Plant bargains, photo contest

phlox paniculata-blue paradise-1_edited There are two events of note for gardeners in south central Connecticut.  One is the July 17 deadline for the garden photo contest sponsored by Staehly Tree Farm and Gardens.  While I’m too occupied with family and work to enter this contest – plus I still need to plant the two white butterfly bushes and the many hosta recently purchased from Staehly’s – I am enjoying the scent and flowers of the Phlox paniculata ‘Blue Paradise’ I purchased at Staehly’s last season.

I look forward to checking out photos of the winning gardens during one of my frequent stops for Staehly’s fresh corn, blueberries, and other fruit, vegetables, and locally grown and produced goodies.

The other event is the annual summer garden tag sale at Ballek’s Garden Center.  People come from far and wide to visit the selection of plants, trees, and shrubs available at Ballek’s, and to get timely advice from the friendly and knowledgeable Ballek’s staff.  On Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19, you can get some great advice, great ideas, plus take advantage of the opportunity to pick up some really good plant bargains.

shrub rose 6-09_edited Ballek’s has been one of my favorite nurseries for more than 30 years.  As such, I have a ton of plants growing in my gardens that originated at Ballek’s.  One example is the Star Rose ‘Pearl Sevillana’ pictured here, which I’ve enjoyed for more than 10 years.  Trust me, Ballek’s is definitely worth the trip from all corners of CT.

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