I hold in my hands, or head maybe, the secret to having Blooms like the Biltmore! Long, long ago, when I lived in a land of rich loamy soil and mild summers, I was quite confident of my gardening skills. In fact you can see one of the posts I shared in my Washington State gardens HERE. Alas, since moving to the red clay land of Upstate South Carolina my green thumb has wilted.
Last year I did all the right things. I brought in organic topsoil, mixed it with mushroom compost, and native clay (which they call soil), watered, fertilized, and planted beautiful plants from one of Greenville’s best nurseries. Everything seemed to be doing fine until summer wore on, and the drought that came with it. In spite of our watering system, I lost nearly one-third of everything I planted. 🙁
Well, because I inherited SISU from my Finnish mama, I’m here to tell ya’ that I’m not giving up, and I’m back at it this year, prepping, planting, and praying over every single thing I place in the ground.
Now, let me share with you my secret to having blooms like the Biltmore!
Come along and we’ll take a stroll through the gardens of the Biltmore Estate. They are fantastic!
We’ll begin with some photos of the Bass Pond Garden:
Next are the flowers of the Conservatory, both inside and out:
And finally, my favorite, the gorgeous Walled Garden:
So my secret to growing blooms like the Biltmore? Gardeners. A huge staff of gardeners that come in at night while you’re sleeping to water and fertilize, cut off dead blooms and straggly branches, pull weeds, clandestinely remove sad looking bushes and replace them with brand new ones. Yeah, you get the picture.
So I’ll admit that I tricked you just a little to pull you in, but y’all, I didn’t want you to miss the beauty of the Biltmore Gardens for anything in the world. I am so fortunate to have this wonderful place to wander so close to my own back yard.
I’m heading off this morning to find some more plants to add to my garden. I have no illusions of creating anything to match the beauty of the Biltmore blooms, but I do hope I can eventually green up this sad thumb of mine again.
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