I’m desperate to not miss out on the beauty that is the fall garden. Cold temps are in the forecast in the very near future and before we know it, all of the delicious colors of fall will be gone.
I’m not ready for that.
A lot of changes in only a week’s time. I’m doing my best to capture those changes, both subtle and dramatic.
To the shock of no one, the ornamental grasses lead the charge.
And the remaining flowers are few and far between.
The Globe Amaranth is finally showing signs of fading but what a show it put on for months. I’ve mentioned it before but it’s worth mentioning again, to myself.
USE MORE ANNUALS FOR LONG LASTING COLOR ALL SUMMER
When there is artwork left behind each morning.
I said “Oh, shit” out loud when I saw the flowers on this Pennisetum early this morning. They are completely blinding. I think my eyesight is still screwed up hours later.
Sorbaria (Sem False Spirea) in front of Schizachyrium (Little Bluestem) in front of Panicum ‘Rots’ (Switch Grass).
I kind of like them. Especially in October.
I can’t take enough of these types of photos.
The seed heads left behind on the Boltonia look fantastic right now.
What have I been up to of late?
Glad you asked.
I finally got around to installing my Screech Owl house. Fine, I didn’t physically install it so much as I was an active gofer for my handy brother-in-law who fortunately lives two houses away.
You all know me too well.
The owl house was installed during the day on Saturday at a temperature close to 70 degrees and got its first test that night when we had gusting winds and almost 2 inches of snow.
Who can resist a good late season plant sale? How about this monster bargain:
I consider it research for my ornamental grasses book.
A tax write-off.
Wish me luck.
Some times you just have a feeling.
Some times your gut tells you to just do it.
Some times you need it.
As silly as that all sounds, it all added up to me attempting to grow tulips successfully for the first time ever (not including in containers).
There is a deeper meaning at play here and one I’ll never talk about.
I need this to work and I’m confident that it will.
Tulips don’t dig the wet winter soil and that has been my problem for decades.
Until 2017 that is.
We now wait until spring where my blind faith will hopefully pay huge dividends.
Beyond all that, I’ve been doing my best to soak in what is left in terms of color out in the garden.
And you know, ornamental grasses.
Quick one today.
The fall color on my Viburnum carlesii ‘Aurora’ has been incredible for over a month now.
It gets better and better each year.
I wrote a post about this gem a few years back – Viburnum carlesii ‘Aurora’ – and continue to recommend it as a must have shrub based on the fall foliage alone.
It started changing color back in early September and is one of the few plants with its leaves still in place today.
The sight of frost this morning was jarring.
The autumn sun so low, feeling like I could swat it if I had a running start.
While I could see winter sneakily approaching through my back woods, autumn is all like “I ain’t going anywhere yet.”
I wish morning frost was available year round. It beautifully outlines the leaves and stems.
This is only one reason why we don’t cut down the perennials until spring.
We are in peak fall garden time right now:
As if we needed another reason to love on Panicum ‘Northwind’, look at that golden fall color. Phenomenal.
Hydrangea and Panicum.
Andropogon (Big Bluestem) ‘Red October’
Schizachyrium (Little Bluestem) ‘Blue Heaven’
Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’, I think. Missed this one on the spreadsheet a few years back.
Amsonia hubrichtii. Not quite in peak fall form yet.
Fothergilla ‘Mt. Airy’ emerging between an endless collection of you guessed it, ornamental grasses.
Ninebark ‘Diablo’ showing its first signs of decay. Albeit a good decay.
The fall color on Geranium ‘Brookside’ is underrated.
Red Maple ‘October Glory’ in all its … October … glory.
Viburnum carlesii ‘Aurora’ making the turn towards leaf drop time.
And finally, Phlox subulata (Moss Phlox) with a subtle yet impactful foliage change that reminds me we are in the home stretch every time I walk out of my front door.
QOTD: What is the most underrated fall foliage star in your garden?
After a morning of panic because my son slept through two alarms and then awe at his ability to shower, shave, get dressed and eat breakfast in 7 minutes and then seeing him off to the high school bus after ensuring there were no clowns hanging at the edge of the woods with Snickers bars, I grabbed my camera and took the following photos.
Hope you enjoy.
Two straight days of nothing but rain here in central NJ and so I did what every warm blooded middle aged man would do … I took rainy day garden photos. Always a fun time and proof positive that my garden writing/photography days are still hanging around.
Here’s how things are looking outside right now, all sorts of wonderfully brown and dreary and upliftingly depressing.