Sunday, October 02, 2011

All At once!

Everything seems to happen all at once!  How many times have most of said this and wondered how we were ever going to get it all done.  We have been trying to get some outside repair and maintenance done before the snow flies.

The trim on the outside was painted this summer, looks good but now the front gutter is stopped up, leaking etc.,  It has been a few weeks of big ladders and big bills.  The chimney cap blew off in that monster storm we had in June or was it July?  We now have two new shiny caps.  Oh, the ladders are to repair the stucco which had damage from a leak a few years ago because of a chimney rim that was too small!  Yikes, there is a garden below all of this.

Azalea Karen does not loose it's leaves in the fall.

Weigela Dark Horse had great bronze purplish leaves in the fall.

The color of the Rhodies is very vivid this fall.

I have also been a coordinator for our local house walk, good thing my house is not on it, featuring ladders!

Fall is back to the garden clubs, the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Illinois Extension Services, working with the children at Easter Seals and just enjoying the holidays and my family!

Autumn Fire through Little Kitten Miscanthus

Ninebark Summer Wine
They are darker than ever and look wonderful in the fall.

Heuchera Southern Comfort

Tthe cabbages will add color when the fibrous begonias are taken with the first frost.

Comtesse De Bouchard
It is back only if you deadhead it!

It is amazing how much color there is in the fall if we look for it and plan for it.

Getting set for fall and Halloween!

This is my one real pumpkin, supposedly has a thick skin that the squirrels won't like.

Zahara Zinnias are doing great on the south side of the house but will not last through a frost.

I removed the hostas on the north side of the house, Halcyon and August Moon and gave them to my daughter-in-law for the north side of her house.  I needed a little more interest so I planted Heucheras, Japanese Painted Fern and smaller hosta.  I still have bleeding hearts which will come up in the spring.

Peach Flambe is a Heuchera planted on the north side.

Hosta Tiara is a smaller hosta.

Heucherella Stoplight and Japanese Painted Fern

Clematis White Swan

Clematis Fireworks

Rozanne is a great all season geranium but sometimes it cannot be tolerated to weave wherever it wants, cut it back, keep it within bounds or you will not like it!
My toad lilies have taken to laying down on the ground.  There is obviously something I did not do correctly, maybe I need to pinch them in the spring!

I think I will do more of the Bugbane next year, so delicate and interesting looking!

The Volcano Phlox Pink with White Eye was slow to start this year compared to Bubblegum but is is much longer lasting.

Phlox Blue Paradise
Early blooming and very long blooming

Carefree Beauty Rose
The color has deepened with the cooler weather.

All The Rage
Still blooming and the best rose in my garden.

I know roses take a little work and can be frustrating if they are atacked by insects, but they are one of the most rewarding perennial plants because of their long bloom time.  If it weren't for the roses my garden would not be filled with blooms.

Rainbow Knockout Roses
I have several of these throughout the garden.

Single and Double Knockout Roses


Beth said...

Eileen, The cabbages look stunning amongst the begonias. Love your heucheras too. You have a lot going on in your garden, and thanks for helping me to plan better for next fall! You ARE a great garden coach! I love your new header photo. I like everything about your blog and your garden, Eileen...and your house is pretty too!
Hugs, Beth

joey said...

Always on top of things all looks grand, Eileen. Horrors for me starting tomorrow ... replacing old cedar roof! Oh, the mess, oh the moment of hoping our new roof (non-cedar) will look grand and fit our old cedar home feeling.

Mary Anne said...

Eileen: As always, all still looks so good! You have taught me more than you know. Tomorrow at garden club, I would like to make a "coach" date.

You are awesome Eileen. I have kept notes for Spring planting and because of you my garden should look awesome!

Mary Anne

NHGarden said...

So many beautiful flowers and plants! Love the Ninebark!

Patrick's Garden said...

What a bevy of blooms you have there. I really like your fall entryway. I wish I could find a kale like that around here. And I love Southern Comfort in so many ways.

Jenny said...

Ninebark. That is a strange name for a beautiful plant. It is in my garden and I've never known what it is until now. Your leaves, foliage and flowers are really rich this year. They show up well in the header. You in spire me and in a month I'll be back in Texas planting my pots with some of the plants you have if they'll grow there. I think so. xo Jenny

Diana LaMarre said...

Hi Eileen,
You do such a great job with fall decorating outside you home.

I really liked the cabbage/begonia combo. Your garden still looks very good. I know you do a lot of work to keep it that way and it really shows.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Beth for your nice comments. I get excited each fall thinking I have another chance to get this right. How many things in life can we do over and over hoping for better results?


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Joey,

Some of the new roofs look so good and are maintenance free. I am sure you will be pleased. I have very old and newm both are consistent maintenance.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Mary Anne,

See you at lunch, gardening talk!


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi NH,

The Ninebark has surpassed my expectations. This one is Summer Wine which is supposed to be an improved variety.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Patrick,

Thanks for your nice comments. The Southern Comfort Heuchera is very hardy and keeps its color all winter.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Jenny,

Ninebark is a strange name, I should look up what it means. There are other varieties, but I think I have the smallest one and it will grow to six feet.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Zoey,

I am glad you are back. I must get outside today and start a consistent clean up and get some bulbs planted.


Lona said...

I love the color in the leaves of the Rhododendron. The reds are so pretty. The dark foliage shrubs are so pretty this fall in your garden. Heuchera's come in so many great colors anymore to add color to the garden. Your roses are still looking beautiful too. My garden would be so boring now without mine. LOL!

Balisha said...

I love coming to your blog. Your pictures look like a garden magazine. I love that rose "All the Rage." What a beautiful color. Have a nice week...

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Lona,

The red is very intense this year on the Rhodies, hope it does not mean a problem.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Balisha,

I would love to have a few more of this rose but there is no room let!


Karen said...

Eileen, I've been out and about working on the stone house so it was so wonderful to drop in and see your stone house! I confess to 'stone envy' along with plant envy; if we had the same gorgeous stone your house was built with, we'd have been done long ago!

All your flowers look fantastic, my zinnias (Double Profusion) just gave up. I was sad to see them go. Yours look as fresh as July.

As always, amazing garden, Eileen!

Gatsbys Gardens said...


I just told Larry to try the Zahara Series next year, no mildew, no black, still going but I pulled them out today since the weather was nice. They were still very colorful but I have to pick my choices, work in the cold or work in the warm.


mrbrownthumb said...

I'm always amazed at the number of blooms you have going on. I'm going to have to pick your brain and hopefully get some ideas for my own garden next year.

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Hi Eileen, There is still so much in bloom in your garden! I love all the hits of burgundy. My wine colored Ninebark is still young. I hope one day it will look as amazing as yours. The color on the weigela and the rhodos is also a nice addition to all the blooming flowers.

scottweberpdx said...

Beautiful jealous of your grasses...yours are so...upright! We've have days and days of rain and most of mine are laying across their fellow plants like drunken sailors!

Gatsbys Gardens said...


I did ring some of the Panicum this year because they send to fall forward when against a structure. Miscanthus flops naturally and does not hold up in the snow.