Thursday, September 6, 2012

It Really is Hinting About Fall Around Here

Belinda tells us that the light is changing in England and fall is definitely in the air there.  We are not quite that far into the season here, but there are definitely changes.  The cooler days and increased rain over the past week have started to work their magic.  
The last of the summer flowers have perked up and started to bloom some more. 
 The garden phlox has re-bloomed after a severe cutback last month.
A few spring bloomers have decided to throw a few extra blossoms out of season.
This viburnum only bloomed a little in April - it was too hot then.
And, the first of the harbingers of fall are starting to pop out.
The fall anemones bloomed in July, but they are back.
Phystostigia - Obedient Plant is always one of the first fall bloomers.
 Lady's Mantle
Sedum 'Madrona' is one of my favorites.  A rounder bloom and a darker pink than some other varieties.

This chrysanthemum is ahead of the rest, but many of them bloomed in June and are getting ready to re-bloom now.

An old favorite - Sedum 'Autumn Joy'
All in all, it's lovely!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wednesday Workday

With Mother Nature's help and support the new garden bed is finished.  The long weekend didn't hurt, either. 

Saturday morning on my knees pulling out the last of the hypericum, led to a quick trip to the Big Blue Box for plants - five azaleas and three chrysanthemums - and by Monday voila!  A bit of rain each day didn't hurt a bit, and more is expected this week to help settle them in.

They are small, but they will grow.  It's a philosophical discussion Mitchell and I have every time I plant something.  I prefer to buy many smaller plants and watch them grow, while he would like for me to get a few BIG plants.  I think they are harder to transplant and get going ... and I usually am the one digging the holes.  So, small it is.  Come back next year and suspect it will be very different!