Fall fling

The gardens were a little soggy yesterday.  I could hear the ground actually percolating in places where it wasn’t ankle deep in mud.  There’s nothing like a weekend of non-stop rain (the rain gauge overflowed at 5″…) to make little fungi-brellas pop up everywhere and some plants looked like someone extra large had sat upon them. It’s a good thing Kyle didn’t come any closer!

Dan pointed out these tiny parasols (right) on a Norway maple (Acer platanoides) – a tree I walk by daily without giving it so much as a hug.  Some of the roses and zinnias looked like used tissue and a couple of the asters flopped face down in the soup but overall the grounds and gardens fared pretty well, considering.  And Gus-Gus made a rare appearance after the rain – I must say he’s looking quite fat and happy.  I think our fish population might be dwindling…

I did as much tidying of the Rose and North gardens as I could by teetering in from the very edge. As you know, it is never a good idea to tromp around in freshly rain soaked beds:  Not only does it cause soil compaction but you’re bound to get drenched and cranky too.

I never even came close to cranky yesterday because right as I was finishing up for the morning, I was joined in the North Garden by none other than Rhode Island’s Best Layanee from Ledge and Gardens and the famous fabulous Gail from Clay and Limestone who blogs all the way from Tennessee.  Inspired by the Garden Blogger’s Spring Fling in Texas, we had an impromptu mini-fling — a fall fling-let, if you will, at Blithewold.  Wish you were here too!  We meandered to the Display Garden, stopped for an “irreverent” discussion at the Cutting Garden asclepias and several missed photo ops of the hummingbirds that are still twittering in the bamboo and swooping on the garden.  Everything under the sun and Salvia uliginosa was enthused over and even the possibility of a full fling in the future was mentioned – although Layanee and I couldn’t agree on an ideal time.  Blithewold may be super pretty in the fall but Layanee seems to think her own garden is past its peak.  I’ve seen pictures and beg to differ!  (But I do have to admit that I certainly wouldn’t want anyone to see my own garden right now – I’m more inclined to create a traffic diversion and some sort of commotion just to distract my neighbors.)

Gail and Layanee finally stood still just long enough (as we grazed on ground cherries) for a quick portrait before moving on to the watery Water and Rock Gardens.   I was very sorry to see them go.  As everybody knows, it’s the best kind of inspiration to talk with others who share your passion.  No wonder people join garden clubs, host flings and pot lucks and write blogs!

Today the Deadheads worked on propping up and tidying the Display Garden even though in a short couple of weeks we’ll start to tear it apart.  The mansion closes right after Columbus Day and we’ll be swinging into high holiday gear all too soon.  Gail (from Clay and Limestone) asked what these gardens look like in the winter:  Stay tuned!

4 thoughts on “Fall fling

  1. Kris: The highlight of our tour was spending time learning from you and the beautiful plantings at Blithewold. I am working up a post but it will have to wait until tomorrow in order to properly address it. Many thanks for your hospitality and inspiring work. Oh, and the picture isn’t too bad!

    Layanee, You and Gail made my week (even though it’s only Wednesday, I feel confident saying that)! Part – a huge part/the biggest part – of what I love about this work is that it actually is seen and enjoyed and appreciated by people like you. So thank you for inspiring me. And yes, you two are quite photogenic! -kris

  2. Kris, Not only did you introduce me to some fascinating plants with very colorful names (!) but I had my first taste of Ground Cherries. Delicious! The garden was beautiful and what a pleasure to see it with you and Layanee. The sunny border with the spectacular view is my favorite, too! Thank you for the wonderful tour and the holler out. I will post about my visit later this week and will link to you. Probably on Thursday. Gail

    Gail, I wonder if any of the ground cherries made it home to be planted as seeds next year?… I wouldn’t have had that kind of self control. Thank you so much for making the trip with Layanee and I can’t wait to read your post! -kris

  3. Let’s hear it for fall flnglets. I think they should become a national–why stop there?–an international institution.

    Kate, I agree! And I’m going to start buying lottery tickets now… -kris

  4. If you all plan a Garden Bloggers Fall or Spring Fling, Kris, I will be there! Rhode Island in 2010??

    Could be! Maybe…! -kris

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