Gibbs Gardens Japanese Garden

Gibbs Gardens :: Ball Ground, GA

I visited Gibbs Gardens up in Ball Ground, GA last week. The gardens have been under planning and development for about 30 years and just opened to the public this past March. Hands down my favorite part was the Japanese garden.  I loved all of the little Buddha statues and pagodas. The purple irises really stood out against the various shades of green. When I got home and looked at the pictures that I had taken I realized just how carefully planned all of the textures, colors and sizes were. The attention to detail throughout the gardens is impressive, to say the least.

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Pink Asiatic Lily Flower

First Asiatic Lily Flower!

It got cold enough a few nights ago for a Frost Warning to be issued so I brought a lot of my plants into the kitchen for the night. The next day, as if on cue – like it had been waiting for the cold weather to pass, my very first Asiatic Lilly flower opened. I’m excited about this because my Calla Lillies didn’t flower last year (I’ve read that it can take a couple of years for calla bulbs to produce flowers, so it might not have been my fault), but it’s nice to see evidence that I’m not a useless gardener!

Arugula Leaves on a Window Sill

Tasty Arugula, Good Sandwich

My tiny arugula seedlings from a month ago have grown like weeds and last night I finally got to eat them! While visiting a friend out in California a few years ago I had one of the best egg salad sandwiches I’ve ever had. It had arugula in it and I have thought about that sandwich many times in the last two-and-a-half years. So last night that’s what I did with some of my arugula. I have to say – it was a pretty good sandwich! It’s amazing how much flavor there is in just one leaf. And it’s really obvious as soon as you bite into it that arugula is actually a member of the mustard family. I think this is something that I’ll keep growing throughout the summer!


Purple Crocus Selective Color

Crocuses, Seven Weeks Later

My crocuses started to flower at the end of February (I planted them a little late). The first seven were yellow. Then two white ones, and then six or seven purple ones. So far none have been munched on by bunnies. My chrysanthemums, however, were visited by a deer in the middle of the night who slobbered all over one of them. The leaves developed brown spots and then turned yellow. I had to cut the whole plant back to nothing – hopefully it will regrow (sans midnight deer visits) and do its thing in the fall likes it’s supposed to!


Growing Lillies

First Attempt at Growing Asiatic Lillies

I’m growing some Asiatic Lillies for the first time and so far I’m really excited about what I’m seeing. I’ve read that they’re pretty easy to grow and pretty hard to mess up, so hopefully I’ll have bunches of flowers by the end of May. They’re so much fun to photograph. In the two and a half weeks since the eyes first popped through (they’re growing really quickly) I’ve taken about 130 pictures of them. And that’s just the Asiatic Lillies.  That’s why my hard drive fills up so quickly. Must learn to delete.


Arugula Seedlings Growing in February

I Can’t Stop Planting Things

February 29, 2012 Botanical, Gardening, Nature 0 Comments

There’s something a little bit addictive about planting things and watching them grow. I’ve had a lot of fun over the past year planting baby trees, some different seeds and bulbs of all sorts. I started the above arugula seedlings just over a week ago. They should be ready to eat in a few weeks. I think they’re growing just a bit too quickly…hopefully they won’t be too bitter. I guess it’s salad-eating time again! My pants will thank me.


Crocus Eyes Have Emerged

The Crocuses Are Awake!

February 1, 2012 Botanical, Gardening, Nature 0 Comments

I planted a bunch of crocus bulbs and some tulip bulbs at the end of December and the crocuses have already popped through! With the exception of a few days here and there this has been a really mild January for the Atlanta area. Not that our winters are usually that bad, but this year has definitely been abnormal. I have a feeling that we’re going to pay for this unseasonal warmth with some crazy cold March that will kill all the buds on the trees. This is the first time that I have planted bulbs in the ground (I planted some in a pot last spring that didn’t quite do what they were supposed to)…I’ll probably find out this spring just how many bunnies I have in my yard. I hear they like crocuses.

Broccoli in a Blue Bowl

Taking the Blog for a Test Drive

January 31, 2012 Gardening 0 Comments

Just checking things out to see how the formatting works. I bought some small broccoli plants back in September and to my amazement they actually grew!  By December I had broccoli big and full enough to eat. I’ll have to try again next fall, but I think I’ll use bigger flower pots, or maybe I’ll just plant them in the ground. The pots limit how large they can grow. The funny thing is that I’ve spent most of my life hating vegetables. In the past few years I started to realize that they’re not so bad when they’re raw, and they’re even better when you grow them yourself!