Bressingham Update for 09-03-2010

Threats of Hurricane Earl have diminished. Impact on the garden would probably be minimal if any. The possibility of rain is promising. By the time I left the garden this afternoon there were light showers. Now the rain is heavier and it gives me a deep sense of satisfaction that the plants will receive a good long drink.

This week has been productive. The MHS staff was able to repair the long defunct fence between Weezie’s garden and the Bressingham garden. The effect is a big difference in definition of space. A clean-up of lingering tools and debris adds a fresh look.

Every day has brought a different volunteer to help with weeding and deadheading. The garden has picked up a few “regulars” who have been dedicated enough to come once a week or every other week. I’ve have spent a great many days of this summer working in solitude and listening to chants and cheers from Lynx summer campers as they go about the business of having fun. While it has been pleasant (except for the heat) and fruitful, it is also very pleasing to have the company of volunteers, mostly master gardeners. It is also wonderful for my ego to hear from “those who know” how wonderful the garden looks and what progress has been achieved. I’m always quick to remind, it’s not a one person job and I’ve had plenty of much appreciated help.

TradescantiaIt seems that almost every week, sometimes two, I have to change which is my favorite plant in the garden. This past week the Tradescantia “Sweet Kate” has been in re-bloom. The foliage is a gorgeous lemony-lime and the deep violet flowers offer both a contrast to its’ own foliage and a complement to the flowers of the geranium “Rozanne” in the bed behind it. Fresh blooms pop every morning and I make it a point to pass it first on my morning rounds. This plant will definitely find a home in my own shade garden next spring.

Most of the work this week has been ho-hum weeding and some dead heading. Asters are primed to bloom but haven’t opened yet. Anemones are in bloom and the Russian sage is fading away. There’s still plenty of yellow throughout, with some Rudbeckias holding their color and helianthus still bright. Boltonia “Jim Crockett” is also starting to bloom.

With less than two weeks before Adrian Bloom arrives there will still be plenty to accomplish in each bed.