Wednesday, June 15, 2011
A Beachaven Garden Club Visit to Sun's Garden
Being a member of a garden club or garden organization sure has it advantages. Sometimes we put our work gloves on and get to work or sometimes we just walk around and visit fabulous gardens in our local community. Our monthly meeting took us to a local garden last month and this post is dedicated to that garden. Ready for a garden tour? Well hold on because another one will be coming in this Friday's post.
The above plant gave everyone in my club problems with identification. I tried very hard to identify it on my own but had no luck. I then posted the above picture on my Facebook profile and we got some excellent answers. The consensus is that it is centranthus. This is supposed to be a lovely old fashioned perennial-that I don't often seen grown in our area. Sun, the owner of the plant and garden we will visit in this post, orders most of her plants online and is specific as to what she likes and does not like. Sun did not know the identity of this lovely plant but she was more than generous in sharing it with a few folks in our garden club. Now that's a gardener! One who shares.
When our tour was initially placed on the yearly agenda it was billed as a 'Topiary Garden'. While there were many topiaried plants in this garden the garden was much more than topiary.
There were many Asian influences in the garden-we even got to see a hummingbird's nest!
There was fantastic edging and a great mix of perennials, shrubs, and trees set among an idyllic setting in the county. Sun used mainly rock mulch and landscape fabric in her gardens to keep the weeds down. We'll see another garden this Friday where that gardener uses the same style of gardening. Not being a big fan of landscape fabric I must say I was quite impressed by the bounty and low maintenance of this large garden-even with the landscape fabric. It is always nice to see how others garden. I am open to all types of gardens and so love tours and blogging because I get to be exposed to different perspectives in gardens. My style of gardening is more naturalistic with all natural mulch (leaves) but I tell you I really did like this garden and do like the rocks. It's the leaf blowing that would give me a nightmare I think.
I didn't take many pictures of the huge vegetable garden
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