The double colchicums, which are later blooming, are at their peak:Our summer never got really hot for long periods this year, and the pansies kept blooming. These “black” pansies were part of a mix, so I wondered where the rest of them went to. Turns out something’s been nibbling them. Leaves are still there, but every bud is neatly snipped off. ‘Lunar Glow’ is a new introduction from Terra Nova nursery.
That’s about it for peak bloom. Dianthus ‘Telstar’ valiantly struggles on, one tardy aster is trying to put on a show, a few yarrow blossoms, the occasional mallow . . . it’s a good thing Carol at May Dreams Gardens said foliage counts!I love the ‘Glacier Blue’ euphorbia that Skagit Nurseries sent to me to trial. Even as a rooted cutting, straight out of the shipping box, it looked spectacular. Imagine my dismay when I read the tag and it said hardy to 0F (-18C). We occasionally have a winter where the lows never dip below zero, so I’ve got my fingers crossed–and I plan to mulch it well. In the meantime, I am enjoying it while I have the chance. This is a trial plant I received from Barry Glick of Sunshine Farm & Gardens. It is either Euphorbia ‘Jessie’ or Euphorbia ‘Autumn Sunset.’ I regret to say that when I opened the box, the name tags were no longer in the pots. I’m hoping this is ‘Autumn Sunset,’ but I won’t really know until next spring. Both of Barry’s euphorbias are supposed to be hardy here. If you have never been to Barry’s website, you owe it to yourself to take a look. Amazing hellebores, a diverse selection of native plants, and regularly scheduled bargains if you can go in with friends and buy in bulk. Then there is the glowing foliage of the larger landscape. As at Ellis Hollow, the native sumac does well here. It grows in hedgerows and other neglected areas, and some consider its stoloniferous nature weedy. But it’s certainly not as weedy as the Japanese knotweed that surrounds it.
For masses of color, we look to the hills, where the leaves on the trees have changed color.In our little valley, the color is past its peak and the leaves have started falling in earnest. I expect the next steady rain will take most of them down. But isn’t most natural beauty fleeting?
About Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in the comments of May Dreams Gardens.