Today we’re in Rotterdam, New York, visiting with Maxine Brisport.
Each year I gaze in wonderment of the beauty that graces my upstate New York garden—from the brilliant yellow of the gold forsythia shrub that tells me that spring has arrived, to the beauty of the white-and-pink anemone signaling that fall is looming. Now I am preparing myself to bid goodbye to another year of glorious blooms, with the satisfaction that I nurtured each plant as it battled one of the hottest summers, while feeding the bees and butterflies.
Although the brilliant blooms are fading, the joy of knowing that they will return next year creates an endless smile.
Snow-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia marginata, annual) is a widespread North American native. The small white flowers are not very noticeable, but the white-edged bracts that surround them make quite a beautiful show.
I love the diversity of this garden. Tall Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium sp., Zones 4–9) blooms in the back, with clouds of black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia fulgida, Zones 3–9) flowering away in front. A bold orange canna (Canna hybrid, Zones 8–10 or as a tender bulb) provides a contrast in texture in the center.
We’ll be back tomorrow to see more of Maxine’s beautiful garden.
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