Monday, May 21, 2012

Pearl Poppies

I'm just returning home from a few days of wonderful weather, lovely gardens, good food and meeting blogging friends at the Garden Bloggers Fling in Asheville, North Carolina. It was my first time going and, to be honest, I'm kind of overwhelmed--so much, so little time! I can't wait to sort through the photos and make some sense out of all the literature, notes, souvenirs and nice treats we got.


In the meantime, I pulled out this photo (which I love, don't you?!) to show you a highlight of the trip for me--the poppies in Christopher Mello's west Asheville garden.

Christopher started with an heirloom seed mix called "Pearl" that has delicate shades of white, pink, purple, and blue.  Every year he pulls out the red ones that inevitably show up ("Poppies reeeally want to be red," he says) and allows the remaining pale-colored ones to reseed.  Now he has a refined mix of poppies with mostly white, gray and blue shades that he's calling "Blue Pearl."

I don't know if this poppy with the red base will make it into the "Blue Pearl" mix, but it couldn't be more beautiful.

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The Fling was an incredible experience!  To all the planners, organizers, sponsors and gardeners who opened up their gardens to us--bless you, and thank you so very much!

22 comments:

  1. That one is a stunner! I am sorry that I missed the fling. I was looking forward to going but family obligations kept me home. Maybe next year. I love Asheville and it would have been great to meet you! Looking forward to reading more about your experience.

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    1. thanks, karin. was hoping you would be there...look forward to meeting you some other time.

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  2. Wish I'd had more time to be around you this week-end! I have some family that lives in Charlotte and hope to connect when I head that way. This is a fabulous photo.

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    1. thanks, barbara. would love to meet up while you're here! wasn't asheville gorgeous? what a treat!

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  3. Daricia, you've summarized our Asheville experience very eloquently. We were fortunate to have you in our group and I look forward to getting to know you better, both as a kindred North Carolina spirit and fellow blogger. Look forward to keeping in touch!

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    1. it was great meeting you, dj, and i'm glad to know about your blog. thanks for the note!

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  4. Super picture of that great poppy. I am still trying to sort through my pictures. You are good to get a post up.

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    1. well, somebody got me used to staying up late! :) it was so nice having you for a roommate! we will have to get together again soon.

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    2. Who me?? Up late? hahaaha Great sharing a room with you too.
      :-)

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  5. Great photo! Our first stop was Charlotte. I was hoping to visit the Elizabeth Lawrence garden but it was closed. Have you been?

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    1. phillip, i'm so sorry! i bet someone would have been happy to take you through if they had known you were coming. i was there just a couple of weeks ago and walked around with a volunteer who was there getting it ready for the wing haven garden tour on mother's day weekend. i hope you'll get a chance to come back through sometime. did you see wing haven just down the street?

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  6. No, arrived on Sat. night and stayed with a friend who lives in Charlotte. After dinner, he drove us through the neighborhood but it turned out he couldn't locate it either. I thought driving by on our way out Sunday morning but didn't. I will have to come by another time.

    Thanks for the information about the campanula!

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    1. phillip, if you do come back to charlotte, i will be glad to give you detailed instructions for wing haven and the elizabeth lawrence garden...or take you there, for that matter! it is a little difficult to find, and once you've found it, figure out how to get in. i know of several people who've left without seeing the gardens. not good!

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  7. Beautiful poppys indeed! I do not recall meeting you but since you were with Janet, I should have. Maybe i did. With so many people and such little time for visiting, I know there are many I missed... Maybe we shall catch you next go round. Love your Fur baby's....

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    1. hi skeeter! i dont believe we ever actually met either. we'll have to fix that next time. i'm glad you like my fur babies...they are precious.

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  8. You're right -- it was definitely hard to sift through our Asheville Fling experience.

    Totally amazing. Diverse gardens, etc. And Christopher Mello's poppies were definitely remarkable. Glad to cross paths and keep in touch.

    And I need to read more to see who the fur babies are, too -- I've got our pampered gardening assistant who's anxiously awaiting being cleared for chasing the ball (post vet visit tomorrow!) -- he thinks resting his 'knee' is stupid...what's that about, he fusses? I'm ready for action, he thinks...(and he does look the picture of health, to be sure).

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    1. lisa, your garden and the rest in asheville left me in awe...and full of inspiration! thank you so much for stopping by. btw, your fur baby is a sweetie, and pretty too.

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  9. Daricia, that is a seriously stunning photo! I'm in love with Christopher's poppies. I've never gotten a single poppy to grow in my garden, but when his Blue Pearls are available--I'm going to try again! I'm so happy to have spent time with you, and I hope we can arrange an NC/SC get together for more garden outings! Now, back to photo sorting...will it ever end? (Not a bad problem to have, though, revisiting all of those spectacular gardens!) ;-)

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    1. i've never grown poppies, either, julie, but i have always loved them. i'm thinking a carolina garden bloggers group might be fun. we could visit gardens, talk blogging...and eat!

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  10. I don't have luck with poppies here. I don't know the secret to growing them but I do admire them in other gardens. Christopher's garden was a delight. The Fling experience is overwhelming in a fun fulfilling kind of way. It was great meeting you. I can't wait to read more about your thoughts on the different gardens.

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  11. Beautiful! I loved all his poppies, even the reddish ones. It was great to meet you at the Fling, Daricia.

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  12. These poppies were just stunning! I'm not sure I would have the patience--or the desire--to pull out all the stray pink ones, but the result of Christopher Mello's determination is beautiful.

    So nice to meet you at Fling, Daricia. I just read your bio on your "About" page--I never would have guessed you had grown children! It just goes to show gardening keeps us young:)

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