Another fall tour for you...
Picturetrail seems to be back up again so I can post some pictures Fall is very damp this year and the colors have been largely disappointing. A walk around the garden this morning though found quite a few things still looking reasonably good. Someone (Norma ?) asked how the planter bench looked after it was planted up. Here is how it looked this morning from the back porch:
It certainly blends in well with the fallen leaves! The spiderplants (houseplants) in the boxes have survived several frosts without any damage. IÂve started new pots of baby spiders for next year; IÂll let these ones die.
HereÂs how the bench looked in July for the tour. The cushions arenÂt waterproof so are only out when it is dry and we are using the bench. We couldnÂt find a cedar coffee table so we painted the best one we could find green to match the cushions. This winter IÂm going to use that coffee table as a pattern to make a cedar one that will match the bench better.
The Elephant Ears in the pot on the patio have also not yet been affected by frost. I need to get them out of there soon (Âshould be a fun job!) but I usually wait until theyÂve been touched by frost. DH needs to clean the eavestroughs...
Moving off the patio to the north alleyÂ I just love the Eupatorium ÂChocolateÂ that has been blooming non-stop for more than a month. IÂve read that it can seed around. I hope it doesnÂt become a pest because itÂs a fabulous late season plant so far!
Coming around to the front bedÂ Rozanne is still producing a fair bit of color.
The hydrangeas that we planted along the garage after ripping out the European Highbush Cranberries are settling in well. White Moth and White Dome have been the best ones. Little Lamb was nice when it bloomed but the fading flowers are an ugly, muddy color. I will remove the Little Lambs next spring and replace them with more White Moth I think.
I was surprised to notice that this summery combination of Angel roses and delphiniums havenÂt given up yet!
A neighbour gave me these old-fashioned single mums Â they are doing nicely in the driveway border. I hope I can divide them and spread them out a bit next spring.
In the herb bed on the other side of the driveway, the Hot Cocoa rose has been blooming for months. The color is awkward but is coordinating well at the moment with the Angel rose hips at the other end of the bed. IÂve been adding rusty red/peachy orange things to the bed this year to try to blend with the rose. This bed may end up being my one ÂhotÂ color bed in the garden.
Heading back into the backyard through the south alley gateÂ one last New Dawn rose blooming on the arbour.
I just love the late flowering bugbanes Â they bloom here until early November. In anticipation of demolishing the shed (still waiting for quotesÂ), we moved the bugbanes by the shed to the living room bed in August. I thought they wouldnÂt bloom after that but they are doing well. I think theyÂve found their new permanent home.
The one under the pines is also doing well. ItÂs quite dry under there so, although it is several years old, itÂs still quite small.
Heading back to the houseÂ The Honorine Joubert anemones in the bed off the patio, down near the pines are still blooming away even though they have flopped over completely!
Looks like more rain due here shortly so IÂm glad I toured the yard this morning!