I really prefer the term "autumn", but couldn't resist the fun of all those "F/Ph" words lined up.
My favorite excuse for not investing in a fancy camera has always been that my point and shoot is so small I always have it with me — in my handbag — convenient and at the ready. When it comes to spur-of-the-moment garden photos however, the point and shoot is edged out by the phone camera, literally always with me, in my pocket. Instagram wins in that regard, and the blog suffers. And that is the theme of this random photo post: all pics taken with my phone, posted in chronological order.
We begin way back on September 12th, with Bukiniczia cabulica. Cloudy Cabbages is the name I prefer (hat tip to Tim Vojt). I'm experimenting with three in the ground, and two held back in containers for the winter.
Two of my favorite things, Passiflora blooms and an Agave, together...
I took this photo while on a conference call, as I sat in front of my laptop this vignette was just to my left. The sculpture is one of Andrew's, a musician drinking. The knit barrel cactus (with bloom), was a gift from Matthew (yep, he knit it himself).
September 26th, a gorgeous day in Portland.
And what a difference a sunny day can make. This photo is also of colored-up Virginia Creeper, but Oct 1st was a cloudy day. Oddly, the Yucca aloifolia Purpurea is regaining a little of it's purple blush, it turned all green over the summer.
Schizostylis coccinea 'Oregon Sunset'
Brachyglottis greyi surrounding the trunk of a Trachycarpus wagnerianus.
Cryptomeria japonica 'Rasen'
Bocconia frutescens (Tree Poppy)
Spikes! Both of these are hardy Echinocereus crosses Peter scored for me during his July visit to the Hillside Botanical Gardens in Yakima, WA.
They won't be planted out until springtime.
*sigh* blue-sky and Tetrapanax, always a great photo...
I eventually had to admit it's time for pumpkins and the like. Andrew loves autumn, so bringing bits into the house makes him happy...
But I'm still living for afternoons like this...photo taken Oct 3rd.
And to think I once planned to get rid of the Clematis tibetana var. vernayi!
It is a rather "rambunctious" vine...
But I've found that cutting it back VERY hard is the way to handle it. Thankfully I still get an abundance of these spongy flowers.
Dyckia 'Pale Ryder' — this shot has it looking more like a Bromeliad than I've ever noticed a Dyckia looking.
The Poncirus trifoliata fruit is coloring up.
Since the end of last week was turning rainy I cut a few things to enjoy indoors. A Canna 'Durban' leaf is coiled inside the vase, a trio of Clematis flowers hang over the top, and seeds from a NOID Crocosmia are at the very top.
And I couldn't resist adding a stem from the Virginia creeper too...
The tender xeric plants, which spend winter in the basement, are all inside (the Bromeliads are next to go). I finally remembered to grab the variegated Agave desmettiana, from in front of the house, late Thursday afternoon. This guy was once small enough to sit on my desk at work (circa 2009)...
There he is (on the right) with his prisoner friends...
Friday (Oct 5th) we got our first heavy rain of the season, officially a half inch at the airport, not quite as much as was predicted. I still haven't pulled out my rain-gauge so I can't say for sure what I received here.
The spiky holding tank. Many of these will go into the shade pavilion greenhouse, once it's up for the season (she says, waiting patiently...), the pattern on the siding is from the rain.
The first of Clifford's MANY leaves to fall...
I threw a few small pots under the shade pavilion before the rain started.
Oh you poor Canna. I love this guy (Canna 'Durban') but he just didn't get enough water or sun to get very tall this year.
Amsonia hubrichtii (starting to change color) and Agave ovatifolia 'Frosty Blue'...the Amsonia is bent over from the rain.
And I couldn't decide which image to share, so there are two...
Amsonia and Daphne x houtteana
Agave montana 'Baccarat' with a baby Amsonia, Cordyline Electric Flash, and raindrops!
Grevillea x gaudichaudii
Cotinus ‘Royal Purple' — not so purple these days.
Finally a side-angle shot of the front garden, shiny black Arctostaphylos bark and all...
Weather Diary, Oct 7: Hi 56, Low 45/ Precip .10"
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