1. Some images from the daylong Oscar de la Renta photo shoot of children’s clothing on Wednesday.  

     
  2. Oscar de la Renta children’s wear photo shoot in the gardens today

     
  3. Oscar de la Renta children’s wear photo shoot in the gardens today

     
  4. Oscar de la Renta children’s wear photo shoot in the gardens today

     
  5. No, that hosta doesn’t have freckles.  There’s an insect that thinks hostas are delicious.  Most of the time insect damaged leaves are ugly, but not this time.  

     
  6. Clematis × triternata ‘Rubromarginata’ is climbing up a smokebush in the west border.  If you’re used to the large-flowered clematis, smaller ones can be something of a revelation.  They can often be used to add interest or colorful contrast to shrubs, bushes or small trees without harming the plant they’re climbing on. 

     
  7. Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily) buds in the Walled Garden west border. There’s something very painterly about the leaves and buds.

     
  8. Purple angelonia and yellow marigolds lining the edge of the reflecting pool in front of the amphitheater.  A moment to enjoy for the gardeners who first saw these plants as tiny seedlings and rooted cuttings months ago.  

     
  9. Lonicera ‘Baggensen’s Gold’ has stunning almost white foliage. After an especially hard winter, this little honeysuckle didn’t look like it was going to make it, but we are glad it did!

     
  10. The Vitex ‘Abbeville Blue’ in the west border of the Walled Garden is about to burst into bloom.  With its regular foliage and purple spires, it is a great shrub to have in the garden although it must be cut back each spring.