Tuesday, November 2, 2010

 "There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling".    Mirabel Osler

Fall is really here.  Cold, dark, mornings and earlier sunsets.  The leaves are turning and the garden is settling down from it's crazy and riotous summer antics.  On my early evening stroll through the garden yesterday I noticed a few blooms, though.  The roses, although much healthier looking than they have been since May, still are not blooming.  Any day now.  And they'll bloom through January once they start. They've been known to bloom in snow around here!  Anyway, here's a little look at some of what is still blooming.

The Hydrangeas are fading fast, but I love this phase where they turn a beautiful shade of green.

One of the Sedums, getting ready to bloom, along with a Purple Heart.

A white "Encore" Azealea, and of course, Mums!

This was supposed to be a white Coneflower! Oh well...still pretty.

Some more Purple Heart - I LOVE those little flowers - and a Gaillardia.  Oh, and some weeds! Hehe...just keeping it real!

I'm not sure, but I believe this to be some sort of Hibiscus? The flowers are white and look very similar to a Hibiscus.  Earlier this summer some moth caterpillars wiped this entire shrub out in one day, but it's come back nicely.

More Mums, and a potted Pomegranate - I'm experimenting with that.

One of my favorites, the Canna Lily.  I have several types and colors in the garden, but this is the only one still blooming.
I'm enjoying what's left in the garden for now, and already thinking about what to add next year.  Now if the mosquitoes would just get the word that fall is here...

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  1. Good show garden. Excited about the pomegranate. Will you bring it in for the winter?

    xo Jane

  2. I got the pomegranate a few months ago from the Farmers Market. The gentleman I got it from said that it will need to go in the shed for the winter. It has tiny little poms on it right now, but I remember from growing up in So. California that pomegranates are shrubs - big shrubs. Big enough to hold those big, heavy fruits, so I don't know how that's going to work when I will have to keep it potted. He said it would fruit, though! We'll see!

  3. I agree the hydrangeas at this time of year are my very favorites. Loved the walk through your gardens.

  4. hi karin,

    yesterday i spent the day in the front garden doing the fall cleanup. we had such a mild summer that things are still in amazing shape. i took a few pics and i should post them. i love the way the hydrangeas are looking right now. your garden looks pretty darn good too. have a great day.


  5. I live vicariously through my blogging friends that live further to the south - love seeing things still in bloom! Nothing is blooming here, although my rose bush is still hanging in there. We've had a few days of really cold weather - oh boy, winter is on the way!