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Carolyn Hestand Kennedy
Texas
Avid gardener and professional horticulturalist in the DFW area of Texas.
Interests: My kiddo, horticulture, birds, reading, music, film, karaoke, food and drink...
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Next up was the garden of Mariana Greene, a voracious, highly addicted gardener and retired garden editor. Her gigantic snowball Viburnum (V. opulus?) was going full blast as we walked into the backyard. I'll start out by saying that the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at the bark tree
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The tour begins with a bang. Carl Neels' front garden, on a busy street across from a gas station is an explosion of gorgeously grown flower spikes, notably delphinium (Delphinium elatum), snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) and foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea), blended with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at the bark tree
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Behold, my new favorite wildflower: the Prairie Larkspur (Delphinium carolinianum)! On a visit to the family ranch property of my dear friend, the bountiful spring rains had helped to nourish a beautiful display of flowers. These wild larkspur were farther... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at the bark tree
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False dayflower (Tinantia anomala) We very nearly bailed out of the idea of taking a hike when the steady drizzle that had fallen most of the morning became an afternoon downpour. We dilly-dallied for a while in a drugstore, happily... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at the bark tree
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Photo courtesy fishhawk Flickr Creative Commons These beautiful birds are capable of creating a quite a mess. I'm always happy to have Cedar Waxwings make their yearly visit to my garden in late winter and early spring. They typically feast... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at the bark tree
Thank you very much. I wrote this a while back and had a hard time finishing it, but I feel like I can mentally move forward now that it's out there.
Toggle Commented May 16, 2016 on Without assistance at the bark tree
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Exposing my shortcomings and imperfections here is something I have struggled with. Photography makes it easy to frame the beautiful aspects of the garden and crop out the areas that need attention. I've made a few attempts at showing ugly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at the bark tree
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Another shot from my Peckerwood excursion that I couldn't leave out. Brenham, TX is the next town over from Hempstead. Wonder who did this painting? I love it. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at the bark tree
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On my way to Austin see Peckerwood and visit friends, I saw a enormous, beautiful rainbow when I stopped for gas. This mobile phone photo does it no justice whatsoever. A gigantic half circle stretched to nearly touch the ground,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at the bark tree
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Years ago when I was living in Brooklyn, working at Wave Hill and considering moving back to Texas, I learned about a garden in my home state that I'd never heard of: Peckerwood. Founder and artist, John G. Fairey named... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at the bark tree
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As it is my general tendency to collect every plant I fall for, I struggle to include repetition in the overall design scheme. In fact, my overall design scheme so far has been to fall in love with a plant... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at the bark tree
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Here's something you don't see every day on the busy streets of Dallas. My friend Jane Holahan created this wonderful urban wildflower oasis which is filled with spontaneous delights. Before I met her as a customer at NHG, her garden... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at the bark tree
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Remember the Monterrey Oak (Quercus polymorpha) I planted at my father's place? It's still alive (and so am I). Here it is with the Italian Stone Pine behind it, which I also planted with my Dad in the early nineties.... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at the bark tree
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When I still lived in Brooklyn, I was excited to read this new York Times article about a guy from my home state who collects and saves wild bulbs. This spring I had the honor of meeting Chris Wiesinger and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at the bark tree
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Black Friday at Heard Museum. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at the bark tree
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There's a large oak in my neighbor's yard across the alley that is visible from my backyard. It looks quite majestic from there, but getting closer you see that something is not quite right. Walking down the alley, it becomes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at the bark tree
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On the way to my mother's house I was compelled to pull over the car to get a better look at this huge stand of gorgeous bluebonnets in an abandoned lot right near the highway. Driving around these parts does... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at the bark tree
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This photo of a photo from 2004 shows an Italian stone pine my father and I planted together at his place in Grandview, TX in 1993. It was salvaged from the nursery outside Denton where I worked in college. Here's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2013 at the bark tree
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Working at a garden center, the temptations are strong and constant. I can easily fall for something on a daily basis and the money can be taken directly out of my paycheck. My joke is: who needs a paycheck when... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2013 at the bark tree
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The moment you're seeing here is long gone. At one point, it was really not bad. Now is another story. Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2013 at the bark tree
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'Livin' Easy' (above) & 'Easy Does It.' Their names sound like a sales pitch, but these roses live up to the hype with prolific blooms and spotless foliage. Apricot Drift® 'La Reine Victoria' didn't look great overall, but her fragrance... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2013 at the bark tree
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Not much to say, just some pix to get you more or less up to date! Enjoy. Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2013 at the bark tree
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Every time I see stumps around the neighborhood, I always want to load them up and bring them back to our yard for some unspecified decorative use. We had a bedraggled Hackberry taken out on the fence line between us... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2013 at the bark tree
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Added this fine critter to our garden and apparently he looks more realistic than I would have imagined. The cardinals immediately fussed over him, but they left him alone after the first day or so. His friend below hasn't attracted... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2013 at the bark tree