This has been the warmest and most beautiful fall season that I can remember in this area. The grounds crew have definitely taken advantage of the weather and enjoyed working the week after Thanksgiving in short sleeve shirts! I thought that I might share a glimpse of one of those beautiful fall days. But winter has finally decided to arrive this week. We had temperatures in the 70s on Monday and snow showers expected this evening! That means its time to put on the plow and prepare for some long cold nights. It also means those 10,000 daffodil bulbs are ready to be planted and we are still accepting all the willing volunteers we can get!
We are certainly enjoying our new topiary figures! The T-Rex looks fantastic and I cant wait to see it surrounded by foliage next year. We finally put him completely together and sprayed him with a moss color agent. The herons were placed on our man made island and from a distance they look quite life like. Grasses, sedges, and other varieties of plants really make them stand out. As you can see from some of these pictures, the grounds are coming along and if the winter is mild we will continue planting.
The Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden plantings continue as well. This large garden will be full of an incredible amount of color next year and will surely attract the creatures we are hoping for. In order to give this garden some structure for the winter we have incorporated many rare and unusual conifers, giving us four seasons of interest.
Please pray for the grounds crew this winter, as many of you gardeners know we can be quite impatient! Spring cant come soon enough!