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Happy October! As a follow up to yesterday’s post I want to share a video I came across showing the largest Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum (known in Japan as Ozukuri) ever cultivated at Longwood Gardens. In one word, this process is fascinating. Whip out your jug of apple cider, snack on a Honeycrisp and enjoy this clip to celebrate fall.

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Fall Annual Display Along the Brick Walk at Longwood Gardens

Spider Mums and Croton Flank the Main Conservatory Walkways

Banana Trees and Alternanthera Make a Striking Combination

The Caryopteris Allee Adjacent to the Topiary Garden

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Main Conservatory at Longwood Gardens

You will not be disappointed when you make the trek to this incredible garden and horticultural showcase!  Spring is the peak time to visit Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA because of the brilliant displays of spring flowering bulbs, trees, shrubs and early-blooming perennials.  In addition to the visual overload, the history of the space is presented in an easily absorbed format that appeals to everybody and allows visitors to take something home more than memories.

Planters Full of Spring Flowers

Longwood’s history began in 1798 when Quakers farming the property started to plant an arboretum.  Fast forward to the early 1900’s when Pierre du Pont purchased the farm to save the original trees.  Influenced by the world fairs of the time period, he brought their innovative fountain technology and large, airy building structures to life on the Longwood property.  All of these features are still on the grounds in working condition and provide a different experience then most gardens.

Hanging Baskets Exploding with Hydrangeas

Magnificent Spring Plantings

Check out the Longwood website for more pictures and visitors information!

Notable interest points of the spring gardens:

  • Extensive collection of spring blooming bulbs including tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils, amongst many others
  • Blooming cherry trees, crabapples, various shrubs including forsythia and corylus
  • Exterior container plantings featuring typical spring flowers (pansies) to atypical (bleeding heart, Dicentra sp.)
  • Seasonal display of the conservatories
  • Signs of plant life in the perennial trial gardens that range from tiny sprouts to full blooms of the Lenten Rose (Helleborus sp.)
  • New installation of the Green Wall in the Main Conservatory

    GreenWall in the Main Conservatory

Article and Photos by Lilyofthevalley for Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design

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Is it possible to grow a successful garden without really trying? The science of horticulture is intricate and complex. Do you wonder if your soil acidity  is optimal for  nutrient uptake through plant roots? Are your light levels in balance with available moisture levels in the soil? Are you experiencing nutrient deficiency, pests, fungal diseases, bacteria, viruses or problems with plant hardiness?

Trial Garden at Longwood Gardens

All of these things can  weigh you down and blind you from what gardening is really about. The key to a successful garden is simple: enjoy it. That’s it. That’s all it takes. It doesn’t matter if a portion of your Arborvitae hedge doesn’t make it through the winter or if the new type of Caladium didn’t like your shade garden. It’s all about trial and error. Gardening is about learning step by step. The beauty of the seasons (at least for us here in zone 6) is that we get to try something new each season.

Trial Garden Structure and Sunflower at Longwood Gardens

Each time we experience a planting triumph in the garden, we become more intimately attached to that understanding, and thus connected to the garden experience as a whole. As a gardener of 15 years, I assure you that the enjoyment I get from my garden is just as  much about the “failures” as it is the “positives.” As for the science of it all, that’s why we have professional horticulturists.



       

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