Friday, October 15, 2010

Around The Garden

I haven't done Around The Garden in a while so I figured I had better do it this week or there will be nothing left!

This is the tree across the street from my home, pretty well into shutting down for the season.  But, I still have the last vestiges of summer going on at my place.

Comtesse De Bouchard is still blooming after deadheading about two months ago,

I clipped Fireworks here and there and this is what it is doing.  I should have clipped it more - next year.

This is a clematis that is blooming on the same trellis as Miss Bateman.  It looks a little like Bee's Jubilee, but I don't remember planting this back there.  I think I found it, John Paul II, remember planting it a few years ago and I thought it had died.

I have never seen Creeping Jenny turn this color before.  I know it winters over in zone 5, but in other areas of my garden it is just green.  This was growing in with my tuberous begonias - maybe a different variety.  I like it!

Nicotiana Alata did very well this year.  I think I will leave some standing this fall so it will reseed.

When I pulled this out it still looked pretty good.  I found the tag underneath the roots.  It is called Pineapple Splash - glad I was finally able to identify this lacy coleus.

Echinacea White Swan is still blooming.  This one has done much better this year than the pink ones.


When Eupatorium Chocolate blooms each fall I am glad to see it.  However, all summer long I look at this brown plant and it looks just boring next to all of the color.

Rudbeckia Denver is in my concrete containers still getting many new buds.  I am going to try to winter this over in the garden when I remove them in last part of November.  I think I will put them in the veggie garden with the very good soil.  They are a perennial, but I will be putting them in quite late.

I was really mad at the rabbits this year relentlessly eating Aster Purple Dome, but I think this is the best it has every looked.  This gives me the message that I should prune it down next spring if the rabbits don't do it for me.

The Orange Mango Hibiscus is still blooming on the patio.  I don't have room for them inside so it will not last much longer.


My Rainbow Knockout is the only rose I have left blooming.  My other Knockouts, pink, red, blush all have a disease called rose midge.  My Rainbows have not been affected, another reason to grow this rose!

Rainbow looks very nice when paired with Perilla.  The Perilla is an annual in zone 5 and related to the coleus family.

The Nasturtiums do not like intense heat but they love the weather we are having now, lush with many buds.  Too bad, they won't last through a frost.

Fall changes beginning on Little Henry's Garnet.  I have had many problems with this plant but this is the first year that I have seen the overall color changes and it looks healthy.



Echinacea Meadowbrite Mango still blooming amongst the mums, rudbeckia, cabbage, petunias and sedum


Look who's on my pansies, hope the dragonfly is okay.  There was no movement when I took the photo.

32 comments:

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

Wow ... there is still much happening in and around your garden! I need to look back in your archives so I can see what zone you are. I have a few things still putting on a display in my garden but we did have frost one night this week. Love your Fall display! Have a great day!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Lisa, I am zone 5 right outside of Chicago about sixteen miles from Lake Michigan. We have had frost nip us here but nothing hard yet. Even though I have pulled out most of my impatiens, the ones left are still blooming.

Eileen

Gail said...

Eileen, You have beautiful blooms still happening! I can't keep the Chocolate Eupatorium happy here; it's too dry. I think the blue mistflower is way prettier and the leaves are a light green with dark stems~gail

LC said...

You still have a lot of color Eileen... This is a hard time of year... one side of me is anxious for an end to garden work so I can place my efforts elsewhere... the other side is hoping it doesn't freeze until January!! Sarah was able to receive the procedure with laparoscopic technique, so is doing quite well thankfully. All my bulbs arrived yesterday so you know what's on today's agenda! Take care, Larry

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Gail,

I will check and see if the Blue Mist Flower will be hardy in zone 5. The Eupatorium does fine here but just kind of boring all summer.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Larry, I am glad that everything is okay. I have boxes of bulbs in the garage. I dread putting them in but I think I better do it this weekend.

Eileen

Wendy said...

Fall is just gorgeous in your parts isn't it??! I love that big tree that just screams the season - and to have all that color changing and clematis blooms too? How lucky are you?!

Edith Hope said...

Dear Eileen, What an extraordinary amount of flowers you still have in your garden. The Clematis, in particular, are an absolute triumph and have certainly repaid the early haircut that you gave them.

Karen said...

Eileen, what a sight for my sore eyes, your garden is paradise! I have never seen a creeping jenny turn that color...you'd better hang on to it, maybe it's a hybrid you could introduce?? I feel the same way about the eupatorium, I took a picture of 'Chocolate' for my post, but deleted it, yours looks much better than mine. But with a name like 'Chocolate' how can I resist? I'm so glad the frost hasn't hit you hard yet either, the longer we can have color the better. Have a great weekend!

Cher' Shots said...

Let's just say I'm GREEN with envy. You have so much color still happening in your yard in comparison to the dying grass brown and faded fallen leaves filling mine. Enjoy while you can and thanks for sharing.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Eileen. I cannot believe how your clematis are still blooming. I must remember to deadhead mine from now on. Thanks for that little tip. That Rudbeckia Denver is just so pretty.And I love Creeping Jenny's fall leaves.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Millie said...

Very pretty garden! Love the fall photo!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

LOVE your garden! So pretty. Interesting Creeping Jenny, so colorful. awww, love the Dfly too! Hope he was just cold ;)
*hugs*deb

Tootsie said...

you still have lots of great bloms to share in your gardens...I have enjoyed the tour!!! thanks for linking in this week friend

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Wendy, I think I have appreciated the colors more this year because of writing the blog.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thank you Edith, I think I will be even a more drastic pruner next year. I could have taken a lot more off and I was hesitant.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Karen, you're right I should save that Creeping Jenny. It was a darker green originally than my other plants. It wasn't as showy during the summer but certainly has made up for it.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks CS, I am enjoying this fall with all of the great colors.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Lona, I am definitely going to cut my clematis back a little extra next year. I couldn't believe the results.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks for visiting Millie.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Deb, I knew you would notice the Dragonfly. He was gone when I checked later in the day.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Tootsie, glad I had something left to show. Once we get frost it won't look so good.

Eileen

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Gorgeous photos. I am so impressed to see the beautiful clematis.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Gardening in a Sandbox, I need to not be so afraid to cut too much off after they bloom next year.

Eileen

scottweberpdx said...

Yeah...I've never seen Creeping Jenny turn colors like that...very interesting!

garden girl said...

Thanks for the tour Eileen! Your fall containers are fabulous, and you still have lots of beautiful blooms in your garden. Very nice.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Scott, I know I am going to try to keep this one.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Garden Girl, I don't know how long this can last but I will enjohy it as I may.

Eileen

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Some of these plants are still blooming in my garden too, but not clematises. Oh, what beautiful flowers they give you to sweeten the transition to the fall (or should we think of winter already?)!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Tatyana, I did deadhead the clematis this year and it does look unusual to see them blooming with the pansies and cabbages.

Eileen

Betty819 said...

Thanks for sharing your flower photos with us. That purple pansy is the largest pansy I've ever seen and in my favortie color too! I prunned my comtesse de bouchard clematis back to about 12 inch from ground the other day. I have two more clematis but they are in Group B and I'm not sure how to prune them. My landscape man was to be here the first week of Oct. but so much rain has thrown him behind. I think I'll leave Dr. Ruppel and Westerplatte clematis for him. The Westerplatte is not my favorite, and if it doesn't do better in 2011..it's history! Dr. Ruppel has been so beautiful the last 2 yrs. I still have a few blooms on it. Do you prune your back hard; what do you feed it? Before or after prunning?

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Betty, in my zone 5, they recommend that type C like Comtesse de Bouchard be pruned back in late winter or early spring. But this year,I pruned back by autumn clematis right after blooming because it was so large.

Type B can be lightly pruned until it becomes too woody at the bottom and then should be pruned hard to rejuvinate it. I did this with Henryi this year and it came back beautifully. I feed them an organic fertilizer by Espoma 5-3-5 or a 10-10-10 in the spring. I prune all clematis after flowering, some rebloom.

Eileen