Roses are undergoing what may be one of their most transformative changes since the first repeat-blooming flowers reached Europe from China about 250 years ago. That is a brash statement, I realize, but more true than not.
Planters filled with roses, succulents, thyme, and moss soaked up the steady drizzle on Saturday afternoon as attendees at the LongHouse Reserve assessed the creations while balancing umbrellas and ballots.
The Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack will hold its annual garden sale and celebration, Much Ado About Madoo, this weekend. The festivities begin tomorrow with a benefit cocktail preview party from 6 to 8 p.m.
Last summer I was obsessing over the purple-leaved redbud Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy. It had been planted in the early 1990s behind a large oak, and only glimpses of the foliage could be seen from the lawn and the house. It was perfect and charming.
Those who love looking at other people’s gardens are in for a treat this weekend. The South Fork is celebrating National Public Gardens Day tomorrow, while on Saturday the Garden Conservancy will hold one of its Open Days, when the public can stroll through five private gardens.