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A Visit to the Kentucky Arboretum

I finally have a day to post the last of my visit to Lexington, Kentucky.  The State Botanical Garden of Kentucky is located on the University of Kentucky campus Arboretum and is open on weekdays.  It has a 2-mile paved walking path that I enjoyed early one morning to try to avoid the heat of the day.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

The Arboretum has eight regions representing the different ecological areas of Kentucky including Appalachian Plateau, Bluegrass, mountain and wetlands areas, with woods containing 70 different varieties of oak trees.  This map shows just one of the garden areas, this one dedicated to the home garden.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Here and there are lovely fountains and sculptures.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

I didn’t see what kind of flower this one was, but you know I love white flowers.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

This was part of the home demonstration area too, showing container gardening and bed planting.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

The Knot Garden has plantings to appear like knots.  What a fun idea for a circular bed.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Beautiful purple flowers were attracting the pollinators.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Several areas have benches and peaceful views to relax, like this little pond with fish and a babbling stream.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Hibiscus flowers were in full bloom in several colors.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Out on the paved section around the back side, there were a number of unpaved paths taking short strolls to get closer views of the oak trees and other trees.

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Wildlife was taking advantage of the warm day, like this little rabbit nibbling on the grass.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Cottage roses, grasses and lavendar in the back made for a sweet fragrant walk in this garden.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

This sculpture was really captivating.  It was a memorial sculpture for Comair Flight #5191 victims, where 49 people were killed in August 2006 when their plane crashed on take off at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington. (Thank you, Ramona for the correction.)  The birds seem to be in full flight, and turning.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Walking around the sculpture, the view changed with each step.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

White hibiscus bloomed along a stone wall.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Wetlands near the back corner of the property had a raised walkway with displays to tell the visitor about the region and the plants. The ecological impact of wetlands is important to the planet and there was much to see here.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Interesting colors in foliage set off more greenery and hydrangeas, as I made my way back toward the entrance.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Stunning pink color on these hydrangeas!

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

This area is plant testing for garden centers, I’ll bet some of these varieties make it into most home gardens.  I know I recognized some marigolds, petunias and impatiens that I have had before.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Candy striped petunias are being tested for future seed offerings.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Pink and orange varieties  of zinnias are blooming well.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Canna Orange Shade is a such vibrant color!  Looks like fall doesn’t it?

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

The Arboretum has the Stout Daylily Collection, an entire garden of award winning daylilies covering years.  The Stout Silver Medal is the highest award given to the daylily hybrid, and only one award is given each year.  The exhibit includes winners going back to 1950, with about half of the winning cultivars represented.  The Arboretum is looking for the years they are missing.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

This lovely purple and yellow striped one was blooming profusely.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

This is the first double bloom daylily I have ever seen.  I don’t know what its name was.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Pollinators like this tiny butterfly were having a field day with all the blooms.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

This one was interesting in the shape of the petals and the variegated color.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

More places to sit and enjoy the day were on the path near the visitor center.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Red calibrachoa near the entrance, I had to get one last shot before leaving the arboretum.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

It was a lovely morning, but by the time I finished the two mile hike, the temperature and humidity were climbing.  So, off to get some cold water and a shower before hitting the bookstores and quilt shops I showed you last month.  I hope you enjoyed the tour!

How’s your garden now?

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Late June in the Garden

This past weekend a cool front came through, lowered the humidity and made Sunday a perfect day for gardening. I had weeds to pull, and some other tasks, so I got busy. Get ready for a picture heavy post, there is a lot to see in the garden today. Late June sees more flowering plants showing their beauty, beginning with the hostas around the large oak in the front of the house.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

Aren’t these flowers pretty? The variegated purple and white is so interesting close up.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

Hosta volunteers are appearing along the driveway too.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

In the flower bed, the gladiolas are blooming, tall spires of apricot color flowers.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

The rain last weekend beat them over a bit, so I cut them and brought them inside for a vase.  Gladiolas will continue to open up after being cut, so they make wonderful vase flowers for the kitchen.

Apricot Gladiolas at From My Carolina Home

Up on the veranda, I hit the clearance rack at the local big box garden center and came home with more small plants to fill up the remaining pots.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

I replaced the dead white poinsettia with a variegated coleus, planted more begonias and impatiens, and arranged a few more pots near the front door.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

Looking from the other side, I have groupings of pots with all kinds of colors. The torenias are now trailing down to the railing, and I am considering entering one in the State Fair gardening competition.  I still want to find some metal plant racks to add some varying heights to the groups.  On the lower right, you can see the amaryllis set where the remaining leaves can soak up the sun over the summer for another bloom next year.  I am debating repotting it.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

I found a red salvia for the white ceramic vase, now a pot.  The yellow celosias on the left have been disappointing, they haven’t gotten any bigger.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

The corner that gets a lot of sun now has a full complement of colors and sizes. The yellow daisies were deadheaded and are now blooming again. A red geranium gives a pop of bright color. The purple flowers in the lower left pot are calibrachoas, a flower I had never heard of before, but on sale so gave it a try. We’ll see how it grows. Pink petunias in the middle, and on the right is a lettuce crop coming up from the second planting of seeds.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

Small ceramic decorative pots have pink impatiens and begonias, set on the table as a centerpiece.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

Back out in the flower bed, I got the weeding done, and decided to dig up the first clump of day lilies. In that spot I put a new-to-me perennial called a penstemon. I had to keep the insert from the pot to remember what it was, LOL!! It is supposed to bloom all summer and get 15-18 inches tall.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

Then in the middle of the iris bed, I put a perennial lollipop verbena, to give some color there after the iris is done.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

This group of day lilies went into pots, and will be given to friends.  This started as one plant a few years ago and has prolifically propagated itself.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

While I was digging up weeds and day lilies, I found this little volunteer snapdragon. So I moved it to the front of the bed since its color was so pretty.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

Speaking of snap dragons, the bargain plants I got last year for a quarter are putting on another wave of blooms.  Another basil plant is doing well, good thing as I have an heirloom tomato and some mozzarella for a caprese salad.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

The dianthus pinks should be done by now, but they are blooming again too.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

Long view of the front bed after the glads were cut, day lilies dug and all the weeds were pulled, there are still some bare spots to fill in. My tomato plants are doing well, growing larger this year and flowering, but no tomatoes yet.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

The tomatoes in the large pot are growing and flowering now too.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

The hydrangeas continue to bloom in three colors on one plant. I’d like more purple and pink blooms so I added some lime to the top soil.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

I am hoping for a few really pretty pink blooms to add to my table centerpiece. I’m having a few friends over for lunch, and I’ll show you that tablescape soon.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

Petunias in the pots are going well too, the white is lovely.

Late June Garden at From My Carolina Home

Lastly, out back the rhododendrons are blooming now. The blooms are sparse due to the lack of sun the plants get being under the canopy of tall trees.

Rhodos June at From My Carolina Home

The flowers are pretty though, the bush on the left has white flowers with a blush of pink on the buds.

Rhodos June at From My Carolina Home

The bush on the right is pure white, both buds and blooms.

Rhodos June at From My Carolina Home

I did get a clematis, and got it planted. It is light pink one. I really waited too late for a good selection at the garden center.

clematis at From My Carolina Home

I have given up on getting any strawberries, and converted this pot to one with pretty yellow calibrachoa and some flat leaf parsley.

Flowers at From My Carolina Home

One last flower to share, I planted a lovely purple phlox just Wednesday.

Phlox at From My Carolina Home

There will be more to do soon, I want to move the irises from the upper planter box to the bed below, dig up the rest of the day lilies in the planter to move somewhere else, and add more perennials to the front bed.  Of course, there will be more weeds to pull soon too.  But the wonderful thing about living here is the mild climate that makes flowers easy to grow, both wild and cultivated.  I didn’t show you the honeysuckle that is taking over the side yard, or the peaches that are ripening still.  I haven’t seen the bears lately, so maybe I will get some of the peaches, but they are not ready to harvest yet.  Speaking of critters, there has been a fair amount of wildlife here lately, and I’ll show you the recent visitors on Sunday.

What’s blooming in your garden?

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Car Club Weekend Fun and Gardens

It was one of those weekends where everything went just right.  We had two car club events scheduled for Friday night and Saturday morning, but the remnants of a tropical storm threatened to scuttle our plans.  On Friday nights all summer long, our small town does free band concerts called Music on Main.  People bring their interesting cars to park on the road, paying a $5 fee to be in the show which goes to charity.  We always have a fun time, and go as often as we can. We had a discussion as to whether or not our new car would be welcome, but the Classic Car Club members in charge of the show said yes, they’d love to have us park on the street with the newer models.  Our white two-seat convertible Fiat Spider is still a bit rare in this part of the country.  The car next to us is a replica kit car.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

We parked and walked just a block off Main street to a new restaurant called Olive or Twist on the corner of Barnwell and Church. If you are local, or you come up to visit, have a meal here. The food is really good, and they specialize in small appetizer plates, and specialty martinis. I like having a meal like that, shared with friends, ordering a bunch of appetizers and grazing off all the choices. The four of us at the table had shrimp cocktail, spinach artichoke dip with chips, smoked trout, baja fish tacos, fried oysters and a tuna-tini.  This was the second time I have eaten here and the food was consistently good.  In the evening, they have a light jazz group playing live music and we enjoyed that before the main concert on the center stage began downtown.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

The band was Special Edition, playing lots of oldies from mostly the 1970s and 80s.  This is a permanent stage set up to do concerts and events in the summer and fall.  It is downtown next to the Visitors Center.  I’ve done posts on this summer music series with car shows before, and you can see more on Summer Fun and Friday Night in a Small Town.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Further down, the rest of our British contingent were mostly parked together.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Lots of other old cars were there too, I won’t show you all the pictures I took, LOL, but they will be on our BCCWNC.org website in a couple of days. I need to collect the rest of the pictures the guys took.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

The rain stayed west until after the concert was over and we were home.  Whew, dodged the first downpour, now for Saturday’s event.  We were a bit afraid that the rain would extend into the morning as it rained most of the night, but we got up to mostly clear skies.  Meeting up with a bunch more club members in a parking lot in Fletcher, we were in for a wonderful drive. We set out on Mills Gap Road heading up to Hooper’s Creek.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Through lovely green areas with trees and lots of fresh grass, fragrant from the overnight rain.  The clouds were building, but we hoped for the best.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Out in West Henderson county, we stopped for a brief photo-op of these huge cow statues. If you are local and want to see them, they are on Old Clear Creek Road.  We were told that the Paul Bunyon statue is nearby, but we didn’t look for it.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

We wound around the apple orchards, with the trees heavy with ripening fruit. We still have about 8 weeks to go to get fresh apples. With the abundant rain and sunshine, it should be a good harvest.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

More of our beautiful roads, our route took almost an hour.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Our destination was Troyer’s Amish Farm.  I posted about this wonderful place last year, showing a lot more of the farm and the country store.  Click Here to see more. Members parked on the green, and had our lunch in their new pavilion behind the cars.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

They have added to the gardens as well.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

After lunch, we caravan drove over to a members home, like we do every year, to see Mary Alice’s gardens and have dessert. Her home was on the Garden Tour from Asheville this year, and they estimate that they had about 1000 people visit their garden over the course of the event. You can see why, her gardens are just wonderful, full of flowers and veggies!  That is her greenhouse next to their home at the top of the hill.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

I’ve shown her gardens before too, click on Mary Alice’s Garden to see more of her gorgeous flowers, along with the treehouse and some of the other features of their home.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

She has a new ‘she-shed’ for potting and doing the artistic things she does. It is all reclaimed wood, and recycled windows.  Built by husband, Terry, it is a true marvel, right next to the vegetable patch.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Inside is rustic, and the creek can be heard babbling just outside the shed. I love the old glass.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Inside her home on her table, she has a chrysalis house. She has found a number of monarch chrysalis on her plants, and brought them inside to protect them until the butterflies emerge. As usual, she had the perfect thing to keep them, a little metal house with glass panels to use as an incubator.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Thankfully, the rain held off until the club members had toured the gardens and eaten most of the three cakes offered for dessert. We sprinted for the car as the rain came on, thankful that we made it through both events before it let loose.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

What did you do this weekend?

 

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