Sep 17 2019

September 2019 News from Kruse

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By Keith Letsche

Seared yellow leaves beginning to accumulate along the edges of driveways and flower beds, nights in the lower 60s and 50s—tell-tale signs that fall will be here shortly and with it, the end of the 2019 growing season. For the Kruse House garden, September is the “last hurrah,” but this year, what a great hurrah it is. With above average rainfall and slightly cooler temperatures this summer, the garden still looks much as it did at its height in July and early August, save for a few withered stalks and heads among the cone flowers and rudbeckia. And with the Kruse House crew working diligently virtually every Wednesday this year, the garden is immaculately groomed.
In the front of the house, the zinnias, and salvia are still redolent with mid-summer orange and crimson. In the urns, light green potato vine and dark-leaved red begonias tumble profusely over the sides, and even the johnny jump-ups, a spring flower, are still lush.
In the back yard the tall phlox, that quintessential summer flower, continues its reign, along with the yellow heliopsis (false sunflower) and the unreal-looking moon flowers.

Aug 14 2019

August 2019 News from Kruse

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By Barbara Darrah

It looks like the “lazy, hazy, crazy, days of summer” are coming to an end. August is here encompassing the “dog days” of summer named after Sirius, the dog star. In ancient Egypt, the name of this god meant “scorching” as the star rose prior to the sunrise during the dry days just before the annual flooding of the Nile. Summer doesn’t end that abruptly here but it is beginning to glide away toward autumn, leaving the workers at Kruse with less and less control over the gardens. We can only do our best to keep them weeded and deadheaded until the time for fall clean up arrives.

We’ve had some special times this summer, beginning with the arrival of the butterflies and then “Big Boy” the steam engine which helped draw new people into the city, and at least one family that I saw, to the Kruse Garden. Meanwhile, the butterflies have merged into the landscape beautifully and I will miss them if they go away.

As Shakespeare said:

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date”

However, in the meantime, we have a chance to share one more magical moment as the annual ice cream social is coming up. Please join us for Summer’s last burst of color and help to support the museum on September 7.

P.S. The deserts are always fantastic. Get there early before Dan’s cherry pie is gone.

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