Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - November 2017

I am quite astonished to see that I have something to offer in the line of blooms this month. Normally my last post for outside plants blooming is October and even then they are slim pickings. This year I have a few blooms to offer despite the heavy frosts that have been taking place here.  Between the frosts there has been some above normal temps and delicious rain. The roller coaster weather has given us quite a surprise. This 'Landmark' azalea was just planted this spring.
What with the drought time this summer and then this lovely rainy fall it decided to put on a show. I wonder if it will bloom again in spring when it is supposed to?? We will just have to wait to see. 
The Salvias Black and Blue and.. 
Blue Spires are keeping up the bloom cycle. They get a little protection of trees but not for long.
With the Geranium Rozanne X marks the spot. 
One of our native bees is keeping these last few blooms company. 
I also had a Red Admiral yesterday when I took these pictures. The sun was keeping the plants warm. 
I found the Red Admiral on this alyssum. It keeps on blooming. 
The Tall Aster Tataricus takes frost and keeps on blooming. I don't know why but I just love this late blooming aster that holds it's blooms up high where you can really admire them.
Most blooms are remanents such as this Tall Garden Phlox, 
Witch Hazel 
and Honeysuckle. 
Is there anything blooming in your garden this month? If so you can share them with other gardeners around the world by going to Carol's May Dreams Garden who hosts this Bloom Day meme. 


Monday, October 23, 2017

Autumn Plant Migration

I woke this morning to find that our garden received a fair amount of rain, 7/10", last night. Along with the rain a cold front is predicted to lay upon our area the first round of 30 degree (1C+/-) temperatures.  In anticipation of the freezing and near freezing temps the autumn plant migration has been accomplished.
There isn't a window that doesn't have a plant in it. The kitchen table is even full.  I suppose we won't be dining on this table until next spring without some effort.
The dining room window is crowded. 
Our bedroom window has plants.  I really don't mind this as they seem to keep the room feeling fresh.
My office window has a few plants. 
 It is patio door that gets the full brunt of the collection. I leave a space between the plants and the doors so Annie can observe doggie tv comfortably. She must keep an eye out for the dreaded squirrels.
We on the other hand don't see much out our windows during winter unless we make the effort to go stand over plants to look. How about in your home, has the inward migration of plants happened yet?




Sunday, October 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - October 2017

Most of what is blooming in my garden right now are onezees except for a couple of things I took pictures of this week. Such as this Tricyrtis 'Samurai'. It was in the line of watering I did so it isn't so brown on the edges. It has bloomed quite nice.
The ole dependable Fall blooming Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' is blooming up a storm in this spot. It hasn't been watered either. One on the other side of the garden isn't doing so well and it has been watered. It is right beside the Tricyrtis. Hmmmm makes me wonder. 
The rest of my bloomers I am listing since they only have one or two blooms. 
Russian Sage
Asters (white and a purple) 
Aster 'Tataricis'
Rozanne Geranium
Rudbekia  

Annuals
Alyssum
Marigolds
Cleome
Salvia Black and blue, Wendy's Wish, Blue Spires

If you want to see what is happening in gardens all over the world head over to Carol's May Dreams Garden where everyone shows what is blooming.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Rejuvenation of Garage Side Path

 As you can see the Garage Side Path to the back garden is hardly discernable. The pine needles that I use to delineate this path from the beds has worn down this summer. Time to get it refurbished while the pine tree is sluffing off old needles.
Oh oh, the drought this summer has taken my pine needle supply away. This might not be the only tree I lose this year. A Locust tree isn't looking so good either...back to the path. I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to scrape up enough needles but I happened on a gold mine.
An aquaintance from the park where we walk Annie lives up the street. I noticed he was mowing around a couple of big pines in his garden. I also noticed the golden blanket of pine needles below his trees. I stopped and asked if I could collect his needles. He was thrilled. Collect I did.
My DB helped with the collection and he wondered what I would do with all the left over bags. Ha. By the time I finished I only had a half bag left.
I even had enough to lengthen this path.
So whenever you walk off the driveway to go around back you can see where you are supposed to go. Or you can vere off into the side lot.
As you go around this big shrub 
You walk down the path to another little side path into the side lot.
Or you can go straight to the side gate.
In the middle of this path there is a space right under the garage window where it is difficult to get anything to grow. I decided I could place a difficult to place bench here. It is really more for looking at than sitting on. The poor forsythia appear to be a victim of the drought. I will see how they do next spring and if they don't revive...well, you know.
Looking back through the gate you can see it looks quite neat.
It is neat and tidy now, people will know where to walk.
A friend was through here last evening thought the path looked wider. It really isn't wider you can just see it now. Have you been doing any little projects in your garden this fall? 







Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Excuse Me...

Excuse while I gloat, no maybe I should say float. We are getting a much needed rain. I am sitting here in my office watching the water run between our house and the neighbors house.  
I haven't seen this all summer. You can see that the neighbors small tree didn't make it through the drought. Neither did the hostas under our Pansy Redbud.
With water collecting in the paths
and all getting some much needed rain plants will be able to recover and survive the winter. 
I won't have to fill the water feature as I have had to do every day. The poor birds and other critters haven't had puddles to bathe in. Today and tomorrow they will have fresh rain water to luxuriate in. 
We have over an inch in the gauge. Can't wait to see what we end up with. Such excitement!! I won't get anything accomplished until it stops raining. The air feels so fresh and clean. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall Equinox Heralding a New Start to the Garden

This spring my DB and I removed 6 shrubs that we knew were invasive. We didn't know this when they were planted some 20+ years ago. The plants were acceptable at the time. We replanted with shrubs that are now considered either native or at least not invasive. I have become a lot more aware of native plants especially as they have become more available.

After we did all this work I was bragging to a friend that works for the Nature Conservancy telling her how hard we worked and offered a garden tour to show how well we did. Much to my embarrassment she sighted several more plants that are considered invasive.

We knew we had our work cut out for us. Luckily when we attended the first Knox County Native Plant Days we won a door prize that was 'a day of work of removing invasive plants'. It couldn't have been more timely. We called and set up a date for the work to be done.

Last evening we had a team of garden workers descend on our garden to once and for all remove the of the invasive shrubs from our garden. The group below tackled some winter creeper growing in a ring around my Knot Garden. This Euonymus wasn't supposed to spread. After some time it started reverting to it's original state which is invasive. This group made short work of the tangled mess. 
As some were working there across the path another started cutting back this huge European Cranberry.
After it was cut back it took three men with two Pullerbears and a shovel to get the base out.
What is a Pullerbear? It is a gizmo that can grab a good sized trunk and it has a long handle to use as a fulcrum. 
They got this brute pulled out.
There were two European Privets that had to go. The Pullerbear was again in use.

Another 4 Euonymus and a Bittersweet were pulled and all was crammed into the back of the truck to be taken away.
I can't thank this team of hard working men and women enough. They came here after their day jobs, on a hot humid evening, to work until all was removed. 
Thank you again.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Foliage Follow Up - September 2017

Pam at Digging always has a Foliage Follow up after Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. I have what I think is a very interesting foliage to share with you. It is a  small area right by my front porch that is covered with 'Silver Falls' Dichondra.
I have to agree with you that this isn't such an uncommon plant but for it to be here again this year it is amazing to me. Dichondra isn't supposed to be hardy in my zone 6b. I had an extra Dichondra after planting my pots last year so I stuck it in the ground right here by the front porch. It took off. and covered this area.
This late spring I saw a tiny tendril poke up out of the ground and it took off. I guess with all the concrete around it and our mild winter it enough had life to take off again this year. I like the way it works as a ground cover. It is a tough plant because this area doesn't get much extra water. Just when I have to water the plants in the pot above it. Since this is out front I don't get out there often. Happiness is an unexpected return of a plant.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - September 2017

This month you can clearly see who is not paying any attention to the lack of rain in the garden. The major thugs are battling out for territory along the gravel path in this corner of the garden. The bees and bugs are seemingly cheering on the Golden rod 'Fireworks' with their buzzing and swirling around each golden bloom.
While the white anemone 
‘Honorine Jobert' leans over the path to entice the Turtlehead 'TinyTortuga' into the fray. 
There are a few annuals blooming such as the stalwart Salvias 'Blue Spires' and 'Wendys Wish'.
With this drought the grapes are intensely fragrant and flavorful. I hope to get some grape jelly made before they all fall to the ground. 
The other bit of 'Fireworks' in the garden is Pennisetum xadvena. I have already cut some of the blooms to dry for an arrangement. It being in a container that I can keep watered it has been throwing out more 'Fireworks'. 
At this time not a whole lot else is blooming. Sedums and Toad Lilies seem to be awaiting a good rain to actually open their buds.
What is blooming in your garden this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day?  Carol hosts every month on the 15th. Please join us at May Dreams Garden and tell about what is blooming in your garden at this time.

Other blooms in the garden:

Perennials
Tall garden phlox 'Robert Porre'
Coneflower
Rudbekia
Geranium 'Rozanne'
Persicaria 'Lance corporal' & 'Red Dragon'
Honeysuckle 'Scentsations'
Hardy Begonia

Annuals
Fuchsia 'Gartenmeister'
Cleome
Marigolds
Basil
Gomphrena 'Buddy Purple'