June Days

Summer started amid some cloudy and rainy weather, but blue skies broke through and Saturday the first day of summer and June Days here at the nursery turned out to be a great day.  

The smell of barbeque filled the air as guests of the garden enjoyed either chicken, pulled pork sandwiches or ribs along with some potato salad and coleslaw.  Music played in the background as some shopped for lavender, garden gifts or  annuals and perennials to fill that last space in the garden. Wine was sampled as well as chocolate and jam. New friends were made from Washington, if you are ever in Sequim visit the "Port Williams Lavender" farm and say hi to Michael and Susan Shirkey. They were kind enough to take some time out of their busy schedule and visit bringing some lavender in all forms, along with giving some great talks about lavender. Who knew there were so many different kinds!! The lavender festival in Washington is July 17-19 so if you are in the area stop by and say hi to them they would love to meet you. Their web site is www.portwilliamslavender.com, you might want to check it out. All in all June Days were enjoyed by young and old alike, and although we are all getting over the rush of activities plans are already being talked about for next year. 

Propagation is busy, they are taking up to 4,000 cuttings a day. We watch in anticipation to see what new plants will come out of the fog house, to grow up and eventually become part of a garden somewhere. Time to start thinking about what roses old and new a like will be offered in the next catalog. Then there is dead heading in the gardens, the never ending story. We are seeing the old garden roses starting to wind down their bloom with the ramblers putting on a great show this season. Watching the flowers on the once bloomers slowly fade and wither is like saying good-bye to old friends, it is sad to see them go but you look forward to their return another season. In about a month they will be pruned to get ready for next year. Once bloomers are pruned just after they are finished blooming, you do not prune them as hard only about 1/3rd their growth. If you prune to much off you run the risk of losing their graceful growth habit most display when in bloom. The 100 foot pergola has attracted many this year to use as a stop for family photo's. It is not unusual to handle a few unfamiliar cameras as you stroll the gardens only to be stopped and asked if you could please take a photo of a few people in front of some particularly fantastic backdrop. 

We have spoken to customers this year from all over the US, some old customers who make the gardens a stop on their way through and new ones who are visiting the gardens for the first time to take in the sites and smells. We love when the greenhouse is full of people looking for a particular rose and a "newbie" comes in with a perplexed expression. Before anyone working for Heirloom can start to explain the type product sold customers who are shopping, quickly stop their search and explain the wonderful experience and benefits they have in growing Heirloom's roses.

Happy Gardening!

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