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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Late Season Garden Pictures (Zone 7b)

This season is mild here in the Pacific Northwest. Surprisingly, we don't have a lot of rain. Temperatures are above freezing, and there is no sign of snow. A couple of light frosts is all that we've had thus far. So, my garden still looks green with splashes of brown and yellow here and there.
This is what I see from my back windows. Clematis montana leaves are changing color. There will soon be the time when it gets bare.

The water in the birdbath got a thin layer of ice recently.



Escalonia, privet and boxwood will stay green all year around.

Our new Japanese maple finally got its leaves off. I am eager to see its color in spring. This is the type of maple that has pink leaves in spring and fall. We bought it in May. During the summer, the pink turned to green as it was supposed to be. But, in fall the leaves stayed greenish-yellow instead of pink. I read that it can happen when the soil is too rich. The nursery employees did put very good soil in the planting hole to give the tree a good start in its new place. I hope with time that the soil gets normal, and we will see the leaves change from green to pink.


In the picture below, the blooms of fuchsia Double Otto can be seen. It is such a wonderful hardy plant. It blooms until the hard frost. Further in the garden, tall brown stalks of Joe Pye weed still stand high. Together with monarda, it attracts birds and gives them some seeds to munch on.

Do you see a bird in the next picture?


 After the garden stops blooming and loses its fresh neat look, there is always a choice between esthetics and birds. I am so glad I didn't cut down these perennials!

This red Monarda was a magnet for hummingbirds in summer  (Hummingbird Has Brown Eyes ).
Red berries decorate Burning bush (Winged Euonymus):

Finally, this is my last autumn bouquet picture taken on the 30th of November:

Some plants that blooming in December are: campanula, fuchsia, primula, brunnera. Also, there are buds on the rose bushes, but I doubt if they will open.

***Copyright 2011 TatyanaS


  1. Mimo, że jest jeszcze trochę liści , kilka kwiatków, to ogród robi się coraz smutniejszy. Dobrze, ze przylatują ptaszki i mają co zjeść. Pozdrawiam

    Although there is still some leaves, some flowers, this garden is getting sadder. Well, the birds arrive and have something to eat. Yours

  2. It has been a mild, dry, strange fall here. Right now, there is bright blue sky right outside my window. The birds are so cute, I garden for them too.

  3. Tatyana, your garden looks really lovely this late in the season and you have some very nice views out of your windows into it! I especially like your third and last photo in this post. The area with the two red containers is so well designed and the bouquet of Hydrangea flowers is hard to beat. I am happy to see that you left something to eat for the birds in your yard and did not cut down the perennials after their prime time was over. Birds enrich a garden a lot and give so much joy when watched so I feel we should to help them a little bit to get through the winter. Have a nice rest of the weekend!

  4. Loved the bird progression, and the the varying head colors of hydrangea just what I needed

  5. Hi Tatyana,

    Your garden looks similar to ours - not yet totally brown and dead, with splashes of colour still around and unusual blooms such as the primula. I do however have rose buds and roses blooming at the moment and hope yours also manage to bloom :D

  6. Lovely gardenpictures! I didn't cut down the perennials in the garden after blooming either. I pictured them covered in snow already but we've had such stormy weather lately that most of them are just lying flat on the ground now. No snow yet though this season ;-)

  7. Your garden is beautiful. The birds eat all of my berries before they can beautify my winter. Thank you for sharing, as my garden is covered in a blanket of snow.

  8. I am afriad our gardens are totally asleep. You still have so much green, makes me aware each year the difference in our zones. Happy Holidays!


  9. Thank you dear friends! I'll see you on your blogs!

  10. I like how the red pots add a great splash of colour. I too leave plants uncut for the birds to enjoy. The weather here is also milder this year, its about 10 degrees warmer than it was at this time last year. Have a great Christmas.

  11. I guess Colorado is getting all the cold and snow this year! Lots of other parts of the country seem to be having it mild. Your garden looks wonderful to me. Having a prolonged fall will make the winter whiz right by whenever it happens. Your Japanese Maple sounds pretty. I hope the foliage works out the way you wanted it to.

  12. Wow T..beautiful! What a gorgeous and dazzling post! Your photography is stunning and I am enchanted by the sweet birds...beautiful!
    Thankyou for your lovely visit and Wishing you Magic and Joy over the holiday season!

  13. I love the view onto your garden from the inside ... beautiful!

  14. So beautiful at this time of year, even with the flowers gone. I really like the images of the bird and dying Monarda.

  15. Are these plants - campanula, fuchsia, primula, brunnera - perennials?


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