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Friday, October 1, 2010

Autumn Reflections

The nursery will be open a few more weeks before we revert to our appointment-only winter hours.  Fall has brought a flurry of activity as we propagate plants, create new covered spaces and refresh gardens.

As the sun dips lower on the horizon, the light changes and creates a dreamy garden atmosphere.  On a recent day, I noticed the dappled light hitting the evergreen foliage of this group of Hebes.

We had a glimpse of what is in store for next spring when a few young Lewisia seedlings unexpectedly put on a late season flower display.  We are trying to breed them for double flowers and Lewisia are notoriously difficult to isolate a specific trait. It is too early to tell if we will achieve our goal with the entire group but if we did…. ooh, la, la!

We still have some fall flowering perennials in bloom in the nursery such as our introduction, Gentiana sino-ornata ‘Moonlight’, a white flowering version of the normally blue Autumn Gentian.

Aren’t we plant lovers lucky?  Every day of the year brings a new marvel!

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