Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Camille's Garden

A few weeks ago, Camille and I set up a time to visit her garden.  Unfortunately, last Saturday brought wind and pouring rain which is not the best weather for a garden tour.  Fortunately, this Saturday's weather prediction is much nicer and I'll get to preview a couple of the gardens to be featured in a Fall Color Garden Tour on October 29 to benefit the Chase Garden.  What a grand idea to extend the garden tour season for a good cause!  Camille was kind enough to email me the following images of her garden and give me permission to use her photographs.   I'll not say much but rather let you take in the beauty and get excited about seeing this garden yourself next weekend.

Use of conifers ties this garden to it's setting.

I'm very much looking forward to seeing how all of these beautiful elements flow together.

Speaking of setting, can you imagine having this view? 

Camille has two daughters; one is already an avid gardener, the other not so much.  Cats make great garden supervisors.

Looks like there's plenty of color in this garden no matter the season.  

The garden tour follows a workshop at the Chase garden called, " Coloring your garden with Japanese maples."  Mark your calendar for the 29th to follow the rainbows to this autumn garden tour!

Happy weekend all! 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fall From A Window

Do be careful and try not to fall from an open window.  Perhaps the title should be autumn from my windows.  Anyway, here's what I see from the north and west windows of my house.

Look to the right and Autumn has definitely arrived.

Look right and, with the exception of the spider web, it could still be summer.

There are brick paths under those leaves.  If it's dry this weekend they'll be cleaned off again.

Because we live in town, our views include buildings.  Fortunately there are still a lot of older trees in the neighborhood that provide nice color in the autumn.

Yes, those are raindrops.  Also you can just barely see the roof of the greenhouse in the center right of the picture.  That bamboo grove is tall.

On Wednesday morning, there was a bit of sunshine peeking through the clouds for a few minutes.
Fall has been grand and now I'm ready for May again. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wednesday Vignette: A Gift From The Past

Wednesday Vignette is hosted each week by Anna at Flutter and Hum.  Check out her blog to join in the fun!

One warm day earlier in the fall,  walking home from an appointment, I decided to take a shortcut up a hill between two mansions from the turn of the last century, now used by multiple little businesses (massage therapist, consultants, etc.)  In what must have been a garden between the buildings was a path up the hill to a level spot now paved and used for parking.  Punctuating the fawn-colored  carpet of fallen leaves was Hedera helix trying to take over the world and scattered pools of lavender colchicum. The ivy was undoubtedly bird planted but who planted the colchicum and when?  Was I walking through someone's past piece of Eden?  A few weeks later, the blooms had disappeared for the year.  For this brief moment, I felt the tug of kinship with a long gone gardener, communicating from a time long past.   What, if anything, will remain of our gardens when we depart?  Gardens most often don't outlive their gardeners but will there be some remnant left for future generations?  When I moved to this garden, a couple of really old trees and drifts of snowdrops were gifts of some former gardener along with lots of cochilcum then blooming in the lawn.
What have we received; what will we leave?

Fare Well

When I lie where shades of darkness
Shall no more assail mine eyes,
Nor the rain make lamentation
     When the wind sighs;
How will fare the world whose wonder
Was the very proof of me?
     Memory fades, must the remembered 
Perishing be? 

Oh, when this my dust surrenders
Hand, foot, lip, to dust again,
May these loved and loving faces
     Please other men!
May the rusting harvest hedgerow 
Still the Traveler's joy entwine,
And as happy children gather
     Posies once mine.

Look thy last on all things lovely
Every hour.  Let no night 
Seal thy sense in deathly slumber
     Till to delight
Thou hath paid thy utmost blessing:
Since that all things thou wouldst praise
Beauty took from those who loved them
     In other days.

           - Walter de la Mare

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Foliage Follow-Up: Better Late than Never

On the day after Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day each month, Pam at Digging hosts Foliage Follow-Up to celebrate the important role that foliage plays in our gardens.

Thank goodness our wind storm wasn't as bad as predicted or these Musa basjoo leaves would be shredded.  These always stick around until our first hard frost.  Some years, that means that they're still looking good through Thanksgiving; other years they're brown sooner.

Acer palmatum 'Emerald Lace' is just beginning to color up for fall.

Acer somethingorother

Poncirus trifoliata

This really wants a sunnier location.  Maybe I'll get around to transplanting it this fall.
 After surviving last winter in a pot and being plunked unceremoniously in a hole in the heat of summer, Vitis vinifera purpurea actually made grapes and colored up beautifully.  Hopefully this will grow up a blue conifer nearby and create a nice foliage combination.

Inherited Mahonia along with the impossible to kill Petasites fragrans given to me by a friend.  One small plant has taken over a huge space and each year I dig it out which seems to make it more prolific.  Between this and the running bamboo, it might be easier to move than to stay here.

Davidia involucrata 'Tricolor'

Another Tropaeolum speciosum growing in a bed but this one with fasciated stems. Fun!  Hope it stays for many more years.

Foliage that will be brightening the garden all winter includes Heuchera 'Forever Purple' 

Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow'

Ornamental cabbage

Aloe polyphylla made it through last winter outside in a pot sheltered from rain.  It'll come up on the porch this year to keep it dry.

Earlier this year, I thought my Amorphophallus konjac had died because it was so late to emerge. Last year it wintered in the greenhouse and came up much earlier.  It not only finally emerged but

produced babies.  Hooray!
Ain't foliage grand?