Glory… blaze of glory .. that’s what it looks like around here in Massachusetts. We were expecting a “brown and down” fall foliage season because of the drought, but Ma nature had other ideas. The colors are spectacular. We also have a delightful Indian Summer as well… mild temps after a frost. The frost was light though so everything is still going strong. I have so many beautiful photos to share..
Cemetery across the street
Dog enjoying the backyard
Backyard – bittersweet
Side yard – so many different colors
Williams Barn trail
View from my bedroom window
On the street where I live as the fog was rolling in…..
The cool crisp air is here which means it is time to dig up a bunch of stuff and move it hither and thither in the garden. I didn’t do much this summer other than weed a bit and water, water, water so now it feels great to be outside everyday and get the garden back into shape. I’ve also been digging plants to give to my son who is starting a garden – wonderful to thin out some things and to share.
Of course that means there are empty spaces and so the relocation of plants has commenced. I had a helper yesterday…
Dad’s pink dahlia
A bumble bee grabbing some pollen off the zinnias
Double white platycodon
Colchicum “Water lily”
The last harvest from the garden before the frost
I am hoping all the plants that got divided and moved will be happy in their new spots. Time will tell.
Last week I went to some garden centers searching for a particular rose for my daughter-in-law’s new garden. I didn’t find the one she wanted, but I did find one that I needed. It is called “Grandma’s Blessing” and is an ‘Easy Elegance’ rose. Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing my two grandchildren meet each other..one is nine years old and one is 6 weeks. They are truly Grandma’s Blessing.
We are still in drought, so succulents are doing well since they require little water. These wonderful “Talinum” add color and texture to this planter. They are hardy and expand each year. The lovely blossom opens in the afternoon and is surrounded by yellow and white portulaca.
I put my orchids outside for the summer, and they seem to enjoy the weather. The tillandsias I brought back from Florida last winter also love the humidity.
Today’s hoped for rain missed us, so I will be out with the hose again tomorrow trying to keep all the other plants going.
Well that was fast. Summer scooted on by without too much posting on my part. I guess some of it was the drought. There were still some little pockets of loveliness but they were hard to come by, so I just didn’t take as many photos. We can only hand water with a hose now.. no sprinklers… and that takes a long time. My goal at the moment is to water just enough to keep plants alive. Many plants are stunted, dull in color and putting out fewer blooms, but most are responding to the water. There should be much more color in this photo, but the rabbits continue their nightly visits.
The Brugmansia usually puts on a show this time of year with multiple blossoms. This year I have one. Its a beauty though. I love the color changes as it matures.
The dahlias have a few blossoms – and those too are lovely – just scant in number.
Sunflowers are happy
The bees have found the sedum
I love the softness of this Hibiscus blossom
The zinnias are wonderful this year..
A fading Echinacea will bring in some goldfinches soon
All in all not too bad. Asters, mums, sedums, fall anemones and grasses will bring some beauty to the garden as the weather cools off , and perhaps we will have a good rain again some day.
There’s a new “blossom” in Gramma Penny’s garden. My grandson was born last night. Here’s a beautiful blue Agapanthus to mark the occasion.
The drought continues to be a challenge. We have had a few showers here and there but not enough. Watering bans are in force. A deer showed up in the field the other day and dined off the wild roses. All the hips on my roses have been eaten by some varmint or another.
The garden is quite neglected. It has been too hot to get out and weed. Thank goodness for daylilies to provide some color. One of my favorites “Techny Spider” was moved to a new site last year and it is putting on a show.
This old pot and some new foliage from the variegated sorrel I cut back earlier make for a nice vignette. There were some other color combos planned for the garden this year but the rabbits did away with that plan.
I did manage to catch a hummingbird enjoying the hosta blossoms…not bad for a cell-phone shot
I can’t wait to share the secrets of gardening with the new little guy in my life.
Gardening is a challenge this year. Drought, chipmunks, rabbits, heat…the list goes on. We were away for 2 1/2weeks (trip to Ireland) so the garden had to fend for itself. Now that we are back I have been watering, fencing off some areas and otherwise letting nature take its course. Many plants are stunted or were eaten or succumbed to the heat. The rabbits did not eat the daylilies though and they are in their glory now.
Early morning after a shower
“Barbara Mitchell” and a photobomb from “Gentle Shepherd”
And the bold marauder himself!
Stokesia with “Rhinestone Kid”
Lavender in a pot by the back door
Rabbits are everywhere. They are nibbling every night. I have tried fences, sprays, granular stuff, and I have a dog. The rabbits don’t care. Here’s what is surviving. I hope they don’t eat the daylilies.
Columbine and poppy
Pink and white gas plant from friend Peg
Mom’s gas plant
Bush Clematis from friend Peg
Allium bulgaricum and Heuchera
Lupine in the meadow
Saxifraga in a trough and Baptisia