|Sangria with Michael|
|Cherry pie for desert with Mark, Jim, Michael and Gary. (I pitted the cherries!)|
Shrubs were present but not in a huge variety. Very few rhododendrons, presumably due to hardiness but a lavender pink cultivar and white one seemed to thrive. Pink and white dogwoods as tall as houses were everywhere. I loved the pink leaved beech and also the pretty little white rose that appeared everywhere.
|Fagus sylvatica 'Roseo marginata'|
|Kalmia latifolia in bud|
|Robinia hispida (I think) growing wild|
|Little semi-wild rose|
Homes and businesses had exploded out of hibernation with summer colour in amazingly adventurous and color co-coordinated schemes. Were they all completed by the same contractor from the same nursery I wonder? Inevitably fashions for plants change and I was interested to see Mandevilla widely used as a container plant. I guess the season is quite short here and so many plants such as canna and dahlia seem to be planted as almost mature flowering plants - instant colour!
Michael's house is surrounded by a small colorful garden that fades into his woodland complete with poison ivy! (This naive Brit had to be educated!) To one side was a rather dreary bank of junipers. Michael expressed a half-hearted dislike of them which promoted Jim to instantly find saws and a spade and dig them out! 'S'cuse me I'm wearing smart clothes!' But I did help - a bit! The next day we made a nursery trip and bought some plants as replacements. (Can you imagine three gay guys trying to decide what to plant?) But it's an ongoing project hopefully to be completed over the summer. Anyone visiting Michael - remember he wants plants not nicknacks, as thank-you gifts - and NO ceramic rabbits!
|Our token gardening! Should have taken a 'before' picture!|