- Already another week has passed. It has been so wet! As of yesterday we have had sunny weather which has lit up the fall colours in the garden. I wish this would last for all of “winter” but that is not going to happen. This week we cut back a great deal of “stuff” and even cut down a large holly tree that was shading young trees and stabbing me whenever I tried to weed nearby. Good riddance! At about 10 in the morning, the sun reaches our shade garden at this time of year and makes a magical display. This one moment made the three years of effort worthwhile.
2. There is a path into the shade garden behind the scene above which weaves about. We have planted many things along the way and left quite a few ferns: Corylopsis, anemones, Tricyrtis, Hostas, Japanese Snowbell trees, a Fringe tree, Astilbes, trillium and much more. Although there is sun now, there is far less during the hotter months.
3. One of the plants I have had great success and delight with here is Meconopsis. These gems are so beautiful and last for a very long time in bloom. This is how they look today. (I have about 10 of them.)
And this is how they looked in bud and bloom last June.
4. Still blooming this week are the Lysimachia atropurpurea ‘Beaujolais’. I do hope they survive the winter, but I am nervous about them. I am not certain of finding them again. They did not make it through winters when I lived in Ontario.
5. Literally a huge success this year was the variegated Comfrey which has increased enormously in size since last spring. The morning sun struck it gently, just right I thought, next to the Molinia grass.
6. Two more signs of Fall here are the seedpods of Martagon Lilies near the same Molinia grass…
and the webs created by the many artistic spiders. This one made use of the Osmanthus shrub as its canvas.
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