A garden is a good reminder that life goes on, outside of our human drama. And, it its a good place for demons to disperse, and some semblance of sanity to be restored. I spent some time putzing around out there this weekend, and, I have to say, it was good for both heart and mind, despite the drizzle. Check out other distractions from this dreadful situation we’re in, over at May Dreams Gardens, and Digging.
Zauschneria, Senecio (or nowadays Brachyglottis) greyii, and Eucalyptus. The Euca was planted as a 4″ annual two years ago. I guess I’m grateful it’s surviving, but I keep hacking it back. Since I expected it to be a temporary joy, I didn’t think to give it ample space. So, the poor thing is doomed to live out its life as a hard pruned shrub. I like its blue, fragrant foliage though – it’s great in arrangements! As is the Senecio, by the way. It looks fantastic with ‘Hot Cocoa’ roses.
Next to the Zauschneria, the Myrtle flowers have mostly been transformed to berries.
There are a lot! Last month, I had just discovered that Myrtles and berries. Someone mentioned that they are edible, so I tried one. They aren’t exactly tasty, but have an astringent taste rather reminiscent of juniper berries. I’m tempted to see what happens if I try to flavor vodka with it. Maybe it would turn gin-like?
There is an occasional flower left on the shrub, too. And holding up cobwebs, of course.
Here is the homesteader of that particular web.
Still only a somewhat scrawny, 2′ shrublet , but it yields promise – there are flower buds on my Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’ or Silver tassel bush, as it is also called. I think the leathery leaves actually are supposed to look like that – as if somewhat affected by leaf curl.
The seeds in my beloved Magnolia grandiflora seed pods glow like red little jewels.
I’m glad I didn’t cut back these mini gladiolus, as their seed pods are kind of cool.
And, I never before realized how decorative the pods of the Anisacanthus can be. Like something one would find dangling from Empress Josephine’s ear lobe.
Saying goodbye to the lovely Stewartia, whose autumn show is over, and now sports these cute little pods against the blue of the sky. It is going to go live in my friend Jason’s garden where it will enjoy a lot more space to do its magic.
Among the seed pods, there more promises of things to come. Here are Edgeworthia buds which, if spared too much icy cold, will put on one hell of a show come spring. Love this plant!
An Aloe is forming a new bud. Need to remember to bring this one inside and clean all those decaying leaves off it, before temperatures drop too far…
A new acquisition; Aster ‘Alma Potschke’. Just love that color, especially against the red of the Red ‘Dragon’ maple in the background. Fall is so deliciously vulgar!
Another eye-grabbing, red-leaved lovely – Coleus Redhead. Starting the transition… Boy, am I late! Some not at all hardy, and some borderline that probably would have made it had they been in the ground. But hey – as always, I’m a bit behind in my planting, and I have more than I know what to do with.
I guess this is what happens when grown in a little too much shade; Eupatorium ‘Elegant feather’ is blooming in November!
Another thread-leaf plant. This is likely the last flower of the year for Coreopsis ‘Red Satin’. This one has bloomed for months, despite still being confined to a pot.
Another late bloomer; Fatsia japonica – a late season hummingbird feeder supreme, and bees an bumblebees too.
Such cool flowers!
I guess the ants like its sweet nectar, too!
Also still trudging along; ‘Hot cocoa’ rose. I always marvel over how the color of those orange-red flower buds draw toward black.
This was a huge surprise for me. Another beauty languishing in a pot, waiting for its forever home. A bigger pot than the gallon it came in, for sure, but still… I honestly didn’t expect it to bloom. Clematis ‘Wisley cream’.
Here are the open flowers, somewhat tattered by all the rain we’ve had. Really need to find this one a home, and let it lose!
This one has truly taken off since the weather cooled a little; Woodwardia orientalis is putting out new fronds.
One of my absolute favorites – Podophyllum pleianthum – is starting its descent into dormancy. All I can do is to thank it for yet another good year.
Canna ‘Intrigue’ is still developing new leaves. It hasn’t bloomed yet (I don’t think it gets enough sun), but I honestly don’t mind. It’s the leaves I’m after.
Canna ‘Cleopatra’ DID bloom – which was nice – but same here. It’s the leaves that set my heart aflutter – not the flowers.
I’ll end with a shot of the new growth of my baby hardy banana (Musa basjoo) planted a couple of months ago. I’m glad to see, it seems to like its less than ideal spot. The Ribbon plant next to it has been thriving all summer, but needs to come inside for the winter. I wish I had an entire month unencumbered by any other commitments to finish all the work I need to do, but I don’t. So, random shots, and occasional smatterings of progress here and there, will have to make do – for now. Future posts will highlight what makes it through… 🙂