Erigeron kariginskianus “Profusion”

Erigeron_k.Yes, it’s late August…I never could quite figure out the “plant of the month” lists that came out on the first of the month…kind of like announcing the “bestsellers” before anyone buys the book. Oh, well, that’s just me…My pick for “plant of the month” is the Erigeron karivinskianus “Profusion”.

Years ago, one of my customers requested this plant by  flats. I got it for her and didn’t grow it myself…big mistake.  This year I bought it for my own garden and now I understand. It blooms and blooms and blooms. It has a tiny white composite flower that fades to purple and just does not give up. Border with it and put it in front of anything.

It’s kind of like a cat. You love it, you know it’s there but you don’t have to worry about leaving it for a time. It’s independent and takes care of itself. You won’t be sorry if you put it in your garden (the plant, not the cat). Sun, part shade, in well drained soil (again…the plant). It becomes a carpet of delicate foliage and daisy like flowers. One of the true “no maintenance” perennials.

I ALREADY DID IT

Right before I go to bed
I do my gardening “in my head”
I plan a plot and take up grass
I double dig and plant en masse
I stake perennials and fertilize
Before the plants are too outsized
I train and tie unruly vines
I trim the beds in perfect lines
Compost is spread, I plant the seeds
I know just what my garden needs
I fall asleep with a perfect view
A finished garden, nothing to do
Morning comes…
and time to work
I think I’ll read a gardening book

Piet Oudolf Influences in a Garden

Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf’s influence has landed at Lakewold Gardens. Katie Burki, horticulture manager, was taken with some of Oudolf’s gardens and has re-planted the parterres at Lakewold Gardens with Oudolf in mind. Now is a great time to see the early planting of perennials like:

Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’

Agastache ‘Apricot Sprite’ parterres 007

Astrantia ‘Snow Star’

Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’

Digitalis obscura ‘Sunset’

Echinacea ‘Coconut Lime’

Echinacea ‘Pink Double Delight’

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Guara lindheimeri ‘Walsnofou’

By early next summer, the plantings will be filled in and show the Oudolf influence. Piet Oudolf is known for his ‘natural plantings’ and for using unexpected perennials that age gracefully.

Parterre plantings at Lakewold.

Parterre plantings at Lakewold.

Yes, We’re a Little Different in the PNW

photo1 While most of the country gets used to the summer heat, here in the usually mild PNW, we feel like everything around us is more normal if we have some cool weather and some rain.

In the winter time some  South to warm up but a real Northwesterner heads north in midsummer just to cool off.

We just broke all records last week with a 104 degree day. We had a right to whine about it since none of us have air conditioning. We were unhappy…no, we were miserable and more than a little “testy”. So, being one of the more miserable and “testy” among us, I took a 2 1/2 hour trip to my brother’s home to the Olympics Mountains to soak up the foggy morning and read a book without sweating.

His wife designed the home and he built it.  His wife designed and works in the vegetable/flower garden and my brother built the hardscapes.

Gardening in the Olympic Mountains, midsummer

Gardening in the Olympic Mountains, midsummer

My vacation from heat lasted all of 27 hours including the 5 hours of driving. It was worth every drop of gas and every drop in degree…we even had a fire in the fireplace.