Silver haired and with a brand new knee, Momma peers into a draped diorama of shrunken heads, leaning in to listen to a much pierced young man, with gauge opening in ears big enough you could pass a cup cake through, a handlebar mustache and a Baltimore accent — which is oddly akin to our… Read More
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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.
When I first meet with the owners of Blue Poppy Farm, we stood surrounded by endless turf. They said, “We ride the horses into the woods around here and it’s so beautiful out there. ” Can you make this look more like that?” The transition will take years. The long term goal includes Sandhills meadow… Read More
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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Late summer here extends into September and October. Plants love it. This is the best time of year for gardens in the south. I like to garden visit now, everything is full and flowing, purple and orange, dripping with weight of summer growth and buzzing with moths and the energy of life. Here are few… Read More
Whats the reality of incorporating food into landscapes? It can be done but it has it’s caveats. 30 years ago, we led the team that brought red mustard, rainbow chard and chartruese mizuna into comericial landscapes and nursery production. Join us for this event which also features the director of the tropical fruit and spice park outside of Miami!