Well friends I have turned the corner and have said a proper goodbye to summer with the last rose bokay I picked this week. I am embracing the fall beauty around me!
Side Note: One garden friend on seeing my recent bokay asked if I should be still cutting my roses. She has heard me say on more than one occasion that we should stop deadheading our roses several weeks before the first frost to encourage them to begin to make hips (seeds) and go to sleep in protection of the cold to come. That is true. However, once a week I do scour the garden of nearly 200 roses to find the best of the best. My Cherry Parfait rose had about 25 blooms and 15 or so buds and I just picked one. So I do limit my cutting during this time! (But, it’s super hard to do so.) I’m so glad she asked!
WHAT I’M LOVING…
The most beautiful thing right now is the Heavenly Blue Morning Glory vine… that has completely invaded the Potting Shed’s personal space.
Morning Glories (Ipomoea) are natives albeit “very happy overachieving natives” who can spread their beauty around in ways that look like an invasive! 😳 Their ability to self seed gets them into trouble!
Yes, it is heavenly!
Bees love, birds love, butterflies love and even my camera lens loves these amazing blooms. A fall highlight!
NOT SO HEAVENLY
A morning glory family member, Bind Weed, is a much more aggressive plant and drives our farmers crazy. Do do check your variety and your local cooperative extension for information on growing any of these vines in your area.
Birds do contribute to the problem! As I mentioned in a previous post. I have a very healthy vine of Grandpa Ott blooming this year and I have not planted that variety for many, many years! I suspect some little bird left me a present.
POTTING SHED PUTTERINGS…
Hudson’s African Violet is still going strong and has been blooming for several weeks. Cooper’s African Violet is smaller but it’s on the verge of another bloom cycle too. (Both started from a single leaf.)
While we are on the subject of the boys… guess who turned 6… my, my, where does the time go. 😢
Still haven’t potted my roses. Maybe tomorrow! 🤦♀️ But we have new tiny leaves.
And, I bought one new plant ….. a cute little peperomia.
And lastly, this beauty is bringing me all kinds of happy — but alas I can’t remember her name. Do you know it???
If it is cold where you are, I hope you are safe and warm and enjoying a mug of something delish.
If it’s spring where you are, enjoy it enough for me too and share pictures. 😊
This morning I got up extra early just to grab my coffee and a blanket and head to the sun porch to greet the morning. It was so wonderful.
Before we get started know this… regardless of the title of this post, I don’t “hate” much of anything. I just like some things”more.” Spring is an exception in the other direction. I am completely over the moon crazy about spring and all that it means and all that it brings.
How can anyone not like the cooler temps, vivid flower colors and God’s magic of the changing scenery. And, it’s hard to beat the cool mornings. I do love all those things… but I miss my outside time, flower picking, collecting fresh herbs for cooking, summer nights, hummingbirds and finches when they are so yellow.
Pretty blooms. Magical in the morning. So healthy. And, sometimes — SO INVASIVE! If you plant, be careful of variety! I didn’t plant any this year and they are everywhere. And, I forgive them.
Yellow Trumpet Vine.
(Campsis radical f. flava) A beautiful native that the hummingbirds flock to.
That drapes beautifully over our pergola that holds our facing swings.
I love the cozy feeling this vine gives our swing time. BUT, it has made us crazy. It is popping up everywhere and we may never get it under control. I still see it for sale but I wouldn’t recommend it in my area. Resist.
POTTING SHED OVER CROWDING…
I am beginning to bring ‘inside plants’ that have been outside this summer and ‘outside plants’ that I want to overwinter in my Potting Shed/Garden Office. I am only half way through the process and there is little room left for working!
But, I love how it looks full. I will be crying out for help this winter as the darkness and dryness threaten to take them from me.
But for now they are lush and beautiful…
BLOOM THYME THIS WEEK…
Petit Pink peeking through the fence. (OSO Easy Series)
James L. Austin (DA)
James L. Austin Up close
Petit Pink (OSO Easy Series)
Sunrise Sunset (Easy Elegance)
Peter III Blue Aster
Nasturiums still going strong
Mother of Pearl
Head over Heels (Easy Elegance Collection)
Fingers crossed that fall lasts a long, long, long time.🍂
As a gardener I am no stranger to miracles – I see them daily. But, there is one miracle that I look forward to in September. These guys…
For the past 5 years I have filled a container with herbs to put on Mr. G’s prep table by his grill. Each year the flat leaf parsley we have there becomes host to these little green creepy caterpillars that become the, oh so beautiful black swallowtails. Last year there were only 3 of them and I put two in a large jar so we could watch them. What a miracle this is. I shake my head over and over on the life cycle of a butterfly.
This year we have more than we have ever had before. So I am going to put some of them in a collapsible butterfly habitat so we can more enjoy the process and get the pleasure of releasing them.
One thing I know for sure. They love flat leaf parsley.
That one small leaf can become a gorgeous blooming plant.
In August 2017 H planted a single leaf and today it looks like this…
In September 2018 C planted his single leaf and while his African Violet is not blooming, it is growing strong.
WHILE ON THE SUBJECT…
Speaking of miracles, these boys and their baby brother, who make me a grammy, are beloved miracles. To all the grandparents out there, can you even fathom the depth of your love for your grandchildren? Miracles. Blessings. They fill up my heart to the very brim.
And these two boys and baby Wy have been growing right along with those leaves…
BLOOM THYME THIS WEEK…
As you know, Fall is not my favorite but it is a time of many miracles … butterflies, changing leaves, and cooler temps to name a few. God’s artistry is on display in bold ways! I plan to enjoy every one!
Wishing you a week of miracles in the garden and out!
As you must already know my life’s greatest garden treasure is Mr. G. who is the very best at supporting my garden obsession. One of the reasons he is so good at this — his grandmother was a gardener who loved the same style and many of the same plants as me — Our garden reminds him of the special times he had walking in his grandmothers garden, hearing her talk about the plants she loved and helping her when needed.
I so wish I could have seen her garden – more specifically, her in her garden and hear the garden stories. I did meet her and she was lovely, but not gardening at that time. well, not outside, but she did have a vast collection of house plants — something I am well on my way to having too. 🙄
I also had hoped to see pictures of her garden, but through the years none surfaced.
Until last weekend.
Greg’s mother passed away last November, she was lovely too and enjoyed flowers but she was an inside girl.
This past weekend we were doing that task that all of us hate, going through our loved ones possessions. But, like most of you know too, you so often uncover treasures. Unexpected treasures.
Here was mine.
Though the picture is black and while and faded – I can SEE a good portion of her garden and HER in the garden. And, YES, she did garden in dresses and stacked high heels Mr. G tells me. Much different than my cargo pants, bogs, t shirt and often a very handy garden apron. Thank you Mamaw Levis for preparing him well to love our garden too. I still wish we could have strolled in our gardens together in the mornings with our coffee in hand. She loved her coffee too!
And then there is this iris…
A treasure I have in my garden is a fragrant iris that she had in her garden and my mother-in-law had too. I actually see iris foliage in the garden picture above. Could it be the same one…
For now the torrential downpours have subsided and the HEAT is soaring. We are hoping the sky hasn’t forgotten how to rain. … it was VERY good at it for a few weeks.
Glad we have long garden hoses!
Here’s some of this week’s bloomers…
I suspect we have the spring rains to thank for our fluffy Annabelle border.
Many of the Clematis still going strong…
First blooms of Papi Delbard rose. My good friend Paul Zimmerman did not over sell this rose! Thanks Paul.
OTHER THINGS CATCHING MY EYE THIS WEEK…
A new clematis getting started
Peggy Martin is finishing up… still looking so fine!
Phlox coming into it’s own!
I love dallies – they are some upkeep for sure but they add so much to the garden in summer.
Love the “yarrow” welcome to the Herb Garden…
Phlox going strong
Forgot to plant my Flamingo Pink Celosia .. so I’m glad I have some germinating in a pot. Still hope!