Friday, October 18, 2019

Book Review - Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life

I will say this first, I like Emily Dickinson's poetry. I think even if you didn't like her poetry and you are a gardener you would like this book. One reason is because the way the author, Marta McDowell, presented the poetry that goes with the information about Emily's gardening. 
Marta being a gardener seemed to know how to express so many things that all gardeners love about gardening. Marta includes stories about Emilys gardening  and shows how her poems reflect her thoughts about gardenings ups and downs. 
I think this book would give you a weekend full of entertainment and maybe even some enlightenment about Emily and gardens in general.
I just happened upon this book through Timber Press. They didn't send me this book to review or anything of that nature. I was just so pleased with it I wanted to share it with you.
Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - October 2019

I must say that this year feels a whole lot different than past Octobers but in reality the blooms are much the same. As I looked back at some past Octobers I was somewhat surprised that I find a lot of the same things blooming. It feels different this year because of the moderate drought we are in. 
This spring I moved the above sedums into more sun.  I had such high hopes in for stronger blooms and more full plants but was a disappointed. While the plants are stronger and taller only about half of them bloomed at all. You can see the darker heads in the foreground. They bloomed, barely. The ones in the back tried to set some blooms but what you see is what I got. Not terribly impressive. I guess I will have something to look forward to next year. 
The old stalwart Hamamelis Virginiana'Witch Hazel' seems to have more blooms this year than ever. Go figure?!
The few Asters I have seemed to not be too fussy about the weather conditions. As you can see in the back ground I have purchased a few mums to set here and there. The diciduous holly in the background is full of red berries that the Mockingbird has been protecting already. It usually doesn't eat those berries until late winter/early spring. I guess he just doesn't want any competition.
The poor Toad lilies are full of blooms but the foliage looks pitaful.
The wirey bloom of Persicaria corporal look good just because, I mean really, how could you tell they weren't.?? Ha... I guess that is one reason to grow these things. They never look bad. They are difficult to make a nice picture. 
Most of the rest of the blooms in the garden are the annuals that don't really take much water or care. Such as these impatients that stood sentinel by the gate all summer rarely requesting a drink.
Zinnias of various colors are still hanging in there. 
As are the Mexican Sunflowers 'Tithonia'. 
The Canas are still blooming despite a shot of frost. They are under some trees where they get a bit of protection. 
I almost forgot about the fall blooming anemone Honorine jobert,
as well as a sprinkling of tall garden phlox 'David'.
So just when I think I don't have much blooming, I get out there and look to find a few things. It is just that they are few and far between. 
How is it in your garden this October?  Has the frost got most of your blooms or are you just beginning to see your spring bloom?
What ever do pop over to Carols blog to join in with those that want to share what is blooming in their garden the 15th of this and every month.