Gardens

Planting Native Azaleas

Planting Native Azaleas

When I went to Ireland, I fell in love with the rhododendron and azalea. So we decided on mountain laurel, rhododendron and azalea for all around the new house. We went bought native azalea from Richard and Susan Mucci at Mountain Mist Nursery. My husband […]

Nine Kinds of Native Azalea

Nine Kinds of Native Azalea

We decided on mountain laurel, rhododendron and azalea for all around the new house. My husband went to school with Richard Mucci. His wife raises native azalea. Cliff told me to take a look at the website: www.mountainmist-nursery.com and pick something out. About Native Azaleas […]

Chinese Privet Growing Wild

Chinese Privet Growing Wild

Nature News, a local radio program about what is going on in nature in our area had a field trip on the air this morning. Among things they described along the way is Privet. They weren’t fans. I had just taken a bunch of photos […]

Getting Settled and Enjoying Spring

Getting Settled and Enjoying Spring

The grass is starting to grow. The daffodils I planted in the field behind the house are blooming. And we are getting some things put away. The grass is starting to grow. You can see a lot of green under the straw. And a lot […]

Inspiration: Swedish Summer House

Inspiration: Swedish Summer House

In Nordic countries there is a tradition of Summer Houses, a simple small shelter or cottage to stay in when the weather is pleasant. This is a tradition in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland. City families who could afford to had a second home […]

Meadowbrook Terrace Streambank Restoration

Meadowbrook Terrace Streambank Restoration

Last year we got a letter from the City of Hendersonville. Actually we got two letters. They were planning streambank restoration and it would affect the log cabin and the land where we are building the new house. We got one letter for each property. […]

Transplanting Daffodils to the New House

Transplanting Daffodils to the New House

I put some daffodils in the field at our new house. When I visited Ireland, I saw fields that were filled with daffodils. I decided to put some in that will be visible in the spring from living room, dining room and our bedroom windows. […]

Research: Identifying Hydrangeas

Research: Identifying Hydrangeas

When I moved into the cabin, it already had a hydrangea bush. I have two more now. They were both gifts that came in as house plants. They are planted nearby each other in the front and have been much more successful than expected. We […]