Fall Flowers and Fun: Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

At Blossom Water, we love flowers. The whole idea behind this company started in the garden. Steve was planting perennials. He’s always planting something. But this time of year is not usually associated with flowers and planting.

Fall bloomers, sound like something your great grandmother might wear, but they do have a way of keeping things lively in the garden. Here are just a few favorites:

Asters – The aster belongs to the largest and most divers family of flowering plants which makes it a great go-to flower for bringing lots of color to your fall garden.

Chrysanthemums – Mums are ubiquitous and very forgiving to grow and care for. They are hardy, colorful, and inexpensive herbaceous perennials that can over-winter with the right care and feeding (the gift that keeps on giving!).

Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) – Prairie Moon nursery describes Joe Pye Weed this way: “A butterfly favorite, it is easy to grow and its vanilla-scented flowers are irresistible for Monarchs, Swallowtails and many other butterflies. Not many Woodland flowering plants can reach heights of 7’.” (http://www.prairiemoon.com/Eupatorium-purpureum-Sweet-Joe-Pye-Weed.html). Hard to beat butterflies!

Sedum (Stonecrop) – Sedum is a succulent. Its color varies from a kind of smoky blue to a deep burgundy. It is a rich and often subtle addition to fall garden color.

Goldenrod – Some consider goldenrod a weed, but it is a member of the aster family, Asteraceae. Its romantic golden color puts us in mind of sunny meadows and countrysides.

And FWine-food-glass-logoall Festivals have a way of keeping things lively outside of the garden! We are thrilled to be participating in one of the biggies in this area: Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, September 19-21, at The Elms, Rosecliff & Marble House. The event features wine seminars, Grand Tastings, an After Dark Party, and a Winemaker’s Brunch.

This description of the Sunday Grand Tasting will give you an idea of the fun we look forward to: “Internationally-renowned lifestyle expert Martha Stewart headlines the Sunday Grand Tasting on the lawn of Marble House. Great wines, fabulous food from more than two dozen restaurants and food exhibitors, free cooking demonstrations by our celebrity chefs, a silent auction and ocean views are included in your ticket price.”

Some of the weekend events are sold out. But there may still be availabilities for the Sunday Grand Tasting. Check the event website for details and tickets. Their site claims, “The Right Season, The Right Place, The Right Wines” and we could not agree more.

We’ll be there to help keep you properly hydrated. Cheers!

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