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From Annuals to Orchids in Connecticut

Diverse scenes from a spectacular garden

Today we have more photos from the wonderful garden of Elle Ronis in Stamford, Connecticut. (See a previous post from her here.)

Abelmoschus manihotAbelmoschus manihot (Zones 8–10 or as annual) is a close relative of the vegetable okra, but it’s grown for these huge, hibiscus-like flowers.

Cosmos bipinnatusNative to Mexico, Cosmos bipinnatus (annual) is easy to grow from seed, provides a long season of bloom, and is a great cut flower.

clematisFencing to keep out deer is covered with clematis.

Opium poppiesOpium poppies (Papaver somniferum, annual)

Now is a good time to sow opium poppies in many gardens; they’ll germinate as the ground warms in the spring.

container gardeningThe front entry

This clematis has gone wild, spilling over the fence. Many of the clematis in the garden grow on teepees made from tall stakes. The clematis love to grow on them.

daylily borderI have hundreds of daylilies that I plant in a multicolored border.


I used to be an avid orchid grower. I had ten thousand plants growing under lights in my basement.


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    treasuresmom 01/16/2020

    All so lovely but those poppies are out of this world!

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    meander_michaele 01/16/2020

    I have never knowingly seen a Abelmoschus manihot flower before but, yowza, that is one huge dramatic beauty. I think I will indulge in a google search right after writing here to find out more about it. All your outside garden areas are beautiful, Elle, and then to think you have such a treasure trove of orchids indoors....well, your green thumb has no limits.

  3. btucker9675 01/16/2020

    Oh my!! Where to look first? Your garden is so wonderful and these photos brightened my day! Prettiest deer fence I've ever seen!

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    simplesue 01/16/2020

    Oh I hope you can tell me what that gorgeous purple blooming "campanula like" plant is behind the Abelmoschus manihot!
    And that deer fence with the Clematis- you sure know the secret of growing that vine, and what a clever path in that photo...some kind of lattice? Thanks for have inspired me!

  5. foxglove12 01/16/2020

    All so beautiful! And that stone walkway is to die for! So inviting. Great job!

  6. Catasetumkid 01/16/2020

    Wow, ten THOUSAND under lights in your BASEMENT??!!! I bow to your superiority! Beautiful Miltoniopsis, you have there.

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