My Old Kentucky Home

It’s good to be back home and getting back to a normal schedule.  I spent a day and a half right after New Year’s at a clients property (a developing country Inn) in Kentucky.  It is going to be lovely.   One of the things that we are planning is an orchard to help supply the Inn with fresh local produce.   I am so excited and in researching, I wanted to share some sites that I found particularly helpful.

Aarons Nursery is full of interesting information…and a lot of amusingly strange pictures of sorta sexy people with plants and fruit…but ok.

From Aaron I learned about the pineapple quince…this cultivar can be grown in forty-eight states except for extreme southern areas of Florida, California, Arizona, and Texas.  Beautiful.

Pineapple Quince

and also, I did not know that it is Merlot grapes you want to plant, if for no other reason but to visually fawn over their pretty blue color….

Merlot Grapes


Edible is also really great. I found these Saffron Crocus (that I can’t grow, but my clients can) – you can harvest the whole stigma, dry, and put in a salt shaker to sprinkle as you wish.

 Saffron Crocus

And finally, I discovered this Flying Dragon Trifoliate.  It is beautiful.  I am having good luck with a potted orange tree my children gave me for mothers day a couple years ago.  I bring it in to the sunporch for the winter.  I might have to try this out too as it looks like it will be happy in a container.  It only gets about 6′ so I am thinking this might be a good option for small scale northern properties with onsite greenhouses.

flying dragon citrus

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Mother Nature's Garden on January 5, 2009 at 8:58 am

    The Merlot grapes look luscious. Thanks for info.

  2. Jan on January 5, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    The Merlot Grapes AND the potted orange tree BOTH look fabulous!!!!

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