B.L. and A.L. and I went to Longwood Gardens (www.longwoodgardens.org). We got there at maybe 12:30 p.m. or so. We saw the Flower Garden Walk, with the late annuals and tender perennials. We went around the conservatories. Most of the chrysanthemums weren't blooming yet. A few of the yellow ones were. We went around the palm house. The warm and humid air seemed to help with my cough. The bonsai pomegranate tree had a full-sized pomegranate on it.
We saw the water lilies. The cannas were still blooming. The inside roses had been pruned back so they'd be flowering at Christmas time and later in the winter. The hibiscuses in the Rose House were still blooming, though, and the gardenias.
A lot of the area around the Main Fountain Gardens is fenced off for the renovations, but we went down the path by the west end of the conservatories to the Idea Garden area. We saw the herb garden. This year they had a lot of pineapple sage. They used a good amount of it indoors as well. We saw the beds of annuals and tender perennials. There was canna there, too. Mrs. L. wanted to know what a tree with orange berries was, and looked at six or seven of them before she found one with a label you could see from a distance. Most were in the middle of the flower beds. It was a 'Winter King' hawthorn.
We looked at the perennial garden. There was a little bit of phlox still blooming, and a Knock-Out rose. There were several drifts of gaura that were blooming. I think the cultivar name was 'Dancing Butterflies'. But much more was going on in the annual garden at that point. We went in the formal rose garden. Those roses were still blooming. There was a Weeks rose, 'Grande Dame', that had a nice fragrance. They had a bed of 'Belinda's Dream', and they had the 'Julia Child' rose, which is a nice yellow.
That was probably the last chance we could have gotten to see the annuals and tender perennials outdoors before Sunday's frost. I was glad to get there. B.L. and A.L. had been there Monday, when it was warmer, but they hadn't gone in the conservatories and hadn't known how to get to the herb garden, annual garden, or perennial garden, with so many of the usual ways blocked off.
Mrs. L. dropped me off at home. Shortly afterward, I went to a grocery store with Mom. It was a productive trip.
WhiteSheepCBD texted me when I was on my way to the L. house. I told her I was going to Longwood Gardens. We texted again in the evening.
I texted J. after dinner. He said he had slept a lot of the day and done some laundry. I told him I'd had days like that.
I texted a little with J.-PA. She enjoyed her day off. I arranged to talk with A. tomorrow.