This was a very busy week, filled with a birthday party for our middle grandchild, a trip to the Vet’s for renewed thyroid medication and food for Phoebe-dog, a doctor’s appointment with my husband, and more car repairs for the old Honda. A young blue heron fell (or was chased) from its nest at my daughter’s home where there is a heronry of 4-5 nests. The rescue people think it has a good chance of survival if it will grow enough feathers before winter. They are watching its (broken?) leg closely. It was transferred by ferry to their location in a large dog carrier!
There was not much time for the garden, yet I managed to water the driest areas. I also worked on an article about our June garden tour for the British Clematis Society. I hope I make the deadline for this. My friend often asks me for an “easy” article with photos when he is in need of non-scientific material.
And now for my Six.
- This is my favorite time of year in the garden, but you must realize by now that I must search for colour in the garden after our heat and drought this summer. Persicaria is one of the few plants I can count on. Soon I will have to think about dividing this I suspect! It already grows in two locations here
2. I am still enjoying our bench area. The path needs some raking soon to keep the mulch in place. I have observed feral cats in the garden recently too. I guess our dog is too old and lazy to chase them these days. There are hanging branches nearby, and I have spoken to a tree person about removing a few in September. This person was finally able to deliver 5 yards of chips for mulch this week. It will be a while before that gets spread I think, but I was lucky to locate it because with the fire bans, no one is permitted to use power saws and tools. This load came from off our island where the ban is not in effect. It is Balsam and Fir and smells WONDERFUL!
3. This Oregano Herrenhausen plant grows nicely with a creeping white aster. The aster has not begun to bloom so far, but I love it’s blue-grey colour and texture with it.
4. Only a few of the red Corydalis that I planted about 3 years ago have returned this year. I thought they would stand out nicely in late summer when there is not much colour, but they are a bit skimpy I think. Too much shade I guess. Cute though.
5. I love most ornamental grasses and the way they highlight the garden. They are beginning to shine at this time. Panicum varieties are my favourites and they enjoy lots of sun – but the Hakonechloa shade grasses are really eye catching as well.
Panicum Cheyenne Sky develops lovely burgundy highlights.
Panicum ‘Northwind’ is also a delight. It is known for its narrow upright habit. Mine is just beginning to form its inflorescences.
Hakonechloa macra ‘Nicolas’ has been growing in almost full shade. Mine remains green so far, but its main feature is supposed to be orange and red tones in cooler autumn weather. I’m waiting!
The brighter Haconechloa macra Aureola or Hakonechloa ‘all gold’ really brighten up dark spots in the garden!
Molinias, usually large, are fabulous too! (I can’t stop!) I’ve had this one for years. It really makes a statement when given enough room!
This Molinia variegata, on the other hand, is small even when its inflorescences shoot up. I have three in this area to contrast with Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’.
6. Yesterday I picked up some potted hardy cyclamen plants. In North America these are nigh impossible to find. I have always needed to plant Cyclamen as seeds or single bulbs up until last year when I located tiny (1″?) pots. These new ones are strong looking healthy plants with lovely markings. I don’t know quite yet where I’ll be planting them… since they were an impulse buy.
The garden thinks that fall has begun! Do you?
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