The garden blooms with abandon in July, but each year the weather plays a huge part in how much and what blooms when.
The Historic Niagara Falls Garden Walk happened yesterday and like each year it included the city, there were very few people coming to our street. I saw maybe 25 and another neighbor with their garden participating counted 15 total. That is a far cry from the over 400 people who toured our one-block long garden walk when the Neighborhood Block Club ran it.
The Business Association came in to grab a good thing (from the Block Club without so much as even telling us their intention to take it). They did not put in the effort to make it a success either. Our street did not even know who to contact or see advertisement announcing it. Only two of us got “an invitation.” I passed mine on to the others. I guess few to participate was to be expected, and success was not even in the cards.
I have not reported on this walk for two years because I was not here to see the demise. My garden has not participated since it went citywide. Honestly, there is not a lot to see beyond our street. The walk between the streets that have nice gardens and our street is too long on Main Street which has little to offer in either gardens or businesses.
I did not waste my time visiting because neither did garden walkers for the most part. So enough about the Garden Walk that didn’t happen, here is my garden for the many viewers at GWGT. Some of you are local too…
My full and bountiful hanging baskets I buy wholesale, the baskets cost me $12 each. Retail they are $36 and worth every penny.
This post is an overview of what is blooming. It is far different from just a month ago and will be far different a month from now. It was planned for this change. I miss the garden often in summer with travel, so planning for taking photos is not always at the best times of day or year.
Three plants below, Perovskia, Salvia and pink Asiatic lilies, make pretty companions in the front garden.
The front garden has a few new plants and some transplanted from the rear garden. I had to add them when the Concolor was cut down this past Christmas. The Phlox ‘Bartwelve’ (18″ high, 3 feet wide) needs time to grow. I also added Althaea which reaches 24″ and the Dianthus near the front of the bed.
In the side yard, I removed the Cotoneaster in Spring. It was getting hard to maintain with how fast it rooted. That is a good thing in beds like this that are contained, but it was so aggressive it scaled the small retaining wall. So I ripped it out and replanted with Sun Drops, Yarrow and Campanula glomerata, also in the side bed past the carpet rose. You can see Japanese Iris here and various sedum. All plants came from other parts of the garden.
This side garden needs time to fill in. I have planted daylilies here that will be going to the garden club plant sale next year. I will do a post on this shortly. Our club went to a daylily wholesaler/hybridizer to buy in bulk. We all put them in our gardens to propagate for next year’s sale. More on that soon.
Hope you enjoyed the garden tour. I am happy to show it to readers,
Stay tuned as I have a lot of really GREAT gardens from the garden walks in our area. Today I went to some really amazing gardens that even floored me! Some have been in Garden Gate magazine and one that has yet to be should be in EVERY garden magazine out there. What an incredible property. I am invited back in two weeks to photograph what has yet to bloom. Can’t wait.
Up next, more from my garden. I look close in Lotsa Little in the Garden in a two part series. The end of the week and into next… garden walks.