Friday, July 1, 2022

This Month in the Garden: Summer at Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park-A Virtual Tour

Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Come along on a summertime virtual tour of Bayard Cutting Arboretum, a beautiful 691 acre state park  located on the south shore of Long Island, New York, about 50 miles east of New York City and bordering the Connetquot River. The park includes numerous theme gardens and continues to evolve yearly as new species of rare and unusual plants are donated. Bayard Cutting Arboretum is also the home of one of the most extensive conifer collections in the region, housing over 1600 specimens. 
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park Manor House
The landscape architectural firm of Frederick Law Olmsted designed the grounds for William Bayard Cutting, attorney, financier, real estate developer, sugar beet refiner and philanthropist in 1886. The 68 room mansion, called Westbrook, was designed by architect Charles C. Haight for William, his wife and four children as a summer home. After William's death, the mansion and grounds were donated by Olivia Cutting and daughter in memory of William to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, which declared the land as a state park in 1912.
Dwarf Conifer Garden
Alongside the mansion is the Dwarf Conifer Garden, with an assortment of evergreens including Dwarf Norway Spruce, Hinoki Cypress, Mugo Pine and rare selections such as Weeping Arizona Cypress and Gold Rush Dawn Redwood. The collection displays a huge diversity of conifers that have been sourced from across the country. Many native species such as Eastern Red Cedar, Pitch Pine, Eastern White Pine and Bald Cypress also reside in the gardens.
New Pinetum: Lilac Tree
There are many paths to take leading to the various collections. Along the New Pinetum, the Lilac tree is in bloom...
River Walk
and the River Walk along the Connetquot  River is so relaxing, especially when there is a gentle breeze.
Conifer Garden
Always an amazing sight are the enormous seed cones on Norway Spruce during the summer months. The female cones are red, while the male ones are brown.
Woodland Garden
For a relaxing walk, stroll down the paths of the Woodland garden and travel the wooden bridge over a babbling brook. There you can explore giant Hosta and ferns, which are indeed happy in their environment.
Woodland Garden
Here is another view.
Woodland Garden: Liquidambar styraciflua 'Variegata' (Variegated Sweet Gum)
On the path, one will come across this glorious Variegated Sweet Gum, which displays leaves that look almost prehistoric in nature.
Woodland Garden-Hosta Curly Fries
Hosta 'Curly Fries' lives up to its name with crinkled narrow golden foliage. Hardy in USDA zones 3-9, it stays small at just about six inches tall by sixteen inches wide.
Woodland Garden
In the woodland garden is a combination of Hellebores, Hosta and Astilbe, with ferns in the backdrop.
Woodland Garden
More ferns along with golden Hosta also make for a nice look!
Woodland Garden: Calla Lily
Here is White Giant Calla Lily, which is being grown in the woodland garden. It is borderline here (hardy in USDA zones 7-9), but can be possibly overwintered in a sheltered area. At three feet high by wide, its blooms are gorgeous! In cooler climates, these rhizomes can be easily dug up and stored in dry peat moss. Keep in a dry, dark location that is no cooler than 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
Woodland Garden
This groundcover really caught my eye and I had not been familiar with it. It is called Houttuynia, also known as fish mint, rainbow plant or chameleon plant and although it is pretty, it is an aggressive groundcover and should be used carefully! It is hardy in USDA zones 4-10, prefers medium to wet soil and produces these showy flowers in summer.  
Mahonia (Oregon Grape Holly)
Welcome to the Holly Walk and view various types of holly, including Oregon Grape Holly, Nellie Stevens Holly, Steeds Holly, and Winter Bounty among others.
Holly Walk
Coming around the Holly Walk, you will come across this more formal garden with manicured circular yew hedges... 
Holly Walk
and blooms of Nepeta and Coreopsis.
Southern Magnolia
This Southern Magnolia is gorgeous when all in bloom and the huge flowers are all so fragrant!
Four Season Garden
Last, but not at all least, is the Four Season Garden, which happens to be my favorite! An accumulation of plants perfectly positioned along a winding path provide blooms and interest for every season of the year. There are benches along the way for stopping and taking in the view.
Four Season Garden
This garden is simply so inviting...and constantly changing.
Four Season Garden
On the way out, a surprise was to be seen. An Osprey's nest along with Osprey overlooked the park as it appeared way up high on the mansion's chimney. It is so nice to see this protected species thriving here on Long Island.
Osprey Nest

I hope you enjoyed This Month in the Garden and tour of Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park. Be sure to stop by on the 1st. and 15th. of each month as I continue to share gardening tips, information and horticultural adventures! Bayard operating hours are 9-5 Tuesday through Sunday and closed on Mondays and winter holidays. For some views of Bayard in the fall, visit Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park Autumn. To visit their website, go to Bayard Cutting Arboretum

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As Always...Happy Gardening!😊

Author: Lee @A Guide to Northeastern Gardening,© Copyright 2010-2022. All rights reserved. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up June: Springtime Bountiful Blooms!

Welcome to my June Garden!

The arrival of summer is just a week away and the spring garden is full of bountiful blooms! Following a relatively cool and windy spring, the temperatures have now moderated into the upper 70's and low 80's, and with some nightly thunderstorms, the garden has come alive with color everywhere. From the red blooms of roses to the white blooms of Dogwood and Viburnum, nature has so much to offer. Come along with me for a tour of my Long Island, zone 7a garden!
Come Along on the Tour!
Peony 'Bartzella'
First, let's step back in time to just the beginning of the month when Itoh Peony 'Bartzella' was in full bloom. We could not let June go by without mentioning this amazing plant.
Peony 'Bartzella'
Different from other Peony, this hybrid is a cross between the standard form and a tree peony, so it does not need staking, even with its enormous blooms!
Knock Out Rose 'Radrazz'
Now...onto the rest of the tour. Planted along my patio garden years ago, this Knock Out Rose 'Radrazz' never ceases to amaze. Hardy in USDA zones 5-9 and with continuous blooms from the start of June and up until frost, this beauty gives me enjoyment all summer long.
Patio Garden
Continuing along the patio is a grafted Blue Globe Spruce with Hosta 'Golden Tiara', Daylily, Astilbe, Blue Star Juniper, Weeping Norway Spruce, Balloon Flower, Echinacea and Golden Hinoki Cypress 'Verdoni' on the far left end. A Crape Myrtle 'Sioux' is in  the distance on the back island bed.
The Welcoming Committee
The Welcoming Committee sits here in rain, snow and sunshine to greet visitors and always have a smile to share!
A Little Bit of Foliage
For a little bit of foliage, here is a combination of Heuchera 'Palace Purple' and Heuchera 'Caramel' beneath the shade of a Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar. I find these two cultivars of Coral Bells to be the most hardy and longest lasting.
Flowering Kousa Dogwood
June means flowering Dogwood are all the rage and this one never disappoints. This cultivar is Cornus Kousa 'Greensleeves', a hardier more disease resistant Dogwood with greenish-white blooms, hence the name.
Northern Perimeter Garden
Along with Kousa 'Greensleeves' are an assortment of Hosta, including 'Patriot'. 'Minuteman' and 'Frances Williams'.  Juniperus 'Gold Lace' and Pink Double Knock Out Rose are to the right, with 'Emerald Green' Arborvitae in the backdrop along the fence-line.
Kousa Dogwood Blooms!
Here are the blooms of the Dogwood up close.
Mugo Pine
Known for its slow-growing nature and evergreen foliage, Mugo Pine is lovely this time of year with its prominent purple seed cones that contrast nicely against blue-green foliage.
Summer Snowflake Viburnum
Here in the shade area of the garden are Viburnum 'Summer Snowflake' on each side of a Kwanzan Cherry. In the distance is a birdbath planter with shade loving plants.
Viburnum Blooms
Let's look at the Viburnum blooms up close. They resemble snowflakes and repeat bloom throughout most of the summer.
Shade Planter
This shade planter has an assortment of mini Hosta, Black Mondo Grass and Variegated Liriope.
Super Cool Sedum Blooms!
I planted this Sedum groundcover mix two years ago and it finally matured enough to produce these really cool yellow button-like blooms! I am loving them!
Pollinators on Salvia 'May Night'
The bumble bees have been enjoying this Salvia 'May Night'. They are around it all day long doing their thing! Behind it is the foliage of Peony 'Karl Rosenfeld'.
Driveway Border
In the driveway border is Nepeta 'Walkers Low' in full bloom. Oriental Golden Skyland's Spruce sits behind it. 
Spirea Double Play 'Big Bang'
Come along to the front island bed. A favorite bloomer is Spirea Double Play 'Big Bang' with its profusion of  neon pink blooms.
Front Island Bed Eastern Side
Weeping Norway Spruce, Mugo Pine, Hosta, Dwarf Japanese Andromeda and Anna's Magic Ball Arborvitae can also be seen here.
Driveway Garden
On the western side of the driveway is  another Weeping Norway Spruce, accompanied by dwarf Norway Spruce 'Little Gem', Japanese Garden Juniper, 'Magic Carpet' Spirea and Salvia 'Caradonna' with its purple blooms in the backdrop. The Stella D' Oro Daylilies are in full bloom too!
Hemerocallis 'Stella D' Oro' (Daylily)
Last but not least, is the herb garden in pots that I planted for hubby, who loves to cook and use basal, parsley, and spearmint in his recipes!
Herb Garden
I hope you enjoyed your visit to my June garden and as always, I look forward to your comments and seeing what's growing in your neck of the woods! Special thanks go out to our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who makes it possible to see blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Also, special thanks to Pam Penick at Digging who has hosted Foliage Follow-Up for all these years, a meme I will still continue to honor. I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Floral Friday FotosMacro Monday 2, Mosaic Monday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf, Nature Notes at Rambling WoodsImage-in-ing weekly photo share every Tuesday with NC Sue and Gardens Galore Link Up Party every other Monday with Everyday Living. I am also happy to join the Weekly Photo Link-Up at My Corner of the World on Wednesdays and Garden Affair at Jaipur Garden
Thanks for Visiting!


-The Long Island Master Gardeners tour of my property was a huge success and I was fortunate to meet so many wonderful like-minded people. As a result, I am now included on the Long Island Master Speakers List to do speaking engagements for community garden clubs.

-I continue to capture photos of shade loving plants for my newest book (to come out in 2023). Stay tuned and do check out my author page and books below. The gardening season is in full speed ahead and if you are looking for a little inspiration you've come to the right place!!

-To all my gardening friends, stay well and enjoy the beauty of the season until we meet again.🌳

"As Always...Happy Gardening!" 

 Lee @A Guide to Northeastern Gardening,© Copyright 2010-2022. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

This Month in the Garden: Welcome LI Master Gardeners!-May 18th. Garden Tour

LI Master Gardeners Tour

Welcome to This Month in the Garden! The month of May was an exciting time here in my Long Island garden as the tour that had been planned before co-vid by the Long Island Master Gardeners had finally taken place. The Long Island Master Gardeners (LIMG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to uniting those interested in gardening while educating its members and the public about the importance of horticulture. The organization is involved in the improvement of the surrounding communities of Long Island in the establishment and/or maintenance of public gardens and runs regular monthly meetings for its members. After a long time of planning, the morning of May 18th ended up being one of the nicest days we have had with blue skies and comfortable temperatures for visitors to enjoy a tour of my  personal property here in zone 7. The weather had been cool, but a few blooms opened just in time for viewers passing by.
Greeting the Visitors

Chat and Breakfast Time
More Garden Chat & The Tour Begins!

Front Island Bed
The front island bed consists of a Weeping Norway Spruce as the focal point, with dwarf Cryptomeria, Dwarf Norway Spruce, Slowmound Mugo Pine, Osmanthus, Hosta, Spirea, Dwarf Japanese Andromeda and Anna's Magic Ball Arborvitae.
Front Lawn
Two Weeping Japanese Maple trees are along the front street, Acer Acer palmatum dissectum 'Tamukeyama' and Acer palmatum dissectum 'Viridis'. Each one is now approximately 7-8' feet tall.
Front Lawn & Walkway
Here I tell visitors the story of how I brought home this Blue Atlas Cedar in the back seat of a Ford Probe back when I first started off as a landscape designer. It was five foot tall back then and now reaches over 30 feet.
Patio Herb Garden Rosemary Blooms!
The Rosemary bush along the back patio was blooming for visitors to see...
Back Patio (False Indigo)

and Baptisia (False Indigo) was blooming as well.
Back Pool Area (Allium Globemaster)
Here is Allium 'Globemaster' blooming for the month of May. Behind the Allium is Spirea 'Limemound'. The Allium is surrounded by Daylily so that when the lower leaves of the ornamental onion die back, the foliage of the Daylily camouflages it.
Back Island Bed
Along the back island bed is Crape Myrtle 'Sioux', Juniperus 'Gold Lace' and Hinoki Cypress 'Compacta', with Blue Globe Spruce in the foreground along the back walkway.
Shade Garden
In the back shade part of the garden, Rhododendron and Azalea are in bloom...
Pool Garden
and here is a broad view of the back lawn.
Patio Garden
Here we are by the patio garden discussing the care of Japanese Golden Sedge, Osmanthus and Salvia...
Plant Talk!
and the plant talk continues...
The Tour Continues-Question/Answer Time

Gardening News & Wrap Up
I hope you enjoyed This Month in the Garden! I was honored to be selected to show my property and enjoyed every moment chatting about plants with like minded individuals! Be sure to stop by on the 1st. and 15th. of each month as I continue to share gardening tips, information and horticultural adventures! 
May 18th. Garden Tour

🌳Visit the Long Island Master Gardeners website for more information.