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Inspired by Past; Gardening for Today in Historic Spots

Living in historic homes means caring for, respecting the past.  But making the place work for today. It also can mean wresting with huge challenges of parts of the past we find appalling today.

Jenks discusses gardens he’s designed for today on site from Antebellum to Mid-Century Modern. Enjoy slides, stories of wresting with the past.

And get a peak at his new book, which describes modern life on his families 1750 era farmstead near Aiken SC.

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I picked a few Passiflora lutea stems and laid them on the water surface.

Tiny Passion for Passiflora lutea

Tiny lime green flowers on this slender, summer growing perennial vine make me smile. Sure it’s kind of weedy. It scrambles over shrubs and comes everywhere around here. But it’s a lovely olive green leaf with silver mottling.  And it has a strong root system.  I don’t know how you’d get rid of it if… Read More

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Snow Drop

The Earliest of Flower Gardens

There’s a patch of paper whites and snow drops in our pasture that’s older than I am. Just behind the little shed that’s been pony shed, goat shed and now donkey shed. Those are the kinds of bulbs I want in my gardens. From a practical stand point, because they come back, they thrive and… Read More

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A New Years Resoilution

In this year, when we walk let’s walk walk with big, amazing steps. Considering every every cell and bone and where each foot falls. Connect to the life below each step. Feel the the tiny creatures in their universe below ground. When we garden this year, let’s weed, kneel, dig, spray in ways that make… Read More

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Etioliated Sweet Potato

You’re making me Blanch…Etioliation

Etiolation: You know when you leave a bucket on the grass and all the grass under it goes sort of pale green and white?  That is etioliation.  It’s a plant response to trying to grow in low light intensity. When it finally reaches the sun, it starts to turn green (that is de-etiloation). We eat… Read More

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Bees, Bugs, Bulbs

Farm Open Day!  Enjoy a beautiful fall day on the lily farm and in Momma’s garden Pre-registration and RSVP required. (Please send email to bulbmen@gmail.com)

We’ll have a theme this time and guest lecturers!  It’s all about bees and bugs — things that pollinate plants.

We’ll also have crinum bulbs, jonquils and seeds to plant in fall which attract pollinators.  There’ll be insect themed pottery, bug books and other great early Christmas shopping!

Also, an artist friend who has an amazing, creative garden will open her place for afternoon tours.  Details and directions will be sent when you pre-register.
Cintho Alpha

Io moth caterpillar on Crinum 'Pink Trumpet'

Io moth caterpillar on Crinum ‘Pink Trumpet’

 

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Elephant Garlic; Buy it in the grocery store, plant it in the garden, eat it every year.

Trends in Foodscaping

“Over the past decades, our plant pallet changed in ways other than you might expect. Plant explorers and breeders bring new plants into nurseries. They, as well as garden designers, decorators and all sorts of cultural leaders, become the tastemakers, slowly changing which plants we can get hold of…..One slow, huge change, tracks our shift… Read More

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