Where: Meadowbrook Farm in Jenkintown, PA (Abington Township)
When: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Yesterday, I was able to drag John away from work for a local escape to Meadowbrook Farm. The pleasure gardens and garden center is about a 25 mile drive from Brick House 319. (From Philadelphia the it’s about a 21-mile drive north of the city.)
I parked the car in a shady spot under a tree next to this colorful border garden. This eye-catching color combination consists of red, yellow and orange Celosia. The tall Giant White Alliums add whimsical interest.
The honey bees were in a frenzy darting off to feast on the endless bee-friendly blooms. Honey bees are attracted to flowers that provide a combination of nectar and pollen. A few examples are: Allium, Zinnia, Coneflower, Bee Balm, Yarrow, Sunflowers, Black-eyed Susan, Asters and Goldenrod.
Did you know that a whole colony of honey bees has to tap about two million flowers to make one pound of honey. If you’re interested in building your own beehives (for beginners), click here.
For more on a honey bee garden, check out Pollinator Friendly Gardening: Gardening for Bees, Butterflies and Other Pollinators by Rhonda Fleming Hayes. Click here to take a look at the book.
Orange, red and yellow zinnias surround a fenced-in vegetable garden.
Zinnias are super easy to grow. They’re deer and rabbit resistant and they bloom profusely and repeatedly all summer. All you have to do is deadhead.
I wrote about zinnia seeds in the spring (click here to read.)
There is chicken wire attached to the post and rail fence to prevent rabbits and other critters from getting in.
Burgandy-colored Cordyline is a rugged plant found in low-maintenance landscapes.
Show stopper Giant Allium reach 4 to 5 feet. The best way to plant allium bulbs is in large groupings or periodically place throughout the garden as in the above photo(s).
Click here to see Giant Purple Alliums in bloom at Chanticleer (June 2016).
Natural globe thistle is super bee-friendly too!
Pretty bark on a pine tree…
Green sturdy sticks were used for staking these tall zinnias.
When using stakes, make sure they’re longer than the maximum plant height. To purchase stakes, click here.
Red wagons are located at the entrance to Meadowbrook Farm. Right now Perrennials are 50% off until supplies last. To purchase this wagon, click here.
These hanging plants in the outdoor garden shop are on sale for about $16.
Here is the entrance from the parking lot which leads to the garden shop and to the main house.
Pretty white phlox…
I found a similar wooden garden bench to buy here.
Butterfly-attracting Purple Liatris needs full sun and blooms from mid-summer to early fall.
One of my favorite shops for garden statuary is The Bittersweet Garden located in The Plains, VA, near Middleburg. A similar-looking statue like this one can be found there.
I love the granite slabs for steps…
What a surprise to see artichokes growing in one of the gardens.
To find similar planters like this one, visit CAMPANIA International.
Meadowbrook Farm is situated on 25-acres. The English Cotswolds-style private home, display gardens and garden center are situated on 7 acres.
Meadowbrook Farm is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Starting on Monday, July 20th, a docent will conduct a tour of the home once owned by Liddon Pennock, Jr. (1913-2003). Tours will be conducted every Thursday until September. Price is $20 per person.
Pennock spent decades perfecting his gardens at Meadowbrook Farm. At his bequest, Meadowbrook Farm became a non-profit affiliate of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in 2004.
It is free to explore the gardens and walk behind the house. The garden shop and garden center always has friendly and helpful staff to answer any questions.
NEXT: Part 2 – The Home at Meadowbrook Farm