Today we’re visiting Pam Alvord’s garden in Greensboro, North Carolina.
I have loved gardening from an early age. I was certainly just an amateur, but I appreciated and gleaned ideas from neighbors’ gardens and yards. My love for flower gardening reaches deep in my soul. I originally started gardening in our home in the West, but with my early life and husband’s career we were transferred to many states with diverse climates: California, Utah, Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina. With each move I have had the privilege to learn, explore, and gain knowledge about plants and flowers in different zones and growing conditions. By no means am I an expert, but following my passion has meant that I am filled with love and respect for the horticultural world. My love is for a great English or country garden filled with flowers with bright colors. In our travels I’ve had the pleasure to see and explore many great gardens in other countries. Here in North Carolina where we currently live, I have learned to appreciate the humidity, cicadas, and warm temps as I’ve developed our own country garden filled with bee balm, zinnias, dahlias, daisies, hydrangeas, phlox, and so much more. Our garden is a haven for pollinators and birds, and is always a work in progress.
A huge stand of scarlet bee balm (Monarda didyma, Zones 4–10).
A very happy bumblebee, appreciating the effort Pam has made to make her garden into a haven for all kinds of life.
I love photos that make us look at a familiar plant differently. Here the developing flower spike of a hosta is unexpectedly beautiful.
A perfect dahlia flower.
Another wonderful dahlia. Perfect to enjoy in the garden or cut in a vase.
A shady spot in the garden with hostas in bloom.
A bright red male cardinal enjoying the bounty of the garden.
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