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Fall’s Bounty Continues in Jeff’s Garden

By Kim Charles

Salvia gregii 'Wild Thing', picea abies 'Pendula', a. palmatum 'Burgundy Lace', t. distichum 'Peve Minaret' 

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More seasonal highlights from Jeff Calton's Tennessee garden.


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Lagerstroemia, salvia and more!
The west lawn.

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  1. frankgreenhalgh 11/23/2016

    Gee Kim, you have been bringing out the big hitters on GPOD recently. Kevin, Rhonda and Jeff twice. Jeff, these are outstanding photos. of your wonderful garden. Enjoyed them immensely. Thanks for sharing. Cheers from Oz

    1. user-4691082 11/23/2016

      Frank, you are so sweet! I'm going to dedicate my Thanksgiving turkey to you! ?

      1. frankgreenhalgh 11/23/2016

        Hey Rhonda - flattery works a treat! Enjoy that gobbler.

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    2. user-7007498 11/23/2016

      Thanks, Frank, for the compliment.

      Missed most of the discussion yesterday. Read your post about "Thunderstorm asthma". This has been observed over the past 35 years primarily in Australia, likely due to a) 10% of Aussies have asthma (which is high), b) Climate changes with increasingly powerful storms, and c) the amount of grasses in the landscape (not turf grass). Apparently, the heavy storms break down the large grass pollens into small particles that can travel into the lungs instead of getting filtered out by the nasal hairs and turbinates. Anyway, it looks like this problem is only going to increase due to expected ongoing climate change.

      1. frankgreenhalgh 11/23/2016

        Thanks Kev.- the outbreak of thunderstorm asthma the other day resulted in 4 deaths in Melbourne - terrible! I suspect that you are a pharmacist or health professional based on your comment here and a previous one on viagra. If not, be careful with your response (only joking Kev.). Cheers mate

        1. schatzi 11/23/2016

          Hi Frank. This health disaster even made the Seattle news today. Let's hope it is an infrequent occurrence. Hope all is well with you.

          1. frankgreenhalgh 11/23/2016

            Thanks for the information Shirley. Have a great Thanksgiving celebration. Cheers, Frank

    3. jeffgoodearth 11/23/2016

      Thanks, Frank. It is starting to get cold and barren here now maybe I should spend my winter in your summer there!

      1. frankgreenhalgh 11/23/2016

        Come on down Jeff - we will look after you!

  2. wGardens 11/23/2016

    Wonderful, Jeff! Such beautiful Autumn gardens! Love your garden art in the third photo, also. The 'Burgundy Lace' is especially handsome. I love the trunk "sculpture"!

    1. jeffgoodearth 11/23/2016

      Everybody (including me ) loves that Burgundy Lace. Of all the maples here that one , Inaba Shidara and Margaret Bee hold their color all season long as opposed to the bronzing and dulling of some of the other ones. I have high hopes for the Purple Ghost I put in last year. we will see how it does in 2017

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    meander_michaele 11/23/2016

    Hope all those buds of the gentian have gotten a chance to open ...even though the hints of vibrant blue spiraling around them make them quite attractive as pictured. I'm in love with the perfect form of your 'Burgundy Lace'...such lovely balance between trunk, branching and canopy.

    1. jeffgoodearth 11/23/2016

      Yep, all buds opened and there are still several flowers on the plant. We have had only 2 cold nights so the plant was spared. That Burgundy Lace has never let me down. Mr. B told me it was a keeper and he was always always right.

  4. user-4691082 11/23/2016

    Jeff, I'm sure you are looking to the off season for a little R and R. Well deserved, I'd say. Love that gentian!

    1. jeffgoodearth 11/23/2016

      If the weather remains as it is now I will be working all winter!

  5. user-3565112 11/23/2016

    No matter the season or view point your photos & gardens look terrific. I believe the 1st & 3rd. photos are frame worthy.
    Good work & good luck, Joe

    1. jeffgoodearth 11/23/2016

      Thanks, Joe. After 25 years it's beginning to fill in and gain a bit of character.

  6. user-7007498 11/23/2016

    Jeff, great to see more photos. I love the last picture of the west lawn with spectacular borrowed views. Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. jeffgoodearth 11/23/2016

      Thanks, Kevin. That west lawn used to be one large rectangle but now it is encircled with deep beds all around leaving me with a series of almost circular lawn areas. Hoping all the new plantings show off next year,,,,,,,,,,,,they nearly watered me to death this season

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        meander_michaele 11/23/2016

        Circles and curves are always the way to go for grass...easier mowing!

  7. annek 11/23/2016

    Hi Jeff! You've definitely nurtured an autumn bounty. So pretty. I had to smile at your gentium photo. It looks like a rebellious child, showing off and insisting..."I don't care what time of year it is, I'm gonna bloom!" I've tried to grow it here in Montana without much luck. I think its feet were too wet in winter. And the west lawn walkway is so inviting. Makes me want to walk through to the sunlit patch of lawn on the other side. Great landscaping!

    1. jeffgoodearth 11/23/2016

      That west lawn walkway bed was just put in this past September. It should be overflowing next year. I filled that area with Monarda, Heuchera, Ajuga, switch grass, joe pye weed, anemone , sedums , perovskia , gaura and Heuchera. I am hoping for a good show next summer

  8. sheila_schultz 11/23/2016

    I love the timing for your photos Jeff. The soft glow of the rising sun on the golden leaves is beautiful. The image with your picea abies 'Pendula' in front of the wispy, pink grass is pretty darn sweet, too!
    Don't eat too much turkey tomorrow folks! Happy Thanksgiving to those of our GPOD friends that celebrate!

    1. jeffgoodearth 11/23/2016

      Sheila, the garden is full of various shades of brown now for the most part which makes the plants with color so much more intense.

      1. sheila_schultz 11/23/2016

        Great shots, my friend. It's a darn good thing you get up early to catch the perfect light!

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    LindaonWhidbey 11/23/2016

    Jeff, your garden this morning brought a smile. You have a way of drawing us in with your photos and leave us craving more so I'm glad that Kim posted you again. That 'Burgundy Lace' is such an outstanding tree. About how old is that? Just wondering how long I'll have to wait for mine to look like that. Wishing all of you safe travels and fun family times this Thanksgiving.?

    1. jeffgoodearth 11/23/2016

      Thanks, Linda. That maple I got from Bob Bullington over 30 years ago. Burgundy Lace is a winner in all seasons and it is forever a good manageable size.

  10. Doxnmomx2 11/23/2016

    It's all been said already, but thank you for the glorious garden tour.

    1. jeffgoodearth 11/23/2016

      Thanks! and should you ever be in the area,,,,,,,,,stop by!

  11. schatzi 11/23/2016

    I agree - it's all beautiful. Love the gentian.

    1. jeffgoodearth 11/23/2016

      Thanks! It is all kind of messy out there again now, maybe I can get it cleaned up this weekend. The gentian always shows off during the times I need some color

  12. Meelianthus 11/23/2016

    Always an interesting delight Jeff. Did you make the concrete pillars?

    1. jeffgoodearth 11/23/2016

      Thanks! and no I did not make the pillars, they are actually debris from a jobsite . 1830 house and I brought the concrete piples all home

  13. jeffgoodearth 11/23/2016

    Thanks, Diane. That peve minaret looks like a feather tree. It is all colored up now and will be bare soon,,,,,,,,,,,not so attractive when bare as it is a "spindly" growing tree.

  14. hostamom 11/23/2016

    As a fellow Tennessean, actually almost a neighbor, every time Jeff posts makes me vow to do more and better with my own tired landscape. Thanks, Jeff, for sharing.

    1. jeffgoodearth 11/23/2016

      neighbor? where in the world do you live? and DO come visit!

      1. hostamom 11/24/2016

        We are neighbors - both from East TN. I live in Colonial Heights. See you in the Spring I hope.

        1. jeffgoodearth 11/24/2016

          we ARE neighbors! I was there only yesterday checking Billy's greenhouse construction. we definitely must meet in the spring.

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