First snow

Its always special.  This one was one of those winter wonderland fairyland Narnia type snows.  Its always fun to look at the way it transforms the garden.  Enjoy….

Bottle tree colors look beautiful against the white

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Primrose the Pig is not looking happy

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I like these little elf hats on the bee balm

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Amsonia

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Globes and shepherds hooks in front of the blueberries

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Patio barely visible

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Esther the labrador loves the snow

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We are supposed to get rain on Tuesday so all this will wash away… but for now its absolutely gorgeous.

I want to send a shout out to my friend and reader Barbara S-W….glad you’re feeling better and will be home soon.

 

 

 

Oh deer oh dear

The fall has flown by for various reasons, and I am way behind on the clean-up chores in the garden.  The colors were a bit dull this year, but I did get a few photos of some pretty leaves before they fell.

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Then the frost came, and it was time to clean up the garden.  The markers you see are the labels I made for the daylilies.  My collection is growing.

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Primrose the Pig presiding over the field and the last mow of the season

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Every fall, I put up deer fence to keep the deer from getting into the garden in the winter and eating all the azalea buds.  My Dad used to do this in his garden with tomato stakes and fishing line strung at 3 ft and 6 ft  height on the stakes. The theory is that they won’t jump what they can’t see and when they bump into the line they back away.  It has worked well for years.  So yesterday, we hammered in the stakes around the edge of the garden, and I strung the line.  Here is what it looks like.

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However, this morning I woke up to this:

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Notice they are inside the fence.  I went out and discovered that the line was broken in one spot.   More line was added this afternoon…..we shall see what develops.

Sunsets come early these days, but they sure are pretty.

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October 15

Its one of those mid October days where summer lingers.  It’s warm out, foggy and  damp, and the sun is trying to break through.  We have only had a light frost so there is much that is still blooming in the garden.  Not for long though.

From a distance, the garden looks like this  – getting a bit tired

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But up close we have this  – mums and asters and dahlias

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A close up of the mums  – these are from my mom – I’ve had them for decades

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Smoke bush, sedum and iris foliage

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Marigolds, celosia, and wild flowers

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Allium – I think this one is “Ozawa”

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Toad lilies, salvia, and a black eyed susan

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Gorgeous blue monkshood

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Some campanula and other offerings from the rock garden

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And a rose to round out the tour

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September

Wow .. the month got away from me.  I got a bit of “remodeling” done i.e.  moving stuff around early in the month.   Then we had a warm spell so I quit transplanting for awhile.  Cooler days are ahead so I imagine I will be back outside soon moving stuff around.

This area was quite overgrown so I moved a lot of stuff out and transplanted in some Heucheras from other areas. I like the new look.

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The dahlias have bloomed all month.  I put them in a different part of the garden this year.  They did well and I can see them better from inside.

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There’s quite a bit of color still (see how the peach dahlias just pop?)

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Fall blooming crocuses add a lot of color

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This threesome showed up early one morning .. grrrrr

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These gross looking caterpillars defoliated the gas plant.. turns out they are giant swallowtail butterfly larvae

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The succulents are flowering now too.  I love the funky shapes of these grey Orostachys

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The maple leaves are starting to turn.  I hope we don’t get frost yet though.  I’m not ready to throw in the towel yet.

 

 

Brugmansia

The Brugmansia finally decided to put on a big show.  It had over 50 buds and they have been opening now for a couple of weeks.  The perfume at night is intoxicating.  I purchased this plant as a wee bulb 7 years ago from Logee’s Greenhouses in Connecticut. The cultivar is ‘Jean Pasco’.

I usually cut back the top foot or so of the plant and bring it into the basement for the winter where it goes dormant.  Then out is comes in the spring to be watered and fertilized and voila!  Some of these photos were taken at night and some during the day. The color changes are quit dramatic.  Enjoy… and if you’re in the neighborhood come by and take a peek.

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There are more buds forming… this may go on until frost.

 

 

 

 

Mid – August

Its August already.  I am seeing some tinges of color in the maples, fall plants are coming into bloom, the veggies are ripening, its getting dark early, and the garden continues to show off.

Digiplexis complements the lime green leaves on the phlox

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Agapanthus and daylilies

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Daylilies and sedum

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Agapanthus in a pot helps a dull spot in the garden

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I love the blue!

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A longer view of the garden

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This guy spent all day flitting about

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Golden variegated comfrey in the midst of snapdragons and zinnias

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Lots more coming soon….

 

End of July

Well here it is July 31st.  The bountiful rains this spring and summer have certainly produced some lovely blooms and the daylilies are no exception.  Here are a few in all their glory….

Greywoods Papa Joe

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Little Women

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Apricot Ruffles

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Condilla

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Radiation Biohazard

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Lydia Bechtold (yellow) and Royal Ebony

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Peggy Jeffcoat

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Grandma’s Smile

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Mary Todd

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An unknown funky orange

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We also have a family of wrens

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Bees on the Cimicifuga

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And a new crop of bunnies…

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Finally, there are lots of buds on the Brugmansia  – August should be amazing