And Now For Something Different…

Last week I gave two pruning workshops that were very popular. Of course, after teaching the basics, hands immediately went up and everyone wanted to know all about hydrangeas. I delved into the difference between the different types. One species that I really like to use in my garden designs is Hydrangea serrata. Shown above is my new love: Hydrangea serrata ‘Tiny Tuff Stuff’. H. serrata is much more bud hardy than H. macrophylla which will lose its old wood in a winter that dips down to 10 degrees or lower (that’s exactly what happened this year.)  ‘Tiny Tuff Stuff’ and the other H. serrata varieties, besides being hardier, also have a deep, wine red fall color. This plant only grows 1-2 feet tall and wide and blooms on both old and new wood.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I walked in the other morning and sawPhlomis cashmeriana on our benches. I met this plant on a visit to the perennial gardens at Elizabeth Park in Hartford. It is an architectural, unusual perennial that now has a home in my garden. We have a very limited supply in stock right now.
If you are really looking for an unusual shrub, take a look at Hydrangea ‘Pistachio’! It is starting to form its flowers in the photo above. They morph into a combination of lime green, purple, pink, and burgundy. What an absolutely fascinating cut flower this would make.
Pollinator Week 2016 is June 20 through June 26.
Monday, June 20 through Sunday, June 26, 2016 is National Pollinator Week. Governor Malloy is aware of its importance and proclaimed it as such for the State of Connecticut. There are many ways to learn more and partake in pollinator events. Here are some great links to check out:

Natureworks event page, including pollinator week events:
Nancy will be giving a talk and we will have an event for young folks 16 years old and younger. Check it out by clicking on the link above!
National Pollinator Week website:
Once on the National site, you can scroll down to see information for educators, students, gardeners and more.
The CT Agricultural Experiment Station, has a pollinator information portal that is excellent, packed with information:
Beekeeper information can be found on this CT Ag. Station page:
Animated map of 2016 monarch butterfly migration:
Yes, they have already been spotted in Connecticut!