Unable to sleep it seems like a good time to catch up. I have intended to share numerous items the past few months only to let them fall by the wayside as time moved on.
Just a few minutes drive from my home is an unincorporated community called Fearrington Village. A mixed use development built on old farmland it has restaurants, shops, a fabulous independent bookstore, and it has lovely gardens, which are the legacy of the developer’s late wife Jenny Fitch.
Several weeks ago I met friends there for lunch at The Granary (one of many repurposed farm buildings). Afterwards during a stroll around the shops and grounds we came upon cotton growing in one of the borders, its unopened bolls and stem color echoing the reddish hues of its coleus companions.
A few days later I was back at Fearrington, this time to attend a talk sponsored by the community’s garden club. I am a member of a different club, but fortunately heard about this event—exciting because the guest speaker was Marian St. Clair.
I have been a long-time reader of Marian at her blog Hortitopia, so it was delightful to get to meet her. She was even more friendly, smart and funny in person and she gave an informative and entertaining presentation on Growing Good Gardens…Finding Ideas & Inspiration in All the Right Places. After her talk several of us had a chance to chat over a glass of wine at Fearrington’s coffee and wine shop, The Goat.
Yesterday the Chapel Hill Garden Club, of which I am a member, had a great speaker, Brie Arthur, who gave a whirlwind look at woody plants for the winter landscape. Brie also was selling plants and I finally picked up some more camellias, two teas (Camellia sinensis ‘Pulaski Tea’) and 3 white formal doubles, C. japonica ‘Seafoam.’
Except along the north side of the house, my garden does not have perfect growing conditions for growing camellias. Brie assured me the two tea plants can grow in full sun, but I will have to think carefully about where to site the japonicas.
I have picked up various spring bulbs that need planting too. Rainy today—time to ponder.