“POOF” There It Is
The wand was waved over the Windermere Plaza and abracadabra, the proverbial rabbit popped out of the hat!
Well, maybe it didn’t happen quite like that, but the community garden at Windermere IS alive and kickin’ with the colors of Spring… almost overnight!
Actually, the results that we are seeing and enjoying along the shops at Windermere are no illusion. They are the product of hours and hours of “sweat equity” given by Park Angels and Charleston Horticulture Society members. The early mornings of Winter we spent pruning, working compost into the soil and adding mulch to the beds around dormant plants was very real. But when you add in some warm Spring days and a couple good rainstorms, voila’ our hard work starts paying off. As you can see in the photo above, it didn’t take long for the orange and yellow colors of Bulbine frutescens to explode like grounded fireworks, perfectly placed around the vivid pink blooms of the Knockout Roses throughout the garden.
As your eyes scan the plantings, the aerial displays of Aloe saponaria demand your attention. Their unique floral stalks rise 3 to 4 feet from the ground and bursts into floral candelabras of bright orange sparks, which prove too tempting of a stop for any and all bumbling bees that happen to be passing by. Yes, pollination is alive and well at Windermere.
This garden has come a long way in the past year, and we should be proud of our accomplishments, but it is a garden……there’s always more to do. Our next gardening day at Windermere is Saturday May 2 from 9 a.m.-Noon. We will be tending to the garden and talking about the pallet of plants that compose it. You will learn basic gardening techniques and information that you can utilize at your own home. So mark your calendars and come be part of the magic!