Asters, black-eyed Susans, mums--are you tired of the same old autumn-blooming plants? Check out some of the more unusual ones growing in my garden. Maybe you'll find the perfect spot for one in your own garden. You'll never know unless you take a look!
In my mind there are two kinds of fall: "Good" Fall and "Bad" Fall. Good Fall is what we have now. The leaves on the trees are starting to turn color, temperatures have moderated so that you want to work in the garden again, the colchicums have started blooming and the many native autumn-blooming plants are at their peak, summer annuals are still going strong and some perennials are having a second flush of bloom. (Bad Fall is after the leaves drop and it's cold enough that they'd call it winter down South.) In this blog post, I'd like to share some of the best that autumn has to offer.
Colchicum season is long over, and I can't even remember all the reasons why I didn't write this post in a timely manner. I do remember finally getting all the photos processed, and promising myself I would upload them after dinner. And before I could do so, the DSL line was ripped off our house [...]
I'm not going to pretend that November's garden looks as good as October's. I'm not even going to pretend that mid-November's garden looks as good as early November's.But I do want to celebrate the mild November we've been having. Yes, mild. Here in Cold Climate Land, it has actually been unseasonably warm. In fact, the [...]
We live in a valley, and while we are still waiting for the sun to shine on our house, we see it illuminating the hillside behind us, especially as the sun's angle changes as we approach the winter solstice. The contrast between the sunny autumn foliage and the shadowy frost-coated lawn was striking, and I [...]
There comes a time in the life of every cold climate gardener when a certain fact must be faced: the first frost of autumn is nigh. When this event occurs more than halfway through October--as it did this year, on the night of the 16th--I don't grieve overmuch. It certainly could have happened much sooner [...]
For those of you just joining in, I am something of a colchicum aficionado. I collect colchicums the way some people collect fiestaware or baseball cards. I want to have one of each, and I want to make sure each one is authentic. Colchicums are plants that grow from corms. Most of the ones that [...]
Long time readers of this blog may remember when Saxon Holt wrote about hardy succulents way back in 2009. In that post, he talked about the challenges of choosing photos for a gardening book that will have a national audience. Today he shares some tips about photographing ornamental grasses. It's part of a blog tour [...]
‘How (my characters) look and move and speak and behave, always in the setting I have found for them, is my account of them – of which I dare say, alas, que cela manque souvent d’architecture. But I would rather, I think, have too little architecture than too much – when there’s danger of its [...]
It happens to all of us. At least, it happens to me and a lot of other gardeners I know. Winter is right around the corner and you have all these plants in pots that you were sure you were going to have time to plant during the growing season. And now the growing season [...]