Yesterday, on the Fourth of July, it was the National Garden Festival‘s Open Gardens here in Buffalo Niagara. In the morning, I got the place all spiffed up after a half dozen days of rain. It wasn’t easy. Though it was nice not to have to panic about watering for a week.
|The checkerboard is filling in nicely. Got its first chop this morning.|
|The raised bed potager garden is looking better than some past years.
Lettuce is ready to pick, but I’ll wait until after Sunday’s bike tour of gardens stops by.
|I added signage to the rock garden so guests could see where the rocks came from. Additions from this past year? A lava rock from Diamondhead, Hawaii; a cobblestone from Prague, Czech Republic; and a new stone from Sayulita, Mexican.|
|The dwarf pear espalier is looking resplendent. I will even get a few pears from it this year.|
|The planters are FINALLY starting to fill out.|
|I call it “Still Life with Hypertufa”|
|From the right angle, the garden looks downright lush. But not many see it from
crouching down over the potager while standing in the middle of the checkerboard.
|The Harry Potter Garden has filled out nicely. See Trevor? And the Mirror of Erised?|
|Interpretive signage is up and hanging. Straight-ish.|
|Pots on fence have looked better. Last year’s Persian shield with coleus was much nicer.|
|Baskets & boxes are looking okay. The front yard has only intermittent color right now.|
|The hellstrip is looking less hellish as time goes on. Next year will be its banner year.|
|The apple tree knee-high espalier living fence around the
vegetable potager garden had two apples growing. Until they fell off.
|I still need a bell with no clapper for this sign.|
|New artwork looking sharp.|
|I guess I could have swept under my patio furniture.|
|The coral bell fountain is fountaining.|
|The scupper is scuppering.|
|Here’s the coral bell fountain in the bed of coral bells.|
|Finally found a climber that likes this spot. It’s called an Exotic Love Firecracker Vine.
Gotta’ love that name.