Saturday, August 31

The Gardens at Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park in Cornish, New Hampshire

The Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park in Cornish, New Hampshire is not only a memorial to the great American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, not only his historic home, not only a collection of his masterpieces but also has lovely formal gardens, a hedge maze, a cutting garden and a landscape as beautiful as the artwork itself.

We visited on a sweltering July day and captured the beauty on video. Come take a virtual tour of the beautiful gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens summer home in Cornish, New Hampshire. If ever you get a chance to visit in person it is well worth the trip.

Friday, August 16

Growing Sedum in Containers

Recently I watched this video from Jeri Landers the Storybook Gardener in which she pots up succulents and sedums in various containers. I thought, "What a fantastic idea! I should try that."

Wouldn't you know, the next time I was at a garden center, it just so happened a variety of sedums and succulents were on sale for $1.10 each. So I decided I'd follow Jeri's example.

                                          I decided to plant them in an empty window box for now.
I have a rock garden which is overgrown with mint and lemon balm right now. I may give it a makeover and transplant these into the rock garden eventually if they are winter hardy in Maine. I need to do a little research.
I have Hens N Chicks, Blue Spruce Stonecrop (Sedum reflexum) and three Sunsparkler varieties. I think I have Sunsparkler Plum Dazzled and Sunsparkler Lidakense, but they weren't marked.

Her gardens are charming!

Sunday, August 11

August in Caroline's Flower Garden

My garden is in full bloom in mid-August. All these blossoms have been attracting plenty of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The milkweed is being devoured by monarch butterfly caterpillars which is so encouraging after a few years of no monarch caterpillars in my garden. Hopefully, I will be able to photograph some for Sprouts readers as well as a chrysalis and mature butterflies over the next few weeks. For now, this is what is blooming in my Maine flower garden.

Morning Glory
A lily I forgot I planted! It's a beauty!
                                                                      Red Day Lilies
                                                            Double Orange Daylilies

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