My sincere thanks to those brave people who visited my garden on the rainiest day of the year. They reinforced my belief that gardeners are a hardy lot! It began to rain at my house at 7:15 am just as I was deadheading the miniature roses and making some final touches, and it didn't stop until mid-morning of the next day. It was very disheartening after all those weeks of hard work: composting, mulching, weeding, and planting. Visitors, with raincoats and umbrellas dripping, arrived in ones and twos, but no more than a dozen in all. I am so glad the tour organizers are trying to reschedule the event. There were six gardens on the tour, and I am sure the other gardeners feel the same way.
I took some pictures a couple of days ago to post on Facebook, hoping to tempt some of my 'friends' to come on the tour. I am so glad for those photographs as it was impossible to take pictures in the rain. Come take a virtual tour with me. It is raining again, but you don't even have to get wet this time.
As you enter our property the purple cone flowers are coming into bloom in the small butterfly garden. There are phlox, liatris, milkweed and cleome in this area. If you look top-left you can see the horseshoe garden under the flag. Let's go there next.
I added a bit of stained glass to the foot of the clematis in the horseshoe garden to hide its bare roots. The rose campion is still the star of this garden.
|The Horseshoe Garden|
The cottage garden was between blooms: the peonies and roses just finished, with the flower buds of the shasta daisies, phlox and other cottage garden perennials about to burst open. Few blooms, but layers of lush green foliage.
Except for the hollyhocks! They stole the show.
|Hollyhocks tower over the cottage garden|
I added a wreath on each door and ivy in a birdcage.
|Frogs are said to love the rain, but even they were sheltering out of sight.|
Next, into the shade garden where some of the hosta blooms are about ready to open.
|Shade Garden Planting.|
My grandson, Jonathan, spent a couple of days with us prior to the tour date, and weeded and tidied the miniature gardens. Each one is so lovely and special, like Jon.
|One of five miniature gardens|
Through the clematis-covered arbor we enter the kitchen garden. The pink blooms of 'Comtesse de Bouchard' look very striking with the purple petals of 'Tie Die.'
Since this picture, the vegetables have grown in leaps and bounds, due to the rain.
|The Kitchen Garden|
We finished making the new, shorter Woodland Walk and H.H. planted shrubs at the entrance. The pathway is along a swale, which is doing its job of collecting rain water and preventing it from flooding our basement. We knew this was a drawback for a 'Walk' but it was the natural path to take. It is a beautiful walk when it is dry. There are pictures in my previous posting.
I'm joining Helen at the Patient Gardener's Weblog for her End of Month View. Helen's garden in England is beautiful -- check it out.
There were some advantages to having the event in the rain:
- I was able to give each visitor a private tour, and answer many questions.
- When the rain was light, the garden colors were softer and even more lovely if that is possible.
- I was overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude for people making the trek through the rain.
|Bees love the hollyhocks.|
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