteered. It really looks better. Fresh! Fresh is always a goal word for me.


Today, I took of at the hottest part of the day to buy plants. Crazy, right? Well not getting out of the heat, but the plants will need some babying. But here’s the thing. The plants at Campbell Road Nursery are half price. That’s enough for me to take notice, even though their prices are already good.

I picked up a tall pink Penta for The Dovecote. Blue Daze for The Goat; a white vinca with a tiny red eye for Park Inn Room 32. I also picked up flats of Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’. Sorry, I took the last two.

Wished for rain.

Planted the Blue Daze and white vinca with tiny red eye.

Pruned they Yew under the windows in Inn Room 32.


My day IN, and there is a lot to do!!

How hot was it? It was so hot I left my coffee in the car for 1.5 hours and it’s still hot!

Stopped by the NC State Fair Grounds to install five native bee houses. Well, they aren’t exactly a house, but rather 2 inch slice of pine with holes drilled in them. One weekend visiting the Raleigh Flea Market, I met a new vender there who sell cut up wood. Yup, that’s all it is. He had cross sections and length-wise of various measurement. I been looking for a guy like him for decades. This crafty girl is a happy camper!

While I was there pruned the willow tree and butterfly bush, plus I weeded the raised bed. My, ahem, friend, John Buettner arranged for the dirt to be put into the raised bed. I suspect he got the dirt from a crabgrass farmer!

Picked up plants from two wholesalers for two different clients. I’ll do one garden on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Jayne stopped by so we could do another video, this time about summer plants that will take us through the first frost.



Planted the Black-eyed Susans and coneflowers in The Admin Nest.

Watered all the beds. That was about all I could handle in the heat, even still, since I watered EVERYTHING, it took all day.


I was determined today to stay dry, or at least not getting my knees dirty. There was a little watering I needed to do in the early morning and later in the afternoon; the rest of the time was working on a marketing piece. It’s nice to have flexibility to work inside like that. Greg and I did meet to discuss the new peninsula planting beds. The new layout is going to be so awesome!!!


Bee Better meeting.

My client in Oakwood. We are putting together as Charleston inspired design. I brought home her containers two weeks ago, but we just decided on our approach. I think this is going to work out well. It looks marvelous. Now all she needs to do is buy furniture.


Worked in my North Raleigh Garden. This one is nice and shady, or at least where I’ve been working. Put in five Hosta ‘Guacamole’, two Hosta ‘Stained Glass’ to go with the other three she already has. Added four more Japanese Painted ferns to go with three others she had.

Visit with Beth.


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