The garden is winding down but the foliage is ablaze. Everyone thought it would be a dull year due to the drought – but it is spectacular! I have started cutting back the iris and the daylilies. Of course, I am moving things around as well – transplanting , thinning, moving plants to new locations. We finally got some rain and the plants are responding to the moisture and perking up before they are gone for the season.

Gaura with Sedum Autumn Joy in the background
Wine bottle tree matches the blue birdbath
Still so much color
The field at the side of the house and the willow circle filled in with Iris Ensata and a young Cypress tree
Across the street – view from the screen porch
The big Brugmansia put out a fall flush
This one grew from a cutting I took last fall – yikes
Ageratum, Viburnum and a mum – red, white and blue

The photo below is from August and shows the view from the screen porch. We decided that the fence section on the left was blocking our view into the rest of the garden so we took it out last week.

Before fence panel removal
After fence panel removal

Of course now there is a new garden area to plant and maintain, but the view will be great next year

Mama bluebird visited
Dad posing for a picture
The bunnies are back
The last dahlias of the season

We have had a few light frosts but not enough to kill the annuals and tender plants. We did cover up the Brugmansia and succulents to extend the season a bit, but otherwise we are letting nature take its course. For now we will revel in the beauty of the season and begin the preparations for putting the garden to bed for the winter. always a bittersweet time.