We encountered a Michelia on our wedding trip. The large creamy flowers masked the possible "off odors" of a bathroom building at an arboretum. We were both captivated by the tree.
Along with the Michelia, we have been planting herbaceous, Itoh hybrid and tree peonies. Our concerns about lack of sufficient winter chilling to support peonies may be unfounded. All the newly planted (fall) plants have sprouted, and almost all have buds. These three tree peonies have been in our yard for several years, and seem to be thriving.
We planted blueberries in wine barrels so that we could control the acidity of the soil. It looks like fruit is setting.
Also in wine barrels are herbs.
|basil in the herb garden|
|tulips and lilacs|
|early rose, Joseph's coat|
|sour cherries in bloom|
|John feeding the peonies|
John feeds the plants weird concoctions such as fish emulsion and epsom salts. It appears to be working.