How I could completely miss both October Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-up is beyond my comprehension. When I finally realized it, and wandered out back to survey the garden, I realized I had indeed missed a bunch of things out there, too. This working thing is going to take some getting used to…
Much of it looked the same, but there were a few highlights:
What looked like this a few weeks ago…
…now looked like this! I really hadn’t expected to see it in bloom until next year, so it made me happy. This is the Cautleya spicata ‘Robusta’ I brought back from Far Reaches Farm back in September.
The Stewartia in the front as it started to turn – also a couple of weeks ago -…
…is now completely red. Asters and a Burning Bush ablaze in the background.
The red leaves of the Euonymus are almost exactly the same color…
… as the nearby Fuchsia magellanica.
The Fuchsias in general , are real workhorses. They just keep going, and going, and going.
And another one.
I learned from Michelle at Jockey Hill Nursery (who grows a lot of hardy fuchsias) that the flowers of Fatsia japonica provide food for the hummingbirds during the winter. That made me very happy!
The emerging flowers aren’t quite open yet, but I was admiring the gnarly, interesting forms of the flowers to be.
As I walked into the back yard, I saw that the flowers of the Fatshedera – a cross between Fatsia and ivy are already out. With those and the fuchsias, there should still be plenty for the hummers to snack on.
They look so pretty – both in bud and in bloom.
The color of the flowers of Miscanthus zebrinus is wonderful!
I love these soft tassels too. Too bad it’s an annual…
The long strappy leaves of the Pennisetum ‘Vertigo’ contrasts nicely with the Colocasia – which I didn’t think was even alive when I tossed the mushy, over-wintered corms into the bed back in spring. Boy, was I in for a surprise! Can you believe there is actually a small Enchianthus smothered behind it? Oh well, come first hard frost, and it will have been avenged.
Chocolate Cosmos against a baby Echium and the dark leaves of a Canna lily. Why are reds so hard to photograph? Only a couple of those Cosmos actually appear as in real life…
One of the last roses of the Etoile de Hollande…
…and the last petals of the ‘Hot Cocoa’ rose resting peacefully on a bed of juniper.
The leaves of the Comptonia peregrina ‘Sweet Fern’ are starting to turn burgundy. Like the Cautleya, this was another find from the WeHoP trip – blessed be its memory.
So was the Polygonatum verticillatum. I wonder what the flower looks like? So far, I only know its berries, but truth be told – that is what sold me on it. They are so unusual!
It looks like the wilted Salvia ‘Amistad’ I rescued off the salvage rack at Lowes is recovering nicely.
I always look forward to the orange berries of Iris foetida – Stinking Iris. They light up the shady spot under the giant Magnolia tree where it grows, quite well.
My Edgewarthia has set buds. I hear we’re headed for a cold winter . This year I will try to protect it. Every other cold winter we’ve had, I’ve taken a chance that it would be okay. I learned the hard way that it was essentially just fine – except the buds froze, so it never bloomed. After last year’s mild winter, it was covered in fabulously fragrant flowers for weeks on end. No more pushing the envelope for me on this one – it is well worth protecting!
I like the contrast between Choysia ternata ‘Sundance’ and my beloved Iris confusa. Can you see why I love it so much?
I guess I can’t really call them ‘seed heads’, as there are no seeds on them, but the skeletal remains of Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’ look pretty good to me.
The leaves of Vitis purpurea take on a marvelous glow this time of year.
The massive seed head of a carelessly tossed Allium shubertii makes a pretty interesting pairing with a New Zealand flax. I wonder how long it takes for one of its seeds to grow into something that gigantic?
My baby Callicarpa sports a few berries this year – a very welcome sight against that bland, anemic siding of ours. One of these days, either it comes off, or we move – I swear!
When the maple is green, one doesn’t really notice the similarity of the leaf shape with the Rubus lineatus, but as soon as they turn – POW! This discovery just registered with me, and I’m quite intrigued by it. A landscape architect I work with recently remarked on how fond I seem to be of palmate leaves. I guess he’s right.
Looking back on this post, I realize that most everything in it features some kind of red. For hopefully more variety, jump over to our wonderful hosts Carol at May Dreams Gardens and Pam at Digging to see and get inspired by what’s growing in other gardens around the planet.