Vivid August Colors

Nice shots above and directly below of the Wellness Garden which continues to look exceptional with plenty of color!  We had a busy morning and then some drizzle and ultimately a heavy downpour arrived!  Our grounds staff of Cindy, Ibhar, Alex, Big John, Terry and I all had plenty of duties and tasks throughout the gardens before the rain caught up to us.  Our volunteers of Kathy P., Eva, Alan, Bob K., Derrick, Dave, Jim, Ron Y., Vern, Steve J., Dick H., Dick P., Maury, Dr. Gredler, Rollie, Gary, Urban, Phil G. and many others were on hand to help out on a busy Monday.  We also saw Laura, our new Volunteer/Education Coordinator who has hit the ground running!  With our Fall Plant Sale just over 2 weeks away, we’re recruiting volunteers to help with this important fundraiser.

fun combo of peek-a-boo plant (Spilanthes oleracea) blooming amongst ‘Purple Knight’ calico plant (Alternanthera dentata) and ‘Blue Armor’ kale (Brassica oleracea) – all annuals!

‘Wicked’ ornamental hot pepper (Capsicum annuum) – annual

‘Midnight Fire’ ornamental hot pepper (Capsicum annuum) – annual

Uchu™ variegated ornamental hot pepper (Capsicum annuum) – annual

the formal annual sections are starting to fill in nicely

‘Starlight Light Pink’ Chinese aster (Callistephus chinensis) – annual

Jolt™ Pink hybrid Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus ‘PAS970056’) – annual

‘Sao Paulo’ Mexican flame vine (Senecio confusus or Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides) – annual (above and below)

this patch of ‘All Gold’ Hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra) always catches my eye! – perennial

colorful coleus mix in the gazebo garden (Royale Apple Brandy® and  ‘TIDBITS™ ‘Tammy’)

‘Blauhilde’ runner bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) – runner bean in the Plants of the World Collection (Germany!)

‘Red Cauli’ stonecrop (Sedum telephium) – perennial

‘Canary Wings’ begonia surrounding Royal Hawaiian® ‘Black Coral’ elephant ear (Colocasia esculenta)….’Sun King’ Japanese spikenard (Aralia cordata) bringing up the rear

‘Snow Queen’ copperleaf (Alternanthera ficoidea) – annual