Yesterday I had occasion to visit WILKERSON MILL GARDENS in Palmetto Georgia.
Long one of my favorite nurseries for underused and hard to find plants; they now specialize in hydrangeas, every one imaginable, and the good news is they are available mail order!
Above, pink “Annabelles”! (Hydrangea arborescens “Invincibelle“)
Love the “Hydrangea Blue” wagons!
I also noted some other very desirable plants to lust over. (below)
Above , Red Lotus Tree (Manglietia insignis) in the Magnolia family…I never heard of it before.
Above, the incredible foliage of “Moonlight” climbing hydrangea (Schizophragma hydrangeoides “Moonlight’)
So if you are in Georgia, pack a picnic and go visit, if not, check the website for all the information you need to grow gorgeous hydrangeas and find a few you are not familiar with. Connect here.
No, this is not a paid review, but if information on plants and planting are considered…I get an abundance of that!
To continue the garden tour…
all were meticulously appointed…
lushly planted pots…
with a Belgian Fence as background, below…
a private putting green that can double as a Bocce Court!
The best treatment for a driveway and large parking court… antique cobbles in asphalt…
A Mediterranean style home deserves a Mediterranean style courtyard, below.
Then there was THE GARDENER….
I’m told he never stops working nor has he ever asked for a raise! Below, the no maintenance garden…
Interesting treatment for steps….
and finally one of my favorite gardens, below…
There is a marvelous screened porch….
overlooking a stunning English Knot garden.
Admittedly, I did not get to all the gardens. There were eleven gardens on the two-day tour and I saw only nine, in one day.
I strongly suggest this annual tour held on Mother’s Day weekend to benefit The Atlanta Botanical Garden. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
There is nothing like a garden tour for some inspiration and the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s “Gardens for connoisseurs Tour” is one of the best.
The gardens, all private, ranged from highly manicured to woodland all in the heart of the city.
Here are some photos I took…..
I liked the way formal elements were incorporated in to this woodland paradise….
as well as a formidable Bonsai collection.
Also, the groundplane changed to mark the transition from one garden room to another…..
Then there is the patio area around the house….
I could go on and on about this garden, it is 2.75 acres with two creeks and boasts 300 different cultivars of Japanese Maples. I did not want to leave.
In stark contrast, the next garden was about as formal as Versailles! Well actually, Vaux le Vicomte , the predecessor to the gardens at Versailles.
The above garden in search of Edward Sissorshands and an assistant!
The tour will continue. I took over 250 photos!
Although we start some basil plants along with the tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. I like to have an entire bed of this delicious herb so I can share with friends and make jars of Pesto to freeze.
This is how I do it. First, I rake the enriched bed to as fine a tilth as I can. Then, I lay the handle of my rake onto the soil where I would like the first row and press down gently to leave a furrow.
In this case one keeps it SHALLOW, as basil does not like to have to reach too much for light.
Next, I make sure the subsequent rows are wide enough for my weeding tool to fit comfortably between them.
When the rows are done I gently scatter the seed as evenly as I can in the furrows.
With my rake I tamp down gently to barely cover the seeds.
Water gently, this seed bed will be kept moist till germination, then watered as required.
All seeds have different requirements as to the depth they should be planted, check your seed packet. Some seeds like basil, require a bit of light to germinate, others need a depth of 1/2 inch, or as the case with some beans a full inch.
I attended the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Connoisseurs Garden Tour this past week end and have lots of photos to share, which I will try to do within the next day or two, thought the seed starting was a more timely topic for today. Hope you agree.