The fact that, for a few weeks now, my garden has been color-coordinated is partly coincidence, and partly the result of choosing plants that Nature decorates so nicely.
There’s a lot to be said for late bloomers. Not only do they extend the beauty of summer, they feed our precious pollinators.
The native Franklinia tree hangs on to its fruit year round and, if you like plants, it’s also pretty interesting. Because Franklinia fruits develop slowly, you can see several stages at the same time.
Almost every yard is decorated right now. Even if you didn’t put out any plastic snowmen or reindeer, holly boughs are heavy with berries, and pine cones are plentiful.
Bartram’s Garden is one of those wonderful places a lot of Philadelphians have heard of but haven’t visted. This weekend, you’ll have the chance to cross the country’s oldest surviving botanic garden off your “bucket list” and snap up some terrific plants.