What a year this has been! We have had a lot of ups and downs with the weather, and a long dry spell through the summer. The annuals we put in have had to be tough and most of them looked awesome through summer and late fall. I did not get very many photos of bulbs and spring annuals, but here is a shot of the purple tulips in Seneca, KS. This is a small bed and we cannot fit too many annuals in it, but it shows how much a change a few tulips can provide for spring color. In the fall of 2016, we had little to no rain for a long time, and bulb planting suffered, but we were able to get all the bulbs in for 2018 spring color.
This container (below) is the spring planter at Union State Bank in Horton, KS.
Below is four photos of some of our summer containers in Atchison, Hiawatha, and Sabetha
Our goal with the summer containers is a tropical, lush feel, with low watering requirements. Below are some of our summer annual beds in ground.
Fall annuals always includes a lot of fun with seedheads, berries, pumpkins, gourds, mums, and ornamental kale & peppers. Here are some we did this year, below.
And finally, this was our first season for Holiday Creations, both in beds a containers. We used red and yellow twig dogwoods, evergreens, sumac and coral berries, and hydrangea & teasel painted silver or gold.
Look next week for a review of the insects seen this year, both good and bad!