Thursday, May 26, 2011

dwarf sunflowers

This photo shows some miniature sunflowers in the cool house at Biltmore, Asheville.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Orchid Fantasy

My photo shows the greenhouse at the WhiteGate Inn, Asheville, where I spent a few days last week.

Friday, May 13, 2011

photo: Beauty at Biltmore

I'm just back from another visit to North Carolina. My photograph shows the display that currently fills the entrance to the conservatory in Biltmore Estate's glorious gardens in Asheville.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bloggers dine, party and go to the library.

HowChow is my main guide to dining out and food shopping in Howard County and parts nearby. Many thanks to Mr. HowChow and his commenters for addressing a couple of questions from me about reserving for large groups.

Hocoblogs, a forum for blogs in Howard County, has organized another bloggers' party. This one is on May 19 at Union Jack's, so close to my home that I really ought to show up. See the event details and registration currently at the top of Hocoblogs' home page.

The main branch of the Howard County Public Library, within sight of Union Jack's, is now in my resources links in the margin. I visit the library for the computers when I need to do some serious blog maintenance or interact with Facebook, and I sometimes do some actual reading of periodicals while I'm there.

Dwarf Crested Iris

Iris cristata, an American woodland native, blooms for the first time in my garden and greets me as I return home at the end of the day. I bought this specimen a few years ago at River Hill Garden Center, but it fell victim to the ravages of indiscriminate groundskeepers. I moved it to a more sheltered site where I hope it will spread and bloom freely.

(Ollie greets me, too, and waits for me to stop fooling around with the camera and get inside.)