Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day December 2011

Greenery and snippets from the landscape make for a lovely winter container. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

This will be short and sweet. Had surgery on my left arm…”cubital tunnel syndrome with transpositioning of the ulnar nerve.” Basically, the doc snipped a ligament (“you don’t need it,” he says) and moved the nerve. Arm is in a big bandage and crooked at an angle that makes typing a challenge. Can you hear one hand typing?

And, I must confess that I missed filing my report for Nov. 15, 2011, so I can’t really miss two months in a row or Carol from May Dreams Gardens, the instigator of Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, might kick me out.

(C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

So, the joy in the garden this time of year is shown in the winter/holiday outdoor arrangements with greenery purchased from a garden center mixed with some snippets from the landscape. I’ve been on a spray-painting kick this year, touching up curly willow for some clients’ pots, the seed heads of rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus), ‘Annabelle’ and White Dome hydrangeas (H. arborescens). And I love the wayRussian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) adds a bit of silver among the greens.

Cinnamon Snow hellebore from Skagit Gardens. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

And, joy of joys…Cinnamon Snow hellebore (H. x ballardiae) is budded up and should bloom any day. It’s one of the Helleborus Gold Collection from Skagit Gardens. It’s a new cultivar for me and so far, let’s say I’m impressed.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a great New Year.

Model train exhibit travels to Conservatory Crossing at Garfield Park

December 12, 2011 10:00 AMtoJanuary 8, 2012 5:00 PM

Garfield Park's Conservatory Cross continues through Jan. 8, 2012. (C) Fritz Nerding

Garfield Park has several special events for families for the holiday, including a spectacular train display. Hours are listed below. Here are the details:

Conservatory Crossing — Nov. 25, 2011 to Jan. 8, 2012. Admission: $3/person, $8/family. Come enjoy a winter wonderland!  See the Conservatory decked out in its holiday best with a brilliant display of poinsettias and enjoy running model trains, a train village and thousands of twinkling lights.  This display is created in partnership with The Indiana Rail Road Company.

Candlelight Crossing — 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Dec. 16, 2011. Admission: $5

Enjoy the holiday train and poinsettia show during an evening reception with holiday treats.  Take time from the hustle and bustle to relax with a cup of cocoa and enjoy the warmth and beauty of our tropical Conservatory alive with the twinkle of lights!

Conservatory Hours:
Monday/Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday,  1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more info: (317) 327-7184