MODERN WINNERS STEEPED IN OLD WORLD CHARM

I am just back from my annual trek to the Biltmore Estate to participate in the Biltmore International Rose Trials. Once again I found myself steeped in the old world charm of a walled sunken garden to take an in-depth look at the most modern of roses. Hybridizers from around the world continue to work hard to bring us the best of the best for our home gardens..

WINE & ROSES

Our time in the garden begins on Friday evening with a wine and roses party. It is so wonderful to renew long time friendships and make new friends as we bond around our mutual love for the rose.

TIME FOR BUSINESS!

In the spirit of the Vanderbilt legacy we don our fancy clothes and hats and make our way to the task at hand.

It is my pleasure to share with you the 2019 Rose Trial Winners. These roses have been judged each season (even winter) for two years.

Moonlight Romantica (MEILkaquinz)

Meilland / Star Roses
Pauline Merrell Award – Best Hybrid Tea Rose

Sweet Hips (KAPswehp)

Weeks Roses
Lord Burleigh Award – Best Disease Resistant Rose

William Cecil Award – Best General Impression

Bliss Parfuma (KORmarzau)

Kordes
Edith Wharton Award – Best Floribunda Rose

Cupid’s Kisses (WEKtriscala)

Weeks – Bedard

Gilded Age Award – Best Climbing Rose

Coral Knock Out Rose (RADral)

Star Roses – Radler
Chauncey Beadle Award – Best Shrub Rose
George and Edith Vanderbilt Award – Most Outstanding Rose

SPECIAL THANKS TO…

…Our coordinator of the Biltmore Rose Trials, Paul Zimmerman, for his leadership and vision to work with amateur and professional hybridizers to provide the very best for our gardens.
…Parker Andes, Biltmore Director of Horticulture, and his teams for the care of the gardens and their commitment to the Biltmore vision.
…David Pike, CEO of Witherspoon Rose Culture and John Beaty of Beaty Fertilizers for sponsoring our cocktail party and awards luncheon.

AROUND THE GARDEN…

I wish for you days when you are steeped in what you love…

… with those you love.

Bloom Thyme Friday: A View to a Miracle

As a gardener I am no stranger to miracles – I see them daily. But, there is one miracle that I look forward to in September. These guys…

For the past 5 years I have filled a container with herbs to put on Mr. G’s prep table by his grill. Each year the flat leaf parsley we have there becomes host to these little green creepy caterpillars that become the, oh so beautiful black swallowtails. Last year there were only 3 of them and I put two in a large jar so we could watch them. What a miracle this is. I shake my head over and over on the life cycle of a butterfly.

This year we have more than we have ever had before. So I am going to put some of them in a collapsible butterfly habitat so we can more enjoy the process and get the pleasure of releasing them.

One thing I know for sure. They love flat leaf parsley.

MORE MIRACLES…

That one small leaf can become a gorgeous blooming plant.

In August 2017 H planted a single leaf and today it looks like this…

I love looking back at H planting that first leaf!

In September 2018 C planted his single leaf and while his African Violet is not blooming, it is growing strong.

WHILE ON THE SUBJECT…

Speaking of miracles, these boys and their baby brother, who make me a grammy, are beloved miracles. To all the grandparents out there, can you even fathom the depth of your love for your grandchildren? Miracles. Blessings. They fill up my heart to the very brim.

And these two boys and baby Wy have been growing right along with those leaves…

Miracles x 3!

BLOOM THYME THIS WEEK…

Champagne Wishes

 

Music Box…
I think Sweet Drfit saved the best for last….
Enough to share with a friend…
Pink and purple… perfect combination I think.
The Faun is just showing off!
Lady of Shallot DA. The blooms are few this time of year, but no less beautiful and fragrant.
Darcey Bussell DA…
Yellow and purple are a great combination too. Rose: Popcorn Drift
Today’s view from the Potting Shed…

As you know, Fall is not my favorite but it is a time of many miracles … butterflies, changing leaves, and cooler temps to name a few. God’s artistry is on display in bold ways! I plan to enjoy every one!

Wishing you a week of miracles in the garden and out!

Happy Bloom Thyme Friday!

Bloom Thyme Friday: Welcome to My Herb Garden

This week I had some extra time to just “be” in my herb garden. It is a very special place for me. The fence was the first structure that Mr. G built for me after we moved into our “new” home. That was over 30 years ago. Pardon me while I shed a few tears. Looking back, 30 years seems like a blink… have you noticed that — looking back is like a quick vapor and looking ahead seems like forever. Those 30 years are filled to the brim with memories. Mr. G building the fence with 2 littles in tow. My daughter and son planting seeds; picking herbs we would use in cooking; harvesting lavender and other flowers and herbs that we used in crafts — some we sold as the Ladybug Herb Garden.  (My daughter’s “baby” name was Ladybug.)

I wish I had a list of all the herbs, veggies, cutting flowers and roses (they’re herbs too) that have had a home in this happy, fragrant 16’ x 18’ space.

Let me show you around…

Basil that has gone to seed and making the pollinators happy growing in a tangle with chives and a very prominent black eyed susan that I didn’t plant. It is always a big surprise as to where the black eyed susans will show up each year!

Thyme that makes it’s way into egg salad, chicken salad and bean dishes. And is the perfect ground cover for herb gardens.

Zinnias and Cosmos (Mr. G’s Fav) running amuck in that beautiful way they do in the fall.

Nasturiums — because they are so dependably pretty and fun to add to salads.

Lambs Ears because of it’s color, texture and the fact that every child loves it. Behind the Lambs Ears is the lovely ‘Pretty Polly’ Almond scented geranium.

Okra … that should have been picked last week. Note: I don’t have a full on vegetable garden but add favorite veggies here and there around the garden, on the deck and on the driveway!

Banana peppers … that should have been picked last week. Zinnias were hiding them.
Chard … for smoothies and just for pretty.
Rosemary … because it’s beautiful, fragrant, delicious and has been used for years in a family favorite recipe – rosemary baked potatoes!

Plants that are here but have finished for the season…

Peonies, yarrow, sweet peas, sweet william and larkspur had their moment and have come and gone. The world they lived in was much more tame!   Look, no jungle in late May!

Herbs you don’t see in my “Herb” garden…

Mint… the last plant my mother bought for me was apple mint. That was more than 25 years ago. While I’ll never be without mint for the memory of her and for the fact I use it all the time, it is planted safely in a pot where it’s “roaming” tendencies are kept in check! 😳

Oregano… has been taken out to the veriest back of the property where it can run amuck. It’s yummy but it is like mint in that it desires world domination!

Sage… It is one of my two favorite herbs. I love it for so many reasons — I love the flavor and I love the holiday memories attached to that flavor and that smell and I love how it looks. You don’t see sage in the herb garden because it lives and thrives in another area of the garden where conditions are dryer. While it looks so good with the other herbs, it’s happier elsewhere.  And, it does very well beside it’s neighbor that doesn’t like the herb garden all that well either… Lavender – my other favorite. Who doesn’t love lavender!?! Is there a more relaxing fragrance in all the world? Not for me. I do plant both sage and lavender in the herb garden each year and while they mostly survive for a season, they don’t thrive. So, to have plenty, it is best to have “extras” where they are happier!

And, this brings us to Roses… they greet you as you enter. As it should be.

Thanks for stopping by for my herb garden tour. Now you know that my herb garden, like all the other “rooms” in my garden are a combination of plant types. Most of them tasty and many so aromatic — making it a destination I can get lost in!

Let’s all take a deep breath and inhale the earthy fragrance of herbs. I’m wondering what are your favorites? Is it sage or lavender or….

I bet there’s a story behind your favorite and I’d love to hear it! ❣️

BLOOM THYME FRIDAY: BLOOMS, BEES AND BUGS

This week the weather was much more pleasant for being outdoors — cooler temps with a tiny drop in humidity. While I was out tackling the weeds, I was completely stopped by beautiful blooms, bees and bugs all around me. How am I ever to get the weeding done with so much wonder to catch my eye — and time! And, it is hard to dead head right now because the pollinators don’t seem to mind the shabbiness of faded blooms. Seeing the wonders of nature taking their time doing their sweet work, challenged this natural born busy-bee-plate-spinner — to slow down and take it all in.

So today I will share some of God’s natural wonder that surrounds me…

BLOOM THYME WITH CRITTERS:

Twist and Shout Lacecap Hydrangea is a lovely spot to rest
Beauty and the bee… Rose ‘At Last’
Two on one… Painted Lady and JB… #headshake Don’t look too close … lots of “shabbiness” here! 😄
This guy was huge and happy on the buddleia.
Yes, August 30 and they are STILL here. It sure appears they are going for some kind of record. 😡

 

They are swarming the sedum. LOVE IT!
Video Note: His pollen baskets look full to overflowing! 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

BLOOM THYME WITHOUT CRITTERS…

Petit Pink peeking through the gate. (Dr. David Zlesak Hybridizer)
Mother of Pearl – you have seen a lot of this rose on the blog this year. It has been a standout. I have some blooms in the kitchen right now! Cant’ wait to see what year 3 brings! If the theory … “sleep, creep, leap” holds true, next spring will be outstanding!
Purity Cosmos
Love all nasturtiums, but these yellow ones are sure a favorite.
Belinda’s Dream / Earth Kind

Below is one  the largest blooms of Belinda I have ever seen – over 5″. Gorgeous, fragrant and disease resistant! If you don’t have this one, I think you would love it!

The Enchantress Zinnias are getting prettier every day!
Cherry Parfait. If she were fragrant, she’d be perfect.

 

THYME FOR A LONG WEEKEND!

Glad we have a long weekend… Tomorrow I start weeding and getting things a bit more tidy – really!! 🙂

Prayers for our Florida friends as they prepare for Hurricane Dorian. Be safe!

Fred VI (6th) and I wish you a very Happy Bloom Thyme Friday and a week filled with wonder!