Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mears Garden news- Fall week 9- November 19, 2009

The picture contest will start any minute now, but I have a few things to show and tell about the last month.
We took a trip to the east coast in October and stopped again at Longwood garden, about 30 miles west of Philadelphia. I posted pictures 2 years ago, being impressed at the time. Well, the second time around did not disappoint. Some things were their splendid selves, remembered from before. The outdoor water lilies were going strong, even late in October. The hibiscus house was amazing.
Here are pictures.

Then there were the chrysanthemums. I do not grow these plants. You have to draw the line someplace. I have never even particularly liked them. I am reconsidering that position. They were amazing.
First there were the giant spidery flowers.

Here is this one plant with lots of grafts so that it had about 40 different flowers blooming on the one plant.

Then there were the constructions. There were topiaries.

Finally there were these constructions. They were wire frames into which the single plants grew, I assume for a long time. Apparently however the plant, presumably a perennial, had put on all this growth in not much more than a year. The plant was trained in various directions so that individual stems grew into the frame, creating these wonderful presentations. Here is a surprise. The idea comes from Japan. From the country that gave us bonsai you get these creations.

That’s it for now. The winter picture contest will start before the end of the month.


Catherine Woods said...

I love hibiscus too! Gorgeous spidery chrysanthemums. Thanks for these latest photos.

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