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.
There is a comfort in seeing plants bloom when you expect them to bloom. You sense the rhythm of the seasons that is one of the pleasures of gardening. But if the garden were totally predictable it would get a little boring. That's why even though my garden is supposedly full, I continue to add new plants, even if it means taking out others. Read on to see the plants that are either new to me this year or just hitting their stride this August.
Recently, Chris of Backyard Gardening Blog published a timeline in pictures, demonstrating the growth of his 'Endless Summer' hydrangeas. I found it very interesting to compare his photos with the few I took. You might want to have his post open in a separate tab of your browser so you can quickly flip back and [...]
After complaining about the lack of bloom on my 'Endless Summer' hydrangea last year, I thought I'd better put in a good word for this shrub now that it is living up to expectations. It is growing vigorously and has a lot of flowers on it. What I did differently As I mentioned earlier this [...]
Endless Summer Hydrangea: Dream Come True--or Nightmare? Hydrangea 'Forever & Ever Double Pink' stole my heart in 2006. This photo was taken September 7 of that yearIt's just like Elizabeth said. We gardeners want to believe that our dream plant is out there, just waiting for us to find it. I know when I first [...]