Les of A Tidewater Gardener had a great idea when he started publishing his favorite photos as the end of the year. He asked readers to follow suit if they wished and leave a link on his blog. So, here they are!
I don't know the name of this Louisiana iris but I love the plush royal purple color. This and the pink-lilac iris bought from Lowe's 16 years ago are doing well beside the driveway, where they get enough food and water from hay mulch and rainwater running down the driveway to make them thrive.
I like the wall of flowers effect in this picture. From left to right, starting in bottom corner: Rosa rugosa rubra, foxglove, 'Alchymist', 'Sir Robert Lipton' (in the background), a mystery China/gallica nicknamed Delia's Purple, and mockorange.
Children dressed in their Easter finery at the twin sisters' garden on Gimghoul Road in Chapel Hill.
I thought this picture captured some of the special beauty of the UNC campus. The brightly colored shrubs are fothergilla.