Surprise!

October 22, 2009

Daphne odora

Daphne odora

September & October have been very rushed and busy with work, causing me to almost miss the best part of fall.  In my last post, I managed to catch a little of it and yesterday I caught up with a little more.  I didn’t know Daphne odora bloomed in the fall!

Cyclamen hederifolium

Cyclamen hederifolium

My friend Angela at Parkdale Gardens Design Service is a plant collector and gave me this Cyclamen as well as many of my perennials.  She owned Parkdale Gardens for decades and now offers local and internet design services after closing her nursery.

Anemone

Anemone

As I strolled through my garden, what a surprise to find so much in bloom since our day of snow last week.  The temperature has soared back up into the 50’s giving my garden one last breath before it’s winter sleep.  The anemone above was given to me by a friend long ago before I knew what I was doing and has managed to survive my many mistakes.

Toad Lily

Tricyrtis

The toad lilies are finally blooming!  At least one of my varieties has opened her beautiful eyes and honored me with her presence before a hard frost hits.  Glad I didn’t miss one of my favorites!  Not sure which variety this is as I’ve moved them from place to place and managed to lose all their tags in the process.

Three Birds Flying

Three Birds Flying

I believe this is Three Birds Flying, given to me by another plant collecting friend, Judy.  It can become rampant but is easy to pull out and blooms late spring through fall for me.

Blue Salvia

Blue Salvia

The last bloom of the Blue salvia that I picked up at Le Tour des Plants.

Coneflower

Echinacea

Even found a small clump of Purple Coneflowers in bloom.  The weather so strange this year, left me with few flowers from this otherwise prolific bloomer.

Aster

Aster

I love this tall pink aster.  It’s so bright it glows and calls me to it.  Even though my clump is small I divided it a few weeks ago to add it in other areas of my garden.  If I had time I’d rush out to the nurseries right now and buy more!

Gaura

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'

The wispy Gaura is a great segue between plants.

Gaura ‘Siskiyou Pink’

Gaura lindheimeri

I love ‘Siskiyou Pink’.  Gaura is another of those plants I plan to buy more varieties of.  Yes, even collect them!  I can’t help myself.  Why have only one when you can have ten.  Or twenty for that matter!

Buddleia davidii ‘Harlequin’, ‘Honeycomb’

Buddleia davidii ‘Honeycomb’

Another surprise as all my other Butterfly bush flowers are gone now, was to find ‘Honeycomb’ still blooming away.  Nothing like cheery yellow added to the fall reds and oranges to spice up the end of season.

Pink Rose

Pink Rose

Even the deer surprised me by leaving yet another rose for me to enjoy during these last days.  That’s two for me and … er…ummmm…. hundreds for the deer!

Baby's Breath

Baby's Breath

Another pink, although a much smaller scale is the sweet ‘Baby’s Breath’ that I started from seed.  It grew into a robust shrub until I moved it to a new location where it’s remained rather pouty for two years.  I look forward to seeing it next year, fully loaded with little babies.

Hollyhock bud

Hollyhock bud

I think my biggest surprise was finding this Hollyhock bud!  I didn’t know they bloomed this late!!  I’d better go check to see if it survived the deer last night.   In case you’re wondering why I haven’t sprayed liquid fence, I’ve simply run out of time due to my work schedule.

Unknown pink flower

Unknown pink flower

Last but not least another gift from my friend Judy.  I don’t know what this is, other than a low growing summer bloomer.  It seems familiar and I should know its name but alas I don’t.  If you know, please tell me!

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time….

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I See Red…

October 15, 2009

Blueberry leaves

Blueberry leaves

…Red and pink, yellow, green and lavender that is.

Mountain Ash

Mountain Ash berries

I’ve fallen behind in my studio and garden.  While catching up in the studio, I looked up on Tuesday to see snow falling and realized Autumn had descended  …  without me!

Sedum

Sedum

After the rain melted the snow I went out searching for damage only to discover I almost missed the glorious fall color!  Oh I’ve enjoyed seeing the color changes along the roadsides as I travel here and there, but hadn’t been paying attention to my own garden.

Euonymous

Euonymus

I’d better hustle!!

Green Goddess?  Another Garden Fairy hanging about!

Green Goddess? Another Garden Fairy hanging about!

I have tools to put away, and need to clear out the water lines.

Barberry

Barberry berries

Certain tender plants must be covered with straw if I want to see them next spring.

The pinks & purples of Poke

The pinks & purples of Poke

My glass and ceramic garden art should be packed up and stored.

Black Eyed Susans

Black-Eyed Susans prevail

I have a few homeless plants from my last plant shopping expedition that need to find a hole for the winter if I can’t place them now!

Single rose bud left after deer munched off all the leaves.

Single rose bud left after deer munched off all the leaves.

There are still a few daffodil bulbs that haven’t been put back in the ground yet.

Frozen Empress Tree

Frozen Empress Tree

And there are rock piles that need to be cleared out of the way, left from the last beds I dug.  (You remember, I have to dig rocks out of the soil before I can create new beds to house new plants!)

Lovely lavender beauty berries

Lovely lavender Beautyberries

And so I begin my panic that fall is once again here before I am ready for it.

Fall begins her descent...

Fall begins her descent...

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time……

Sunflower

Sunflower

Who doesn’t like yellow, the sunny happy color?  I waited all summer for my cannas to bloom & they finally did the last week of September with fall hot on it’s heels.

Canna Lily

Canna Lily

This has been such a strange year for all my blooms, leaving a normally lush bountiful garden with just a few spots of color nearing the end of the season.

Detail

Detail

I don’t have that many cannas this year, as I’m not so good at overwintering them, so I buy them annually at Horn Canna Farm.

Kniphofia

Kniphofia 'Vanilla Ice'

I love the yellow kniphofias and have been searching for a raspberry pink ever since reading about it.  Do you know where I can acquire one?

Bird Food

Bird Food

We had butterflies swarming our yellow butterfly bush this season.

Yellow Butterfly Bush

Yellow Butterfly Bush

Decided to include a yellow Goldfinch, one of my favorite birds!

Mamma feeding Baby

Mamma feeding Baby

Not to mention my yellow birdbath the goldfinches love:

©Steider Studios

©Steider Studios

And a sunny yellow coreopsis:

Coreopsis

Coreopsis

And more of my yellow work hanging around:

©Steider Studios, Garden Fairy

©Steider Studios, Garden Fairy

She’s a little pouty because she’s a summer girl and is NOT looking forward to being covered in snow.  Wouldn’t you like to have a little glass fairy hanging around in your garden?!!

Thanks for stopping in.  Until next time…

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