Welcome to Margherita Fabrizio’s garden in, Ithaca, New York.
Hello from Central New York State, where this glorious dahlia has been blooming since about mid-August.
I have actually grown it in a large pot for 10 years. I dig it up each fall, clean it off, and package it up for the winter. Despite being in plastic and in a closet, when I take it out in late April or early May, it has shoots. How does it know to do this while sleeping in a closet?
Other standouts for me this year include the annual Plectranthus argentatus ‘Quicksilver’. I adore this plant. While it was slow to get started, once established it was fairly drought resistant and flourished.
The flowering kale ‘Peacock Red’ (Brassica oleracea ‘Peacock Red’, annual) has been a delight all season, even before it started turning this amazing color.
I should also mention that the blooming of the agapanthus (Agapanthus hybrid, Zones 8–10) is probably the most anticipated event of the season, next to the dahlia. Its buds magically appear out of nowhere a day after they were absolutely not visible. And the color is remarkable!
I have been gardening for 12 years at this site and for 25 years before that at a much smaller property. Most of the stone walls on the property were built sometime soon after 1918 when the house was built. My husband rebuilt one soon after we bought the property. He also built the stone terraces, new paths, and brick decking around the pool, which was a formal garden until the 1960s.
There is a very large black walnut on the adjacent property, so I am restricted in many ways about what I can grow. I also have very little that gets full sun. But I love having the large pots. As long as you feed them well, they really can perform all season.
Wide view of the lower garden
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