We have a lovely park in our parish that's mostly renowned for its mountain bike paths. I've walked the paths and especially at this time of year, enjoyed the changing colors of the dogwoods (seen above).
Our Master Gardeners' class, which graduated this past May, decided to take on as a project one of the flower beds near the playground. We wanted to create a bed that was welcoming of the birds and butterflies. Of course, summertime is not the best time to tackle such a thing in the south so we decided to wait until the fall, normally a great time for planting here. But our fall weather this year with its record setting rainfall kept delaying the planting. In bits and pieces we did things such as painting the white rain sprinklers black, replacing the edging (thanks to the park's grounds crew for their muscle), growing cuttings from our own garden, buying plants here and there, measuring the garden, and designing the planting plan. Finally we were able to put it together this past week.
I've never "group gardened" before but found it to be delightful. Although it still took us longer than I expected, imagine doing this much work alone! Here's a couple of shots of the work in process.
When it was all over guess what we found on one of the plants? A Gulf Fritillary of course!
Back in August I took some "before" shots. Here you can see the front of it with a white crape myrtle on the left, a Savannah holly on the right, and some cosmos in the bed. The "after" shot is below it. Click on these smaller photos for more details.
If you take the first parking spot you get a different view. Here's the "before" and "after" shots. (Click on these smaller photos for more details.)