Here’s a sampling of what’s on view in
three four of our gardens. Amy’s got a veritable purple prairie of catmint and salvia, with geranium, yarrow, and phlomis mixed in. Susan has a graceful, airy arrangement of spirea, hydrangea, and astilbe.
I’m not bored with the pond yet, so here’s what’s blooming around it. The plantings (hydrangea, heuchera, lamium, campanula, rodgersia, dicentra, more) are coming along pretty well, though some, like the aquigleia, were already established.
Finally, Michele, who was traveling, sent in this image of two showstopping climbers: American Beauty Rose and her all-time favorite, climbing honeysuckle. (I see you have some lily action there too, Michele.)
Some of you may have seen the New York Times gardening articles today and noticed that Susan is prominently featured in an article on gardening coaches. It’s called "Plant! Water! Weed!" There’s even a picture of her coaching someone (or pretending to for the picture). Go Susan! (In your cool red shirt and black capris.) This link goes to her site, where you get the story and the behind-the-scenes.
I’m sure we could all use a bit of coaching as we head into heavy-duty pruning, weeding, watering, staking, deadheading, and general continual maintenance season. Happy Bloom Day from the Ranters!