Rose and Garden Festival a Success!

Yesterday, Saturday, May 17, was Wyck’s Free Rose and Garden Festival. It was a gorgeous day with comfortable weather, a nice breeze, great people, and lots of fun. Several hundred people were in attendance, so thanks to everyone who came out to support Wyck and enjoy the day with us!

Posted about the gardens yesterday were signs with #WyckRoseWatch posted on them. Because our blooms are a bit behind due to some late frosts, Wyck is having a social media campaign to keep everyone posted for the arrival of peak bloom season in our garden. Add us on Instagram @wyckhouse or follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with our blooms. Here is a rose I caught yesterday with open buds adorning the south side of the house, and another hybrid perpetual rose in the garden just about to explode!

Tausendschon
‘Tausendschon,’ a graceful climber, with elegant blooms on the south side of the house.
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‘Baronne Prevost’ bursting at the bud in the center of the garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the roses, we have other lovely flowers in bloom, especially around the perimeter beds.

Delicate purple and white irises unfolded.
Delicate purple and white irises unfolded.
Bright yellow irises tucked under the mulberry tree.
Bright yellow irises tucked under the mulberry tree.
Abundant blooms of the Clematis decorate the freshly painted summer house.
Abundant blooms of the Clematis decorate the freshly painted summer house.

Toward the back of the garden, there is a small circular bed just in front of the summer house that used to house a bird bath. Recently, the bath was replaced with a pomegranate hybrid that is hardy in our region. Until a few days ago, I was concerned that the long, harsh winter was too much for this plant, and that the thorny branches dessicated and died. I am happy to report that my earlier suspicions were incorrect, and the pomegranate is beginning to leaf out and will perhaps flower and fruit, after all!

The long awaited pomegranate leaves!
The long awaited pomegranate leaves!

Last, but certainly not least, we have a new addition to our Wyck family. She was debuted yesterday at the Rose and Garden Festival, and was a hit with the kids! Everyone, meet Cousin Anne!

Cousin Anne, our adorable new tortoise friend!
Cousin Anne, our adorable new tortoise friend!

-Denise