Friday, September 30, 2011

Fall Blooming Garden Borders….

Notes from a Country Garden… Last Day of September, 2011

“What’s blooming in the Fall Borders?”

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Sweet Alyssum….. I just love this little beauty!   

It is so pretty, smells wonderful and self-seeds every year for me.

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It blends so beautifully with the purple moss verbena, another self-seeding annual.

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Things are changing every day in my garden… did you notice how fall looking the trees are in the background?  We have had a horrible, dry summer…. but this last week it has rained over 3 inches.  I am wondering how much fall color we will get, or if all the leaves will fall too quickly.  Fall never seems to last long enough to enjoy it.

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My limelights are still looking good even though the blooms are faded to shades of green and browns.

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This area on the left-lower side is all new added in June of this year….. it is coming along!  The new Magnolia is doing great in its new home.  I have added many of my new “fancy” daylilies and reblooming irises here.  I am still having water problems in this area.  So I guess it will be my “bog”.   I needed an area for some water-lovers anyway… so much of my garden is full sun.

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Pink Double Knockouts are blooming machines.  There are 5 in this area now…  I love how you can see them from the road as you drive in.

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On the right  you can barely see my baby Japanese Maple, but it is flaming red… I love it.  Fantastic fall color, cant wait till it gets bigger.  Also, the variegated Hydrangeas “Light O Day” are a favorite.   It is stingy with its blooms, but the leaves more than make up for it. 

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A few years ago I redid this entire area to have more color in the fall.  I think one of the best things I added were the self-reseeding annuals sweet alyssum, obedient plant  and moss verbena.  They drift out into my walkway softening the edges with masses of color.  I have many plants with great foliage colors, that is another key.  I also leave the blooms on my hydrangeas… I think the browning blooms are pretty and they certainly remind me Fall is in full swing.  As we get more cold nights, things look a bit less tidy, but isn't that  the charm of a fall garden?  My job is to keep it weeded and ENJOY it.  Have been saving seeds again this year, as well as adding many new ones.  I cannot tell you how much I love growing things from seeds and cuttings.  My little baby evergreens are doing fantastic.

Thanks so much for visiting….Brooke

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