Couldn't get over how helpful the on-ground staff at the airport was in Raleigh - 3 people helped get my plants through the X-Ray machine making certain they came to no harm. Nor did they look at me as if I was making their life difficult. What a novel experience. And, you can imagine with several hundred of us garden folks leaving the conference - there were going to be lots of trees to ferry through the equipment that day. Kudos to them for handling it all so well.
It was pure bliss when we landed - we did our best to soak up some solar units - about 30C, 86F - and humid. Afterall, we didn't have any real heat this summer, and now that it's October, we can only dream of next July. Even though it was only days ago, it was still hard to remember what Raleigh felt like this a.m. when we awoke to 3C, 38F (at least no frost).
Raleigh is plant growing heaven as far as I can tell. They can grow most of the northern plants that I can grow, as well as many tropicals. Most of my annuals are perennials down here. And while my garden is fall-scruffy, everything is still looking lovely. Here are a couple of planters just up from the convention centre - pardon me, center.
Raleigh Durham region was hosting both a Harley Davidson convention and Gay Pride. As our guide said, "Lots of men in chaps, some with jeans, some without...."Tour for the day was to the Sarah Duke garden outside Duke University. NC had not been hit as hard as Georgia as far as rain and flooding. However, many of these pathways had to be rebuilt after a severe storm earlier in the week. They really worked hard putting things back together again - you would never have known what had happened earlier.
See what I mean about all the different sorts of plant material. Their Hydrangea quercifolia blossoms certainly are a stronger colour of brown in the fall than ours.
The entrance area leading down to the terraced garden:
A well controlled wisteria & a lovely cool spot to sit before you step out into the heat.
Really pretty plantings - the top terrace.
A closer look at the grasses.
Agave everywhere in gardens, paired with grasses, coleus, salvias and brightly coloured annuals.
Lots and lots of bamboo - like the light streaks.