Thursday, July 15, 2010

An Annual Pilgrimage

Each year, in the 2nd week of July it's off to White Flower Farm to admire the English Hybrid Tuberous Begonias. Our expectations were once again satisfied. But first, a couple of other POI there:

In addition to the immaculate sales area (above) we stumbled upon a really nice planting combo in one of the trial borders. Here Hemerocallis 'Little Grapette' joins Cimicifuga 'Brunette' and Hydrangea 'Preziosa' (below). What a groooooooooooovy combination.

Next it's off to the BIG border designed by Fergus Garrett (Christopher Lloyd's right hand) very impressive in stature.

Now for those mouth watering begonias...wowie zowie, just incredible in form and presence. All mature stock plants from the world renowned breeding of Blackmore and Langdon in Bristol UK. Do yourself a favor....go and see them!

 Meanwhile back at the ranch... we were inspired by a some "pennies from heaven" and got right back out there and rehashed the center bed of the showgarden. Through the generosity of a GOOD friend we have on loan, a 72" sphere wire sculpture that now hails from the show garden. We decided to plant 'Heavenly Blue'  morning glories and complement it with a circular planting of Lavender. Shown here, contortionist planters Ryan Chaney and Tom Kievit. Stop up and see the progress as we get gussied up for Garden Holiday!

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