|If you have Cochicum blooming in your garden right now, why not discover how|
long these flowers can last in water? Hint - longer than a week.
My whirl wind speaking tour is almost over, as I drive 6 hours to upstate New York to speak tomorrow at a meeting of the Adirondak chapter of the American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) at Cornel University where I will be presenting a talk about winter blooming bulbs. After an amazing and inspiring few days in Atlanta as the Garden Bloggers Conference last week, I am both energized and exhausted. I made many new friends as well as meeting dozens of other garden bloggers who I only knew as thumbnail images and hashtag handles. Isn't 'real' better than digital sometimes?
|...so it will look like this. Callicarpa dichotoma and other Callicarpa species|
can be hard to find, but find at many of the on-line nurseries with a simple Google search.
Your neighbors will be jealous when they see this color in your garden.
Since I am packing for my last trip, here is some images from my inspiration boards for my yet-to-be-designed fall displays that I am planning for my home and garden. Yes, sage and puple is my color theme this year. Eggplant, verdigris, malachite, purple, plum - you get the idea. I nice rest for the eyes from all of that orange, right?
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|Violet, purple and sage green provide a fresh, new color palette for autumnal displays,|
thanks to this display at Terrain that I adored last year, I am searching garden centers
for anything purple - eggplants, pottery and green winter squash.
|Last year I tested this grey and black display idea inspired by galvanized metal. There is|
still a lot of purple going on here.
|My good friends at the posh, earthy and stylish nursery Snug Harbor Farm in Kennebunk Maine is changing how America thinks about plants and display ( check out their site). They offer|
us a completely new and surprisingly simple option for red cabbage, right?
|Pots of quick color like these Pineapple Lilies and purple Hebe at Terrain can change ones mind about what a fall container, potted|
plant or arrangement should look like. Buh bye flowering kale, see ya later.
|Salvia guaranitica and Ruby Throated Humming bird ( Archilochus colubris), getting ready to migrate south.|
|Purple-leaved grapes are showing up at better garden centers, imported from Holland a few years ago,|
these have been on my wish list for three years now. Great for the wine connoisseur's display if planted
in a violet, glazed pot and white pumpkins. Gourds and scarecrows beware.
|Black Sunflowers are both awesome and creepy, but come on - don't you have to have this in your garden nest year?|
Chocolate and smokey, imagine this with airy grasses and hip contrasting colors like mustard or gold.
|I am on the hunt this year for pots of purple cotton and purple okra plants like this on the right, as well|
as reclaimed wooded crates in which to display them. Late agapanthus and Eucomis make me
want to take a vacation from potted mums.
|Begonia ' Escargot' and Purple Cabbage make for a perfect couple along with succulents and a black Aeonium.|