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Late blooming Daffodils

Late blooming ruffled daffodils from a white daffodil collection in front of a snake rail fence. Snake rail log fences require more branches or logs than post and rail fences but are much easier to install. Click on image to see full photograph.


Judd’s Viburnum (Viburnum x juddii)

Judd’s Viburnum (Viburnum x juddii) in bloom. The fragrance is phenomenal and in our Teacup Gardener opinion, “it’s to die for.” This hybrid viburnum produces smaller sized snowball-type clusters of white, incredible sweet scented flowers now in the early spring and provides a nice purple leaf color in autumn. Korean spice viburnum (Viburnum carlesii) is one parent of this hybrid. Flowers on Judd’s viburnum are more plentiful than the Korean spice viburnum.   


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Hardy Water Lilies

Nymphaeas, hardy water lilies blooming in June. Nymphaea ‘Colorado’, ‘Peach Glow’, and ‘Joey Tomocik’ brightening our day.


Andrews Garden

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Andrews Garden

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Pondless Waterfalls Attract Birds of all Colors

Beautiful photo of an Indigo Bunting in Clarksville enjoying a pondless waterfall. Indigo Buntings love puddles! And more photos of Cardinals enjoying the same pondless waterfall.
Photos by Kimi Dove

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UT Knoxville Roses


Our young man, Makai Edwards, is studying horticulture at the University of Tennessee and is currently the Beall Family Rose Garden intern. Makai took these photos yesterday. Proud parents. ūüôā

“The Beall Family Rose Garden is the largest public rose garden in East Tennessee. The garden features two Tennessee sandstone waterfalls cascading into Japanese koi ponds and more than 100 rose varieties ranging from disease-resistant shrub types to the latest hybrid-tea introductions. A 22-foot gazebo adds a special venue to the UT Gardens for holding weddings, receptions or other events.


“The Beall Family Rose Garden is a significant addition to the UT Gardens in Knoxville providing unique opportunities for education, student training, and horticulture research. The endowed garden ensures perpetual funding for student internships and training as well as support for maintenance of garden structures. This wonderful gift to the gardens not only benefits the university but the Knoxville community and surrounding region. I’m proud that we can host a beautiful and educational rose garden that the general public can visit and enjoy,” says Sue Hamilton, UT Gardens director.


The Beall family established the rose garden in honor of their loving wife and mother, Mary Anne Beall. The Bealls are known throughout the area for their kindness and generosity. They share a passion for roses and hope their gift will inspire students, gardeners and visitors to the garden.”





Koi¬†(ťĮČ?,¬†English¬†/ňąk…Ē…™/,¬†Japanese:¬†[koÍúúi])¬†or more specifically¬†nishikigoi¬†(ťĆ¶ťĮČ?,¬†[ni…ēiŐ•kiÍúú…°o.i], literally “brocaded¬†carp”), are ornamental varieties of domesticated¬†common carp¬†(Cyprinus carpio) that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor¬†koi ponds¬†or¬†water gardens.

Koi varieties are distinguished by coloration, patterning, and scalation. Some of the major colors are white, black, red, yellow, blue, and cream. The most popular category of koi is the Gosanke, which is made up of the Kohaku, Taisho Sanshoku, and Showa Sanshoku varieties

read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koi



Carp are a large group of fish originally found in Central Europe and Asia. Various carp species were originally domesticated in East Asia, where they were used as food fish. The ability of carp to survive and adapt to many climates and water conditions allowed the domesticated species to be propagated to many new locations, including Japan. Natural color mutations of these carp would have occurred across all populations. Carp were first bred for color mutations in China more than a thousand years ago, where selective breeding of the Prussian carp (Carassius gibelio) led to the development of the goldfish.[3]

The common carp was aquacultured as a food fish at least as far back as the fifth century BC in China, and in the Roman Empire during the spread of Christianity in Europe.[4] Common carp were bred for color in Japan in the 1820s, initially in the town of Ojiya in the Niigata prefecture on the northeastern coast of Honshu island. By the 20th century, a number of color patterns had been established, most notably the red-and-white Kohaku. The outside world was not aware of the development of color variations in koi until 1914, when the Niigata koi were exhibited in the annual exposition in Tokyo. At that point, interest in koi exploded throughout Japan. The hobby of keeping koi eventually spread worldwide. They are now commonly sold in most pet stores, with higher-quality fish available from specialist dealers.[5][6]

Extensive hybridization between different populations has muddled the historical zoogeography of the common carp. However, scientific consensus is that there are at least two subspecies of the common carp, one from Western Eurasia (Cyprinus carpio carpio) and another from East Asia (Cyprinus carpio haematopterus).[7] One recent study on the mitochondrial DNA of various common carp indicate that koi are of the East Asian subspecies.[7] However, another recent study on themitochondrial DNA of koi have found that koi are descended from multiple lineages of common carp from both Western Eurasian and East Asian varieties.[8] This could be the result of koi being bred from a mix of East Asian and Western Eurasian carp varieties, or being bred exclusively from East Asian varieties and being subsequently hybridized with Western Eurasian varieties (the butterfly koi is one known product of such a cross). Which is true has not been resolved.

It was from this handful of Koi breeds that all other Nishikigoi types were bred, with the exception of the Ogon variety (single colored, metallic Koi) which wasn’t developed until recently. The last development of this early time was a great breakthrough in Koi breeding and is still revered as one of the most traditional of Koi breeds. A tri-colored Koi called a Taisho Sanshoku, more commonly known as the Sanke, was first seen during the Meiji era (1868-1912). Though it is not known who first developed this breed, the Sanke was exhibited for the first time in 1915, when the Koi was about 15 years old.[9]



Fun Garden Combinations

Every summer I try new combinations to get the very most out of the limited space in my city garden. I have both space and time restrictions, I I try to get as much out of my garden as possible. This summer I have been very please with an unorthodox combination.

Since my garden is completely organic, I have no qualms about planting flowers and vegetables together. I liked the color combination of Black-eyed Susans with Knockout roses. This year I decided to intensify that effect with cucumbers. It has been so much fun!

The rose acts as a trellis to support the cucumbers as it clammers all over the garden. The little cucumber blossoms look so pretty with red rose buds. The Black-eyed Susans are a perennial garden anchor that bloom from July 4 to frost in my garden. The landing pad flowers attract pollinators and the seeds from spent flowers attract yellow finches and other seed eaters.

The cucumbers are delicious alone or in salads. They make a great afternoon snack as they are loaded with vitamin B. It’s been a dynamic spot in the garden as spring gave way to summer and now fall is just around the corner. I am motivated to try more of the beautiful, edible combinations in the future.