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Garden Photo of the Day

Cool Blues & Butterflies

By Kim Charles

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Here is the latest from Tim Vojt's early summer garden in Columbus, Ohio.

"June arrived in a heatwave and is departing with cool, autumnal temperatures in central Ohio. Here are a few highlights from my June garden, including two butterflies that I raised, having rescued the caterpillars from predators to help the population. I've also attached a recent wreath project I did with a windfall of Tillandsia I received from a GPODer. It's got some bare spots that I will eventually fill in, but I don't mind the wreath form showing all that much."

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Greek verbascum

Arisaema candidissimum

Arisaema consanguinium

Artemesia versicolor 'Sea Foam'

Front hill

Macleaya microcarpa

Manfreda undulata 'Chocolate Chips'

Monarch butterfly

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  1. frankgreenhalgh 07/13/2017

    Hi Tim - Really nice work. I'll try and get back on-line later. Cheers from Bangkok

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Bangkok?! You've crossed hemispheres. Hope you're having a good trip, Frank, and thanks.

      1. frankgreenhalgh 07/13/2017

        Thanks Tim very productive and reassuring meeting. Got on well with the American and Canadian delegates. Heading to airport for trip home.

  2. petebloom 07/13/2017

    I enjoy looking at beautiful garden spots highlighted with beautiful photography.

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Thanks, Pete. iPhone7: it's not too bad.

  3. Jay_Sifford 07/13/2017

    Tim, always a pleasure to see your garden. I love your knack for color and textural combinations. Happy gardening!

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Thanks, Jay. There were a lot of happy accidents in the garden this year! :)

  4. user-3565112 07/13/2017

    Good morning Tim, You are the master at finding & combining unusual plants. I went back to the article" Training a slippery slope" & your new hillside photo seems more open with new plants replacing some of the originals. Is that a clematis working it's way down the hill?
    All of your photos are terrific & I really like the Greek verbascum in that spot.
    Good luck, Joe

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Thanks for your always kind words, Joe. The hillside keeps evolving, especially as the burr oak in the easement spreads toward the house to shade the hill.
      The only clematis on the hill isn't visible. (It's a very young shrubby clematis). I'm not sure what's caught your eye there for me to ID.
      :)

      1. user-3565112 07/13/2017

        Tim, I thought the small purple & white plant below the grass stream might be at the end of a clematis further up the slope.

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          Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

          Oh! That's a Japanese iris.
          :)
          It does look Clematis-like in the photo. I'm hoping it bulks up. It was crowded by a Pulmonaria that I removed.

          1. Schatzi 07/13/2017

            That iris caught my eye too. It's a beauty.

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            Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

            I wish I had recorded the name of the iris....

  5. user-7007498 07/13/2017

    Way to go, Tim. I have limited time this AM, so will be back later. I love the combination of the verbascum with the Picea, Japanese maple, and Blue star juniper. Stunning contrast.

    Your Manfreda looks great. Here is a photo of a container I put together this spring, inspired by you.

    I deleted this photo and reposted it

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Thanks, Kevin. This is the Manfreda's third summer in the open garden and I have one seedling I'm nursing, in case a future polar vortex kills it.....
      The silvery blues at the top of the hill make me swoon every day!

  6. user-7007498 07/13/2017

    The first photo is upside down and I can't reverse it. 2nd try.

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      meander1 (Michaele ) 07/13/2017

      Really nice grouping, Kevin. I suspect that will come indoors for the winter, right?

      1. user-7007498 07/13/2017

        Absolutely. That would be mush in my winters.

    2. janiagiftsimon 07/13/2017

      Tim, Is Kevn comment about your table arrangemet? would love to know what plants. looks stunning...

      1. user-7007498 07/13/2017

        Jania, that is my arrangement, inspired by Tim. Manfreda 'Cherry Chocolate Chip' and Mangave are the stars of the arrangement. At work now. Can post the cultivar when I get home.

      2. user-7007498 07/13/2017

        Jania, the plants are:
        Manfreda 'Cherry Chocolate Chip'
        Mangave 'Silver Fox'
        Euphorbia trigona
        Sedum acre

        Only the sedum is hardy at zone 6b, where I garden. This container was just planted this spring, and is filling in nicely. It get morning sun, then shade after 1pm.

        This will come indoors in late fall.

        1. janiagiftsimon 07/14/2017

          Thanks Kevin, I live in Central Southern Victoria, Australia, what does zone 6b mean... We have warm- hot summer but can have cool winters, Now to name these, they look loveley.... I also love the airplant circle.. was that difficult to due. as that would be a great way to display mine, also easier to bathe then rather than have them individual or in terrirum as I was thinking.
          Wishing you a great weekend ... Blessings

          1. user-7007498 07/16/2017

            The zones are a US Average Minimal temperature to predict plant hardiness. Zone 6b means that over the past 30 years we reliably had low temperatures between zero and minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit. These are not average lows, rather average minimums.

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      That looks fantastic, Kevin. I'll be anxious to see if Cherry Chocolate chips develops some more reds. I'm thrilled that Mangave madness is spreading and that they are so much more readily available. I've purchased two more this summer. The one you have is a winner! Love this!

    4. Schatzi 07/13/2017

      Beautiful, Kevin.

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    meander1 (Michaele ) 07/13/2017

    Hi, Tim, you are always such an inspiration with your interesting plant choices and super successful pairings...perfect example being in picture#4. The hosta and heuchera are such ideal supporting cast members for the more unusual (to me) Arisaema consanguinium. For those that want to continue feeding their addiction to Tim's fascinating plants and great photos, he has a wonderful Instagram account...https://www.instagram.com/tvojt/ .
    And, I love how the wreathe looks right now... although I mentally filled it in with eyes and a smile...hmmm, the bearded man...self portrait, perhaps?

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      You are cracking me up this morning, dear friend! Now I totally see myself in that wreath and I may have to remove the top tuft of Tillandsia to make it as bald as me!! Thanks for the compliments. That Arisaema is thrilling to me where it is and I hope it thrives. It can get much larger and has several offsets forming.

      1. NCYarden 07/13/2017

        Quick and dirty... I actually have real work to do. But I did manage a "Timlandsia"

        1. Sheila_Schultz 07/13/2017

          David... I'll never think of Tim any other way now!!! 'Timlandsia' King of the Gardens!

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          Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

          You are dead to me.
          :)
          lmao

        3. user-6536305 07/13/2017

          So funny and so creative. Thanks for making my day!

        4. GrannyCC 07/13/2017

          Perfect!!

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          Linda on Whidbey 07/13/2017

          As I've said before, David, you funny.

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          meander1 (Michaele ) 07/13/2017

          Brilliant, David...teehee, that's exactly what my aging imagination was conjuring up. You are a true gpod treasure! Just like when you did such a great job on the orchid (?) dressed in its MC Hammer pants.

        7. user-7007498 07/13/2017

          Awesome, David. Brightened up my lunch.

    2. Sheila_Schultz 07/13/2017

      I'm going to be grinning all day long Michaele... love it!

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      Linda on Whidbey 07/13/2017

      Haha, Michaele, that's exactly what crossed my mind:)

  8. janiagiftsimon 07/13/2017

    LOOK GORGEOUS , want a holiday in Australia???? We had an unexpected frost one week ago, and so many plants are dismal now..... So busy making mini greenhouses for next years winter... boy was it cold... we ever had plumber busy with bust pipes from frozen water,,,,, Im 60 and we have never had frozen pipes in winter.... Oh well starting plant in green lounge....

    Always lovely to see other gardens, and I love the Airplant wreath...as well

    Thank you for sharing

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Thanks, so much, Jania. I think I'd prefer a holiday in Australia during your spring! I'm startled that you have frozen pipes. I hope all goes well. I never think of Australia having more than a light frost (and it sounds like you find it the same with this surprising cold snap.)
      I follow some folks on Instagram from Australia and New Zealand and it feeds my garden fever during our winter!

      1. janiagiftsimon 07/15/2017

        Hi Tim, We have great weather usually, but this winter has been a surprise,,, and painful when going outside and finding so many plant burnt to a crisp... I originally seriously thought someone had come along at night and poisoned the odd plants. as most were fine. and they are all are frost hardy, but after and internet search and talking to nursery, I found I missed that cold night being nice and warm inside. But the damage to the garden make it look sad and sorry. and nothing to do apart from protecting them, as we just might get another one, Holiday are best last spring and early summer, Oct to Feb, before can be too cool, and after Feb can be hot right through Autumn... Mother Nature has a mind of her own, but make life interestig. better for me than same 26 degrees all year long :)

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          Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/17/2017

          Good luck protecting your plants. I do agree that I like seasons, although sometimes I wish that my yard were under a large, climate controlled dome with a thermostat!

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    treasuresmom 07/13/2017

    Tim, do the stones & gravel help a lot with weed suppression,

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Actually just the opposite. Weeds love to seed in the crevices between stones and the gravel mulch. :(

  10. user-7007816 07/13/2017

    Tim, what a great collection of unusual plants well displayed. I particularly liked the Manfreda undulata 'Chocolate Chips'. Is there a mail order source? I also like the variety of Jacks available. The attached photo is one of mine that really pops up. Thanks for sharing.

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      That's a beauty, Dale. Arisaema ciliatum? I love the surrounding Podophyllym peltatum. I bought my Manfreda from Arrowhead Alpines, although I think quite a few mail order nurseries carry it or the Cherry Chocolate Chips that Kevin has. I think Quackin Grass and Plant Delights carry them. I haven't checked recently.

    2. user-7007498 07/13/2017

      Dale,
      Plant Delights has a nice selection and I have mail ordered from them regularly.

  11. NCYarden 07/13/2017

    Right on, Tim! Really great shots of the garden. Love that combo in pic 2. That maple is looking nice. And I'm still so taken with the Artemesia 'Sea Foam.' I was just telling Christine about it, but it's not a plant I see offered down here. Even a brief look online resulted in a number of "SOLD OUT!' stamps. I wonder if it would struggle here. Not gonna give up yet though. Maybe I need to come visit again..hint-hint. Your front hill is always so mesmerizing. And glad to hear you're getting a break from the heat...no such thing here. Thanks for sharing, my friend.

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Thanks, David. The maple is looking good, although losing some color in the heat. But thanks to good advice, the form is great. I'll be taking the pruners to others in the future! I'll be curious to know how Sea Foam does for you, once you track it down. I tried taking cuttings this spring and rooting them, but no go. I have a second that I planted on heavy soil that is doing almost as nicely as this one, that is against the south side of the house. It hasn't seemed to mind our heat and humidity.

  12. Chris N 07/13/2017

    All great as usual, Tim. I will look some more tonight. Still crazy time at work.

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Thanks, Chris!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

    Thanks, Diane. That Verbascum is the star in my garden in a couple of places. I'm hoping to hone in on an ID at some point.

  14. hontell 07/13/2017

    Tim your garden gets better every year, keep up the great work

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Thanks, Howard. I'm trying to balance collecting cool, new plants with thinking about getting older and clearing out high maintenance divas. At some point the only high maintenance diva will be me!

      1. Schatzi 07/13/2017

        Are you talking about me? :) My 79 yr old body just can't do what it used to, and I still want it all! All the rain we had this year (7 months) left my yard a jungle. I am trying to get a handle on it, but I know I need to hire someone. It's just finding the right someone. Love your post, your garden, your wreathe, with and without additions! The Greek Verbascum is really beautiful. It all is.

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          Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

          Thanks, Shirley. It's got to really difficult to find someone trustworthy to take care of your baby, I mean, jungle!!! :)
          Besides, us divas need to stick together.

  15. greengenes 07/13/2017

    This is great to see your gardens again Tim! Every photo is so beautiful and i know this is only a small part! Thanks for putting in the names as i have written some down. The greek verbascum is so beautiful. Then there is the arisaema candidissimum that stole my heart! Very interesting on the hanging group! I love this! Lucky butterflies.... thanks for sharing!

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Thanks, Jeanne! I was mesmerized by that Arisaema and it is fragrant, too! I have that Verbascum in several places and it is a garden rock star! The seed came from Greece and were misidentified. It's two years old and no sign of blooming; eventually I might be able to key it out from the flowers and I really hope I get seed to perpetuate it in the garden.

      1. greengenes 07/13/2017

        Thats so exciting about getting the seed from Greece. So then do you dig it up for the winter because you do get quite cold?

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          Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

          It's perfectly hardy. A big plus.

          1. greengenes 07/14/2017

            hi again Tim. Ive been investagating about the verbascum and i think i might have found it through "Annies annuals". Verbascum bombyciferum. You might want to check it out.

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            Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/14/2017

            Thanks, Jeanne. I grow V. bombyciferum and this one behaves very differently. Superficially there is a resemblance, but the plant habit year round is quite different. Also V. bombyciferum is almost strictly biennial for me and blooms early. I started these no ID plants from seed over two years ago, and V. b is done blooming, has set seed and is dying; these show no sign of blooming yet.

  16. user-7007059 07/13/2017

    You always have such interesting plants to highlight! Love the Verbascum, and wonder how tender it is? And the Artemisia is airy and beautiful - I hadn't seen that one before. I can relate to the thinking about getting older bit... my garden doesn't lend itself to an aging body with all the uneven stone steps and slope, and I too need to be thinking about simplifying - but not ~quite~ yet. :)

    1. user-7007059 07/13/2017

      Also, in the photo with the Arisaema consanguinium, I'm not recognizing the delicate little yellow and red flower?

      1. rosiebaker 07/13/2017

        Hi Peggy...It's Spigelia

        1. user-7007059 07/13/2017

          Thanks for the ID Rosemarie!

          1. rosiebaker 07/13/2017

            You're welcome! Great plant!

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

        Yes, Rosemarie is right: Spigelia marilandica. I've found that it isn't as exciting in photos as it is in person. A great eastern US native. The Verbascum is perfectly hardy. It is similar to Verbascum bombyciferum that I and a lot of people grow, but definitely not the same. Mullein is the common name and I think most are very hardy.
        Yes, at 56, I'm feeling like I'm still spry, but at least trying to prepare for the future!

        1. user-7007059 07/13/2017

          Every garden needs a 'Green Man'; here's mine: Yours is more personalized. :)

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            Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

            Peggy, I really love your green man. Frankly, some that I've seen appear kind of creepy. Yours is quite benevolent! Love it.

          2. user-7007059 07/13/2017

            Oh I agree! It took awhile to find one who seemed to have the right personality.

    2. Sheila_Schultz 07/13/2017

      I completely relate to working in a garden with uneven stones and slopes, Peggy. When I realized that I needed to be an aging contortionist to easily work my gardens, I knew I was in trouble!

      1. user-7007059 07/13/2017

        Aging contortionist - that would be me! I often need to do my rockery weeding while performing a modified one handed push up. I should be grateful that it's probably keeping me in shape...

        1. Sheila_Schultz 07/13/2017

          If I would have had space between plants it would have been sooo much easier, but since I crammed and jammed if a foot was misplaced, plants would be smooshed! I always said that we had the best neighbors because nary a one laughed at me as I tried to exit my positions! A few even gave me a helping hand!

        2. user-7007140 07/13/2017

          Shall we start anew group - I definitely qualify!

  17. Sheila_Schultz 07/13/2017

    WooHoo... I knew this was going to be a good day! Tim, as you know, I've been mesmerized by your front hill plantings from the moment I viewed them in Fine Gardening years ago. I also love every step of their evolution, and even though they are completely different today, they are equally as beautiful! You are the master when it comes to combinations, especially when they involve unique plants! I've never been a big fan of Verbascum's, but you are slowly but surely winning me over with this Greek variety. It's a keeper! And... thanks to Michaele, I'll never think of your T wreath in the same way again!!! HaHa! Love it all, Tim!

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      I might have to take that wreath down now.... :)
      Too funny.
      You know, the common mullein that grows all over is really unremarkable as far as I'm concerned, and there are some issues I have with V. bombyciferum, but this Greek beauty owns me heart and soul.
      Thanks for the combination compliments, but it's really a lot of serendipity. I'm a collector first, designer a distant second!

      1. Sheila_Schultz 07/13/2017

        BTW Tim, your butterflies are wonderful! Do you still have a lot of milkweed in your gardens?

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          Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

          I do have a lot of milkweed: 10 different species and way too many of the aggressive A. syriaca. The monarchs love it, but I've got to curtail it!

          1. Sheila_Schultz 07/13/2017

            I knew you used to, but you had said you were removing some, guessing it was A. syriaca.

  18. user-7008749 07/13/2017

    Wonderful textural compositions, Tim. Great to see more of your gardens and the butterfly shots are super. I love the Arisaemas and the Spigelia marlandica. I've been trying to get that plant to grow for awhile now, without much luck to date. The 'Sea Foam' Artemisia was also lost after a couple years in my garden, it didn't come through the too wet spring weather after a rapid snow melt.
    Could that Verbascum be V. bombyciferum or V. 'Arctic Summer'?

    Great gardens, Tim, thanks for sharing.

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Thanks so much, John. Sorry you've had not luck with Spigelia or the Artemesia. Where do you garden? I went crazy buying Arisaemas last fall and want to collect more. So many interesting and unusual species.
      I grow V. bombyciferum and this looks similar, but the habit is distinctly different. For one, bombyciferums has been strictly biennial for me and this one is showing no sign of blooming yet in its second year, while my V.b. are done blooming and have set seed. The seeds were sold to me by someone in Greece as V. undulata, but they are definitely not that species. My guess right now is V. graecum.

  19. user-7007140 07/13/2017

    Hello Tim, Your artistry is always so apparent not only in the photographs you share but the placement of every single plant and object in your garden. Stunning in all ways.
    Congratulations on raising the butterfly. I have quite a few swamp milkweed but haven't spotted any chrysalis as yet. The swamp weed are growing next to/amongst white Veronica which is always popular with butterflies and bees.
    The Greek Verbascum is very beautiful - makes the native variety look very scruffy.
    Love the wreath with variations!
    Got dragged away for June and my whole garden is a jungle. Sob, sob......

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Thanks, Eddi. So glad you're back. I can't imagine being away for so long!
      Indeed, our native mullein is a sad, scruffy species, while this Greek baby just sings in the garden!

  20. user-6536305 07/13/2017

    Good morning Tim, love your foliage combination and texture. Love the air plant wreath! How many air plants in there and how long do you have it? How do you take care of them? I am thinking of getting one. Thanks for sharing.

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Hi Lillian! I put that wreath together a couple of weeks ago. There are a lot of Tillandsia jammed in there; I couldn't begin to count. They were a very valuable gift from another's huge collection. I can't imagine buying them al at once.
      I'm spraying them with rain water once a week; several times to keep them wet for an hour or two. If the air were dryer, they could need watering more frequently.
      I have several other Tillandsia indoors that I've had for several years. I've treated them the same way and even used tap water, without any harm.
      The only one that I own that gets special treatment is the large species, Tillandsia xerographica. It quickly rots if the base of the leaves gets and stays wet.

  21. GrannyCC 07/13/2017

    Hi Tim
    I always enjoy seeing your interesting choice of plants. Many I have not seen before. Thank you for saving the butterflies!

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Thanks, Catherine! I love working with the butterflies and it is always a super treat to release them: they are happy to rest on my hand before I let them go!

  22. floreyd 07/13/2017

    Lovely, as always!

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Thanks!

  23. Schatzi 07/13/2017

    Love seeing your garden again, Tim, It is always a pleasure to see what's new, and there is always something new! Great job raising the gorgeous butterflies, or 'flutter-bys' as I like to call them. Love the silvery Greek verbascum, the J. iris, the wreathe - love it all.

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Thanks, Shirley. Always fun to share. Now, how to get some work done today, too!

  24. bsavage 07/13/2017

    So many cool plants! Beautiful! And, I love the wreath!

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Thanks, Brenda. Took me weeks to figure out what to do with my gifted Tillandsia trove. I'm happy with the solution.

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    Linda on Whidbey 07/13/2017

    Good morning, Tim. You've kept me glued to coffee, GPOD time, way too long this morning. Love that verbascum from Greece. Last summer we purchased a similar variety that we grew in a black pot but sadly it didn't make it through the winter so we're going to have to try another in the ground. It's such a stunning plant. Our son in law grows arisaemas in pots and yours are so interesting. As usual, you've increased my list of must haves and plant shopping this weekend just got more interesting. Thanks for another great share. Oh, and love the self portrait wreath:)

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Well, Linda, now I can feel I've done my job if you're going plant shopping! :)
      I'm hoping to find more Arisaema to try this autumn. One of those plants that went from interesting to gotta-catch-em-all last year.

  26. thevioletfern 07/13/2017

    Oh my, you have such an in depth palette of plants! I love the blues and greys paired with the dark burgundies and the assortment of shapes and textures. I see Indian Pink — a plant I long to grow and wow, what a pop in your garden! The wreathe is exquisite! I don't mind the framework, either. (I did get a chuckle out of the beard picture below, though.)

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Thanks, Kathy. I even surprised myself with how those silvery-blue combinations turned out. I am so happy with the wreath, and NCYarden is devilishly talented and clever.

  27. Denisey 07/13/2017

    OMG, Tim! I love your plants!

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Thanks. Me, too!

  28. user-7008735 07/13/2017

    So cool that you saved the beautiful butterflies, Tim! I love the texture of your Greek verbascum against the fine leaves of the maple and the blue conifer. That river of grass down your hillside rockery is lovely. Arisaemas are such interesting plants, but that "Timlandsia" wreath is very special. After spending so many mornings seeing your gardens and hearing from the GPOD regulars, it's nice to "see" you.

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Thanks. Lorraine. It's lots of fun to share the joys of our garden labors, isn't it?

      1. user-7008735 07/13/2017

        Absolutely! I have lots of garden buddies in North Vancouver, BC, and around the greater Vancouver area, but with GPOD, I get to "visit" gardens all over the USA and feel like I'm getting to know gardeners there and, of course, Frank in the Land of Oz. :-)

  29. PerenniallyCrazy 07/13/2017

    Oh my! Every photo is a heartstopper Tim. You've got truly beautiful specimens in your garden and those butterflies you rescued get to enjoy them too. Is there a day 2 coming up tomorrow?

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Just a day one. I didn't want to be *too* greedy!
      Thanks!

  30. user-7007327 07/13/2017

    I love everything.

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      Thank you!

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    gringopeligroso 07/13/2017

    Sire! (Genuflections and bowing happening on this end as I respectfully approach the throne!!)
    Seems that every time I visit your realm, I learn something new!
    Your gentle wisdom and artistic hand (and your gifted finger upon the shutter,) have sent me upon yet another quest. (Actually several quests....but it's best to keep this olde boy busy and out of trouble, almost!)
    Our Verbascums are finishing their show here and by months end will be toast. I will seek yon Verbascum of Greek heritage for this corner of the Kingdom, for its architecture is fine and its colour pleasing!!

    And, as for the Hooded Clan of Arisaema, who knew there were so many honourable members?? (Oh, yes!! YOU did!!) Now to seek them out, as well!!

    Gotta keep it short, today. You've only so much time and there's others in line to approach and pay some well earned respect! As well, my hard drive is acting like it wants to "retire".... backing up like there's no tomorrow..."It's the End of the World As we Know it!!" (Nod to REM!!)

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/13/2017

      You obeisance is recognized and well-received. Go forth and garden boldly!

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        gringopeligroso 07/13/2017

        By Your command, my Liege!

    2. Schatzi 07/13/2017

      too funny, Jesse! you DO have a way with words...

  32. digginWA 07/13/2017

    More gray things ... must have more gray things ....

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/14/2017

      It shocks me how well the grey and silvery plants light up the landscape. From the description, one would think them dull. And great foils for their neighbors!

      1. user-7007140 07/15/2017

        Amazing aren't they? I have some artemisia Silver King next a bunch of beautiful grasses and I smile whenever I pass them on my walkabouts.

  33. Meelianthus 07/14/2017

    Hello Tim ~ a little late here but just home from surgery and what a wonderful treat to see. So glad I didn't miss it, your plantings are always so fascinating and the photography wonderful. Do you have a rare plant nursery that you haunt? We do have one about 2 hours from here -'Far Reaches Farm' in Pt. Townsend that is an amazing place to spend hours wandering - and wondering. Have you ever ordered from their online? I love all of the special plantings you grow and the Ariseama are beautiful. Two of mine just became to wet this past winter and never came back up even after years of being in their chosen spot. How fortunate you are to have such beautiful butterflies in your area - and raising them yourself, well WOW. Thanks for all of the lovely photos - and the work of NC Yarden ;)

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/14/2017

      Linda! So sorry you've had surgery. I hope that you are on the quick road to recovery and feeling great. Hope to hear you're back out in the garden and having fun.
      I mail order from all over the place, including Far Reaches. I've had good success with their plants if I am selective. I have one really good nursery nearby for plants that have been on the market for a while, and one about half-hour away that carries some less standard fare. But primarily mail-order from around the states, Japan and a new place I found in Lithuania!
      I'm hoping the Arisaema are happy. I know a lot of them are grown successfully in Indiana, about 3 hours due west of me, and many are native to Japan, many parts of which have a climate similar to mine. Fingers crossed they thrived because I've definitely caught the Arisaema bug.
      Get well!!

      1. Meelianthus 07/14/2017

        Nice to hear from you Tim and thank you for your kind thoughts.Unfortunately, NO gardening for 8 weeks so I will be ready for the looney-bin by then! My husband will help with the watering so that is my main concern now that our drought has seemingly set in. You would just love Far Reaches - they have an enormous shade house that is an adventure all of it's own. I just purchased a Sanguisorba hakusanensis (hope I got that right) from Far Reaches, with the very unattractive common name of 'Lilac Squirrel'
        I always love seeing what's happening in your gardens - thanks Tim.

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          Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/17/2017

          Oh, eight weeks!? I'm glad that plants and gardens are ever-changing and resilient. You'll love it even more when you can get back out to get your hands in the dirt. Hopefully you are mobile and can at least get outside. If not, have your wonderful husband bring you loads of pictures and maybe some bouquets! Wishing you the best.

  34. user-7007498 07/14/2017

    Tim, just got back to the website. I really enjoyed your photos today. You have a wonderful collection of plants. I love the leaves and texture of the Macleaya. Is that 'Kelway's Coral Plume'? I have only seen this plant once, and it had formed a large colony. How does yours behave?
    I know everyone has had fun with the tillandsia wreath, and David's drawing is priceless.

    The front hill garden is spectacular. I know I already commented about the verbascum combination, but the hakonechloa really adds movement and flow to the hillside. Every garden should have this plant somewhere. I am very partial to the cultivar 'AllGold', which I find is more vigorous and tolerate of drier soils.

    I have not seen Artemsia versicolor 'Sea Foam' before. Looks like a great groundcover for dry sun. How does it hold up to out hot, and humid summers?

    I have killed Arisaema many times and have given up. Yours looks so health. Very jealous.

    I loved your story about the caterpillar rescue. Well done. Loved all your pictures. As always, quite an inspiration. One of these days, I have to get to Columbus to see your garden. You are also invited to mine if you ever get to Harrisburg. I would love to show you Chanticleer as well, if you have never seen it.

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/14/2017

      Thanks, Kevin. I'll add you to my list of places to go, right next to Chanticleer. I've watched that garden from a distance for quite some time. And of course you're always welcome in Columbus.
      I bought the plume poppy as straight Macleaya microcarpa, but the 'flowers' and seed heads are an amazing coral color. It is a self seeder and a runner, but not as super fast and aggressive as some. I pull up shoots and seedlings, though, to manage it. I mentioned to Ann in a comment above that it is a plant that will eventually be removed in an effort to have a bit less work in the garden, but not any time soon. I love it at all stages.
      I've not tried H. "All Gold". It sounds worth a try. I have 'Nicolas' and it has never really taken off for years, although 'Aureola' performed that way as well, and then shot off like a rocket.
      Almost all of my Arisaema are new purchases, so we'll see how successful I am in keeping them alive.

  35. grannieannie1 07/14/2017

    Tim, beautiful rocky hill with the tumbling water effect of the plants!

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/14/2017

      Thanks Annie, that's exactly the effect I was going for!

  36. user-5574629 07/14/2017

    Wow, really impressed with your plant selection. I love the 'plume poppies' but find them extremely invasive in my zone 5 garden. Will probably plant them inside an old plastic trash can with bottom cut off. Love the verbascum and the Arisaema. Will give those a try too. Just followed your instagram account. Can's wait to see what I find there! Envy your plants and gardening skills.

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/14/2017

      Thanks, Ann. I'm finding that M. micocarpa is a little less agressive than M. cordata, but it still spreads and seeds about. It will be one of those plants that will eventually be given the heave-ho hoe!

  37. JaneEliz 07/14/2017

    Tim, your combinations of beautiful and rare plants..... and your photos are breath-taking! All so elegant! I'm also enjoying the humor of 'the wreath'! Looking forward to checking out your instigaram when the sun goes down!

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/14/2017

      Many thanks, Jane!

  38. Foxglove12 07/16/2017

    Wow love all your photos. The verbascum is an amazing color and the manfreda is pretty cool. I have a manfreda but it's not undulating. I'm going to be on the lookout for one. 😃

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/17/2017

      Thanks, Lori. It's exciting to see more and more Manfreda and Manfreda-Agave hybrids on the market. They are all very cool. I have a plain green Manfreda that isn't a show stopper, but I still like it.

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