Friday, November 5, 2010

Seeds From Monticello

Joe and Linda, fellow Buckeye’s over at
My Quality Time”  took a recent trip to Monticello
the home of Thomas Jefferson near Charlottesville, Virginia.
This is one of the places I would love to visit and take
in not only for the history of the home and our President,
Thomas Jefferson, but to see the gardens he created and that are still being maintained.

800px-Monticello_2010-10-29 Picture Courtesy of Wikipedia

He used the  gardens for a botanic show piece, as a source for food, and for a experimental laboratory of ornamental and useful plant from around the world.
It was on my list of gardens I would like to visit but
which as the years go by is not likely to come about now
but I did received the next best thing.


Joe was so kind in sending these seeds to me that
they had picked up on their visit there.
I was so touched and thankful to receive the seeds.
I will enjoy planting them next Spring so much.
I will get to try out:
Peruvian Zinnia
Dame’s Rockets  (Great for a person who loves phlox)
Horminium Sage

Thanks so very much Joe and Linda!


Meanwhile in the garden….
This is the lone Cosmos I have still standing in the yet.
It has such a delicate white bloom. The seeds were
from Darla at “More Family and Flowers”.
I must remember to save some seeds from this one.


The Chocolate Eupatorium blooms are turning now
and dying out. These little blooms last for a long time
and were very welcome in the garden at a time when other
plants were dying out this Fall.


The surprise of a lone Foxglove blooming in the
middle bed this week was a wonderful gift.


In a final cleanup of the flowers this week the
Caladiums were cut off and taken to the basement.
Along with the Lantana, more Geraniums, and the
Elephant Ear.
The Coleus were pulled out of there pots and a final
cleanup of the potting bench was done.

How does one accumulate so much stuff on a
bench over the Summer? LOL!
I drug off pots, fungicides, fertilizers, Deer repellant,
potting soil, hangers, twine, etc, etc……
Thankfully the gloves, scissors, prunes and other
little aids can stay in the mailbox over winter.
While some plants were being put into the basement
the Amaryllis  pots were brought out of the dark
and brought into the house to start their growth.
Hopefully they will bloom again this Christmas for me.


The Gaillardia Mesa Yellow has one little bloom
left now and a couple of seed heads.


This Walking Stick was hanging around on the
front porch. I spotted it while cleaning up leaves
which  were everywhere.

Little  Meow was not much help with the cleaning up
and was doing her own thing by attacking the Heath.
I am beginning to think this little girl may be a runt.
Instead of getting all legs by now as kittens usually do
she is still short and stubby, with a fat belly.
She really knows how to meow for when she is hungry
so she has been named Meow.


The remaining petunias and zinnias were pulled up
from the containers and tulip bulbs were planted.
The rest of the plants were planted and Larkspur and
Poppy seeds were sown.
Since their seeds did not come up that I planted this
Spring I decided to try sowing them this Fall to see what

Now that all of the plants and bulbs are in place
and the flowers cleaned up I am now wondering what
on earth I will be posting on over the cold months. LOL!
Anyone else wondering the same thing?
I think I will be visiting more blogging friends in Tropical areas, the southern states and
Down Under to get my colorful flower fix from their blogs.

Finally  it is Fertilizer Friday with our hostess
Tootsie over at “Tootsie Time” so join in and Flaunt
Your Fall Flowers
with us.


Everyone have a wonderful weekend and….

Happy Gardening,


Darla said...

What a lovely gift you received. You still have some blooms around. If you can the answer to why we pile stuff up only to have to clean it up later, please pass it along. This is the time of the year I sow poppies, lupine, larkspur and the such.....

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Lona, you look like you have made great progress on your fall cleaup. It is so difficult to put everything away, but realistically it is only for a few months.


Becca's Dirt said...

Beautiful cosmos. Great photo Lona. You have been a busy girl getting all that done. Looking forward to the Larkspur and Poppies.

Jan AKA Wammy said...

I haven't left a comment for awhile but I check google reader everyday to see if you have a post. Love the new look. The collage is beautiful. And we have been to Monticello and been up in the dome. Visitors don't get to go there but our son-n-law knew someone. We loved the vegetable gardens when we were ther. An amazing place! We would love to go back again some day but our daughter and son-in-law now live near Denver.

Patsy said...

You have been hard at work, I am like you will have to go deeper south for our color fix. I just try so hard to fine the beauty in grays and browns of winter. I will be happy to see your new seeds this Spring.

Sunny simple life said...

This is just a lovely post. Wonderful pictures!!! I love to garden too but I am in So. Calif. so we don't have to put anything away for the winter except cutting back of course.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it sad when the garden is all tucked in and cleaned up for the winter? I too have been wondering what we'll be posting about. But I know I tend to focus on my houseplants, plus trips to Franklin Park conservatory, and pictures of snow and frost now and then. Besides, I still have quite a few flowers out there that have not yet given up! Roses are usually the last ones, I guess because they are up off the ground, sheltered over there on the east side of the house.

Lori E said...

Well now that your garden is all cleaned up for winter you are welcome to come by and do mine.
You have got the prettiest flowers there. The white cosmos is perfect. I think they are one of the best flowers we can plant. Such reliable blooms.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What great place to get seeds from. I love Dame's Rocket.
Sounds like you're going to have an even prettier garden next year with all of your seeds that you've planted.
This winter you can share all your pretty pictures of snow and birds, I love them.

Karen said...

Lona, I loved all your pictures; the coleus is so pure white, such perfection. Little Meow is adorable too, and the white caladiums. I wish I could say my garden is ready for Winter's long sleep, but it's not. I have to get at it. Your potting bench is so neat and tidy and I love the idea of a mailbox for storing things. Hope you have a great weekend, and thanks for the inspiration to get going on my jungle here!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Lona, I love this post! Excellent pictures!!! Caladium leaves are ... I don't have words... gorgeous! Thank you!
I brought columbine seeds from Monticello. You reminded me - I need to find them and spread in the garden.

Anonymous said...

Great post. I love the pictures but I was crazy for the cat. His so cut.

Self Sagacity said...

Such beautiful flowers! They are such an eye feast

Anonymous said...

The seeds are such a nice gift. Love your little Meow. She's a dear sweet thing. Beautiful photos!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What better gift than seeds to plant and watch grow! Lovely and very thoughtful gift! Don't forget to show us the results...

GardenJoy4Me said...

Lona girl ... if you are really at a loss of what to do next .. COME OVER HERE AND HELP ME !!!!!! haha
Your place is way to CLEAN to believe .. it might just give yo a heart attack to see my potting bench in the shed .. it gives me one every time I think of how it hasn't been put away neatly .. so .. when yo need something to do ?? think of me ?? LOL
Other wise everything over there looks amazing .. BIG sigh !

Gail said...

Lona, Your garden bench is lovely and so clean! Meow is precious~Have a good week~gail

Jan (Thanks For Today) said...

Hi, you've been one busy lady! You've cleaned up your garden and now I'm feeling guilty for not doing mine yet! Sometimes I wait until spring, believe it or not...but there are a few things I need to do. I have a Foxglove in bloom right now, too;-) It's doing pretty well, despite our colder nights. I haven't visited you in a while so I'm going to need to go back and find out how and when you acquired that sweet little kitten! So adorable;-) As for Monticello, it's just a couple of hours from here. WHile I've been to Charlottesville, I've never made it to Monticello yet. Hard to believe, for having lived in VA for so many years! (Lived in 1 area of VA for about 4 years and our current area since 1990!!). We've just not 'chosen' to make the time. I do plan to go, at some point. I know it's beautiful there. How nice to have those special seeds for your garden! I hope your fall has been pleasant and things are going well for you;-) See you again, soon!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lona, You have so much still in bloom that I am envious! You cat is adorable! And I love the artwork on the seed packets that you got as a gift.

Tootsie said...

it is a bitter sweet thing to clean up for fall...especially for those who have nothing left but dirt and snow! lol
I just finished reading your newer posts as well and I must say your photos are just wonderful! your mums are gorgeous!
thanks for linking in this week, I know I have not been around much as of late, but I am working on it!