Thursday, November 11, 2010

Around The Garden

I don't think I ever realized I still had a garden at this time of year, but I do!  It is not the riot of color that I have in the spring and summer, but it is a relaxing blend of fall hues with a pop of color here and there.  I think it actually helps us transition without a shock to the lack of growth many of us experience during the winter.

This is Geranium Magnificum.  Many of the perennial geraniums turn red in the fall.

Italian Parsley is one of the few things left in the veggie garden.  It will live through everything but a very deep frost.  Some people cover them with bushel baskets and say they live all through the winter.  I might try this because I love fresh parsley.

I do prefer Curly Parsley on Parslied Potatoes.

I have chives still left and some small onion sets from the seed that are alive and will live through the winter to become strong first onions in the spring.

Henryi, goodbye already, I can't believe you are still putting out blooms on the back arbor!

Pansies in the shed hayracks

Great color, never have seen this sold separately, just in mixed containers

I did a little Terry Evans experiment, holding the camera at my waist for this shot of my daylilies.  I think it works, I have a new perspective of dying leaves.

This is Panicum Northwind, don't think I have ever noticed the little seed heads, but I got so close with the camera I couldn't help but notice.

I will definitely use some of the Limelight Hydrangeas in my holiday decorating.

Sweet Woodruff, extra thick and green this year

Miscanthus Udine, Oh how I hate to cut this down, but it will flop in the snow and be very difficult to handle in the spring.

Halcyon Hosta and PJM Rhododendron, another Terry Evans technique photo from the waist looking down.

A last look at the fully opened cabbages and the totally blooming pansies and kale.  I will be pulling them out while it is still somewhat warm so that the soil doesn't freeze and make it impossible to put in my holiday greens.

I have never had Lobelia last this long into the fall but it is still blooming in with the cabbages.

I don't know what we would do without all of the colorful fall plants.  I have appreciated the cabbages more than ever this year with their slow opening as the weather changes, only sorry I can't keep them longer, because they must make room for the greens of winter.

Okay Rainbow, goodbye already!

Have a wonderful fall weekend everyone!


Bernie said...

Those cabbages do put on a wonderful display ... they add such impact and interest to the containers. Your Pansies are still doing so well ... and Rainbow is going out with a bang. Your garden is not completely gone yet, Eileen!

Dragonfly Treasure said...


Karen said...

Eileen, you have so much color bursting in your garden yet! The cabbages are so beautiful, so many stunning colors and shapes, along with the pansies and your grasses. I'm looking forward to seeing your winter decorating ideas, I can only imagine the beauty you have planned next.

meemsnyc said...

The parsley looks amazing! I love growing parsley, but mine wasn't so abundant. What's your secret?

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Bernie, I wish the cabbages would hold up earlier in the summer season. They just start to shine and I have to pull them.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Karen,

I am going to a workshop tomorrow at a local nursery so we will see what some of the new ideas are.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Meemsync, I have enough parsley for the whole neighborhood. I just scatter seed in the corner of my raised bed and I don't thin it out. So, really what you see are many parsely plants together.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Deb, thanks for visiting.


Anonymous said...

Dear Eileen, And so your wonderful garden display goes on.....the grasses with their tiny seedheads are so attractive and really do add both interest and movement to the autumn borders.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Your fall colors are astounding...gorgeous colors, shapes, them all!!

Balisha said...

Hi Eileen...Your garden is so lovely in every season. It must be a pleasure just looking out the windows.Hope you share some of the ideas from the workshop. Balisha

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

I'm with you-I love parsley on potatoes! Mine does not make it through the dead of a Canadian winter, but under the glass bell, I will enjoy it for awhile longer. I am envious of your pansies- so bright and cheery- I wish I had planted some. What a shame to have to ripe out those ornamental cabbages. They are so lovely! I know what you mean though- I try to set up my evergreens now for Christmas, because it is impossible to do so after the ground freezes. Have a nice evening and weekend!

Zoey said...

Hi Eileen,
What a shame to have to pull out your ornamental cabbages while they still look so good! I would be tempted to leave them until spring.

I did not know that Italian Parsley will live through everything but a very deep frost. I brought my single plant inside last month and it is still doing good. I love to be able to cut off a hunk whenever I need it. I hope it last through the winter!

Theresa said...

Beautiful colors Eileen! Hard to pick a favorite. Amazing photography too!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Edith, nI would love if I could keep more grasses upright, but most of my other varities flop in the snow.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks for visiting TBH, come again!


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Balisha,

I will definitely share some of the workshop ideas if they allow me to take the photos.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Jennifer, I'm with you on the freezing containers. One year, I had to pour hot water on them to get the plants out and also brought my urns into the house to thaw out. I hae decided to put my cabbages in the veggi garden.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks for visiting Theresa and your kind comments.


garden girl said...

Oh Eileen, your fall garden looks fabulous Dahling!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks GG


Shirley said...

Transition is a great word for autumn. It does make it less of a shock to see everything less vibrant, subdued in winter colours. Thanks for sharing the beauty of your garden.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Shirley, I am really beginning to like the gold and brown tones in the garden right now.


vasi said...

I am from romania and my first visit from your blog .De quarter-hour walk through your garden and are amazed.
You have a beautiful garden.
You are watching daily.
Sorry for the language-google translate..(ha,ha,ha)

GardenJoy4Me said...

Eileen girl your cabbages and pansies are gorgeous ! and YES ! some of the geraniums are stunning with their red burgundy colouring !
I am a parsley fan too and I haven't heard of doing that with a basket .. I have them in pots on the deck but dumped them a while back .. maybe next year I will try that trick .. if you are trying it let me know how it works out ? I used to dry a lot of it for use during the winter months .. but I didn't get enough this year.
We did some clean up yesterday it was amazing out there ! I finally got some garden therapy : )
Lovely pictures Eileen !

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thank you Vasi for visiting, come back soon!


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Joy, it has really gotten a lot colder here. I was going to do some more work outside today, but the wind is pretty strong. I am going to put the bushel baskets over the parsley, we'll see!