Our 5th annual Garden Cruise to benefit the Greening of Detroit was yesterday-all day. I was relieved that the sky was overcast, and there was a breeze to go along with those temperatures in the low 90’s. I had gone to the farmer’s market on Saturday-I like to do some cut flowers in my yard, and at the shop. Krystal, from Julie’s Floral, was happy to oblige. I liked the white and green zinnias. Buck was a very good sport-watching me fill his prized stainless steel double boiler with flowers.
The garden was as ready as I could make it. The Garden Cruise used to mean that I would pick up and dispose of every stray maple helicopter, and worry over the lack of bloom in the roses. For the 5th cruise, I was happy to get 85% of the weeds and detritus, and I didn’t worry one bit about the roses. Why should my roses look any different than anyone else’s right now?
The centerpiece for the dining table on the deck-6 bunches of Krystal’s short white snapdragons in a terra cotta bowl. I could not resist the white sweet, and the cippolina onions-they were so beautiful.
My container color scheme at home this year was very different than I have ever done before. Chocolate and silver foliage. Pastel colored flowers. Grey foliaged and brown foliaged begonias, and pepperomia. After I planted, I worried that it would look terribly dispirited or just too moody, but I have decided I like it.
I especially like how it features the color and shapes of my Italian terra cotta. Some pots have no trailers at all. There were more comments than usual this year about the pots. Thinking through the visual relationship between a pot and its plants is an important part of good container design.
I do not plant a lot of flowers in the ground. These two narrow strips on the driveway are enough for me to explore a color and plant scheme. The coleus caught my eye first thing this spring. The feathery juvenile foliage has a great texture, and the color is beautiful. Color Blaze Velvet Mocha is a new proven winners selection. I can attest to the fact that the growth is vigorous, no Japanese beetles have bothered it, and it is well on its way to the advertised height of 24-36″. My color scheme began with this gorgeous orangy brown newcomer.
That tawny chocolate is repeated in the sweet potato vine, and the terra cotta. Adding silver to the mix made for a strong contrast. The 3D osteos feature steely white flowers that have a grey cast to them. They have been no match for this summer’s heat. When cooler weather returns, I will see many more flowers.
The wall and driveway look all the better for this chocolate colored hedge.
I almost never use green foliage, and foliage other than green together, but this I like.
The tour was very well attended-305 gardeners for the tour, and 94 for the reception. I have posted pictures of the reception on the Detroit Garden Works facebook page, should you be interested. I could not be happier about the turnout. We will be able to present a better than 10,000.00 check to the Greening of Detroit.
By later in the afternoon, the heat was starting to get to all of us. Anyone at my garden after 3pm was invited to cool off. I liked seeing my garden put to really good use. To all of you who helped make this event such a success, all my thanks. Will we do a tour in 2013? Absolutely.