Here’s a link to my Holiday 2013 Newsletter.
Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted under Newletters
This post was written by Jeff Minnich on November 26, 2013
The Angel Oak, located in John’s Island, SC, near Charleston, is one of the oldest trees on the East Coast. The Angel Oak is in danger of being removed for development. The Lowcountry Open Land Trust is raising money to buy land around the Angel Oak as a buffer to future development.
You can donate and find out more about the Angel Oak here.
I donated. Please donate if you feel inspired to help save this ancient and beautiful tree.
Photo credit: AngelOakTree.com
Posted under Southern Gardens
This post was written by Jeff Minnich on September 21, 2013
My Spring 2013 newsletter is now up on my website. Enjoy!
Here’s my garden right now–full, glorious Spring. The azaleas will be at peak this weekend.
This post was written by Jeff Minnich on May 2, 2013
Here’s a link to my latest article for Wrightsville Beach Magazine, “Romancing the Azalea”, in celebration of the upcoming, annual Azalea Festival in Wilmington, NC. Enjoy and Happy Spring! (Hoping for a warm up soon!)
This post was written by Jeff Minnich on April 3, 2013
Woke up to this:
Every twig, every leaf, every surface has snow on it.
When I look up into the trees, the first thing that pops into my head is “reindeer antlers”, for some reason. What do you think?
Soon, I hope, the temperature will rise above freezing so the snow will begin to drop off the plants. It’s heavy and wet, and many of the shrubs are arching over a bit too much for comfort…I am praying for no breakage.
Checking my notes, I see we had a dusting of snow on March 27, 2011. The photos show the flowers much more advanced than this year. It’s been a cold, cold March–many days more like January. While snow is not uncommon this late in the season (and even a dusting on the flowers in early April is fairly common), I can’t remember having this much so late. I measure 3″-4″, and it’s still snowing.
The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are due to peak in a week–really? Hard to believe on a day like today, yet it will come to pass. My hillside of blooming daffodils is hidden under the snow this morning.
Can’t wait for shorts, flip-flops, and flowers!
This post was written by Jeff Minnich on March 25, 2013
Spring gardening tips in my article for the latest issue of Wrightsville Beach Magazine (Wilmington, NC).
This post was written by Jeff Minnich on March 4, 2013
After what always seems like an eternity (in other words, getting through January), I made it down here to Steve’s in Wilmington. I’ve been here a week and, already, I feel the relaxation and calm streaming into my body and the stress and tension slowly draining out. The air is not all that much warmer down here–though I don’t sense the chill that emanates from the ground in Arlington at this time of year–yet the sun is much, much brighter, warmer, and intense. It’s done wonders for my outlook!
We’ve had lots of rain. That’s a good thing since there have been many years of drought and heat down here and the soil is practically all sand. Great for digging (compared to the rocky clay in Arlington); not so great for holding moisture or nutrients.
With the rain and warmer sun, the plants are responding with bloom.
One of Wilmington’s crown jewels is the annual Azalea Festival. This year, it’s happening April 10th-14th. The entire town is filled with blooming Azaleas, gorgeous gardens (there’s a big fundraising tour) and glamorous belles–yes, in hoop skirts. I was asked to write an article on a couple of the featured gardens for the April issue of Wrightsville Beach Magazine. Today, I met my charming contact and she took me by two of the gardens. They are all that and some change, and I can’t wait for you to see them…but for that you’ll have to wait. Meantime, I did snap some close-ups of flowers in these two gardens, and I’m sharing those here.
Tomorrow, we are heading South for a week in the Low Country: Charleston and Beaufort, SC, and Savannah, GA. We can’t wait to get to our beloved Low Country and savor the gardens, history, architecture, and surprises along the way. We want to explore the Sea Islands and see as many plantations and gardens as we can.
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This post was written by Jeff Minnich on February 14, 2013
Now that we’re about at the halfway point of Winter, I start to imagine Springtime. The days are just starting to lengthen, and the sun is just beginning to feel a bit stronger. By Valentine’s Day, the sun begins to heat up the car again.
I’ve been AWOL for awhile, so may I wish you a Happy New Year, belatedly. My desktop computer is on its last leg (a new laptop has been ordered); my camera bit the dust (I got a new one); and we’re working on a new website and blog design. Those will debut this Spring. So I’ve been busy with the help of my trusty computer guy, Jason; my brilliant web/blog designer, Peter; and my smart partner, Steve, who chose my new camera for me (it’s the bomb!). We’ve got to update this blog–the spam is absolutely awful, frustrating and a pain in the you-know-what.
I’ve been on lots of fun trips this Winter already: the Chihuly exhibit in Richmond, VA, as well as a visit to the holiday-lit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; and yesterday, a trip over to a bald cypress swamp in Southern Maryland. I love swamps. I guess it’s that liminal space between land and water, and I love the mysterious blur between the two.
Last week, we got down to a low of about 15F, the lowest so far this Winter. We had a couple of light snow events, and an icy morning yesterday, followed by the Spring-like weather today. A couple more days of this nice weather and then it’s back to cold, as I’d expect this time of year.
I let the water run over the waterfall until just a trickle was flowing, then I turned it off so the pump wouldn’t burn up. Here’s what it looked like, frozen. It’s thawed out amazingly today. [you can enlarge the photos by double-clicking on them, I think.]
And a few palms in the snow…these are Windmill Palms (Trachycarpus fortunei) and yes, they are hardy–down to about OF, or the bottom of zone 7A. I have some Needle Palms, too–they’ll survive even lower temps–down to about -5F or -10F, or zone 6a/b.
I walked around the yard today and, so far, it seems like most everything has escaped Winter damage.
Last week, just before the snow, I had two young red foxes bound into the back yard, a male and female. Happily, I was able to grab the camera and get a few shots. They hung around much of the day. They are beautiful and healthy.
Just before the freeze, I went out in the yard and picked the few Camellias still in bloom. I’m glad I picked them because I’ve been enjoying them inside for over a week. They help me imagine Spring! I float them in shallow saucers and bowls–”Camellia bowls”. Many of the bowls are very old and were made for just this purpose.
I’m leaving in a few days for my annual time in Wilmington, NC, and I’m really looking forward to spending time with Steve. We’ll be touring lots of gardens in the Lowcountry this year, so I’ll have lots to share with you.
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This post was written by Jeff Minnich on January 29, 2013