“A Glorious Day”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
After weeks of unseasonably warm, humid, and rainy weather, a cool front came through late Thursday and brought in wonderful weather. Lows in the 40’s and highs in the 60’s plus sunshine has meant a glorious weekend. Doubling the pleasure, this weekend was the garden show at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens. This twice yearly garden show is a highlight of my garden year. This year just one sister and my daughter made the trip with me to New Orleans’ City Park where the show is held. The Botanical Gardens were looking so good after all the rain we have had. (October is usually our driest month.) It will take a few posts to get through everything we saw.
One of the best things about the garden show is the plant sales.
Of course, I couldn’t resist buying a few things. Fall is a big planting time in this mild climate, and today, I planted everything I bought. Unfortunately, nothing was in bloom, so there are no photos of my purchases. I bought four daylilies: Billye Red, Red Orbit, Rosette, and Frank Gagney. I also bought Hedychium coccineum “Disney” which has gorgeous orange/apricot flowers. I have seen this on several blogs and was impressed with the flowers. When I saw the muhly grass blooming, I had to get another one since one of mine really declined this summer and needed to be replaced. Lastly, there was a vendor selling day-blooming cereus plants, and I just had to had one. They had so many different colors that it was hard to decide, but I finally selected a white one which is supposed to have very large flowers – nine inches across.
Now, I have a lot to look forward to next summer when all these plants start blooming.
To get back to the Gardens, though, everything looked so lovely. One of my favorite areas was the white garden since I love white flowers so much. The front flowers were white torenia, then came white angelina, next was the white pentas, and at the back of the borders was white cat’s whiskers. This garden has given me some ideas of how I may want to use white flowers in my small “white” garden area.
There were several displays throughout the gardens. A particularly cute one was a grouping of large butterflies surrounding butterfly plants. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a large area so that you could have something like this?
There is still more I have to post about the garden show and the glorious day, but that will have to wait for tomorrow.