As I mentioned yesterday, I'm still actively working out in my garden. Not with as much vigor and enthusiasm as in the spring, surely. But I'm still out there every day. Shifting and pruning and lamenting and, yes . . . celebrating.
This has been a tough year, weather-wise, for my garden. Until just this week, we've been in a drought here in my area. Pretty much no rain all season. Our summer wasn't too bad heat-wise -- and, in fact, it was on the rather cool side. Until mid-September. And then all hell broke loose (as in hot as hell).
My entire garden fried. The lush, green foliage looks like potato chips now. Fall blooms lasted about 2 minutes in the heat. If plants didn't wilt, they just shriveled. It's been . . . Not Good.
Still. Flowers are magical. They continue to bring joy. Here are three things blooming in my garden even now . . . after a really wacky weather growing season.
1 - Autumn Joy Sedum (now showing with potato chip hosta leaves in the background. . . )
Some of my gardening friends wrinkle their noses at my Autumn Joy sedum, considering it "too common" for their own gardens. I say FOOEY! It's hard to find a more hard-working plant in the fall garden. It looks lovely for months -- and attracts bees and butterflies like crazy. It even looks great in the winter, because it's dead seed-heads catch the frost and snow in delightful ways. I'll never plant a garden without it.
2 - Toad Lily
I was sure my toad lily wouldn't bloom this year. Toad lilies are shade plants -- with the most delightful fall blooms ever. They look so exotic and fussy. But they're not . . . as long as you give them what they need: shade and water. I've been pushing the envelope in terms of shade with this little guy for a couple of years now -- ever since we chopped down the cherry tree (a black cherry that was split and dying and in danger of falling on the house). But this year? WAY too hot; WAY too dry. (You can see the burned leaves in the picture.) Still . . . I've got some blooms! (And I have plans for a new tree to bring back some shade to this corner of my garden.)
3 - Rozanne Geranium
This plant is another of my "workhorse" plants. It does a lot of heavy-lifting in my garden all season long. Although this (kind of crappy) photo doesn't really show it, this plant is a mound about 3 feet across (yeah, this one is on my divide-and-transplant list) and FULL of blooms. In fact, it starts blooming in May and never quits! It's still blooming - and attracting bees - even now. It winds in through neighboring plants and helps them look lovely, too.
Even though it's been a tough gardening season, I'm still enjoying some color and blooms out there - even in October.
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