Friday, October 3, 2014

Early Fall and Saying Good bye to my Magnolia

I walked around the yard and took a few snapshots of plants and scenery. 

We've had so much rain lately I haven't had to water anything.  These begonia's have shot out and have become quite huge.  There were several other plants in the pot but they've all died back.  

Nearby is my first fairy garden that is showing signs of fall

I've begun some emptying of pots preparing for the inevitable.

This one was full to the bottom with roots!

The hostas are dying back and so far the impatiens are still hanging in there!

The hosta hill is loosing color and it won't be long before this is all yellow

I didn't have the heart to pull this beautiful cordyline plant.  I wish I had room in the house to keep some of these plants going through the winter.  

The sedums are still blooming and as you can see the leaves are falling already too.

Still pretty

I will be cutting these back for the winter- they've gone wild!

Still putting off new blooms

The woods are starting to shift color

This is my sad looking Pinky Winky.  I guess I'm spoiled with the Limelights and Endless Summer Hydrangeas- this looks so sparse.

I don't know if the flowers will open finish opening up before the first frost hits.   I really think I should move it and make sure the soil is loaded with good organic matter.  

We've had so much rain this fungi popped up near the front island bed

The Black Eyed Susan's are all but done.   I've gotten lazy and haven't cut back some of the plants yet.  Well, we have had an awful lot of rain- it's raining again as I type this!

Saying goodbye to my old Magnolia
She's been sick all summer and I blamed it on the bad winter but we discovered why.  

 She's got a bad case of Heart Rot- a fungus disease.  We had trimmed off some lower branches to make lawn mowing easier several years ago.  I think we may have set up the poor tree for this fungi attack.  If I ever get another one I won't repeat that mistake!
Dan weed whipped a ring around the base so he can cut it as close to the ground as possible.  You can see the black rotting that is going on.

She was pretty badly diseased 

Dan cut it down in sections
I think she may have been with us for 15 years 

More signs of the disease

Sad day 

She was a beauty and I loved the smell of the flowers!

Fall is creeping in!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Morning Glories..finally!

I've finally got some Morning Glory blooms!  I went through my blog archives and realized that exactly one year ago I also posted that my Morning Glories have just started to bloom!  

It just keeps raining here- it's getting annoying!  You'd think we lived out in Seattle!

Of course they are perched so high up I could barely get a picture.  The Sweet Autumn Clematis is ready to start blooming too.  It's going to warm up (they say) to the 70's again so I hope to see more blooms!  

We had such high winds last week with one of the storms that my big flower pots with the (orange) Fuchsia's you see in the background were pushed right over on the ground.  It gave them a flat face for a few days but they seem ok now. 

I re-arranged the deck and moved this pot over.  Boy is it heavy- I had to rock it gently back and forth until I got there.  I cut it back a couple of weeks ago.  The petunias were looking too shabby.   They're starting to recover but we've gone down to 42 degrees at night and the annuals aren't too happy with those temps.  There were reports of frost already but I think we'll be safe for a while.

Have you heard of any frosts in your region yet?

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Friday, September 12, 2014

My Roses are Pink my Hydrangeas are not Blue- Walk With Me and I'll Show you!

Yep no red roses here just pink and no blue hydrangeas!

 It's okay I love pink so I'm good!

The bugs got at it in late July and riddled holes in the leaves but it began a 2nd growth spurt and all the new leaves are fine.  Too bad I didn't notice that hose!  I'm so used to seeing it I don't even notice it!

I've always enjoyed this rose.  The buds are deeper in color and are so perfect you want to preserve them.  

Notice the rose that centered itself right between the three legs of this trellis.  The ornamental grass is heavy with seed and tends to lay over on anything it can find to rest on.

An older bloom…the flower will continue to fade to a soft pastel as it ages…kind of like us humans!

I put in some Foxgloves this summer and to my surprise I have a 2nd round of flowers blooming!  I think they're so cute and quite a treat to have!  

A lone survivor.  A few years ago I picked up a miniature Black Eyed Susan plant.  I  think I weeded out the plants not knowing what they were this spring.  This little one popped up in the alyssum.  I kept picking out grass that kept showing up in the alyssum and somehow this little guy made it!

My Autumn Joy Sedum is just starting to flower.

Nearby is an ornamental Kale that came back.  I didn't know it would come back and was surprised to see it!  It doesn't look like much- something chewed on it a but I still enjoyed that it came back!

Along side the garage the planters are doing great.  The sweet potato vine really rook over.  I'm not sure I'll use that again in the window box planters. 

 The geraniums did their best to survive!  I enjoy these fancy ones- their pretty little florets look like they've been air brushed wish color!

These fuchsia plants did okay but not as good as I would have hoped.  The Bacopa plant that I mixed with it blooms really tiny flowers which are cute but I think I like the more traditional Bacopa better.  

Dan's assault on the weeds really works!  It's all trimmed back now and looks great once again!

My Althea Hibiscus Krystal Blue- Rose of Sharon is finally blooming.  It had a tremendously slow start this spring and I wouldn't have been surprised if it didn't make it after last winter but it did!

I'm considering moving this Limelight Hydrangea to another spot late this fall.  The weeping Mulberry to the left has grown so large that it's made this area too crowded.

It's always a good bloomer.  It doesn't mind it either if I cut it back which I may opt to do this fall instead of moving it.  I haven't trimmed it much for the past 3 years and it's really gotten large.

To the side of the house are some burning bushes which you can see are starting to turn color.  

I cut some of the Annabelle Hydrangeas and hung them up under this window box.  These are under the eves but I should move them indoors since we have more rain coming our way.

These three were the largest ones.  They are each the size of a dinner plate!  

That big pot is where I hide my hose for watering things on the deck. I pulled it out from under the window box area because I couldn't get to it!  Yes that is a lobster trap behind there.  We picked it up on a trip to Connecticut in 1999 and it's been stored in our little barn.  I decided to put it outside to get a little age on it.  It was too "new" looking.

This picture was taken about a few weeks ago.  I may end up staining it anyway so it doesn't much matter.  It was supposed to get turned into a coffee table for my nautical room but it never happened.  How I'm thinking of it with a glass top and making it an accent table.  

I borrowed one of the garden benches from out back by the fountain to add to my fall display.  This will evolve as the weeks go by.  I've already got it in my head to shuffle a few pieces around! The pumpkins aren't ready yet to cut- their still ripening.  I know this because they featured a local farmer this morning about it!!  I always love adding some pumpkins and gourds as autumn sets in.
I sold a piece of furniture and the woman that came for it brought her mother.  They asked to tour my gardens and made me feel good about my efforts!  Good thing Dan had gotten those ugly weeds killed off on the patio!  I rarely have "live" visitors so I enjoy it when someone comes by that appreciates my gardening.

Thank you for all your visits!  I was so surprised to have multiple comments the other day and I didn't even join a blog party!  I've been pre-occupied a lot lately and haven't had time for many visits so I haven't joined the parties.  I'll try to get around and visit more!


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