Monday, June 4, 2012

Wing Haven Gardeners Garden Tour 2012


The fourth day of June?  Yikes, where did May go?  I still have seeds to plant!  Not to mention blog posts to write.

During this very short month I did manage to spend some time in the garden (though not enough!).  There are close to a hundred new perennials and herbs and a dozen types of seeds coming up.  I moved and divided dozens of plants and pruned almost that many.  I "helped" my husband plant shrubs, apply compost, and water our fifty acres.   (Okay, so it just feels like fifty when you're watering!)

I battled (more like watched with despair) deer, voles, mice, squirrels, rabbits, and chipmunks.  There are tunnels all over the place--even with hawks, owls and several neighborhood cats ever stalking out there.



Besides gardening, I went to the mountains, the coast and in between, and I've visited twenty-four gardens (24!), which I had every intention of telling you about in May! 

So much for intentions.

I'll start now by showing you some scenes from the Wing Haven Gardener's Garden Tour, which was May 12 and 13.  Six beautiful private gardens opened up to excited ticket holders and invited them (us!) in.



It's always inspiring to see what others in your area do with their gardens; it's easy to see how you can apply at least some little something from these gardens to your own.


Miniature hostas in a hollowed out log added charm to this backyard woodland garden.  You could hear, "Ohh"and "I like that idea!," as people walked by.



I'm always a little intimidated by the thought of placing garden statuary, but seeing how this small Saint Francis statue adds to the peacefulness of a woodland garden full of mahonia, hostas and ferns, encourages me.


We all know that deer love hostas, but did you know they prefer green and variegated ones to the blue ones? Oh, you'll probably still need a deer repellent, but there are no nibbles on this one, and it seems to be the case in my garden that blue leaves are eaten last.



This tiny pool is less than two feet across, but it has big impact, and a soothing gurgly sound.


This homeowner has installed a parterre in his front yard. A little pruning takes the place of mowing all summer, and there's a bonus--fresh herbs for the kitchen.


His gravel driveway with dwarf mondo down the middle is attractive and practical--green, but no mowing--and it withstands the occasional rollover without a problem.


Another garden, an artist's, had this beautiful blue container.  Vignettes played out in miniature form are always a delight; the child in me wants to shrink and walk around in them.  Selaginella, or perhaps a fern, becomes the forest towering over Puff and Irish moss suggests a soft, chartreuse lawn.



A small hypertufa dish is home to a tiny maple tree, several sedums and a stone bird. The weathered bench is an appealing (excuse the pun) shade of blue.


The garden of another artist used flowers like paint, dabbing shades of red and yellow onto this container trio.  Have you thought of adding a cowboy boot to your garden?  Maybe you should!


A little lawn makes a nice place to sit and admire the daylilies and watch the birds.


This guy has outgrown the birdhouse!


Arborvitae 'Degroot's Spire' provide a backdrop for this attractive vegetable garden in another homeowner's backyard.


A mixed border adds beauty, interest, and botanical diversity to the backyard.


This homeowner planted 144 white geraniums as a border around the lawn. An all white-flowered backyard is peaceful in the daylight and glows at night. Oakleaf hydrangea peaks out over the top of the hedge.


An interesting and attractive slate sidewalk leads visitors into this garden.




Inside, the bench is a nice place to enjoy the hostas; the street seems far away.



How about this absolutely gorgeous way to hide your AC unit, trashcan, tools, or anything else you want to screen from view?



Plants and stones have a great affinity for each other and always look great together.



The view of the garden from this outdoor room is the reward for all the work. What a nice place to relax at the end of the day.

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The Wing Haven Gardeners' Garden Tour is an annual event, always on Mother's Day weekend.  

16 comments:

  1. 24 gardens! Wowzer, that sounds wonderful, although, like you I sure meant to share the Fling gardens and haven't....yet!

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    1. it has been wonderful, gail. it would have been even more wonderful if so much didn't have to be done in the home garden at the same time! i still haven't decided how i'll write about asheville...i look forward to your posts!

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  2. I'm impressed at visiting all those gardens, and what fun! It's so interesting to see how people personalize their gardens (or not). Sounds like you've had a busy time in yours, too. I DO hope we have a milder and wetter summer this year than last.

    Lisa

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    1. milder and wetter this summer sounds great, lisa. so far so good this spring...i've been able to plant things when it was cool and then rain came. how perfect!

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  3. Beautiful gardens. I just love the first one you showed and the house is amazing as well.

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    1. carolyn, the houses on the tour are often just as wonderful as the gardens...gorgeous older homes in beautiful neighborhoods. the tour is always lots of fun.

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  4. Super garden tour!! Thanks for sharing it. I agree, miniature hostas need a place to be showcased a bit.
    Love the big wrap-around porch with that huge Fatsia along the edge. The white geraniums are super against the dark green foliage of the hedge and really accents the Oakleaf Hydrangeas.

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    1. you'll have to come up and go with me next year, janet! wing haven and elizabeth lawrence are included with the tour ticket. it's a really nice day out. this year there were fewer blooms than usual; like everywhere, charlotte was in a bit of a lull in may because things bloomed early. but even so, there was a lot to appreciate.

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  5. Thanks for sharing your tour photos. I always miss the tours because I have to work, so it is nice to see what others experience. I like trading mowing for a little bit of pruning.

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    1. one of the best things about garden blogs is that we can see what we can't be there for...even in other countries. i'm glad to share. would love to have seen your garden in person when it was on tour.

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  6. I really enjoyed touring these gardens through your photos. All these gardens are filled with inspiration. I know what you mean about trying to balance all your own garden chores with the more fun side of garden...like touring 24 gardens! Wow!

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    1. hi karin, ha! it's really about trying to work in home life with gardens and gardening! cooking? cleaning? laundry? driving a teenager all over town? can't it wait while i...etc.!

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  7. Daricia, if you and your husband keep planting, you will not have time to tour all these gardens! Thanks for showing the Wing Haven ones in such detail. By the way, the deer love my large, blue-leaved hostas. I've moved most of them close to the house, but the fawns don't care ... they just keep munching!

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    1. dj, deer love hostas, period! but, they seem to eat the blue ones last...if they have a smorgasbord to choose from, i guess. :) mine are close to the house, too, which helps, but doesn't keep them from having a meal sometimes.

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  8. Jeg kom lige forbi.
    Gode billeder fra de smukke haver.
    Tak fordi du vil dele dem med os.
    Ha´ en god aften.

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  9. Wow, Daricia--you really have a lot of blog material after visiting 24 gardens! I'm still trying to work through just the Asheville gardens! I love the miniature hostas in the log--an idea I think I need to borrow for our woodland area, and I had to Pin your photo of the fence and plantings hiding the A/C--what a lovely solution! What a wonderful garden tour--gorgeous gardens and homes. Thanks so much for sharing it!

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