This Week in the Garden – October 12

Toad Lily

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.

Tree Ivy Shrub Flowers

Tree Ivy Shrub Flowers

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.

Variegated Sedum

Variegated Sedum

I had also shared pictures of this variegated Sedum. I took some better pictures to show the pretty leaves.

White Sedum

White Sedum

And the flowers.

Path with Sedum and Azalea

Path with Sedum and Azalea

Here’s another shot of the sedum in the lower garden at its peak. The purple encore azalea is blooming behind it.

Bees love Sedum

Bees love Sedum

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.

Toad Lily

Toad Lily

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.

Red Shiso turning pink

Red Shiso turning pink

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.

Volunteer Petunia

Volunteer Petunia

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.

Fairy-like Aster

Fairy-like Aster

The pretty little white aster has peaked this week, and is now starting to fade. The bees are still visiting however.

Japanese Anemone

Japanese Anemone

The Japanese Anemone is fading now too- the flowers have fewer petals. But last week they were still going strong.

Cute Mushrooms

Cute Mushrooms

I found these cute little mushrooms while doing some fall clean up.

Dogwood Seeds

Dogwood Seeds

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.

Not sure what this is

Not sure what this is

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.

Detail of weed

Detail of weed?

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.

Clematis

Clematis

This spring, this clematis was blooming up by the mailbox. In the summer, the seed heads looked like this:

Roses with Clematis seed head

Roses with Clematis seed head

And now they look like this:

Clematis Seed Head

Clematis Seed Head

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.

Giant Camilia

Giant Camilia

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.

Camilia Blossom

Camilia Blossom

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.

 

Turntable Cover

Turntable Cozy

This week I made a little something for my husband- a cozy for his turntable.

Turntable Cozy

Turntable Cozy

I didn’t take any pictures of the process- but it was fairly straight-forward. I took measurements of the turntable- sketched it out, and figured out what the pattern should be for each piece. I added an extra inch for seams, which ended up working out to fit it perfectly. I made an oops in cutting the fabric so I didn’t place the pattern exactly where I wanted it to be- I was cutting from three scraps of fabric I bought at UFab outlet for a dollar each.

Naked Turntable

Naked Turntable

Turntable Covered

Covered Turntable

The bottom of the turntable is just over an inch wider than the top, so the side pieces are trapezoidal. I also shortened the back piece to accommodate the cords coming out.

Detail stitching

Detail stitching

I think the whole thing took me about an hour, for cutting, piecing, and sewing. I also gave the hems a little zig-zag stitch for fun. I think it “goes” with the fabric.

Mr. Lucky was so appreciative, and I love making a nice little thing like this for him when I can.

 

 

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Making a Spot for Lavender

After - A new space for Phenomenal Lavender

One of the new plants I bought this fall is “Phenomenal” Lavender (‘Niko’).

Phenomenal Lavender

Phenomenal Lavender

It’s supposed to be a great hardy lavender that performs exceptionally well. It does require full sun though, and as that is at a premium in my garden, I decided I wanted to make a space for it.

Before - Lots of Liriope

Before – Lots of Liriope

This corner, by the bottom of the deck, gets plenty of sun and is full of liriope. I have LOTS of this growing around the yard, and I’ve been noticing this grass growing through it that no matter how much I pull it, it won’t stop. I also just wanted this spot to look a little different.

After - A new space for Phenomenal Lavender

After – A new space for Phenomenal Lavender

This lavender should grow to about two feet across, and from two to four feet tall. I know it will take a few years to get that size, so I wanted to make sure it had some room. You can see some of the liriope I pulled out (and put into pots) around it. I reset the stones to curve out more, and added small marble chips on top. I already had the marble chips on hand, and the small pebble stones that were already around this area got mixed up in the dirt.

Liriope in pots

Liriope in pots

I will find homes for all the liriope- which can easily be broken into smaller plants.

Lots of Liriope in pots

Lots of Liriope in pots

Whenever I passed by the liriope, and saw all the grass sticking out of it, it felt like an endless chore for a plant that I didn’t even feel was all that interesting. I love lavender, and instead of feeling “ugh” every time I passed this spot, I wanted to feel happy.

 

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Some New Plants for the Garden

Mums in a Plastic Pumpkin

A week ago Friday was the fall plant sale at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and I couldn’t help but get a little more color for my fall garden.

I’ve already taken the caladium tubers indoors for the winter, and had this empty spot. I thought a colorful snapdragon would be great! If it does anything like the snapdragons did at my last house, they should be around for at least a full year of color.

Orange-Purple Snapdragon

Orange-Purple Snapdragon

They came in a 3 pack, and I also got this pretty pink snapdragon that I placed in the front side yard.

Pink Snapdragon

Pink Snapdragon

And also this deep red shade. I desperately wanted a little more color in this bed. I think it’s been looking a little scraggly.

Other snapdragons

Other snapdragons

Another color I just couldn’t resist was this pink Lobelia cardinalis (pink Cardinal flower).

Pink Lobelia Cardinalis

Pink Lobelia Cardinalis

The red ones are doing so well in the lower garden (and self-seed quite well on their own), that I thought I would try this lovely hot pink color. I’m going to plant it towards the top of the ‘rock slope’ in the back yard. I will either clear out some of the gooseneck loosedstrife to make room for it, or will clear out the grapevine. I was planning on taking out the grapevine anyway as it wants to take over a nearby rose of sharon and choke it out.

Heuchera 'Fire Alarm'

Heuchera ‘Fire Alarm’

I also picked up this brilliant Heuchera, called “Fire Alarm”. It’s got a great color and I planted in the side yard, in a deeply shaded spot that needed a little oomph. I’m not entirely sure I like where I planted it though, and may decide it needs to be potted instead. I am excited to have this year-round plant in the garden (at least I think it is here), since this is one type I have not seen in this garden.

Iris Indian Chief

Iris Indian Chief

I bought some Iris bulbs too- since this is the only time of year the Iris society sells them and it’s the best time of year for planting. I bought this one bearded Iris called ‘Indian Chief’ and planted it out front. I’m hoping for a little more color in this spot. This is what I hope it will look like next spring:

Courtesy of the Historical Iris Society

Courtesy of the Historical Iris Society

I also bought two species of shade tolerant Irises (since I have so much shade). The first is Iris Tectorum. I planted it in the lower garden.

Iris Tectorum

Iris Tectorum

Which will hopefully look like this next Spring:

Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden plant finder

Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden plant finder

And I also planted Iris Cristata along the driveway, under the Japanese Maple, which should look like this:

Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden plant finder

Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden plant finder

There were so many beautiful varieties, it was hard not to buy more (but where would they go?).

New plants in pots

New plants in pots

But back to fall color- I bought this pretty purple aster and a yellow mum to set each other off in the veggie patch.

Fall in the Veggie Patch

Fall in the Veggie Patch

I love how they look with the fairy white asters, and the pink anemones.

Peter II Purple Aster

Peter II Purple Aster

Here’s a detail of the purple aster – it’s called peter II. I think it’s going to live in the hypertuffa pot where I planted it. I moved out a small phlox that didn’t bloom this year (to another pot) to make room. The mum was also planted in a pot- so that I can move it indoors for the winter. Mums are quite hardy in this area and it would survive outside, but I’m going to do everything I can to see it come back next year.

Plastic Pumpkin Mums

Plastic Pumpkin Mums

I also got some cheap mums from Lowe’s this year- and put them in some plastic buckets from Target for a ‘Halloween’ decoration for the front porch. I haven’t even re-potted them yet, I just stuck them in the pot with a smaller, empty pot for a spacer. Like so:

Adding support

Adding support

Mums in a Plastic Pumpkin

Mums in a Plastic Pumpkin

I did buy my other fall decorations at the plant sale though- beautiful pumpkins.

Pumpkin Display

Pumpkin Display

It’s funny how on Tuesday, the first official day of Autumn, it’s like a switch was flipped and the weather turned cooler.