Garden Photography Workshop This Weekend
Be sure to get your front row seat to photograph along side professional garden photographer Josh Taylor here in our gardens. Check out the details and register at Garden Photography Workshop and learn more about Josh on his website: Joshua Taylor Photography.
Some of Josh Taylor's Recent Work
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I just snapped this photo of my favorite flower in the garden…my lovely bride, Anita Jane. Anita will be conducting her first class (a Mindfullness class &walk) here at Juniper Level Botanic Garden on Saturday October 24. Only a few spaces remain for this unique and insightful opportunity. I’m sure you’ll find her as amazing as I do.
Boehmeria 'Glow Light' in our woodland garden this week..one of the few rays of brightness we've seen in the garden after 11 straight days and over 6" of rain.
Here's a closeup of Boehmeria 'Kogane Mushi' in flower this week. Although we grow boehmeria for the foliage, the flower are also quite interesting. Most of these are Zone 6a-9b and very easy to grow in light shade or part sun.
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We just snapped this photo of our little-known Southeast native, Balduinia atropurpurea, which is in full flower today…not bad for early October. It’s grown so rarely, that we don’t know how much farther north it might grow. Any comments?
I've been using a Cannon EOS for probably two decades, so when my current one died recently (they all seem to develop shutter problems after a couple of years), Anita encouraged me to try her mirrorless Fuji camera. Surprisingly, it almost made sense to my technically impaired brain, so yesterday I took the plunge and purchased a Fuji XT1, so this is my first day of trying it out. Here are a few pics from the morning test session. Top to bottom are Eryngium yuccifolium, Farfugium 'Sunsplash', Tricyrtis 'Komon', and Tricyrtis 'Momoyama'. As always, Anita was right...it's a great camera. Now if I could just become a better photographer. Read more [...]
Here’s a recent photo of the amazing Ruellia ‘Black Beauty’ in the gardens here at Juniper Level…true black foliage…something rarely seen in hardy perennials.
It's hard to believe, but September is here and it's time for our final Open Nursery and Garden for 2015. We hope you'll join us to see all the gems that look great this time of year and stock up for the fall planting season with all the cool new plants from the fall catalog.
Plants, Plants, and More Plants
We also hope you've had time to enjoy the Fall Plant Delights Nursery catalog. We're so excited by the new offerings, especially the clumping, heat-tolerant, mildew-resistant bee balms. These are a huge breeding breakthrough for anyone who likes monardas and attracting pollinators into the garden.
Other members of the same (Lamiaceae) family are also putting on quite a show now.Agastaches, first cousins to bee balm, are simply amazing in fall. In particular, Agastache 'Peachie Keen' and 'Rosie Posie' have been standouts in our trials and are still in full flower here. These are perfect for a sunny, well-drained spot in the garden where you can observe Read more [...]
Cyclamen season is in full swing here at Juniper Level. We had great flowering this summer on Cyclamen graecum, even after a very cold winter…here’s a recent photo from the garden. Cyclamen are very easy to grow as long as they receive light shade and have dry soil during the summer months. We have an amazing selection of hardy cyclamen to choose from in our on-line catalog.
It’s time for our final Open Nursery and Garden for 2015. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept 11-13 and Sept 18-20; 8-5 on Fri, Sat., and 1-5 on Sunday. We hope you’ll join us with plant lovers from around the country to enjoy the beauty of the fall garden and shop for perennials to your heart’s content. Did I mention the muscadine grape sampling…mmm good!
We’ve been enjoying the late-flowering hostas over the last few weeks, with many just beginning. One of our favorites is Hosta ‘Sugar and Spice’…a stunning sport of Hosta ‘Invincible’ with fragrant flowers and variegated foliage. We put this as one of the best performing hostas we’ve ever grown..great foliage, great flowers, and great vigor in the garden.