Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November Blooms ...

Saccharum starts off the November blooms , as it's the tallest !  I just moved a big clump of  Achnatherum  Calamagrostis , which is that tangled mess in front of the Cotinus . I'm hoping this will be a good move !

Salvia aff. chiapensis is supposed to be tender , but it survived last freezing winter. So, I'm hopeful .

Persicaria 'golden arrow' looked miserable all  this dry summer, so I cut it down to the ground .   It  came back  much happier with the cooler temperature .

Same thing with the Astrantia major , it bloomed in spring , I cut it back when it went crispy ..... a nice little late bloom.

Salvia 'Purple majesty' 

Rain drenched Emilia Javanica

                                            Cyclamen hederifolium

Fuchsia speciosa

Two new and unplanted Salvia , Which are: S. leucantha and S. Conferlifolia 

Another long suffering one.   Inula Orientalis hated the dry summer and refused to bloom ... till now .

Fushsia Whiteknights Amythyst

Persicaria amplexicaulis 'blackfield'  is my favorite .
Penstemon 'Enor'

Schizostylis 'Big Mama'

 And  lastly , because it started to rain again , Rosa chinensis
Happy November Bloom day !

Sunday, November 5, 2017

November ...not so much in the garden !

Weather wimp that I am this time of year . I hate damp/cold , so I've stayed in mostly this month. Which is probably not a bad thing for the garden. The leaves mostly get taken care of by the worms . The birds seem to like to scramble around in them too. 

Strange little houses appeared , so best not disturb !

I did have an explosive few days when the sun was out and it was still warm . Once started  things just kept coming out . First the bronze fennel went , then the grasses needed moving  , couldn't stop ....
I think it will better ?

Marmalade making and baking bread ,  just the thing for November. Maybe not at the same time !

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

October in the garden...

I thought I'd better get in a October post in before October is over.  I took a bunch of photos yesterday It's been a beautiful few days ,  a little cold and misty in the morning , but clear , dry and sunny late in the day . I've  been sitting in the South/West  sun trap corner that gets the late sun.                         Jumping up now and again to dig up and move things around while it's still nice out.

                                                   Hamamelis 'Diane' is a brilliant red  right now.

I don't know how I'm going to plant bulbs in all this .
Saccharum Ravenna 
The shady seating area has been abandoned till next year.
Eucalyptus camphora has grown back nicely after  a rough winter.
This is what had be jumping out of my  seat this week . I've dug out a some of the Bronze Fennel , swapped over some Carex for a Pennisetum . The flopped over  tall white Aster is now sitting behind  the white Anemone . A big clump of Helianthus joined them as well. 
And here is the  Anemone that's getting  all the new company , I thought I'd make  a yellow and white  area.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

September Blooms....

I was going to run around and snap pictures of my blooms . Then I realized it would be mostly Asters  ! Sorry Asters  I do appreciate you.
So, instead I have two new blooms from my resent trip to Cistus nursery ! They are still in pots , which is highly unusual , I like to get things in the ground straight away  !
Monardella macrrantha 'Marion Sampson' , I'm not sure where Marion would be happy yet ! She likes VERY  good drainage
But likes a little drink in summer. Zone 7 , so no problem . 

Salvia pachyphylla also still in it's pot , I'm really slacking ....
Happy Gardeners Blooms day !
Thank you Carole  at May Dreams Gardens.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September in the garden...

September is always a much better gardening month in my dry garden. For one thing I can rest the sprinklers and  watering cans a bit. Though it's been awful windy and with only one day of rain in  (my neighbor  says sixty days ) seems like longer.  

I was just about to dead head some of the Fennel  seed heads , then I noticed it was full of tiny birds .

The best plant in the world ! Helene Von Stein has had not a drop of water.

I'm not sure Rosie's that impressed with my efforts . I think she would  prefer a lawn .

 A  big green  lawn would be much nicer !

These are my happy Panicum grasses . On the South/West  side  Miserable dry Panicum will shortly be joining  them.

Rodgersia has had enough of this heat , wind , SMOKE , no rain summer ! I  yanked most of the crispy leaves out , I think the rest will  go tomorrow .  

The tan and white cat taking it's leave . No joy on the hunt today !

September also allows me to plant up this nice big bare patch .