Color, Color Everywhere | Volunteer Gardener

Color, Color Everywhere | Volunteer Gardener

June 30, 2019 13 By Kailee Schamberger



it's a daunting thing to come to somebody's front yard in the dog days of summer we're in Franklin Tennessee and I'm visiting with Barbara Gregg and Barbara I'm amazed that this garden is only four years old and that you wanted to downsize when you moved here yes tell me a little bit about that well I had a lot of flower beds where we lived before and so I said I'm not planning another flower at this house but obviously I did I've just gone from the roses and the trim around here and just worked my way around well we're going to share with everybody the palette of plants and the magnitude and massiveness of the colors that you have chosen you don't stick to one color which I'm impressed with because you like everything yes I do I like the colors Barbara you were talking about roses tell me about these these are absolutely gorgeous these are knockouts and they have done beautifully in this area they're about three and a half years old and we have to cut them back frequently are they would be as tall as the crepe myrtles no I'm confused are you deadheading these knockouts yes I am and you just can't stand the Untied enos of it that's correct I hate it when it's messy and I see some here and there right now and if I had my scissors I would be cutting them and tell me about your favorite annual down here wow this is so easy to grow and you'll notice that I have it in a couple places in the yard and it's lovely in bouquets and it it'll last within the water and this is a knock up yellow knock oh it's beautiful and I had a hard time finding that and I really loved it and I also wanted to mention your hydrangeas I know they're not being very showy for us today because it's in-between their blooms but I I wish they could have seen it earlier this spring when you had it was hundreds and hundreds of flowers I was magnificent and it's so much fun because you can I go okay I want this bush to be blue or pink and I leave that I put if I decide it's going to be pink I use Miracle Gro on if I decide this one's going to be blue I use an acid like Muir acid or another acid that I use and I staggered them along the way and sometimes as a gardener you're not as steady as you think and so you don't get it evenly around so on my blue bushes sometimes it goes from a deep blue down to maybe even a purple down to a soft shade so I have multi colors on the same bush and I love it for being in a subdivision you offer all your neighbors a great bonus don't you Wow I hope they think it's a bonus I take bases early in the morning before some of them are up and leave them on their doorstep and they know that if they return the vase they'll get another bouquet as they return the day and so it it's selfish on my part as well because the more you cut the more blooms you get I understand these are very pampered crape myrtles why are they tied up and let's share the story with them okay about two years ago my crape myrtles were sprayed and they were blooming like this profusely and lovely and I happen to really love crape myrtles and after they sprayed that all turned black I decided that the man who helps me in the yard and we cut them off down here so they were just stumps and they have come back magnificently in the past two years and so for anyone who has a problem with the crape myrtles don't be afraid to cut back because you'll see them in the yard and they're doing beautifully and we have them tied up just to help support well that's good to know that's interesting well we've seen pink and we've seen blue and we've seen yellow interrupts now we are standing next to a beautiful crabapple which gives you fall color spring color oh yes and then I also notice that you've got annuals interspersed and you don't like annuals but you do like annuals I I really would like to make it all a perennial bed but then I don't have the mixture of color and this year it's been really hard well years in he has look like they're on steroids there ha ha ha they think they are and I noticed he got a banana tree you bring that in every year yes and this year when we brought it out it was already up to the garage ceiling and I thought it was going to go straight through the roof up to the bonus room and we moved it last every year it's been back in the corner and it gets much bigger back there just moving that those few feet has changed it and this is not a knockout rose I wish it was blooming it's very very fragrant and it has pale yellow old-fashioned roses on it you can see that it's going to shortly and I notice as we walk up here you've got a massive arbor with roses growing on it and what kind of roses are these new dawn yes uh-huh and you had the arbor special made for this I did that was smart because I know I grow new dawns at home and how heavy they become especially when they have the flowers on them but they're just the winding and the twining of it is it's unbelievable because it hasn't been there more than 3 I don't even think it's been a full three years is it two bushes yes one here and one there and look how prolific that I mean if you look up in there it's just a network I don't think a tornado could take it down and you did beautiful things with flowerpots is well I might add what we're seeing colors are there annuals in the pots as well as in the ground yes for some reason I I do have a hard time potting flowers because I want them to have the freedom of just growing but it adds to the garden your arbor looks magnificent from both sides I want to check out what's inside this patio area it's been so hot this summer we've not been able to enjoy it so much tell me about your macho ferns Wow they were even more macho two days ago I had to cut them back because they are they just take over everything and then what's over here in this big pot this is what I'm really interested in this you have my article from Southern Living and I was absolutely delighted with this I thought okay I'm going to start a big flower bag with these in it back in the back and it's called an Amur crinum yes that's close enough I'm glad you can pronounce it ideally and it's absolutely gorgeous when I got it there were two blooms on it and they are beautiful and in the South they in North Carolina and South Carolina they grow outside and there is a farm there that has just hundreds and hundreds of them in different colors and they're the bulbs I think are very expensive they're 29 to 40 and but one of the things that's happening as you can see I have new shoots coming off four or five of them and what I had hoped to do was make a big flower bed and buy five of these and divide them and create a bad because wouldn't my neighbors have a ball with those they would they would but I'm suggest that you don't live within the right zone that you part it and will in the spring will separate it and I probably have to pass the new ones but I'm going to winter it in the garage well I'd be anxious to see how it does for you because I think it's a very interesting and and really breathtakingly beautiful and I noticed we're coming upon your shade garden hold as this garden it's not three years old and I've never had one before and I absolutely love it it's a challenge because you grow different plants and the moisture has to be kept up in it and I just want to say thank you very much it's been so enjoyable and I hope you continue to garden for many years and that you have no grass left when you're done oh thank you thank you for coming I'm always fighting to share my garden