I've been away from the garden too much this summer. This past week, we've been to St Louis to attend family business. We left Coal and the house in the capable hands of a house sitter....not a gardener! The garden is looking a bit stressed from record breaking high temps and no rain. It's hard to explain to a non-gardener how to watch for stressed plants and water accordingly! He did a marvelous job on my containers. It helped that storms moved through over night and a bit of rain fell. Today is partly cloudy and we had hope that a little more will fall. As I type this the sun is beginning to peak out from the clouds....too bad. This summer has been brutal.
I can't visit St Louis without a trip to Shaw's Garden. That's what natives affectionately call the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Henry Shaw, a botanist and philanthropist donated his house and gardens to the city and the city has developed it into a world class botanical garden. It's wonderful. If you're ever within driving distance...visit. There's something for every gardener. If you love natives and prairie plantings then you'll love it. If you adore tropicals~the Climatron is calling you're name. If you want trial gardens~they've got it. Veggies, a children's garden and wonderful sculptures and a few Chihuly pieces.
It's where I headed to renew my spirits. They were lagging after my sister's memorial service....An hour of breathing garden scents and seeing busy bees and I can take on the world again.
I'm back home for a few weeks~Loyal readers will have noticed I've been posting irregularly and not visiting blogs. The truth is~my energy is lagging. Once this travel is over, I'll be able to return to the garden and blogging as usual. I already feel my energy returning.
For all you wildflower and native plant enthusiasts~I bet you noticed all the photos, except one, are native flowers! Well, it's in honor of Wildflower Wednesday~which is tomorrow! Stop by, I hope to have Mr Linky up and running!