my goodies from 2013 swap at Mandarin Garden Club

my goodies from 2013 sale

The Mandarin Garden Club is hosting their annual Garden Festival & Plant Sale on Saturday, April 26th from 8:00 – 2:00 at 2892 Loretto Road.  Admission is free and additional parking is available next door at the Masonic Lodge.

This is the place to get reasonably priced pass-along plants such as annuals, antique roses, butterfly garden plants, native plants, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees, perennials, succulents and cacti.

Many garden-related vendors will be on hand to offer garden art, handmade herbal soap, unique recycled denim creations, glass totem garden sculptures, and life-like hand carved birds. Of course, Jacksonville’s own herbal expert, Linda Cunningham, will also be there with herbs for your herb garden.

You might also want to snag a copy of the 65th Anniversary Mandarin Garden Club Cookbook while you visit their booth.

Best of all, a slew of experts will be on hand to answer all your garden questions — the Duval County Master Gardeners — who will be easy to spot with their blue cord necklaces and name tags.

Please take time to tour the garden club grounds behind the clubhouse. See what the Mandarin Club Gardeners have lovingly created: a butterfly garden, an  herb garden, perennial garden, veggie garden, bromeliad garden, native plant garden, ornamental grass garden, and the children’s Bumblebee Circle Garden.  Sit a spell on one of the many garden benches and breathe it all in.

A barbecue lunch will be available for purchase, along with delectable homemade sweets made by garden club members.  Coffee and water will be available at no charge inside the building.

For additional information, please contact info@mandaringardenclub.org or 268-1192.

Continuing with my show and tell from the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Callaway Gardens, I offer you a number of photos.  They grow rhododendrons rather than azaleas.

Rhododendron 'Stonewall Jackson'

Rhododendron ‘Stonewall Jackson’

native azalea red-2193


pink rhododendron

pink rhododendron

I think of this as a native azalea but I think it was tagged as a rhododendron

I think of this as a native azalea
I think it was tagged as a rhododendron

see the difference in the bloom structure?

see the difference in the bloom structure?

white dogwood tree at the Cascades  Atlanta Botanical Garden

white dogwood tree at the Cascades
Atlanta Botanical Garden

same tree close up

same tree close up

white dogwood bloom

white dogwood bloom

pink dogwood

pink dogwood Callaway Gardens


pink dogwood - Atlanta

pink dogwood – Atlanta

pink dogwood in shade

pink dogwood in shade

darker pink dogwood in sun

darker pink dogwood in sun


Subscribers:   Amaryllis Row and Pink Amaryllis, both recent posts, have been updated with additional photos.




You will recall from my earlier post, What Is THAT?, it was my opinion that Red Russian Kale was a vegetable belonging to the Most Beautiful family of veggies. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is apparently in agreement with me. Here, they interplanted purple tulips with Red Russian Kale and somewhere else they had interplanted it with a white blooming plant.

tulip and red russian kale-2236


tulips red and yellow-2239

These next two photographs could be made into postcards. Hmmm, I probably should do a post on how to make postcards from your photos. It’s a cinch for rubberstampers and scrapbookers because they have all the supplies.

tulip red and white -2225

tulips and chihuly-2233


tulip pink-2219

This last tulip was a double of some sort. What? You want the name? Are you kidding me? I’m doing good to photograph just about everything in the park. I don’t always have time to get names. And it’s not like the Atlanta Botanical Gardens help you. A lot of their plants are not marked and, it is my understanding that the little rug rat visitors make off with the markers, their parents oblivious.


tulip pink and white double-2223

Poppie and I headed to Atlanta to see Miss Priss and her husband, arriving on Thursday, April 10. The next day we made another trip to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to revel in the blooming glory of Spring. Confession time. I am SERIOUSLY in love with Pansies and Violas. I happen to hate the name “Viola,” preferring “Johnny Jump-ups” but no one contacted me about a proposed name change. Instead, somebody, somewhere along the way, just upped and changed the name to Viola like the musical instrument. Puh-leeze. Wouldn’t it have made more sense to name them Pee-wee Pansy? Everyone would then know that it was the smaller version of the pansy.

I put the hideous name aside and went over the deep end with my camera so that I could preserve all these colors that I don’t have in my garden. Yet. Wanna admire them with me?

pansyyellow and red-2181

pansy red-2183


pansy lavender-2197

pansy yellow white-2198

pansy red violet-2199

pansy lavender yellow-2200

pansy pink red-2204

pansy yellow pink-2226

pansy red violet and deep purple-2228

pansy white purple-2230

pansy lavender purple-2243

viola purple-2188

Was that as good for you as it was for me? All of these photos were taken with an ancient and cranky Canon DSLR and an everyday 50 mm lens. I think I might have used my close-up filters once on a pink dogwood.

I’ve been out of town for several days and look what I came home to — a whole row of my red and white striped amaryllis in bloom.

amaryllis row of red and whites-2276

amaryllis in bright afternoon sun

amaryllis red and white-2279

amaryllis on cloudy day

amaryllis close-up

amaryllis close-up

A cousin of mine shared a few of his huge pink and white amaryllis bulbs after I admired them with great longing.

amaryllis pink and white baby on board-1900

One of them had a baby on board

Amaryllis pink and white-2138

Two in full bloom with two more buds behind them

amaryllis pink and white after few days-2281

reddish tint fades to pink after a few days

Hibiscus Tropic Escape2-2130

Hibiscus ‘Tropic Escape’ purchased from the
Down-and-Out-but-Not-Quite-Dead Table at Lowes.

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