August 18, 2016
Spokane Temple Summer Gardens 2017
A closer look at the bed reveals that the black petunias are really deepest burgundy. It felt daring to include a black flower in this bed - would it be dark and depressing? - but it has acted as a nice foil for the other bright colors in the mix.
Sometimes Spokane summers aren't warm enough to elicit strong growth from heat-loving zinnias, but the warmer than usual growing season this year has led to especially vigorous zinnias.
A final shot from the Northwest Corner bed catches more happy zinnias along with verbena, snapdragons, licorice vine, salvia, and celosia. This week I finalized planting plans for 2017 and sent my list of requests to Appleway Greenhouse so they can order seeds and plugs for the next year. It's always an adventure to create to plant combinations in my head then see how they turn out in real life - not always how I imagined but sometimes even better. I'm grateful to continue to be involved with the Temple grounds in this way.