Another Dandy of a Day!

We had another warm sunny day and were happy to see lots more visitors enjoying the gardens.  Temperatures look colder next week and we’re on track for frost at some point I’m sure.  The two structures directly above on the trailer are for the Holiday Light Show (HLS) and we had some help moving these in to place today!  Efforts out in the gardens are focused primarily on HLS duties although we’re getting a lot of “end of the season” type gardening in as well.  Our grounds staff of Cindy, Larry H., Bobby K., Janice, Terry, Big John and myself all had a wide range of duties with most of our efforts geared towards HLS progress.  Cindy was able to spend time in the Hummingbird Haven garden which still looks great.  Our volunteers of Dennis, Shirley H., Kathy, Eva, Cheryl, Jim H., four RECAPPERS, Bill O., Maury and Kaye F., Vern and many others accomplished a wide range of tasks.  I’m not sure we’ll have too many more days like this until May!

with no frost yet…the terrace garden is still looking sharp (above)

‘China Town’ plume celosia (Celosia plumosa) – annual

most of our maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis) selections are blooming nicely right now – perennial

neat shot of the formal annual sections from the roof (where I was running cords with Mark S.)

Above are Bobby K., Larry H. Big John, Mark S., Terry and Cindy passing me the giant obelisk which we secured in the U.S.S. Ginger (our raft where I took this photo while everyone else was straining).  Below is Bobby K. taking this HLS feature out to the middle of the pond where the Russo Fountain was all summer (hauled back for winter storage).  We use the same power source and that floating obelisk has over 3,000 LED twinkle lights on it.

fruiting structures opening on Eastern wahoo (Euonymus atropurpureus) – woody shrub

the gazebo was originally positioned to enjoy this centered view of the arched bridge

fruiting structure of red buckeye (Aesculus pavia) – woody tree

this border (maintained by Dylan and Flannery) is still looking nice and vivid!

Randy M. is back in action repairing our rope lighting displays (which he built over 17 years ago with his dad!)

saffron crocus (Crocus sativus) – perennial

fall color is starting on the oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) – woody shrub

cone of the Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) – woody conifer

‘Peppermint Spice’ coral bells (Heuchera) – perennial