Busy July Friday

Nice shot above of the Heirloom Garden which has filled in nicely over the past couple of weeks!  With all the recent rains, our concerns haven’t been about irrigation or watering but have shifted to potential problems of too much water (fungal issues, rotting, flooding, etc.)!  We had a very mild day today with cloudy skies all day and a temperature in the lower 70 degrees F.  We’ll miss this day next week when it is back to being hot but it felt like an autumn day out there today!  Our grounds staff of Larry H., Janice, Cindy, Bobby K., Nolan and Trevor all had a wide range of duties.  We worked around a bus tour that was enjoying the gardens and the set-up and start of a Friday wedding in the sunken garden.  Duties for the grounds staff included planting, weeding, mowing, blower rounds, path work, etc.  There was no shortage of tasks.  I was able to check out the gardens thoroughly but had some other obligations associated with our Home Garden Tour tomorrow (9 am – 3 pm).

‘Zahara Double Raspberry Ripple’ zinnia (Zinnia marlyandica) – annual

the moss island is looking excellent!

‘Tani-mano Uki’ pine (Pinus parviflora) – compact conifer

‘Lime Green’ flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata) – annual

Cindy (above) chillin’ out in the Hummingbird Haven which she tends with TLC

Above are Kathy (left) and Eva who did a nice job weeding today.  We also had Bill O. in for his Friday mowing rounds.  Kristin was in to tidy up in the Japanese garden.  Vern came in for some painting and we saw some others as well.  It was a light day for volunteers but a beautiful day to be outside in our home gardens which is where I imagine many of our volunteers were located today!  I didn’t blog yesterday but know we had a huge turnout for Thursday activities and tasks.

purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is looking great this year – perennial

‘Bishop of Llandaff’ dahlia (Dahlia hybrida) – annual

dill (Anethum graveolens) – annual

queen of the prairie (Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’) – perennial

I’m so glad we added these signs this year! (so I wont get lost)

lilies (Lilium sp.) are still at peak right now with many being extremely fragrant!

‘Milkshake’ coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) – perennial

‘Rooguchi’ clematis (Clematis hybrida) – perennial

‘Early Splendor’ fountain plant (Amaranthus tricolor) – annual

‘Boule de Neige’ pearlwort (Achillea ptarmica) – perennial

giant coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima) – perennial


the Coleus Collection (above and two below) is filling out nicely!

‘Tigereye Spider’ daylily (Hemerocallis) – perennial

‘Wild and Free’ daylily (Hemerocallis) – perennial (above)

‘Black Falcon Ritual’ daylily (Hemerocallis) – perennial

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