Monday, October 31, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
|Cornus alternifolia, the pagoda dogwood|
|Cercis canadensis, redbud|
It's not just the trees and shrubs that provide this show.
|Echinacea purpurea, purple coneflower|
Many of the perennial wildflowers also are show-offs, even in the shade.
|Spigelia marilandica and Porteranthus a/k/a Gillenia trifoliata|
This post is part of Wildflower Wednesday and the Fall Color Project 2011.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
|Symphyotrichums, the ex-asters, in the Nanoprairie|
Here, in the afternoon, the butterflies dance on the breeze.
|red admiral butterfly, Cosmos 'Rose Bonbon'|
|bumblebee in Symphyotrichum laeve 'Bluebird'|
Please hurry, for it will not last. These fleeting gilded afternoons of autumn slip by too fast, and end all too soon.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
|Lobularia maritima, Sporabolus heteroleptsis and Symphyotrichums laeve 'Bluebird' and novae angliae|
Back for a renewed season of bloom are the lavender
|Lavandula 'Hidcote' and Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'October Skies'|
I'm so pleased with how the Nanoprairie looks with the addition of a magenta New England ex-Aster from the back garden to set off the smooth blue ex-Aster 'Bluebird'.
The mother plant is a volunteer seedling. The wishy-washy pale pink Symphyotrichum novae angliae 'Harrington's Pink' (seen in the top photo) will be removed next year, to give this beauty more room.
What else is blooming:
Actaea simplex 'James Compton'
Anemone x hybrida 'Andrea Atkinson' and 'Party Dress'
Callibrachoa 'Blackberry Punch'
Ceratotheca triloba alba (South African foxglove)
Chrysanthemum 'Sheffield Pink'
Clematis 'Evipo 031' (Bonanza) and 'Silver Moon'
Cosmos bipinnatus 'Rose Bonbon'
Geraniums 'Blogold' (Blue Sunrise), 'Bob's Blunder', 'Jolly Bee', Rozanne', nodosum 'Svelte Lilac'
Helleborus x hybridus 'Pink Lady' (just one freaky flower)
Heuchera 'Citronelle', 'Fire Chief', and 'Raspberry Ice'
Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina'
Osteospermum 'Soprano Purple'
Phlox paniculata 'David' and 'David's Lavender'
Rosa 'Carefree Beauty'
Symphyotrichum ericoides 'Snow Flurry'
Thalictrum thalictroides (Anemonella)
Tropaeolum majus (nasturtium)
Tricyrtis 'Gilt Edge', 'Gilty Pleasure', and 'Tojen'
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
|Symphyotrichum novae angliae (the New England ex-aster) in magenta|
|Anemone 'Andrea Atkinson' stand sentinel over the woodland, with Maianthemum racemosum (Smilacina racemosa) and Polyganatum showing full foliage color|
Other things are performing strangely also, such as the Hosta plantaginea, which just finished blooming. It's usually done by mid-September.
|Malus 'Prairiefire' in full color with potted blueberries & Hosta plantaginea|
There's been a whisper of frost on the front lawn earlier this week, today's high is around 80F/27C, and I've had to pull short-sleeved shirts and shorts back out from the nether regions of the closet. I love fall.