Sunday, October 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- October 2017

Once again, it's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. It's hard to believe that we are halfway through October already. Where does the time go? I still have so much I need and want to get done this fall, but I am rapidly running out of time.

Unfortunately, I started September by pulling my shoulder, and once the muscles finally stopped screaming, I realized I also had a pinched nerve, which left my right arm and neck in pain and my fingers tingling, which gets worse if I sit at the computer for any length of time. The doctor gave me a prescription NSAID, but the only real help for a pinched nerve is time. I have lots of pictures and posts in the pipeline, but really need to take it easy on the shoulder.

Something for you to look forward to over the winter!

This tall purple aster is the biggest and brightest thing in my garden right now

The pollinators, like this cutie-pie hoverfly, love it

I managed to follow him from one flower...

...To the next.

My overflowing pot ghetto has plenty of flowers in it too.

I bought two Mahonia 'Soft caress' at the Heronswood Sale.

Still unplanted pink flower whose name I can't remember

Three gallon pots of Agastache, bought at discount because they were past it, have rebloomed after being cut back severely

The tuberous Begonias are still flowering well. Now I just have to figure out how to overwinter them.

Hummingbird favorite Fuchsia magellanica


Chocolate Eupatorium (which isn't called Eupatorium any more, but I don't care)

Yellow Corydalis pops up everywhere, here it is amongst Geranium phaeum foliage

A little fall rebloom on native bleeding heart Dicentra formosa

Calamagrostis brachytricha

Golden Hakone grass beside the waterfall

Sheffield Pink Mums are just starting to open

This huge cluster of buds on Tetrapanax will never open before frost, but its flower look like every other Araliaceae family plant, clusters of white puffballs.

I moved almost all my tender plants off the front porch and into the greenhouse a couple of weeks ago. We've had some pretty cold nights lately, and I've even turned on the heater out there.

Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery' flowers look like just about every other Begonia grown for its foliage


Pelargonium sidoides

'Old Lady' cactus looks very much like I might if I decided to wear flowers in my hair

That's most of what's blooming in my garden right now. I managed to finish this post without too much pain, so things might be looking up.

Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Check out her post here, and all the other posts by bloggers around the world celebrating their blooms.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wednesday Vignette


It's my neighbor's cat Frankie. No, he's not pretending to be a lion, he's trying to chow down on one of my ornamental grasses. By keeping the shutter depressed, I managed to take a quick series of photos, one of which ended up being him with his mouth wide open, teeth bared.

Anna at Flutter & Hum hosts Wednesday Vignette. Check out her post here.

And now for something completely different: Nigel and I celebrated 36 years of wedded bliss yesterday by going to Dairy Queen for sundaes. Bet you didn't know that #36 was the hot fudge anniversary, did you?

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Garden in Decline

I know some are upset that summer is over and fall is here, followed too closely by winter, but I am rejoicing. The rain has returned, the weather is cooler, the days are getting shorter and darker and Halloween is coming.

Happy First Day of October.

I don't even mind that the garden is in a state of decline. There's beauty in death (an appropriately Halloweenish state of mind). It appeals to my morbid sensibilities. If Goth had existed when I was a girl, I would have been one.

Echinacea seedheads against vibrant purple Asters makes quite a contrast

I like to leave them for the  birds

Yellowing Syneleisis foliage

Mukdenia never dies pretty, like in all the internet photos of it; in my garden it just collapses to the ground like an ornamental rhubarb in the heat of summer

Pacific Fire vine maple

An interesting pattern on a Brunnera leaf

Drought-stressed Hosta 'Sum and Substance' leaf

A cup-shaped variegated Hosta leaf has caught a bit of fall detritus

The oak leaves have started to turn

'Forest Pansy' Redbud leaves collect in a planting pocket of the recycled concrete wall

One redbud leaf caught in the colorful and still vibrant branches of an Arctostaphylos

Turning Peony foliage

The oakleaf Hydrangea flowers are all brown, but the leaves are all still quite green

The fall rains always bring on a flush of fungus

 How do you feel about autumn's many little deaths? There's a Shakespeare quote about sleep -- "Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleave of care, The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course, Chief nourisher in life's feast." I think of autumn (and winter) that way. Something has to balance spring and summer's exhausting exuberance, and feed next year's second chance at getting it right.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday Vignette -- A Gaudy Good-Bye to Summer

I went to the Heronswood Fall sale this past weekend, meeting my buddy Peter The Outlaw Gardener there. We shopped and then toured the garden together. In the potager garden we found this garish combo of flowers. I love it, but some might not.

It was a lovely sunny day, but since then, Fall has come in with a roar -- the roar of falling water. It's been raining heavily off and on for the past 3 days.

Pink Aster/Bright Yellow/Orange Ligularia Daisy

Anna at Flutter & Hum hosts Wednesday Vignette. Check out her post here.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- September 2017

Wow, it's the middle of September already. Fall is coming in fast. It seems like the days suddenly have gotten so much shorter. We have our stream set up to go on and off every day in time with sunset and sunrise, so it is an every day reminder of how short the days are becoming. Earlier this week I realized that it was no longer already on when I woke up in the morning to drive Nigel to the train station. While I welcome cooler weather and the return of some good soaking rain that is supposed to arrive soon, I do wish we could still have summer's long days.

Ah well, you can't have everything. If you did, where would you put it?

Here's what's still flowering in my garden this September. It's not much.

Starting with plants in pots:


Rat-tail cactus

Tuberous Begonias

One fluffy tuberous Begonia flower that had broken off

Unidentified flower that hitch-hiked with a Bromeliad that I got at the spring swap -- Do you know what it is? (Finally identified as Seemannia nematanthodes 'Evita' (Gloxinia)

Of course the Sedums and the grasses are doing their thing at this time of year.

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Panicum 'Rothstrahlbusch'

Calamagrostis brachytricha in front and Calmagrostis 'Karl Foerster'  behind with Verbena bonariensis

Verbena closeup

Tithonia 'Torch' and friend


Tall large-flowered purple Aster -- I don't recall which one, but the clump is huge and needs to be divided and spread around the garden

Overgrown Fuchsia magellanica

Corydalis lutea, which sows itself all over

Water hyacinth

One last pink oakleaf Hydrangea flower -- all the rest are brown

Cyclamen are starting to pop up

That's it! We actually have rain in the forecast, and I've started moving plants around and have even planted some of the plants in the pot ghetto.

Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the fifteenth of every month. Check out her post here, where bloggers from around the world share their flowers.