Friday, July 13, 2012

Summer Celebration 2012

The perfect day for walking around the grounds of the West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson, TN yesterday.  It was overcast, occasionally misting and occasionally sunny, but not HOT!  We had a great time oohing and aahing over the gorgeous grounds while walking from building to tent to tent for the great lectures.  The theme for this year's Celebration was "Hydrangeas" and they were there in abundance.  Shade hydrangeas, sun hydrangeas, and sale hydrangeas.  I came away with 'Little Lime' for my new hydrangea bed, so I'm happy.  Here are some more images:

Pennisetum purpureum 'Vertigo' in the background

We loved these happy zinnias

Malabar Spinach growing on this mailbox - so lush!

Multi trunk Gingko

This gingko has a great story.  It was planted back in the early 60's.  The second year it was in the ground, it was run over by a lawnmower!  The director decided they couldn't afford to replace it, so they just left in there.  The next year it shot up multiple shoots and they just let it grow.  Over the past 50 years it's been pruned into this unbelievable shape.  It's really the most stunning gingko I've ever seen and I can't wait to go back in the fall and see the yellowness of it all.

Recognize old bedsprings?

And bicycle wheels?

More zinnias, they were so fabulous!

If you've not been to this garden, you should definitely plan a trip.  I'm going back for the Pumpkin Harvest Display.  Road trip, anyone?

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