This is a very unusual destination!
Hellebores is the ONLY product you can buy here.

Dick and Judith Knott Tyler have owned the farm and run the business since 1982.  They know hellebores! They have written books and articles, they travel extensively to broaden their hellebore knowledge, and they give talks to many, many groups. I first heard them at the North Carolina Botanical Garden when I was new to this area…and to hellebores! Now I am hooked.



As far as the eye can see…hellebores!




And here are my new “babies”



Pretty special, aren’t they? In about two years they will have doubled in size and be oh so gorgeous. Stick around and I’ll show them to you!

It IS a long drive from our area. Take a lunch, or some munchies, as there is not much around. The farm is just about in the middle of nowhere! But it is well worth the trip (look at the website as they are only open this weekend and next for this season.) You can always buy on line. And they are always available to answer questions. It was a fun day and now I’m just so pleased to know I have such healthy plants.

Happy weekend to everyone…



If you haven’t yet heard this: the Pantone color of the year is

Each year Pantone, ” the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.”

This is actually a wall mural from Flavor Paper!


Flower Magazine has put together some great greens!



Source: #1.  #2.  #3.  #4.  #5.  #6.  #7.  #8.

Take a look at my Pinterest board,
Pantone Greenery 2017
for more ideas showing this wonderful color. I update the board continually so be sure to check back.

What do YOU think of this color? Were you a green fan anyway? Do you use it or wear it?

I’ve always been a fan and actually wear the citrine shade a lot; I find I just gravitate toward it when looking for clothes. I feel it’s in the same very general family as yellow, one of my all time favorites. You know I am not a blue person… so green, yellow and of course orange make sense!
Would love to hear your thoughts on this!



It has been a week of exploding color and warm weather! Really…it’s only February? We are all concerned that by April all the spring color will have appeared…and disappeared. My tulips have been at their peak, for the past six years, about April 1. And that is the day I have my annual hosted women’s group. The tulips make quite a show in my front gardens. Well, this year…who knows. We shall see!

In the meantime I wanted to tell you about my upgrade from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 7. And then, a week later, I upgraded again to the 7Plus.

It is beyond fabulous!! I love the larger size: it still fits my hand just fine (an initial concern) and the screen is SO much easier to read and navigate.

And then we come to the Camera and the brand new “Portrait” setting. Take a look at the images below. The top one of each pair is the regular “Square” setting. The bottom of each pair is the “Portrait.” You get that wonderful blurred background.


I have (almost) no need to use my Canon DSLR as this “camera” does it all. And, as they say, the camera that works best for you is the one you have with you. Needless to say I am never without my iPhone. It is a huge expense but I do sort of justify it because it IS my one and only camera as well as phone and mini-computer.




This image, taken on the regular Square setting last Sunday, shows just how far along we are in the season. Cherries, Apples, and I just noticed the Bradford Pear: all the trees are about 3-4 weeks ahead of last year.

Hoping your weather has been spring-like too!
It does help the spirits, doesn’t it?
See you next week.