Lake Norman April 2016 Desktop Calendar

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One of my favorite things about life in Lake Norman is my Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden.  It has grown over the past 10 years from red clay to an amazing retreat where I can enjoy myriad plants, flowers and Lake Norman’s wide array of birds, wildlife and butterflies without ever leaving my house.  Here is a photo of my pond and waterfall area from last April: Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s April Calendar is for the Monarchs!

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Spring is coming!  March is when Lake Norman trees, bushes and flower gardens start coming back to life.  By April we will be surrounded by green and bursts of the colors of springtime.  I am thrilled that THE local expert on plants and wildlife, Christine Lisiewski (who works at my favorite Dearness Gardens Nursery in Huntersville), has provided us with another one of her amazing photographs for this month’s calendar. Christine takes stunning photos of nature and flowers and generously shared this one with us. Not only is she the plant buyer at Dearness Gardens but she just recently was picked to design and implement a butterfly garden for The Preserve at Robbins Point and she even teaches classes about butterflies and native gardens. Visit her new blog: Christine’s Beautiful World.

To make your desktop calendar just click on the link above and then right click and select “set as background”. This is a copyrighted photo so please understand that I can not send you a copy of this photo without the calendar. Thank you! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s March 2015 Desktop Calendar is Here!

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Lake Norman News, Events and Celebrations, Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Southern Spring Home and Garden Show in Charlotte is February 20 – 22nd AND February 27th – March 1, 2015

 

Southern Spring Home and Garden show 2015

 

Based on the popularity of HGTV, sites like Houzz.com and what I see on Facebook and Pinterest, it seems like just about everyone enjoys seeing beautiful homes and gardens and getting ideas and inspiration. The Southern Spring Home and Garden Show is a GREAT opportunity for us Lake Norman area residents to do this in person. I know it requires driving, parking and walking but seriously it is well worth it!  They have an amazing array of lectures, demonstrations, displays and vendors/experts who you can chat with about your own thoughts and project ideas.  And yes, there is shopping and eating too! Continue reading

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Charlotte’s Southern Spring Home & Garden Show 2012 Starts February 29th!

IMAGINE      CREATE       INSPIRE       SAVE       LEARN”

 

Here is a little secret: some of us living on Lake Norman enjoy gardening  just as much as boating!  I confess that I am one of those crazy folks.  So, news about our annual Southern Spring Home & Garden Show on February 29 – March 4, 2012  might be even more exciting than the boat shows to some of us.

Held in Charlotte every spring, this wonderful event with over 400 exhibitors promises to inspire and tempt attendees with 24 stunning Showcase Gardens, Kitchen and Bath vendors’ latest and greatest products, a Green Living and Market and plenty of experts on hand to answer even your most esoteric questions about everything from orchids to home remodeling. Continue reading

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Charlotte’s 2011 Southern Spring Home and Garden Show is almost here!

 “IMAGINE      CREATE       INSPIRE       SAVE       LEARN”

Here is a little secret: some of us living on Lake Norman enjoy gardening  just as much as boating!  I confess that I am one of those crazy folks.  So, news about our annual Southern Spring Home & Garden Show on March 2 – March 6, 2011  might be even more exciting than the boat shows to some of us.

Held in Charlotte every spring, this wonderful event with over 400 exhibitors promises to inspire and tempt attendees with 24 stunning Showcase Gardens, Kitchen and Bath vendors’ latest and greatest products, a Green Living and Market and plenty of experts on hand to answer even your most esoteric questions about everything from orchids to home remodeling.

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The Southeast’s Largest Home and Garden Show

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s Business of the Week: Lake Norman Gardens

Lake Norman Real Estate's business-of-the-week

Lake Norman Gardens Front

Lake Norman Gardens

If  you drive  north along Perth Rd. on a regular basis you may have noticed the quiet evolution of a garden center and nursery on the right just before you get to Fern Hill.  Unless you have taken the time to stop inside and talk with local owner Robbi Grayson, what you won’t know is just how special Lake Norman Gardens  is now and how very exciting it is going to be very soon!

What started as a lawn and garden center focused on “bulk products”, according to Robbi, has evolved into  “Perth Road Community’s one stop shop for all things one needs to create inspiring outdoor rooms”.  Their recently approved rezoning plans will include:

  • A park-like arboretum
  • A new, protective greenhouse
  • A safer mulch yard
  • A tree nursery
  • Expand their ability to carry retail plants

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Lake Norman Gardens' Perennials

If you are a garden enthusiast like I am  you will love their variety of perennials and their creative displays of plants with garden art.  Plus, their friendly staff is happy to special order to fill your unique requests.

Inside Lake Norman Gardens

Inside their large shop is an incredible array of  indoor plants, decorative art and accessories and even some fun, upscale Vietri Italian pottery.  Lake Norman Gardens is truly a mecca for house warming gifts!

Charming Display at Lake Norman Gardens

From outdoor furniture to chimes to statuarys of all kinds,  I always come away inspired with a new list of ideas for my garden and patios.

It you get on their mailing list (Lake Norman Gardens) you will receive Robbi’s weekly emails which announce all of the new plants that have arrived, weekly specials, news, as well as upcoming events like their Vietri event on July 21st from 5-7pm during which they will be serving Bella Cucina gourmet foods and a Vietri ambassador there to sign their pottery.

Robbi recently hired landscape designer Keith Stallings who will be starting full-time on July 1st, just in time to plan your fall landscape projects.

We are all very fortunate that Robby Grayson and her parents had the vision and enthusiasm to take this 4-acre site that was once an unsightly tavern and dump site into what is evolving into an exceptional garden center that will inspire even those of you who don’t have a green thumb.

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Lake Norman Real Estate: Early Signs of Spring!

Spring at The Point on Lake Norman

Almost like magic, every  year in about the middle of March, spring comes to life in and around Lake Norman North Carolina.  I love each stage for each one has its own star and cast of players as if we watch mother nature writing her annual play.

The very first to brave the coming of spring are our bulbs, particularly daffodils.  Almost overnight you can see them sprouting up around mailboxes, nestled under trees and in gardens.  Our March 1st snow caught my daffodils off guard but didn’t deter them for very long.

Forsythia is the next flowering plant to make their entrance.  It is said that when Forsythia bloom it is time to put the pre-emergent on our fescue lawns to fight off the summer weeds.

At just about the same time, the first of the blossoming trees seem to come out over night. From cherry to pear to peach and apples, they don’t last very long but as one variety turns to green another variety blossoms so it is beautiful and yet different every day.

After last week’s weather in the 70’s the roses are beginning to leaf out and buds are growing  on our Dogwoods, Maples,and most other large trees.

Another early character on the scene are the prolific daylilies.  They start to pop up about the same time as the daffodils but take longer to grow and bloom.

Today, just two days after I took most of these photos the first of the dogwoods are beginning to bloom.  Wild dogwood trees are often scattered underneath large pines and hardwood trees so when they bloom the contrast is spectacular!

This photo of the flowering Dogwoods was taken last April.

 As you can see, on Monday the trees were just beginnig to come out and the Fescue lawn is back to being a brilliant green!  In less than a month all of the trees around Lake Norman will be out.  The shorelines will once again be a lush green.  Then it is time for the magnificant azaleas to bloom which is an extraordinary site in the South!  I love all of our mild but well defined seasons but I have to admit spring in our Lake Norman area of North Carolina is, well, awesome!

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