Monday, September 22, 2014

No Shadows!

It's been a long, hot summer and today, timed precisely with the beginning of autumn, the shadows that have been a normal part of my gardening experience for the last three months were on serious hiatus. Sunshine lay hidden behind an ashen cloud cover keeping the temperature in the comfy sixties. And with beloved rain predicted tomorrow, needless to say I got some serious gardening done!  

Look at Aster 'Alma Potschke' 

Through the years I've divided this Aster many times and now there are several
throughout my garden. I love the vibrant pink color. 

Nicotiana 'Tinkerbell' has reseeded in several areas. I love everything about this plant. 

Rosa 'Rhapsody in Blue' is blooming again. The fragrance is delicious. 

And speaking of fragrance, here is a blossom on my 'Frost Proof' Gardenia.
The plant has been blooming non-stop since early August.

This is 'Fireworks' Gomphrena. It's been blooming since I bought it. 

This photo of  Rosa 'Adelaide Hoodless' is a little over-exposed but I love these luscious red puffs. 

Earlier this spring, I bought two Calibrachoa or "Million Bells."
They're still going strong. 

Fry Road Nursery has several species Impatiens. I bought this one as a plug
back in May. It's about three feet tall now and in constant bloom. 

I've discovered that if I give my Dianthus a drink now and then they'll thank me with blooms. 

Ditto for Clemmies. This is C. 'Confetti.' It's blooming again! 

My over-wintered Melianthus has been growing slowly all season. 

The red blooms here are Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising'. It's been blooming non-stop since June. 

Fuchsia magellianica and Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa 'Golden Lantern')

And just next to the aforementioned plant combo is this one.
Rosa 'Cinco de Mayo' and Rhus typhina 'Tiger Eyes Sumac'. 

Here is a look at my garden looking north. 

And here it is looking south. The creeping thyme I planted between the bricks (where the lawn used to be)
is filling in nicely. 

Maybe a little too well in some spots. 

I am so much happier without my lawns. The "north lawn" used to be here. 

One of my projects has been to relocate this sad looking clump of Darmera peltata. As a lover of wet feet, it was constantly pouting at being sentenced to the desert conditions under my Seven-Son's tree. 

So I dug it out and replaced it with a very large and very tolerant Pacific Northwest native sword fern. 

The fern will take a while to settle in but this area will be much easier to manage next summer, which I'm
predicting will be much cooler!