Friday, September 30, 2011

Still Blooming

It feels like the garden is done for the year, but there are still a few blooms hanging on! Heliopsis has started to wane, but still has plenty of yellow blooms on large plants.

Perennial Sage has recovered from some flattening deluges, the shed has gone from blue to yellow, providing a different backdrop.

The little self sowing Cosmos blooms are still providing interest in the tulip bed.

Hydrangea Kyushu is still looking fresh in the shade.

This tall Aster is interwined in the dogwood, I like the combination, from far, it looks like the dogwood is flowering.

Phlox David is glowing in a shady corner.

First blooms on the Variegated Obedient Plants, they plants are much lankier than their regular counterparts, but are an interesting addition.

Little Lamb Hydrangea has faded to a nice green colour.

Stella D'Oro is blooming as usual, first to start, last to stop.

Despite some cold nights, Petunia Sophistica is still producing some interesting blooms.

The Blue Stars are shining as well.

A few Campanula pictures, little Fairy Thimble has a few blooms..

..and the taller peachleaf does as well.

I am crazy about Fall Asters, I wish they were easier to find. They are often sold in amongst the fall mums, so searching the racks is sometimes beneficial.

Snowdrop Anemone puts up a bloom now and again, pretty as ever.

The cooler nights have made Unique Hydrangea blush.

The roses had gone through a rest period but are now blooming madly, here is Sunrise Sunset.

And Morden Sunrise.

A few weeks ago I planted the little annual Dianthus, they return well and make a great border.

I hope everyone is enjoying their fall, the days feel much shorter already.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hydrangeas in White

I really have an obsession with white hydrangeas, if I lived in a zone where blue hydrangeas grew freely, they would hold the #1 spot, but I am happy with these cool beauties. I think of them as 'late summer lilacs'. Below are my three.

Here is the delicate beauty Kyushu.

The heavily blooming Little Lamb.

Last but not least, the reliable Unique, which turns pink quickly after a few cool nights.

And a gratuitous lily pic for good measure!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

New additions, aka The list is getting shorter.

I have been wanting to add a water feature for quite a long time, I finally found not 1, but 2 that fit with my scheme. One for the sunroom...

and one for the garden.

This free astilbe is growing beautifully in the shade. It was an unlabelled garden centre reject whose next stop was likely the dumpster.

Have a look at these...last years cosmos have reseeded, but the babies are teeny tiny. About 4-6" tall and the blooms no more than 1"across. I wonder if they will reseed again?

Another off the want list - a gazing ball. I feel like there should be a fortune told anytime now.

This is the Casablanca Lily tuber I planed in the spring, such a gorgeous bloom.

And here is a problematic area, the left boards are actually a gate, so it limits what can be planted to fill the space. Here are some houseplants added today.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! :)