Saturday, July 11, 2009

XXX Garden Porn (For Mature BGR Fans Only)

Happy Weekend, peeps! Well, let's get to it, 'cause I gots guests coming soon for dinner. Even though my arse was droopy, the hubs dragged it out of bed this a.m. and hauled it over to Athens, Ga. to visit the UGA (that would be University of Georgia) trial gardens for a special event this morning. And I took lots of pics. Lots and lots. But only of stuff I really liked. And, yo, these pics will blow your panties off. If you are an avid gardener, you may even wet your pants a little, so hold onto your elastic waistbands and take a gander.

Here is the entrance. That's the hubs there on the right. Doesn't look very happy to be a Master Gardener about to enter wonderland, does he?? Anyhoodle, UGA is a research facility and they receive plants from all over the world to test under the Peach State's hot and humid weather.

Here is an overview of the garden. The hubs said he thought it would be bigger. I thought it was pretty damn large. And they had lots o' plants crammed up in there. Fo' shizzle.

This gentleman is Dr. Allan Armitage, the grand mac daddy of horticulture at UGA and my hub's secret garden crush. The hubs has two of his books and got them signed. I also took his photo with Dr. A, but am not posting because my hubs looked like a big 'ol goober.

Beds and beds of flowers everywhere. These are zinnias.

Loved this orange zinnia--called Zahara Double Orange. Lovely, rich color.

Another zinnia--Benary's Giant Wine. Actually, the color was a little deeper and less magenta-y than shown, but you gotta love anything named after a favorite beverage. Scrumptious.

My pick of the day--Rudbeckia (commonly known as black-eyes Susan) in Tiger's Eye Gold. Visitors were given flags when they came in to vote on their favorite plants. That orange flag in the front is mine. Let's go in for a close-up:

Lovely velvet brown center surrounded by sunshine yellow leaves. Sassy. Cheery. But with a soft center. Just like Bun.

Another lovely Rudbeckia, this one called Denver Daisy, my no. 2 choice.

This funky creature is Celosia in Amigo Red. It was so entrancing. Like a fuzzy brain. Seriously. It was like velvet to the touch and this amazing ruby red shade. Coolest thing I saw.

This big vote getter (see all the flags) is Limelight hydrangea, which was bred to be sun tolerant and, thus, not a water-seeking whore as all other hydrangeas are. You will see instead of the traditional mop-head, it has more of a cone-shaped head. Let's go in for a close-up:

The petals are a lovely buttercream color. It is stunning. The fact that it is easy maintenance just makes it swoon-worthy.

This plush plant is a version of lamb's ear called Fuzzy von Stein. Can you tell I am a big lover of texture?

This coleus, called Gold Brocade, was my hubs pick for the day. The colors don't come through well on this photo, but it is rich purples, plums, magentas and green dappled on a golden leaf. Dr. A told the hubs he could take a cutting, if he'd like. We likey. It's rooting on our window sill now.

More coleus. Beds and beds of coleus.

Beds and beds of geraniums which, though lovely, are very needy. Avoid them. Seriously.

Another top vote getter, this begonia, called Solenia Apricot, also was bred to be sun tolerant, as you can see. A begonia for the South. The color was amazing. Let's go in for a close-up:

So pretty. I really like begonias and maybe I can talk the hubs into planting some of these since they are more hardy.

Another sun-loving begonia, Solena Bright Yellow. Bad name. It was more a creamy yellow, tinged with blush pink. So pretty. If you love gardening and ever get to Athens, I would recommend stopping by the gardens. Very worth it.

After all that walking around, we were hungry, so we scooted over to our favorite Athens watering hole:

The Last Resort Grill simply is awesome. Fresh food. Local produce. Yummy-yummy.

My lunch was the pasta special: penne with chicken, spinach, roasted red onions and corn in a light chipotle cream sauce. My tongue is still tingling from the flavors.

Hubs lunch: Lightly pan-friend ravioli in a marina-feta sauce. Wow. The best part? All their homemade desserts.

I chose the chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake. It was perfection. Just the right texture. Divine.

Hubs chose the caramel cake with caramel icing and, as you can see by the fork, couldn't wait to dig in. The icing was old-school sublime--so full of sugar, it was a little crunchy. The Last Resort never disappoints. Never. I even asked for a menu when we left in the hopes that it would provide some culinary inspiration. I will say, however, that the restaurant fills quickly and stays packed, so get there early or choose to wait.

Well, I have gots to go, but I hope you enjoyed our Saturday adventure. Hugs and kisses! B.

5 comments:

Sonya said...

So will the Limelight Hydrangea still grow in the shade? I'm planning on planting a couple of hydrangeas in the fall, but they won't be in the sun. I like that it doesn't need as much water. Guess I need to do some research...

Elisabeth said...

Ask your hubby if coleus is annual or perennial. I got some of that (at it least it looks like that) at the show in Oakwood & it is doing great. Just wonder if I should try to root some of mine for next year if it's a perennial....

Also love those begonias! Beautiful!

bunny said...

S., Limelight can be planted in full sun to partial shade (it will need a LITTLE sun) but the best thing is it is drought tolerant so it doesn't need as much water as mop-heads. There is lots of info out there--here is one good site:

http://www.provenwinners.com/plants/detail.cfm?photoID=7687

A detail I did not know? It blooms into October and, in the fall, sometimes the blooms turn pink/rose in color.

E., in north Ga., coleus is an annual. It's only a perennial in more tropical climes.

bunny said...

Oh, and, E., any begonia beginning with "Solenia" (relating, of course, to sun) will tolerant sun but also can grow in shade. There are about a dozen different varieties. They also love humidity, so they are great for the Ga.!

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