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Weather or Not

The weather has been glorious this last week. Dry as all get out, but glorious. The no-rain pattern seems pretty well set for now. If you are fortunate enough to get a few drops, revel in it. I fear what my water bill at home may become, but what can you do, especially during the period the plants are getting established? Just hoping that the pattern will change and the rains will return. We are lucky enough to have wells here at the IMA to get us through rough patches.

Plants continue to show the effects of our bizarre warm weather. I have phlox, Phlox paniculata, tall garden phlox, in full bloom at home. That is fully one month earlier than normal. During a walk about my neighborhood I came across a non-pampered butterfly bush in full fragrant flower. Such an odd year.

But around here the gardens are looking superb, despite all the weather oddities and mixed up plant calendars. I strongly suggest you find time to come over to stroll around. Even if warmer temps return, there is still plenty of shade. Arrive in morning or early evening and conditions are even finer.

I took a quick walk with the camera this morning to capture a few images. Just to whet your appetites for seeing it all yourselves.

Vegetables in the Orchard look good enough to eat. In fact I think the deer have been eating the beans. The perennials under the apple trees bring added color and interest to what could be a rather plain area.

The Rain Garden looks great without rain. I think that is the idea though.

The Ravine Garden is lovely and lush.

And golden rod is blooming at the base of the Hermes sculpture outside the Formal Garden. ‘Little Lemon’ is an early bloomer, but really.

Here are the super tough Amsonia hubrichtii (Arkansas bluestar), Echinacea tennesseensis, and Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian sage) in the Overlook Garden behind the Deer Zink Pavilion.

The annuals outside our 38th Street entrance have been replaced with rough and tumble perennials – Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ (switch grass), Monarda ‘Fireball’, and Nepeta ‘Joanna Reed’. All are establishing nicely.

These curry plants (Helichrysum angustifolium) in the Garden for Everyone should not have survived an Indiana winter. But they are blooming already with their silvery foliage to provide an echo for the gray-green foliage of Gaillardia ‘Oranges and Lemons.’

The Four Seasons Garden has filled in wonderfully early in its second year.

Well, there are a few garden highlights. There is so much more for you to find on your own visit.

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3 Responses to “Weather or Not”

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    Thanks for the tour, Irvin. Indeed, a totally weird season.

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    Paul Says:

    New England aster is blooming at the CGC. Mind boggling.

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    irvin Says:

    I agree, Jo Ellen – a totally weird season.
    Paul – New England aster (‘Alma Potschke’) blooming in 3 places here as well, IMA and 2 residences. Katie also reports Lespedeza ‘Gibraltar’ blooming in the Ravine Garden. We discussed the possibility of fall foliage color in August. I believe Lynne calls that “gallows humor”.

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