Thursday, September 25, 2014


We had such a rough winter last year. It did some damage to these cedar trees. Early this late winter/early spring I got to looking at this trio of cedars They had big holes, some floppy limbs. The one on the far left had to come out. So what could I do with them? I didn't want to completely remove them. I planted them here to hide these unsightly guide wires.
So I decided to try to topiary them. The one on the left was to be round balls and the right one was to be squares. This is how they looked after their first shearing and they grew back in this summer. 
I went at them again yesterday. They are beginning to come around. I don't have the crisp squares on the right one or the round rounds on the left one. 
They are coming along alright. I have read that you should make more often and take off little bits to make them full. I do like they way they look. A bit of whimsy in my garden.
So now if you go around the house you see this. Your eye stops at the topiary, I hope and you don't notice those ugly guide wires or the traffic going by. 
When you pull into the drive and look over that way you look at the topiary instead of the guide wires. At least I hope so. 
Have you ever done anything like this?  Do you have any tips for me?
Happy Autumn Everyone.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Blooms Winding Down

Time again for the September Garden Bloggers Bloom Day brought to you by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. For more blooms around the world you can check out her web site. Now that you are here you can see what is going on in my Zone 6 garden here in SW Indiana.
My garden is starting to get that worn around the edges look. There are a spattering of blooms here and there.
You walk down this path and you can see that the Tall Phlox still has enough blooms to scent the air. The Datura was still open at 1pm today. It is so overcast. 
One of the bright spots of the garden is this mum. While it isn't a fancy variety it has lived in this garden for quite a few years. Out living many others I have tried. 
I have White and pink Anemones blooming now. This is unusual because the pink ones usually bloom earlier in the season. Then the White ones take over. Not this year. We have had a mild summer with plenty of rain. 
While looking out front for some blooms I got side tracked looking at all the bugs and bees drawn to the Fireworks. 
Sedums too had their share of bumbles.
The only rose blooming is the carpet rose. 
This little butterfly didn't care that the rose blossom wasn't at it's best. 
Toad lilies are blooming up a storm this year. 
It would have been a good year to add to my small collection.
This begonia looks so delicate but don't let looks decieve you. This is a hardy begonia. I couldn't believe my eyes when it survived this past winter. As you can see it is blooming up a storm. I just love begonias. I wish there were more hardy varieties. If there were I would grow them all.
Another stalwart of the fall blooming garden is Aster. I don't remember the variety of this one but it is floriferous. I am pleased with how it is blooming.
What is blooming in your garden? 
Below is a more concise listing of what is blooming. I didn't even mention the annuals that keep a bit of color going in the garden at this time. They are hard workers too.
Black and Blue Salvia
Filipendula "Kakome"