I AM ALWAYS FASCINATED to hear what visitors comment or ask about on Garden Open Days, the first of which was Saturday and bought 275 new and old friends. I make a bet with myself on which plants it will be that rate the most, “What’s that?” or “I love it” reactions–but this year there were a few new ones on me, even after 15 years of hosting visitors. Want to see what got the most attention (besides the cat)?
Saturday’s event included a giant plant sale by Broken Arrow Nursery (shopping in my own driveway?–divine!) and a triple-homicide performance piece by Jack the Demon Cat (in front of large numbers of guests, of course; he loves an audience almost as much as he loves chipmunks). As ever, my massive stand of common old rhubarb (above) got the most “What is it?” questions of all…but here are the other top contenders:
Click on the first thumbnail to start the slides, then toggle between images using your keyboard arrows or the ones beside the captions. Links to stories on some of the subjects are included below the slides.
Links to the Favorites
- How I grow massive garlic
- Bottlebrush buckeye,Aesculus parviflora, beloved multiseason giant
- My favorite bawdy primrose, Primula kisoana
- Golden cutleaf staghorn sumac, the Tiger Eye Rhus typhina, is in this colorful-leaf shrub slideshow if you want to see the leaves once fully unfurled
Other Tour Dates: Come Visit!
THE GARDEN will be open on June 2 and August 18, and full details are always in my Events Calendar. See you next time?