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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

From September Garden

A few pictures from my September garden.

This year, at last, I planted asters. This type of asters - I don't see many of them around. It has, probably, something to do with the fact that they can't be grown in the same spot every year; they need to be moved to a different place to avoid disease. Do you grow this type (Callistephus chinensisa, Chinese aster, Annual aster)? 

While growing up in the Russian Far East, I first saw fuchsia plants at my grandmother's country house. They were houseplants, happily growing in pots for several years and blooming nicely. We didn't have hardy fuchsias that could withstand the winters of up to minus 30 degrees F.
Now, I grow several varieties of overwintering fuchsias in my garden, but it's still a wonder for me to see their flowers under December snow.

Roses and perennial phlox were the stars of my September garden. I started to remove phloxes shown in the next picture, from my Terrace Garden. They tend to be tall and floppy. They bend to the ground after rains and winds. I discard some of them and move others to different spots.

I consider Salvia guaranitica Black and Blue to be a garden's working horse - it's been blooming from August to October.

After several years of ignoring them, I started to grow Colocasia again. Love their tropical look!

My working table is hosting pieces of garden d├ęcor, dry bouquets, etc. in preparation for fall cleaning

The fountain area was also a spot for the fall preparations:

There are white, pale-pink and purple cyclamen in my garden, and I love them all.

Persicaria is continuing to surround The Cat With the Fiddle.
For a long time, I resisted planting it in my garden. I suspect that some childhood memories contributed to that resistance. We had native species of persicaria (Persicaria extremiorientalis,
Far-eastern smartweed probably) where I grew up as a child. While playing, we sometimes touched the plants and then rubbed our eyes. That caused a very painful burning sensation and tears. Modern persicaria hybrids carry very little resemblance to our short, dark-leaved plants, but the memories somehow created associations.

Japanese Anemone Honorine Jobert


Side by side : Hydrangea macrophylla 'Izu no Hana' and Hydrangea macrophylla Endless Summer

Dichroa febrifuga, Blue evergreen hydrangea, Chinese quinine  

Rose Mutabilis, The Butterfly Rose

Leucosceptrum stellipilum ‘Ogon', Japanese Bush Mint.
The leaves which I touched didn't smell like mint, but the flowers did!

Impatiens omeiana is doing much better in its new spot, shady and moist.

Japanese Anemone, shorter than light-pink ones.
 Spreading and getting dug out.

Trycitris , Toad Lily 

Persicaria Painters' Palette

Allium seed heads

Begonia benitochiba from Windcliff
This plant has somewhat of a stunted growth in my garden, although I moved it already twice. Need to make some research.

Billardiera longiflora, Purple apple-berry,  fruit
I've been very pleased with Brugmansia, Angel's Trumpets, which is a new plant in my garden. I got it in early summer as a small start, and now it's having a second bloom wave.

Ensete Maurelii, Red Abyssinian Banana is as beautiful as always.

Musella lasiocarpa, Chinese Yellow Banana:

Clematis rooguchi had more seed heads than flowers in September

Hedychium, Ginger Lily

New in my garden - Coniogramme emeiensis Golden Zebra   

My best garden decor element. First, he was pretending to enjoy the flower, then he moved his orange ball to the patch of soft saxsifrage, and finally he made a comfortable bed for himself there:

At the end, I'm posting these two pictures to remind myself of a week in September when the whole Pacific Northwest experienced record wildfires, and we tried to stay home to avoid breathing toxic smoky air. The pictures have a yellowish tint, although not the worst we had. I went outside just for several shots only when it was possible to breathe more or less normally.

I didn't take many pictures in September. My September garden was very much like my August garden (its pictures were shown in the post Summer Garden Moments .


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Monday, October 5, 2020

Summer Garden Moments

These are some highlights of my July and August garden. June garden's pictures are here:  In My June Garden  .


Last winter was pretty mild, and the annual Lobelia is proving that - it overwintered in the pot.
Its neighbor, next to it, is a baby-maple self seeded here. 

Roses. I love roses, but they aren't my favorite plants. They are welcome in my garden as long as they are healthy. So far, they are. 

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