Tuesday, September 25, 2012

First signs of Autumn

What a gorgeous day we have today! Sunny, breezy, no humidity and warm. Too bad I have a stupid head cold. Oh well, I still have enough energy to go out and shoot some pictures of how the garden is changing, now that it's very early fall.

My Sedum 'Autumn Joy" are at their peak: plump, pink and attracting bees like crazy!

Here's a great combo: Sedum, Black Eyed Susans (some in bloom but many are already black seed pods), plus a little bit of re-blooming Weigela

My polyantha rose "The Fairy" is just loaded with blooms - so lovely!!

Mauve-coloured Autumn Crocus have made their appearance in the front yard among the periwinkle

The Burning Bushes (Euonymus alatus) don't do much all year but in the fall - WOW!!! It's their time to shine! (And we ain't seen nuthin' yet!! This is just the beginning!)

Climbing Rose 'New Dawn" is still putting on a show (with more buds coming)

The Japanese Golden Grass foliage is starting to turn burgundy

And the Linden tree is just one of the many whose leaves will soon start to turn colour.

I am pleased to live in a part of the world that has 4 distinct seasons.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rainy Day in the last week of summer...

It's raining today. 
The first signs of fall are starting to appear. 
And why not? Saturday September 22 is the first official day of autumn…but let's hope the summer temps and sunshine stay for a long time still!


  Oakleaf Hydrangea

Alchemilla mollis

Lisianthus (Prairie Rose)


Japanese Golden Grass

Viburnum burkwoodii


Shrub rose


Scabiosa (Pin cushion flower)

Gerbera Daisies


Spruce tree

Rose 'The Fairy'

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - Sept 15th

We've had some good hard rain, the nights are turning cooler but the warm breezy (non-humid) days we've had lately have been the best of the summer!!! Today is Garden Blogger's Bloom Day and I still have quite a bit happening in my garden. The spotlight is on repeat-bloomers and annuals.

White phlox are still (barely) hanging on

The ornamental kale plants that I grew from seed are really huge

The shrub rose beside the deck is blooming again: apricot buds turning into….

….white blossoms

The sedum is turning pink and the bees are flocking to them

Weigela is in bloom again

The 'Fairy' rose is loaded with its fall blossoms

Black Eyed Susans are not prepared to wilt just yet

The rain helped the pink snapdragons come back

Feather Reed Grass 'Karl Foerster' waves gently in the wind

The big shrub rose is now full of hips

One or two Rose of Sharon blossoms are tucked in behind branches

Scabiosa that I grew from seed is everywhere

Browallia benefitted from its July haircut and fertilizer

My friend gave me a Gerbera daisy, which has bloomed again since I planted it

And we have lots and lots (and lots!) of home grown tomatoes!!

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day is a Meme created by May Dreams Gardens http://www.maydreamsgardens.com/
Gardeners post images of what's blooming in their garden on the 15th day of every month. All are welcome to participate.