U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8a. Sunset climate zone 5

Friday, October 9, 2015

Stachys Bello Grigio in My Garden

It was the main plant in my two blue belly pots on the back porch (morning shade, afternoon sun).
Showy long silver-white leaves, soft and fuzzy.
Developed by renowned flower and plant breeder Goos Bartels, Netherlands.

 July 1st

 July 31st

Squirrels used these pots to hide pine cones

 August 22nd

 August 22nd

 August 27th

August 27th

October 5th

October 9th

Two smaller plants in the Right Border

 Stunning, visible from afar, unique, perfect for containers, 
its leaves contrast well with other plants. 
Love this plant.

***Copyright 2015 TatyanaS

Friday, October 2, 2015

September Garden Pictures

Even in the last days of September, my garden looked green.
After dry and wilted plants were removed, beds and borders look summery.
The only area that has yellow colors is behind the garage as will be seen in the last pictures.

Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii 'John Tomlinson'

Actaea simplex 'Black Negligee' 

Verbena is one of very few annuals that I plant


This summer with its heat, my grapes were better than ever.
Unfortunately, the birds were faster than me.

Cistus x purpureus (Orchid rockrose) finished blooming.
Although heat-resistant, it enjoys cooler days. 

New Magnolia 'Rose Marie'

Late planted purple beans are competing in height with Abyssynian Banana 
Coral bean flowers are pretty

Kitchen garden
Cucumbers and Tapinambur are gone, but kale and herbs are still going strong.

Topinambur (Jerusalem artichoke, Sunchoke,  Earth apple, Sunroot)

There were still some tomatoes on vines in September

Climbing Hydrangea took a couple of years before starting to climb a fir tree.
On both sides of the pot, there are two new begonias:
purple Begonia benitochiba on the left and light-green Begonia sp.DJHV 13070 on the right,
both of which are supposed to be hardy.

Sedum Autumn Joy

Romneya trichocalyx (Matilija Poppy) needs to be under control;
otherwise, it'll take over the whole bed

Knock-out roses are reliable bloomers, even with periodic deer visits

Larch, brand new in my garden

Thalictrum rochebrunianum (Meadow rue) throws an annual show with
spider webs and water drops 

Another newbie,  Abies pinsaro (Spanish Fir)

Sunken garden looks a bit wild, exactly as I like it

This is a medicinal plant, Callisia fragrans (Basket Plant)

Fuchsia 'Double Otto' on the left

Fuchsia 'Dollar Princess'

Rose Regensberg Floribunda

Last Digitalis

Self-seeded Nicotiana, tall and actively spreading

Not desirable creature in the garden

Very desirable creatures in the garden, my Garden Muses

And now, the only area which looks like Fall!

Morning light is shining through the leaves of Schisandra chinensis

Different types of grapes

Oakleaf Hydrangea blooms

I hope we all will have a good October.

***Copyright 2015 TatyanaS

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