If you've read this blog for any length of time you know this is always a hard time of the year for me, I love summer and I hate to see it end. Sure autumn has its own beauty, but winter follows and that's just to awful to think about. Awful.
Okay enough of that. I went out to document what was looking good in the garden right now, you know, be in the present and don't worry about winter. As it turns out there's quite a bit to love. As the Amsonia hubrichtii begins to color up this combination is extra fabulous...
The golden leaves on the Poncirus trifoliata (aka Citrus trifoliata) are glowing!
As is the fruit now that it's ripening.
Moving the Agave 'Mateo' into this pot in the front garden was a great idea, it's really responded well; lots of new growth and a more pronounced stripe. Now let's just hope it doesn't mind winter. I've got a small one in the ground in the back yard that's always been fine.
Cordyline 'Electric Flash' did fine last winter, but of course I planted it knowing it wasn't fully hardy here. We shall see...
Agave parryi 'Notorious RBG' (my name for a NOID purchased at the Ruth Bancroft garden) and a coloring up Sedum ternatum 'Larinem Park’.
Sedum palmeri is also starting to color up (we've had a few nights in the 30's, lowest low of 33).
This spring I planted quite a few mangaves out in the garden. Here's Mangave 'Bad Hair Day'...it's in a pretty protected spot and is theoretically good to Zone 7.
Lavandula allardii 'Meerlo' looks good, even with only a couple waterings over the summer months. So does an Agave 'Silver Surfer' that refuses to grow AT ALL.
Erica arborea var. alpina with its bright green new growth on the tips.
I think I shared a photo of this holding tank—which is usually planted with veggies or floral stems to cut—earlier in the year. It's amazing how much everything has exploded in size. I'm going to have to don my chainmaille to get in there and break things up before really cold weather hits.
Schefflera brevipedunculata backed by Schefflera delavayi and Metapanax delavayi, with a Clematis tibetana var. vernayi running through it all.
The Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) that hitch-hiked into my garden with a plant from my Spokane garden is coloring up nicely.
Sometimes I have no idea where it's gotten to in a season until the foliage starts to turn.
Looking forward to seeing these spiderweb sempervivum expand (newly planted a few weeks ago).
I really need to come up with a suitable protection strategy for the five huge Echium wildpretii around the garden.
I didn't realize Lonicera (Lonicera × brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet') produced berries.
Adiantum venustum keeps on looking good even when the plants around it start to melt.
The leaves on the Cyclamen hederifolium I wrote about earlier in the week are mostly all facing upwards now.
The shade pavilion greenhouse is up and ready to be filled with plants. If all goes according to plan, that's what I will be working on shortly after this post goes live.
I still haven't managed to find a spot in the ground for my Sinopanax formosanus, it's still in a container. I need to make that a goal for 2020.
The fern bowl I put together over the summer is still looking great.
Such wonderful plants.
Sonchus canariensis goes dormant in the heat of the summer. It's looking good now though.
Another of the mangaves I put in the ground, Mangave "Femme Fatale'.
Mangave 'Frosted Elegance'
A whoe patch of things that I'll be watching if winter gets crazy, as some people are saying it may...
The combo of Echium wildpretii and Symphytum × uplandicum 'Axminster Gold' puts an end to this post...
Weather Diary, Oct 10: Hi 62, Low 33/ Precip 0
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