Oct 5, 2013

Wildflower and Butterflies

October is one of my favorite times in the gardens, Butterflies are everywhere and plentiful. The summer flowers are still in bloom and they seem to enjoy the cooler days as much as I do. The antique roses have started to bloom again with rich colors thanks to the cooler temperatures. We have many varieties of fall blooming azaleas which are also plentiful this month too. 
October and September are our driest months, and the volunteers have been busy watering. And the swamp is low. The Staff have been busy putting up Halloween decorations for the Halloween in the Swamp October 17-19 this year which will be on a full moon.
Fall wildflowers and native grasses are reaching their peak display. We have several species of goldenrod, asters, boneset, lobelia and more. 

Sep 10, 2013

Fall Plant Sale

September 14 & 21
(A)=annual, (P) perennial, (HP) House Plant, (BP) Butterfly Plant
Fall Vegetable plants (A)Cabbage, Red Cabbage, Broccoli, Collards, Swiss Chard ,Kale, Cardoon , rosemary, chives and  more…

Begonias (HP)
Basil (A)
Bird of Paradise (HP)
Black Salvia (P) (BP)
Blue Salvia (P) (BP)
Butterfly Bush (P) (BP)
Bald Cypress
Climbing  Begonia (HP)
Cigar Cuphea (P) (BP)
Coral Bean (P)
Crown of Thorns-yellow& red(HP)
 Fire Spike (P) (BP)
Flame Violet (HP)
Gold Fish Plant (HP)
Golden Rain Trees
Ghost Plants (P)
Indiana Cone Flower (P)
Jerusalem Sage (P)
Lipstick Salvia (P) (BP)
Lady in Red Salvia (A) (BP)
Mexican Flame Vine(P) (BP)
Mexican Heather(P) (BP)
Mule Ear  Kalanchoe  (HP)
Pussy Willow(P) (BP)
Pink Bananas(P)
Pink Rhoeo(P)
Pink Daisy Mums
Pear Cactus (HP)
Red Shrimp Plant (HP)
Red Honeysuckle (P)
Rabbit’s Foot Fern (HP)
Red Ruella(P) (BP)
Rick Rack Cactus (HP)
Red Lantana(P)
Rosy Red Salvia(P) (BP)
Oak Leaf Hydrangea
Sanchezia (HP)
Tropical Hibiscus 
Vitex (P) (BP)
Yellow Salvia(P)

Yellow cestrum 

Jul 30, 2013

Hypertufa Workshop

Garden Ornament Workshops at Cypress Gardens
Learn to make garden ornaments with Portland cement at a workshop scheduled at Cypress Garden August 3 - 4
The Hypertufa Workshop is Saturday morning 9 A.M to 11:30 A.M. Learn how to make molds and mix tufa cement. Students will make a stepping stone and a flower pot that will end up looking like old tufa stoneware. Return Sunday 1P.M to unmold your projects and learn concrete carving and finishing techniques. $35. Limited to 15 students. .To sign up or get more info call Loretta 843-553-0515 or www.cypressgardens.info or http://cypressgardener.blogspot.com/ for more info

Jul 4, 2013

Garden Ornaments Workshops -Hypertufa

 Learn to make garden ornaments with Portland cement at two workshops scheduled at Cypress Gardens August 15-16  
The Hypertufa Workshop is Saturday morning 9 A.M to 11:30 A.M. Learn how to make molds and mix tufa cement. Students will make a stepping stone and a flower pot that will end up looking like old tufa stoneware.  Return Sunday 11 A.M to  2 P.M to unmold your projects and learn concrete carving and finishing techniques. $35. Limited to 15 students.

On Saturday afternoon learn the art of Sand-Casting Leaves.  Using real leaves collected from Cypress Gardens as molds. Wednesday 1P.M to 3 P.M. mix Portland cement and cast 4leaves. Sunday 1-3pm unmold your leaves and learn to trim and paint

them.  Large leaves make great bird baths and small leaves make good soap dishes or wall art.  $30  Limited to 18 students.
.To sign up or get more info call Loretta 843-553-0515  or    www.cypressgardens.info  for more info

What to bring-  both workshops, lunch; drinks, rubber or latex gloves, dust mask, apron  or  wear old work clothes, safety glasses , screwdrivers, glass marbles, Angle grinder, plastic drop cloth, cardboard box to take stuff home.
For hypertufa , bring sea glass, polished stones, broken pottery, flat sea shells, old flower pots, plastic bowls, old Styrofoam boxes and coolers. (all optional ) we have stepping stone molds shaped like butterflies, fish and turtles just keep this in mind . We also have letter and number stamps if you are making a memorial stone.
For sandcast leaf workshop bring masonary files, dremel with tile cutting bit, drywall saw 

(We have some of these things but not enough to go around, so if you can bring your own that would be great) 
see the hypertufa page http://cypressgardener.blogspot.com/p/making-hypertufa.html

Jun 15, 2013

Pink Rain Lilies

With those thunderstorms of early June the Pink Rain Lilies seam to pop out of nowhere. 

Habranthus robustus formally known as  Zephyranthes robusta, is a relative of our native Zaphyranthes atamasco. They are commonly called Pink Rain Lilies or Pink Fairy Lilies. These small bulbs are native of Brazil and are not as cold hardy as our native lilies but they do live as for north as Virginia. They often pop up and bloom after the first summer thunder storm. The light green foliage looks like wide blades of grass and comes up in the spring before the flowers bloom. Rain Lilies are easy to propagate from seeds and dividing clusters of bulbs. Collect seed pods when they turn yellow and then scatter seeds where you want them. They can be planted with other bulbs like small daffodils Tete a Tete, or February Gold, or other rain lilies- Zypheranthes candida (white rain lily), Zypheranthes citrine (yellow rain lily)

Apr 21, 2013

Old Garden Roses

Antique Rose will be in peak spring bloom from late April to the end of May.
The Heritage Garden collection features Noisettes, Climbers and Tea Roses. The Rose Garden next to the Gift Shop has Teas, and Shrubs Roses with Lamarne as a background.
The Wedding Garden has Teas, Chinas and Polyanthus. Lady Banks Rose both yellow and white can be found near bridges and other structure throughout the gardens.
Some of the repeat rose will bloom through the summer and the second big flush of blooms is in October and November.
Our Roses, Lady Banks-Yellow & White, single & double(Cl), Cherokee(Cl), Chestnut rose (R.roxburghii), Swamp (carolina), Fortuniana,Chinas - Louis Phillippe, Napoleon, Martha Gonzales Ducher, Vincent Godsiff, Mutabilis, Old Blush, Pink Pet, Spice, Rouletii.Souv. de St.Anne's,Tea Roses -Mne Berkeley, Mne Joseph Swchartz, Safrano, Mrs.B.RCant, Mrs.Dudley Cross, Bridesmaid, Duchesse de Brabant, Polyanthas-The Fairy, Marie Pavie, Cecile Brunner, La Marne, Perle d'Or Shrubs-Dortmand, Sally Holmes, Carefree Beauty, Gartendirector Otto Linne, Armada, Lavender Dream,Hybrid Musk-Belinda(Cl), Ballerina(Cl), Penelope, Prosperity, Mozart, Kathleen. Others Veilchenbau(Cl), Red Cascade(Cl), Silver Moon(Cl), New Dawn(Cl), Dr.Van Fleet(Cl), Caldwell Pink, Clair Matin, Gourmet Popcorn,Knockouts, Red, Yellow and Rainbow.

Mar 2, 2013

Spring Flower Show

The Breath of Spring Flower Show at Cypress Gardens will be March 1-3 from 10am-4pm daily. The show’s theme this year is “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” Daffodils, Camellias and other flowering plants. Creative flower arrangements include table designs, door arrangements, and miniatures designs. Entries can be made February 28 from 8-11. The show is judged Thursday afternoon. See our website for details on entering the show https://sites.google.com/site/ourflowershow or our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/springflowershow Contact Loretta at 843-553-0515 for more info

Art Show

The Berkeley Art Guild will present a show at Cypress Gardens from February 25 to March 3, 2013. The exhibit will have works of Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors and Pastels of local artist. There will be some prints and originals for sale.  The show will be open from 10 am to 4 pm, daily.  Cypress Gardens is located only 30 miles from Charleston at 3030 Cypress Gardens Rd, Moncks Corner, SC. For more information call Loretta at 843-553-0515,  or www.cypressgardens.info. Or http://berkartguild.org/index.html

Feb 9, 2013

Azalea Postcards

I wish to thank my friend Linda for showing me this postcard. I had heard that the road coming in to Cypress Gardens was lined with azaleas. All of these azaleas were destroyed by heavy equipment after Hurricane Hugo 1989. I started replanting azaleas about 10 years ago along the road, but it will take years to restore this old azalea allie.  

Jan 9, 2013

Camellia Show

The Coastal Carolina Camellia Society presents, the 64rd Annual Charleston Camellia Show.
An annual display and competition among Camellia growers.
The show highlights the grace and beauty of the flower “Camellia”
It will be held at Citadel Mall on January 26th, 2013.
Flower entries will be accepted from 7am until 9:30am in the food court at the mall.
Judging will commence soon after that. The show itself will be open to the public from noon until 8pm.
There is no entry fee and you do not need to belong to any club or society to enter blooms. Up for grabs are over 50 awards, including Novice and Local awards. Plant sale from 10-4.
For more information, contact Darren Sheriff, show chairman, at TheCitrusGuy@netzero.com or 843-200-5818