Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A few October blooms

Here's my Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post a day ahead. Yes, I still have a few flowers in bloom despite the drought (now ended) and the upcoming frost. Here are some of them.


I love toad lilies and need to get more of them! This is Tricyrtis hirta 'Miyazaki.' Such a cool thing to come across in an otherwise spent bed.


Sweet autumn clematis strangling the life out of beautyberries is a lovely sight. I really need to pull those vines off.


The conventional chrysanthemum/tall sedum (or whatever they call it now) combination. These need to be moved when they're finished flowering, because they block our view as we're pulling out of the driveway.


I think the 'Limelight' hydrangeas that are too big for their site know that I'm going to cut them down and replace them, because along with the gargantuan now-pinkish-brown flowerheads that started earlier in the season, they've put out a bunch of smaller, cute white ones to entice me into sparing them. Sorry, guys. (Plants do hear us talking about them, okay? Or else why did the annoyingly invasive and sticky Japanese pagoda tree - discussed in an earlier post - fail to bloom at all this year, meaning no seeds spread across the known universe along with no gunk on the cars? We still need to cut it down, but at least we can wait till spring.)

In other news, I'm working on the very early stages of the food forest project, in other words removing that darned fence. Slowly, with a lot of digging out of groundhog wire, ripping up morning glories and chopping down small trees, and using reverse engineering. It'll get there.

11 comments:

  1. My same type hydrangea produced a few late white blooms which are still up there against the amazing foliage display we are having in NH this year. I LOVE the toad lilies!

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    1. Aren't they just great? Hydrangea thing must be something about the weather.

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  2. You have beautiful flowers in your garden!

    Greetings, Sofie #26
    http://sofies-succulent-beads.blogspot.be

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  3. I see you have beautyberries like Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Extraordinary colour, I always think. Looks as if they're standing up well to the clematis.

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    1. The clematis is vigorous enough to kill them if I don't keep after it! It's already nearly killed a spirea that was next to the beautyberries.

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  4. Oh, that autumn clematis is such a baddie in my garden. Sorry about your 'Limelight' hydrangeas. Maybe 'Little Lime' would be smaller? I love beautyberries. They are rather splendid in the fall.~~Dee

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    1. I've really enjoyed the color of 'Limelight,' so I am definitely going to look at 'Little Lime' as a substitute. So glad all the dwarf cultivars are available now. And yes, autumn clematis gets everywhere! Though beautifully.

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  5. Gorgeous. I've always wanted toad lilies as well - they're like beautiful little orchids. I don't know why I haven't gotten some. I'd probably miss everything as my shady area is tucked on the side where I don't visit nearly enough.

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  6. And all my flowering ornamentals were done early this year. Quite a disappointment. Still have some Russian sage, but most ended early and I think a few perennials must of died too!

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    1. It's been a tough year for a lot of plants.

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