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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. 


This is our old grill which was replaced by a new one. 
First, I wanted to give it away since it's still in good working order. 
But look what I did! Now, it's a plant stand in the garden's utility corner.

Bunny was moved here from the other part of the garden. It serves as a focal point in this plant bed.

Usually, I cut down Gunnera leaves later, but this one was bent to the ground by strong winds.

Thalictrum rochebrunianum  Lavender Mist, they say, seeds itself.  I'd love to have more of it, but so far, no seedlings. 
Maybe I took them for columbine plants and weeded them out. 

Verbena bonariensis Lollipop  self seeds reliably; what a good girl! 

Eryngium is a new plant in my garden. Somehow,  I only recently warmed up to it.

Nicotiana has been behaving as a perennial since our winters are mild. It's been self seeded already for 3-4 seasons.

Romneya trichocalyx (Matilija Poppy)

Astilbe and Dichroa fibrifuga

Two different varieties of Oakleaf Hydrangea.

Love Agapanthus' arrows

Senecio Angel Wings survived the winter in this pot.

This succulent arrangement also spent the whole winter outside. I placed it close to the house wall to protect it from extreme moisture.

I think you already know that this is my favorite hydrangea - Oregon Pride. 

It was the last gardening season for two Privet trees (Japanese Ligustrum) on both sides of the central door. 
They are gone now - got too big for their spots. They actually were bought as three-ball topiaries, but I haven't maintained that shape, so... 

Privets'  blooms attracted all types of pollinators. These two trees are gone, but there are three more Privets in the back garden.

Clematis Rooguchi uses Mr. Lincoln Rose as a support.

This should be Hydrangea Endless Summer.

Big leaves belong to Brugmansia. It will show its white flowers in August.

Pinus strobus Louie was a spontaneous purchase at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival. 
I'm still looking for a good spot for it, but so far it sits in the pot.

We don't have  many spots with full sun in the garden. That is why herbs and greens grow mostly in containers.

Corn salad and red lettuce

Last year, Persicaria was planted into this little kitchen garden. It doesn't look big here, but wait for August - it almost swallowed The Cat!

View of the Kitchen Garden surrounded by boxwoods.

Side garden. Stepping stones lead to the back:

I see two issues in the above picture: Ilex crenata hedge that is getting wider and taller and Japanese Anemone determined to take over the whole garden.

Mason bees house is getting moved back to the garage; I missed the right moment and didn't get the bees this year.
Blue balls are getting moved from place to place depending on my whims.

This part of the Terrace Garden looks different now, in October. Weigela was moved to the left, to the edge of the Terrace Garden. 

This huge clump of Zebra grass has been moved. A lot of moving in the garden this season!

Nicotiana looks good with many different plants (Mexican feather grass above, Lobelia tupa and Romneya below).

Rusty foxgloves are new in my garden

This is Privet, Japanese Ligustrum that I was talking about earlier in the post. Here, it has enough space to grow both in height and width.

There are several new pieces of decor in the garden. This metal stand with purple flowers brings some color to the shady spot.

Persicaria Painter's Palette

Let's take a break and move to August

This is how a single Persicaria plant envelops The Cat with the Fiddle

Cotinus coggygria (Smokebush) Royal Purple

New in the garden - tiled path behind the garage. No more muddy walks!

July's Agapantus arrows turned into August blooms

I am not a fruit gardener, but there are pears in the garden!

Hydrangea Pistachio is a newbie

Fuchsia Hawkshead

Looking at the pictures, I realize that there are quiet a bit of white blooming flowers in the garden.

White Hollyhock in the background rarely gets rusty leaves

Here it is, my new plant! It was time when I was indifferent to Brugmansia. 
Not anymore. I hope it will overwinter well in the garage.

I've been told that this variegated Butterfly bush won't self-seed aggressively.

A new little plant bed

I tried different plants for this pot. It looked the best with Colocasia esculenta (Elephant's Ear). But, I like it empty as much as with plants.

Yucca has babies all over the garden.

Double Otto Fuchsia

Ginger Lily from Windcliff is getting ready to bloom

This Frog is a new addition to my little frog collection

It was a blue/purple wave in the Front Garden: hydrangea, liatris, agapanthus, salvia. 

The bird bath in the background of the above picture was bought for one of my little projects.

Teapot from Wonderland

Thank you for stopping by!

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  1. Beautiful flowers! Especially the roses, I like it.

  2. Oh my goodness. Once again your garden has blown me away. I could spend hours in it. What a joy it must be to work in. So many beautiful blooms and pots. Love rusty foxgloves and that wonderful empty pot that used to hold elephant ears. Visiting you always inspires me. Happy Fall, be well, stay safe ~ Love, hugs and prayers ~ FlowerLady ~ P.S. thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind comment. ;-)

    1. Lorraine, you are very kind to my blog :) Thank you!

  3. Wow, overwintered Lobelia--that would be wonderful! I can't believe the size of the Gunnera foliage; I know it's big, but wow! Beautiful blooms and foliage. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Beth! Thank you! Our winters are getting milder, and more annuals behave as perennials... As for the gunnera, I think it likes that particular spot with some sun and moist soil!

  4. I always hate to see summer go, but then October light up!

    1. Thank you, Linda! This October looks pretty good so far!

  5. I just love the way you cultivate your roses. I have such a difficult times with them. Thank you for visiting

    1. James, thank you! I would gladly exchange some of my roses for some of your exotic plants! :)


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