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New England

October, 2000
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Chrysanthemum Tea
Fall at Blithewood is tea time. At the Chrysanthemum Tea on October 10 at the Blithewood Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum in Bristol, Rhode Island (close to Newport), you can step back in time to when midafternoon brought out the tea tray, with starched linens, fresh pastry and preserves, and tea cups of translucent porcelain. Sit and enjoy the beautiful fall color in the gardens. Call 401-253-2707 for tickets and information.

Favorite or New Plant

Silver Lace Vine
While so many plants are turning red, orange, and yellow in fall, this vine is producing tons of fragrant white flowers. We planted our silver lace vine (Polygonum aubertii) two years ago. Last year it grew slowly on the arbor, but this year it's taken off! Even now as cold weather threatens, the arbor is loaded with flowers and foliage. Silver lace vines are hardy to USDA Zone 4 and grow best in well-drained soil and full sun, though they seem fine with our part-sun location. They are trouble free and grow rampantly, so be ready to prune them back in spring or construct a sturdy trellis or arbor for them to take over.

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