Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November - 2015

I have been quite busy here this November. The Autumn weather has held off for the most part. A few frosts so far. Just enough to bring the flowering plants to a halt.
We always a few hangers on. This lamium is still sporting a few blooms. 
If you look around the edges of the knot garden you can still see a bit of alyssum blooming. 
The few trees that still have leaves are few and far between. This Coral Bark Japanese Maple has red leaves on top and yellow at the bottom. It has been all yellow until now. You can see the deep red leaves from the neighboring Japanese maple photo bombing the Coral Bark. 
Speaking of leaves. I have been busy wrangling leaves in the garden. I mulch and put them in the flower beds. Easy to do and the soil and plants appreciate the effort.
I have had to keep the screen house open so the House Sparrows can come and go. When the doors are all shut the rascals get in and then they can't get out. They make a mess in there when they are frantic to get out.  
We have the veggie corner cleaned out. I will be adding some of those leaves soon. 
Luckily we had some rain the past couple of days. The unlucky part of this is that a cold front came blowing through. It blew down my favorite arbor. 
This will be a project that will be addressed as soon as possible. This weekend the temperature are to be colder than normal. From one extreme to another. Such is a gardeners life.
I am thankful for this long warm autumn. Looking forward to celebrating next week with the family. I hope you all are too.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - October 2015

It is that rusty dusty time of year. There isn't a whole lot blooming but the few blooms that are in the garden are most appreciated.
 The above Filipendula 'Kakome' is always such a pretty sight this time of year. When other things are winding down this is just getting charged up.
 I need to plant some in front of these beautiful Japanese Anemones. 
 The lamium that is in flower pots as filler is blooming again. 
This little dahlia has bloomed all summer for me. It is one of those little short ones. It doesn't make a very good cut flower as it doesn't last long in the vase. This might be why it has done well in this dry summer. 
 This mum has been in the ground for years. I don't do anything to it. No extra water etc. It is so reliable and at this time I appreciate the cheerful yellow blooms.
 My poor Toad Lilies look pretty pathetic if you look at the foliage. Don't look at it.
 Just look at those lovely blooms. 
Something I learned this summer...that Lamium does well as a pot filler. It usually goes dormant in the ground here during summer. It often dies out because of our long dry spell. (I am trying not to complain) It looks quite good in a pot and it reblooms. Nice.
What do you have blooming in  your garden this month?  Do you have anything you will protect from the coming frost?  We are to have frost this weekend. I will let all be.
To see what is blooming in other gardens at this time hop over to Carol's blog.