I took a walk over to the college to look at the perennial borders, as I do three or four times each summer. Today I attracted two police cars. “There have been reports of break-ins,” the peace officer said, “but I can see you are just a member of the photography club.” I showed him the pictures I had taken and assured him I was not “casing the joint.”
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The north-facing borders are full of a very fine red-leafed Ligularia dentata that is just opening its buds; a deep purple Aconitum (monkshood), Lysmachia, both green-leaf and variegated forms, Hellebore, Cimicifuga/Actaea, Physostegia, Astrantia, and Alchemilla.
Large containers outside the entrance doors contain tropcial foliage plants, including this banana.
The south-facing borders are filled with Perovskia (Russian sage), tall phlox, Heliopsis, Rudbeckia, and a few things I don’t have names for….
The front border, facing the street (between the two bordered alleys leading to the entrances), has more Heliopsis, as well as Monarda, Shasta Daisy, Echinacea, Achillea, Hemerocallis….
I put a Heliopsis in my garden two years ago and already it’s nearly as big as this long-established plant.
In the past, the borders have been perennials-only, but this year somebody decided they needed some petunias and begonias and other bedding plants. The large perennials outgrew and overgrew most of the annuals and only a few are still visible… as well as the ones covering this new monument.