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The winner of Lake Helen’s “Prettiest Garden” Contest for Spring 2013 is…

Cathy Tallacksen!

Gibbs had the honor of giving Cathy the R&G gift certificate she won.
Gibbs had the honor of giving Cathy the R&G gift certificate she won.

Cathy has a gorgeous garden that I’ve been admiring ever since I moved to Lake Helen.  Gibbs and I always make sure we walk past her garden on a regular basis each Spring to gawk at her beautiful mature azaleas and wisteria.  Can you blame us???  Just look at how stunning that is.

Azaleas and Wisteria
Azaleas and Wisteria

I actually took the above pic about two years ago…way before I started this contest.  She’s cleared the middle of the shrubs out so now the pathway continues through to the house.  So pretty.

Her garden is rather large and set off of the road, so I never even saw the rest of it till the day Gibbs and I presented the award to her.  I felt like a kid in a candy store just ooohing and aaahing over all her garden beds and yard art.  One of the cool things about her garden is she has so many stories that go along with the plants and the yard art.  As we strolled around she’d tell me how a friend gave her a cutting of this plant or how she was with another dear friend at the farmers market when she bought that piece of yard art.  I loved hearing about those gardening adventures.

Cathy says she inherited her passion for gardening from her Dad and Grandmother.  I heard lots of stories that day about both of them.  She’s even made a garden bed dedicated to her Dad.  How neat, and so very sweet, is that.  Oh, and in that garden bed she has tools that her Dad and Granddad used back in the day.  Awesome.

"Dad's Garden"
“Dad’s Garden”

I like Cathy’s garden because of its playfulness and uniqueness.  The beds are so chock full of plants and yard art that it takes a few moments to fully absorb everything that’s in them.  It is definitely eclectic, and charming, and beautiful.  I’d say a perfect reflection of Cathy herself.

Me and Gibbs and Cathy
Me and Gibbs and Cathy

Be sure to go by Cathy’s home, 260 Clough, and take a look at that beautiful garden she’s created.  If she’s out in the yard I’m sure she’d love to tell you all about it.

 

 

Gibbs and I are now on the hunt for the “Prettiest Garden” Summer Quarter winner to be announced in July.  Be sure to let me know if you want to nominate anyone for that honor.

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

 

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“Perennial Passion” Seminar

In May’s seminar we’ll be talking about those awesome plants called perennials.  Why are they awesome you ask?  Well, they give us lots of color either through their blooms or their foliage, and they come back year after year. Come learn how to use perennials in your garden and learn about unusual and new varieties.

  • Saturday, May 18, 1:00 – 3:00
  • Free
  • Bring a chair

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Lake Helen Happenings

Good Saturday morning! There are all kinds of cool activities going on in our little town this weekend.

  • R&G’s “Herb Growing Hints” Seminar is today from 1:00 – 3:00. It’s free. Just bring a chair.
  • Lake Helen’s Spring Art Festival and Health Fair is today from 9:00 – 4:00 at Blake Park.
  • Lake Helen’s Garden Club is celebrating Earth Day tomorrow (Sunday) from 10:00 – 4:00 at Asa Gray Park.

Be sure to stop by and visit all the fun things going on! Have a fabulous weekend.

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

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“Herb Growing Hints” Seminar

Lemon basil. Mint. Lemongrass. Triple-curly parsley. Oregano. Bronze Fennel. Have you tried growing herbs in your garden yet? You should. Most of them are very easy to grow, and some of them are ornamental, edible, and attract butterflies. How cool is that! Come join us to learn the best herbs to grow in our heat and humidity.

  • Saturday, April 20
  • 1:00 – 3:00
  • Free
  • Bring a chair.

See you there.

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Easter Lilies in Your Garden

Hi there.  How are you doing on this gorgeous Spring day??  Life at R&G is very good for me and Mr. Gibbs…we got great rain these past few days, the warm weather is finally here to stay, and the butterflies and hummingbirds are back.  Ahhhh, life is very good.

Hey, you know those beautiful Easter lilies everyone got last week?  Did you know they grow just fine and dandy in our gardens?  Yep, don’t throw those pretty things away, plant them in your garden instead.  They need a sunny, well-drained place to live.  They are bulbs, so plant them at about the same level in the ground as they are in the pot (in other words, don’t plant them too deep).  Mix some compost with the native soil in the hole, plop the bulb in there, add mulch, give them a drink of water, and that’s about it.  Keep in mind the one thing they don’t like is to be in standing water or in soil that is constantly wet.

When all the foliage turns brown you can whack it back.  Don’t do any whacking before it turns brown though because as the foliage dies back it’s feeding the bulb so it can bloom again next year.  Next Spring it’ll send up new growth and blooms.

Here are a couple of Easter lily tidbits for you:

–  See those yellow things inside the bloom in the pic below?  Those are stamens and have pollen in them.  If you cut off the stamens, the bloom will last longer.  Be careful though because the pollen will stain your clothes.

Yellow Stamens

–  Easter lilies are toxic to cats so don’t let your fur baby kitty munch on them.

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs