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When Traveling and Landscaping Merge

By June 25, 2013

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Is your new plant selection influenced by what you see when you travel? picture of Golden Oriole azalea bushMine is. Of course, you might expect as much from someone who writes about plants. But I'm sure many of you operate under a similar influence.

A travel destination I regularly mine for plant ideas is coastal Maine. Not all of these ideas pan out, mind you. The conditions in my landscape back home differ markedly from those along Maine's coast, even though the two are not separated by a heck of a lot of territory. One Maine-inspired idea that did not work out for me was growing blue poppies, which I've always admired when I visit the Thuja Gardens in the Bar Harbor area. Whenever I try these, they die an ignominious death.

Another favorite destination when I travel to the Bar Harbor area is the Asticou Azalea Garden. I was impressed with a yellow azalea there named Rhododendron 'Narcissiflora'. While I could not find that particular azalea for sale at a garden center, I did make up my mind to find some type of yellow azalea. What I ended up buying was a 'Golden Oriole' azalea shrub. It's actually more bicolored than yellow, as I explain in my article. This plant has performed quite well for me, unlike the blue poppy. Click the link above to learn more about the 'Golden Oriole.'

Other plants in my landscaping inspired by my travels in Maine include:

For years my wife had had her eye on a type of double orange poppy that we see growing all over on our Maine trips. She had tried in vain to acquire one -- until this year. Turns out that a patch of this poppy was growing at the motel where we were staying, and the host was kind enough to let her take some seed. That coup, alone made it worth our while to stay at that particular establishment.

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June 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm
(1) Leah in NC says:

I foresee a vacation home in Maine in your future…

June 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm
(2) landscaping says:

Or maybe just a home, period.

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