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June Roses

'Dublin Bay' with lupine and Clematis 'Jackmanii Superba' on our front gate I hope the colors in my rose photos come out okay as I suffered an accident involving a tree limb and my eyeball. Day one was agony (and of course it would happen on a Sunday) but I am feeling better today and after seeing my eye doctor this morning, I feel a lot better. It actually happened on a good weekend as the weather is too hot to be working in the garden. I decided to work on photos I've taken over the past few weeks to recuperate and escape the heat. Of course, that involves working on the computer and in Gimp in which great eyesight is needed. Bear with me! 'Lady of Shalott' The roses got off to a late start this year because of the cool spring. It has also been wet which has encouraged black spot. Powdery mildew doesn't seem to be as bad this year.  'Alchymist' 'Mary Rose' 'Marie Pavie' 'Lady Emma Hamilton' 'Gertrude Jekyll' bei

North Carolina Arboretum

Asheville is a great city and refreshingly liberal for a not-so-big town. If I were younger and just starting out, I'd seriously consider moving there. Another noticeable aspect of the city is how health-conscious everyone seems to be. There are numerous vegan and vegetarian restaurants and all of the regular restaurants have those options (appreciated by Michael very much!). For lunch on our first day, we were catered by 12 Bones and Curve Studios. The meal included turkey barbeque sandwiches, jalapeno cheese grits and cornbread. For dessert, outstanding ice cream from The Hop which I've been craving since I returned home.

Following lunch, the next stop was the North Carolina Arboretum, A 434-acre natural treasure with 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails.

A curved row of pleached Beech trees edges a stone terrace which overlooks a sweeping lawn area and the forest beyond.

The beautiful Asian garden with zig-zagging pathways led to a bonsai exhibit. This is also where we saw a large black snake in one of the conifers. The arboretum employees were on hand to keep visitors from getting too close to it.

This is just one specimen from the bonsai exhibit.
Overlooking the "Quilt" garden. I would love to see this after it has filled in. You can see the terrace with the pleached Beech trees in the distance.

Some serious container vegetable gardening

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Lovely photos, Phillip!

    The quilt garden is such a special place. I'd love to go see it filled in. Did you see anyone touring on Segways?

    Is that stipa grass in the one photo?

  2. Great pics! The quilt garden was my favorite in the garden. That view is my version of Heaven for sure.... hey, I think I was standing by you when you snapped that shot! :-)

  3. Just fantastic. I love the quilt garden.

  4. Beautiful photos once again, Phillip. It was a terrific trip (except for that snake trying to snag those baby birds.)

  5. Your photos are fantastic, Phillip! Makes me want to go again. Ithought it difficult to capture the the views-just so much to get into a few photos. But you managed> :)Thaks for the 'behind' photo of me-gives me incentive to get back on my diet!

  6. I was in such a hurry to try to see as much as possible I felt like I didn't see quite enough of the arb. Your pictures have given me the slow view. What you can see if you slow down. Beautiful.

  7. Yes, Asheville is a remarkably wonderful city, I loved it! I didn't get to see the Bonsai area, we did the walk with Tim Spira, then tried to do an overview.

  8. I really loved our visit to this arboretum---it wasn't huge but it was spectacular. Fun sharing the fling with you and all the other bloggers.


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