As the garden starts winding down for its winter sleep, there hasn’t been as much to write about. The late season bloomers are just hitting their peak now, and I’ve even got a few new ones to share.
In the last ‘This Week’ I shared the Tree-Ivy shrub starting to bud- and now it’s got tiny little white flowers! What a strange but interesting plant.
I had also shared pictures of this variegated Sedum. I took some better pictures to show the pretty leaves.
And the flowers.
Here’s another shot of the sedum in the lower garden at its peak. The purple encore azalea is blooming behind it.
The bees love the sedum and were ALL over it. I’m seeing more of these big fat bumblebees now, much more so than earlier in spring and summer.
I was very excited to find this in the garden last week- a Toad Lily. So far, I’ve only seen this one in the lower garden, but I’m so happy to see it. I’ve been reading about Toad Lilies all year and was really hoping that I had one.
I also took a picture of this Red Shiso in the lower garden because it has turned this wild shade of pink. Some are more green, some are more dark purple or dull, but this one is just bright pink.
Up on the deck, in the planter with parsley, I had a late volunteer petunia come up. It blooms a single flower at a time.
The pretty little white aster has peaked this week, and is now starting to fade. The bees are still visiting however.
The Japanese Anemone is fading now too- the flowers have fewer petals. But last week they were still going strong.
I found these cute little mushrooms while doing some fall clean up.
The birds have been going crazy over these dogwood seeds. I think they’ve just about eaten them all now. In addition all the usual species (black capped chickadee, tufted titmouse, carolina wren, goldfinch, house finch, blue jays, cardinals, nuthatch, red-bellied woodpecker, downy or hairy woodpecker, coopers hawk, cat bird, eastern towhee, crow and morning dove) the seeds have brought sightings of a blue bird, and I think a female red-winged blackbird.
This tall weedy-looking plant has been growing in the front bed since mid-summer. There are only two stalks, and they are now blooming these fine feathery little flowers.
I didn’t want to pull it until I figured out what it was- it’s not as weedy looking as something like horse’s tail. It’s kind of interesting, but I hope I don’t regret the decision next year (if) when I have a million of them.
This spring, this clematis was blooming up by the mailbox. In the summer, the seed heads looked like this:
And now they look like this:
The seeds are fluffy and ready to float off in the breeze. I gathered a lot of seeds from this plant, the butterfly weed, and the Cleome in the veggie garden. I’m hoping to share and give them away.
This gigantic Camilia is covered with flowers right now. It’s blooming way more than it did last year. I will have to cut it back after it’s finished though because it wants to swallow the entire corner of our house- and our window.
It’s hard to believe it’s been just over a year since we’ve been in the house. We’ve seen a full year cycle in the garden, even though I don’t think I paid much attention when we first moved in. Between moving, getting settled, appointments, and the decline of the garden in the fall, I didn’t pay much attention or take too many pictures last fall. Now that I’ve seen the garden for a full year though, this winter I can really start planning the changes I want to make next year.