The Blooms of Riverbend

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By Brandon Branch

There are so many flowers blooming at Riverbend, what Paula calls her property, that I had to take pictures this morning and share with y’all!  I will start at the front porch, with these urns of Japanese Lace Leaf Maple with hydrangeas.  The ivy has gotten out of control in the pots so I braided it and made swags.  I love the contrast of colors!

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The snapdragons are just going wild. We did all white this year and I pinched them back heavily this fall.  If you sacrifice blooms in the fall you will be rewarded in the spring!

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My favorite flower is the anemone.  We planted several colors in the raised cutting bed.  While I love this flower I have discovered that Paula doesn’t. I may still have to plant a few next fall! Shh!! Don’t let her know!

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Last year we planted several lily bulbs and they came right back up this spring.  Nothing smells as good as a lily bloom.  I love this color lily cut inside Paula’s home.

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We also have several clusters of Foxgloves on the property. These in the cutting garden are finally sending up their blooms. This is a favorite of Paula’s and mine.  They don’t last long with our heat but they are so worth planting.

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We have a very wet area on the property where we planted purple iris.  Growing up in Louisiana and Mississippi, it brings me right back home!

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No garden is complete without a pair of ducks.  Well maybe that’s not true. My feathered friends have followed me all over the gardens this morning.  Right by my side at all times.  Paula and her grandkids just love the ducks.  I have a love/hate relationship with them! They are the first to eat my water lilies, and snack on delicate blooms in the garden. Bread has become my latest device in protecting my garden from these troublemakers! 

Brandon Branch is a playful Southern gentleman. His style is equal parts Yankee chic and Southern elegance all muddled together in a monogrammed mint julep cup. An invitation to one of his Savannah dinner parties is the equivalent to getting the golden ticket from Willy Wonka. Brandon holds the position of Design Director for Paula Deen Enterprises and serves as Paula Deen's Personal Assistant. He was featured on HGTV's seasonal special "Celebrity Holiday Homes" and looks forward to similar opportunities in the future. Pick up a copy of his New York Times best-selling book, Paula Deen's Savannah Style in our online store.
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Dear Paula, Hang in there! You are a much loved & very talented woman. We all make mistakes. Isn't life about learning & growing? And, what about forgiveness? I won't ever feel the same about the Food Network, the Cooking Channel, etc. How judge-mental, unforgiving, & downright mean. Shame on all of them! This will pass, & you will be okay. Your friends & family will get you through this. Much love & compassion for you! Mary

By Mary on July 29, 2013

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Paula, I miss you and your boys so much. Never missed any of your shows. Love your southern cooking. Your garden is gorgeous. I am trying to grow flowers this summer. Really enjoying trying. Please buy a network so you will be in control of your entertainment(sincere, from the heart entertainment). He who is without sin, please cast the first stone. We all have said things that we didn't mean, no matter what color. It's part of the growing process. You are the best and we love you and your boys.

By Carolyn on July 28, 2013

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
Carol Bryant in Love at Last on August 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm