Thursday, September 19, 2013

A mid September Stroll around the Gardens

We have had some pretty cool weather this month but yesterday and today have been perfect for gardening as we approach autumn.  I've been cleaning up the beds and cutting back a few things, but leaving most to stand for winter interest.  There is still a lot of colour, texture and fragrance.
 Colchicums have suddenly popped out of the ground and with the warmth, opened their faces to the sun.
 'Sky Blue' aster is relatively pest and disease free, a great nativar (native cultivar) for the butterfly garden.
Bees like the aster.
 The carpet roses along the front walkway are still blooming like crazy.
 Reblooming daylily 'Happy Returns' has put out a second flush of flowers, although on shorter stems than before.
This holly has been in several places on the property.  The male and female plants from the pot are letting me know they're happy where they are now as evidenced by a good show of berries this year.
 Buddleia 'Miss Ruby' is one of the best performing butterfly bushes I have, and in the background is the hydrangea 'Limelight'.
 A pink turtle head called 'Hot Lips'.
Only the second year in the garden, hydrangea 'Fire and Ice' is turning a light pink before changing to  wine.
 Garden phlox 'David' in the moon garden.
 The new clematis in the moon garden called 'Hyde Hall' bloomed in early summer, so I was surprised to see a flower bud now.
Bottle brush flowers of bugbane can be smelled long before the plant is in view.
Goldenrod 'Fireworks' is starting to explode.
Just planted is a dwarf oakleaf hydrangea called 'Ruby Slippers' and a good sprinkling of Myke was put in the planting hole for a strong root system.  Dollar store fencing goes around each new shrub to keep the rabbits away and our male dog from lifting his leg on a plant 'just the right size' for him.
I hope you have enjoyed the stroll around the gardens with me.
I'm linking with Mary for Mosaic Monday.

40 comments:

  1. Hi Judith, Your fall crocus and butterfly bush are gorgeous! I like the bugbane too - is that the same as cimicifuga? You have a lot going on in your garden. Seems like my main bloomers are the annuals; much of the rest is dried up - two years of severe drought in a row take a toll! Got 2.5 inches of rain this week, though. Hugs, Beth

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  2. You have so much blooming. Here, things seem to be winding down and there are predictions of an early winter. There is already a dusting of snow in the mountains. We were introduced to Myke when we planted two new trees. I am beginning to think that perhaps my hydrangeas might do better if I gave them a good dose. I can get them to survive the winter, but not the summer. And I love the bugbane. I must see if I can grow it here. Wonderful garden photos, Judith.

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  3. Oh it is so pretty. I am getting anxious to plant our flowers in pots...I usually do geraniums...they do really well here!

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  4. So pretty! I really do like those Asters - and that bee enjoying them!

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  5. Your end of summer garden is lovely. The bottle brush & roses are especially beautiful.

    We have had unseasonably hot weather for this area of the Pacific Northwest and it has been very hard on all of our gardens. I am wishing for the rain but feel a bit guilty about that since so many parts of the country are suffering from so much rain.

    Thank-you for sharing your inspirational gardens & plants with me today.

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  6. You may be far North but you have a lot of wonderful things going on for you regardless. Great photos.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  7. Hi Judith, what a delightful visit to your blooming garden. You have captured their tender blooms and I can even smell their deliciousness. Truly a blessing from above.
    Enjoy the remaining warm days.

    Blessings,

    Aida

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  8. I enjoyed the tour of what is in bloom. My Miss Ruby is beautiful too. That has to be a winner. Valerie

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  9. I love the garden this time of the year!

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  10. Judith, you certainly have a lot of flowers blooming in your garden. It looks very pretty and I see some plants that are new to me. It's nice to see flowers this late in the season and even a few surprise ones!

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  11. Your flowers are so pretty. You have given me an idea about the clematis. I have to move mine and I see you have chicken wire for them to climb on. I need to get me some for mine.

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  12. There's just so much still going on in your garden. I have only morning glories that have slowed way down after the cold nights, the roses barely doing anything and one rebloomed lily...oh and a bit of reblooming phlox. Everything looks so awful that it tempts me to whack it all off at the ankles. Ha!

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  13. Hello Judith!
    You have still a lot of pretty flowers in this early autumn! I see you cleaning up your garden, Judith! Yes, I have really enjoyed stroll in your garden with you.
    Have a good weekend. Take care.
    Tomoko

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  14. What beautiful colors in your garden. I have hope for a second showing of our hydrangea, but it is so awfully dry here, I'm beginning to wonder.

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  15. Your gardens are still as beautiful as ever, Judith! I enjoyed seeing everything with you today. Thank you for taking us for a walk with you.
    You are an amazing gardener.
    xo

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  16. Beautiful photo's of your garden,Judith!

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  17. Wow! You still have so much in bloom there! My butterfly bush has been on the decline for the past couple of weeks, and I feel badly for the little hummingbird that stops by every single day at the same times because there's hardly any blooms left for him. I'm going to have to make a note of some of these late blooming flowers you have to add to my gardens for next year. Thanks for the lovely tour Judith. Wendy x

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  18. You certainly have a lot of flowers for going int winter it must still be pretty warm.
    Merle............

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  19. What a lovely garden tour. You have so much still in bloom. My garden in Maine is winding down.

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  20. Judith thank you for sharing your fabulous garden! We are in the city and I can't wait to return back to our country home and see what our gardens will surprise us with. Hugs, C. (HHL)

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  21. Such a burst of beautiful color! A perfect time of year to work in the garden.

    Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  22. Hello, Judith

    I thought we'd gone back to spring and that I was looking at crocus petals in the first photo.

    You still have loads of interesting things to see in your garden.

    -Karen

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  23. Oh Judith everything is so lovely! I can't believe all the flowers you still have! One thing I've learned this summer is to look for varieties that are less prone to Japanese beetle devastation! I had no idea that roses were a favorite of these little pests! My poor roses have been thoroughly munched! Oh well, live an learn... it's all a process:D
    Hugs and hope you are enjoying the last of summer,
    Beth P

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  24. O my such wonderful flowers.. I just have a few things left Autumn is here tomorrow.. Just popped Carolyn's Oatmeal scones in the oven ready for hot cup of tea.. For it's raining here in San Francisco today.. enjoyed your sunshine with love Janice Happy Autumn..

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  25. Judith so many gorgeous blooms in your fall garden...my Colchicums have not appeared yet.

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  26. Hi Judith,

    My goodness! So many pretty petals in your garden! I always learn so much when I visit you, as I long to know the names of so many beautiful flowers. For some reason, that day lily seems very enchanting to me!

    Thanks for sharing these lovely photos of your treasures!

    Happy Autumn!

    Poppy

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  27. Beautiful flowers, very lovely colors.

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  28. Beautiful flowers - Thanks for sharing your garden with us.

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  29. Hello Judith, what a lovely stroll around your gardens. You are lucky to still have so much color around you. Lovely flowers. I would like to plant some of those Asters. Very pretty. Thanks for sharing, enjoy your week ahead!

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  30. Thank you for the stroll, your garden is still looking great Judith. The play at the Shaw was great! Have a lovely week, Jen

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  31. What a fantastic Autumn garden Judith - good planning went in to this spectacular display.
    Most are familiar but I've not heard of Turtle Head before, so I googled it and guess what - 1,580,000 results came up, needless to say I'm not looking at each one or I'd be there for a lifetime!LOL
    A beautiful range of colors.
    Shane

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  32. Your asters and buddleia are so beautiful, Judieth! Your garden looks like it will give you many more days of enjoyment before the weather changes

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  33. Lovely colours and I enjoyed the final mosaic.

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  34. There's such a lot of color in your garden. Mine is dying out. That's a very pretty buddleia in a color I've never seen before. Enjoy these last days of garden flowers!

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  35. My goodness, what a riot of color you still have blossoming there in early fall! You must *really, really* have the touch, Judith!

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  36. You sure have a lot of pretty colour for Autumn where you live, we have very little on our 2 acres this time of year!~

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  37. Thank you for taking us on this wonderful stroll through your gardens. Beautiful!

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