Monday, October 12, 2009

Notes From My Garden

I wish I were a gardener who could use some restraint with varieties and colors. I have a tendency to want one of everything. Sometimes, after I see which things grow best in which spot, I will edit a little, move things around a bit, and try to make the beds more harmonious. But today I have white, yellow, russet, red, pale pink, peachy terracotta, and purple chrysanthemums all growing together. It's outrageous—and I'm loving it!

There's something about autumn that calls for a bit more clashy, bold color, don't you think? It's the old woman wearing purple to make up for the sobriety of her youth. Forget all those sedate pastels of spring—chrysanthemums will bloom their exhuberant heads off right in the midst of oaks, elms and dogwoods doing their unrelated color thing at the same time. Rose-pink and purple Wood's asters (Aster dumosus 'Wood's Pink' and 'Wood's Blue') are just finishing up and soon bright red pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) and mexican mint marigold (Tagetes lucida) with its intense yellow blooms will add to the ongoing autumnal inebriation. Pure joy in my garden! 

I saw the first red leaf on my oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice') this morning. My neighbor's japanese maple (Acer palmatum 'Dissectum') is coloring nicely, but mine—which is exactly the same variety, planted at exactly the same time—is still completely green. Dogwoods (Cornus florida) have red leaf color and red berries now. Nandina (Nandina domestica) is at it's prettiest stage with several shades of green and red in the leaves and berries.

All my daylilies have new growth. These are Hemerocallis of which I have lots of varieties including 'Pandora's Box,' 'Fairy Tale Pink,' 'Jolyene Nicole,' 'King Lamoni' and 'Darius.' We've had rain lately and they're appreciative. I so want lush, thriving daylilies next spring! It's a constant battle with the deer which eat them all the way to the ground with regularity. I don't know why I haven't given up yet, but there's always next year. Gardeners are nothing if not hopeful.


  1. Hi, haven't seen your blog before. You give good descriptions of what's blooming/turning in the fall garden.

  2. You are the same kind of gardener as I am-restraint? Ha! I only wish.