Posts Tagged ‘Garden’

Iris in our Yard

May 23, 2017

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I’m sure it comes as no surprise that Betsy and I love flowers and we enjoy having them in our yard.  But what type of flower works best for us?  Betsy loves tulips, but so do the chipmunks that live around us.  Roses are beautiful, but they take a lot of work.  We both like lilies, but so do chipmunks and deer.  As you can see, finding the perfect flower to grow here in the is not easy.

We have had success with iris however, and this year they have been putting on quite a show.  The iris above is Eugenia King.


Bountiful Harvest is one of Betsy’s favorite irises.  She really likes the colors of this one.


Cantina is one of my favorites.  I love the purple color with the steaks of blue in the falls.


Eggnog has a vibrant color, but I almost always get thirsty when I see this iris.


I really think Goodnight Kiss is a beautiful iris, but I really like the goodnight kisses of my Beautiful Bride much better.

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Autumn Iris

November 8, 2016

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Betsy and I are fortunate to be able to enjoy iris at various locations in our yard.  I like iris not only because they are beautiful but also because they require relatively little care (unlike our roses!).

When Betsy and I started getting serious about our yard, we discovered that there were such things as reblooming iris.  Most of the iris we have are rebloomers, so we can enjoy the blossoms twice a year.  It’s rather like doubling our pleasure.

The iris in the header is Cantina.  This beauty has been in our yard for several years, and I always marvel at the color.

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Clarence is another iris that we’ve enjoyed over the years.  It is in the flower bed near the road, so we share it with people passing by.

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One of our newer iris is Lemon Duet.  This is actually the first time it has bloomed for us in October, but we’re very glad it did.

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My Friend Jonathan has been a good friend and has put on a spring and autumn show ever since he joined our yard.

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Double Your Fun is a newer iris for us as well.  The drought kept it from developing normally, but the colors are still gorgeous, so I could leave it out.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our autumn iris blossoms as much as we do.

The Women in My Life

August 23, 2016

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They say confession is good for the soul.  I hope ‘they’ are right, because I feel I really should confess about some of the ladies in my life.  If you go beyond this paragraph, however, you have to promise not to tell Betsy about my confession.

One of the first ladies I see each summer is Janice Brown.  She’s very pretty and perky, as you can tell by the photo above.

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I must admit to being partial to blondes, and the bright yellow of Carolyn Criswell is always a delight to see.

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Judith is somewhat shy, but she is always a joy to have around.

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I have a great deal of Irish in me, so I suppose it’s natural that I’ve been drawn to Dublin Elaine.  In my mind there aren’t many like her in this world.

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Of course it’s hard to think of the Irish without picturing fiery redheads.  Lady Lucille definitely fits that description.

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Last, but not least, is Lady Elizabeth.  I suppose I shouldn’t feel too guilty about seeing her; after all Betsy’s first name is Elizabeth.

There — you have my confession.  I wonder when I’ll start to feel better?

Our World: Biltmore’s Rose Garden

October 7, 2013
Part of the rose garden at Biltmore House & Gardens, Asheville, North Carolina.  August 6, 2013.

Part of the rose garden at Biltmore House & Gardens, Asheville, North Carolina. August 6, 2013.

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I’m beginning to think that visiting the Rose Garden at Biltmore House and Gardens is dangerous to the health of our wallet.  Each time Betsy and I visit the rose garden, one or both of us will find a rose that we think would look good in our yard.  When we visited last year we found the Milestone rose, which we added to our garden this year.

We went back to Biltmore in early August as part of our getaway for Betsy’s birthday.  And sure enough, we both found some roses that we thought it would be nice to have.

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Francis Meilland rose, Biltmore House & Gardens, Asheville, North Carolina. August 6, 2013.

The first one we found was Francis Meilland.  This is a new rose that I’ve had my eye on for several months.

Winter Sun rose, Biltmore House & Gardens, Asheville, North Carolina.  August 6, 2013.

Winter Sun rose, Biltmore House & Gardens, Asheville, North Carolina. August 6, 2013.

Winter Sun is another new rose that both of us found to be very beautiful.

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Sweet Afton rose, Biltmore House & Garden, Asheville, North Carolina. August 6, 2013.

Sweet Afton was introduced in 1964.  I’m not sure it is still available, but both Betsy and I liked its beautiful pastel colors.

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Queen Elizabeth rose, Biltmore House & Gardens, Asheville, North Carolina. August 6, 2013.

Queen Elizabeth is an even older rose (1955), but it is still a beauty.  I have seen it offered by several sources.

Do you have any suggestions for us?  We’re running out of places to put roses in our yard, although I’m sure the deer would be delighted to have a few more rose bushes to munch on.

Tulips in our Yard

May 2, 2013

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Old Man Winter kept hanging around so long this year that we were beginning to think that our tulips would never start blooming.  But fortunately they have bloomed and we’ve enjoyed their bright color in our yard.

The tulip in the upper left of this collage is Golden Oxford, while Guinevere is the tulip on the upper right.  The tulips on bottom (from left to right) are Red Dynasty, Purissima and World’s Favourite.

Dragonflies

August 25, 2011
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Dragonfly at the Italian Garden on the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina. August 5, 2011.

While Betsy and I were in the Italian Garden at Biltmore, I was photographing water lilies when this dragonfly started flying around the blossoms I was trying to photograph.  When I moved to a different flower, it also moved.  I didn’t have the proper lens to get macro of the dragonfly, but I liked the way the wings looked in the sunlight, so I got the picture above.

Dragonfly at the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina. August 5, 2011.

A little later I got him in a better pose.  I haven’t had much experience capturing critters like these, but I did like the way these pictures turned out.  I may have to try this again with the proper lens.

My World: Journey to Arkansas

April 5, 2011

Tulips and Azalea in bloom, Garvan Gardens, Hot Springs, Arkansas. March 28, 2011.

This is my post for the My World meme.  It is hosted by Klaus, Ivar, Sandy, Wren, and Fishing Guy.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

Last week Betsy and I went to Mount Nebo State Park in Arkansas.  We’ve been going there at least once a year since I retired in 2006.  We have a favorite cabin that we rent, where we can enjoy beautiful views, fires in the fireplace, and the birds and deer that pass by.

As is usual with us, we can rarely go directly to a destination.  This year we stopped by Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on our way to Mount Nebo.  We had been there in 2009 and enjoyed the daffodils, so since we were a few weeks later this year, we stopped by to see the tulips.  As you can see from the picture above, the tulips and azaleas put on a beautiful display.

'Our' cabin on Mount Nebo, Arkansas. March 28, 2011.

Our cabin at Mount Nebo sits near the rim of the mountain top and provides a perfect spot to sit and relax and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.

We made a day trip to nearby Mount Magazine State Park to have lunch in their wonderful restaurant.  It was a gray, cloudy, dismal day, which was just fine for eating, but very bad for picture-taking.

Since we now have a geo-tracker that we take with us just about every place, I can show you are journey thanks to Goggle Earth.  You can click to enlarge the map for easier reading.

My World: Consider the Lilies

June 15, 2010

Lilies in our yard, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. June 12, 2010.

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Most of you know that Betsy and I love roses and have quite a few in our yard.  Roses are  definitely our favorite flowers, but lilies are a close second.  We have lilies in three beds; the picture above is of part of the bed along the side of our deck.  When the doors leading to the deck are open, the fragrance is heavenly.

A New Rose

May 20, 2010

Southern Belle rose, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. May 13, 2010.

Since we built a new flower bed last autumn, we have some new roses in our yard this spring.  The first of the new roses to bloom is this sunny yellow grandiflora, Southern Belle.

Yellow roses are said to symbolize friendship and caring.  Since my Beautiful Bride and my Best Friend is also a Southern Belle, I thought it was entirely appropriate to add this rose to our garden.

My World Is Coming Up Roses

May 18, 2010

The large rose bed in our yard, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. May 17, 2010.

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Our world is coming up roses.  Most of the roses in our yard are now in bloom.  The picture above is of our biggest rose bed.  Some of the roses were in bloom when we got back from the beach, but they are now really putting on a show.  I’m sure I’ll have more pictures in the days ahead.