Region 14 Spring Regional

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Huntsville Botanical Garden

The last garden on our tour at the Regional was the Huntsville Botanical Garden. Again I have to thank Marsha Williams from TN for the use of her images. Mrs. Rosa Bella Van Valkenburgh at the age of 90 years young is the care taken of this amazing daylily garden in the Botanical Garden. At our regional Rosa Valkenburgh was honored by an assistant of the Mayor who declared June. 17th to be Rosa Bella Van Valkenburgh Day. Had you been there to hear the decelerations to her you would say that she certainly deserves a day in her honor. Also she has a lovely daylily named for her .
ROSA VAN BALKENBURGH  This image was taken in the garden of Bill Waldrop.
Now the images of the daylilies that Rosa take care of, I might add that she does a wonderful job of it to.
                                                     There are 850 varieties grown here.               

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Village Visions Garden

Randy and Madloyn Whitt are the owners of Village Visions Garden is found in Elkmont, AL
Thanks to Marsha Williams of TN. I have some garden picture to post here.  I only took individual  garden pictures in this garden. Randy is one of the superb dayliy growers, that is with Madloyn's guidance. The garden surrounds the entire house. Just last fall adding several new bed to the back side of the pool.
Now can you image laying on a float just staring at all the beauty?
The pool is where you will find Madolyn and Randy after a hard mornings work in the garden. What a wonderful way to cool down.

Lets continue around the pool  now.....
Now out the gate around the side toward the front yard.  I have been working hard trying to get Randy to hybridize. No luck yet. He certainly has some great cultivars to work with. Now that Madolyn is ready to retire I might just have to get her to do the hybridizing...   The daylilies continue around the other two sides of the house. Just didn't get any pictures.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bella Vista Garden

Located in Guntersville, AL is the garden of Mary Terrell. Resting on a rock laden bluff over looking Lake Guntersville is Bella Vista Garden. Mary's home was built by her farther in 1939 and is now a historic home.

As you enter the front yard at the top of the hill you will see wonderfully grown clumps of daylilies.
Notice the lake in the middle of the right side of the image.
Well here is another view

How would you like to go out the door with a cup of coffee each morning with this view ??
For sure I wouldn't be wanting to go to work , I would be wanting to hit that lake with a fishing pole.

                                                     Or out the side door onto this lovely patio.

Mary grows all her hosta in pots so the garden can be ever changing just by moving them around. As a matter a fact that is what was done after a storm blew one of her large shade trees over. I have never seen hosta grown so perfectly.  The next few images will be of hosta and other plants grown around the perimeter of the  property.

The big black stone is actually a fountain.

As you go around and behind this shed , guest house or utility house. Which ever it is, you will come upon another daylily garden. Unfortunately I only took pictures of individual bloom there.The next image is the path behind the shed.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Diamond Vally Gardens

At the base of Brindlee Mountain in the rich silt of the Diamond Valley you can find the garden of
Jim and Martha Brazelton. Martha is the daughter of the late Richard Webster .
I would love to see this garden in the spring as it is a peonies and daylily garden. This is the first view I saw as I stepped off the bus.  You may have to scroll to the right a little to get the entire image on your monitor. I did not want to take away any of the beauty of the garden by making the image smaller. A big Thank You
to Jim and Martha for hosting the Sally Lake Bed and being on tour for all of somewhere over 150 people tromping through their garden.

This is the garden that hosted our Sally Lake Bed. Jim and Martha grew them to perfection.  Unfortunately I did not get images of all the entries or even the two beds they grew in. I could not draw myself away from Jim's seedling.The following will be images of angels of the garden.

I wold loose a crop if I had this pond. It is just off the patio that adjoins their house.

Correct me if I am wrong Jim but was that a 10 lb bass caught in this pond ?
The following images were made by Marsha Williams from TN.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Forgotten Cookies

These really were a hit in Randy and Madolyn Whitt's garden , So for you who were at the Region 14 Spring Meeting and got a taste and for those who just want an easy, great tasting cookie here is the recipe.

                                                   Forgotten Cookies

3 egg whites
½ teaspoon Cream of Tarter (optional)
½ cup sugar
2/3 – ¾ cups Milk cho. Chips
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ - ¾ Cups finally chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Beat egg whites with cream if tarter until stiff. Slowly add sugar
Add vanilla.
Fold in chocolate chips and pecans,
Cover the cookie sheet with nonstick foil or spry regular foil with Pam
Drop cookies by spoonful onto the cookie sheets.
Place in oven Turn oven off and let sit overnight. Do not open the oven for at least 10 hours if you are making these during the day.

You can add red or green food coloring if you wish for a different look around Christmas. Or you can substitute mint flavoring for the vanilla flavoring for a change of taste.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Today's blooms

With temps hovering at 98 and 99 and no rain in site for at least another 10 days the plants are so stressed right here at peak bloom time. The only ones I can water are my potted plants that are sitting on the porch and all around the edge of the house. I did water one raised bed this morning as the foliage was looking real bad. This was the bed with my newest plants in them.
But blooming in pots today was first bloom on  BUTCH AND BARBRA'S CRACKED EGGS
                                                          COACH'S BRAIDED ANGEL.
                              Hope to see a lot of you guys in Huntsville at the Region 14 Regional.
                                                                       on June 17th.