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Hard to believe that September is over all ready.
A wander around the garden this morning uncovers a few spring plants still blooming happily, others need dead heading - the daffodils are well past it!
There still a risk of late frost here...
so it is possible if you in the Northern hemisphere have an early frost at the same time we may all wake to an icy start on the same day...
stranger things have happened
Nemesia - these are a huge hit with me, they flowered non stop until late winter.
After a brief slow down they are away again.
They have a pleasant scent, almost like vanilla & strike easily from cuttings.
Lovely photos. Now if only I knew someone close by that has your type of nemesia that I can take cuttings from. Suitable for cut flowers, blooms in early spring to late winter, and is fragrant. What more can you ask for??
the nemesia has been developed to take the place of pansies...
well I have them both in together & will see how that goes.
It might be worth buying some nemesia, one or two plants will give you plenty of cuttings to fill a border.
How refreshing to see spring flowers. So your freesia come back every year? Not even close to being hardy here and I had a heck of a time trying to grow them even in containers, only got a few after planting many.
Gnorman is a character I bet!
pretty toad lilies BB and nice rose. I still have a lot of roses blooming and the dahlias going strong and the zinnias. I noticed yesterday a few dianthus blooming again.
dalfyre forgot to mention before that I love the purple columbine quite striking.
The sedums here are waining. The grasshoppers have attacked some. I dont have many roses. That pink is an oldie from my hubs mothers flowers. We brought it with us when we moved.
Those toads sure surprised me today with their bloom! I swear they popped overnight!
Heres the waining of the foliage from my peonies! The colors in the leaves are pretty cool. Its kindof depressing to see so little blossoms anymore and watching everything going to sleep for the winter. So watching what dalfyre presents will be a joy for sure!
There is joy in dying, if only for the reserrection in spring!
that caterpillar is an interesting colour.
The only ones I see here are green...
usually the kind you don't want munching on your blossoms.
I would like a swan plant one day to attract monarchs, I will wait until the cat is too old to catch them.
I hate seeing their mangled corpses.
At least she is too daft to catch birds - her idea of hunting is to run full speed at them mewing all the way.
And I am grateful for that as I love the visiting birds too.
Do you have milkweed for your monarchs? That is the one plant they need here to survive.
This time of year we get wooly worms. They are fuzzy black or brown or black and brown or some are even just pure white. Some people claim they predict winter. This year I have only seen one so far. It was brown.
I have no clue as to what that pink caterpiller was. I just caught him mossying on that branch and thought he was rather neat! So pink and naked in the middle of fall!
there was a plant we called milk weed that grew up in Auckland when I was a child, I have never seen it here.
Normally swan plants are the only things that the caterpillars will eat.
Here is a pic of my new clematis...
There was a lovely forsythia just over the garden wall but the new neighbour bulldozed the garden & sadly it was one of his victims.
There are several in my street that have been blooming for weeks - they do make a bright splash.
Lovely clematis dalfyre. Isn't it funny BB how some things come back at the end of the season like forsythia. I have azalea in bloom and a daylily and lots of other things, you just would not expect for october?
That blue anemone is striking. Orange not my favorite as well but sure is a lot of what I have now and works great in the fall arrangements.
Here is a little collage of some of what I have still blooming and there is lots more than I though in addition to these dahlia, cactus dahlia, daylily and malva. Also have clematis blue and star white and russian sage and one single azalea, will post others soon.
BB, the vinca will love being cut back. It will be fuller and where you cut them they will fork and make two runners. just cut them at a node. You can shorten them any amount you want to, but it will be happy when you do! and you can root all the cuttings.
Well, whats your suggestion on rooting the cuttings? We have been having discussion on that at the GPS5! Its like 6 feet long now and man I hate to cut it, but I want to bring it indoors and have no place to hang it, although I have thought about bunching up the tails!
I used to cut mine all the time. I don't have any anymore... sniff, sniff... I rooted mine in water. They were in hanging pots in trees around the pond and they would reach the ground. I would cut them back about half way. You will need to root pieces that are no longer than a foot or so, so the ends won't die back. It will grow again. Just like hair... It will grow back! LOL It will be happier being wintered over without all that length. They are hardy here, so they were about the only green thing around.
The vinca grow like crazy in my zone BB. Bet you could root it and then keep it inside until next season, just root a few small ones and leave them in the water with the roots until spring.
Thanks on the collage.
I get leary of starting things in water.. my water is very hard, but I think I will give it a go... I did ok with the thing in the house last spring, but it was sent to me in the early spring and I hedged at putting it out!
It would be awesome to have a few of these baskets!
Well, we got rain today, I think I will bring in a few more pots... Got a couple more coleus to drag up from the viranda. Comptemplating bringing in a few other annuals... got some marigolds, dianthus, snapdragons.. well guess the least I can do is enjoy them until I kill them! LO!L
I will have to bump up a few things in my GPS then bring them in the house! No way will they make it in winter unless they are perennials.. I have begonias out there and more coleus! There are some daylilies that I will move to the next size pot and leave them in the GH... but as for anything much more.. my annual baskets which will croak, will come in for storage to be replanted in the spring. Sometimes I get lucky and annual containers will seed themselves and all I have to do is water. come in for storage!
I have been rushing around like mad.. the weather looks official for frost on Friday nite so I have been running my hanging baskets closer to the house. Dont know what all I will get in there or what it gonna have to store up in the GPS.
Heres one of my allysum baskets.. It will probably end uup in the GPS hopefully to give me seed next season...
The aroma on it is heavenly! It should volunteer re-seed itself next year... all I will have to do is water it, and pull out to transplant the overflow!
Nah, just yer imagination! Heres one of my petunia baskets that decied to volunteer sprout this fall already!...Um, I think for grins I will bring that one in the house and put it under my grow lights!
Anemone Lord lieutenant...
I posted a pic of it earlier but this is of it fully open.
I have a white ranunculus coming into bud at last...
I planted it with the anemones thinking the blue & white would look nice, not sure if I will get the effect I hoped for.
I may have to shift them around later, put them all in one bed for a massed effect.
Not ever having grown them I wasn't sure how much space to allow
And for a complete contrast to the blues & pinks in the garden I just have to look up...
All are beautiful, Teresa. But I love that hot pink one - what is it? I also looked up some nemesia to buy, but could only find the blue one. I would rather have a white. But if you say that the offstprings may not be true to the parents, maybe I can get some non-blues from blues?
who knows, maybe you can...
I only bought the white & blue.
Later I added the two tone one.
So the other two colours must have been from seed.
The pale one is really growing on me, I will have to take cuttings so have more of it.
It looks so nice in the shady garden, stands out better than the blue & is softer than bright white.
Teresa - those are totally unlike any ixia that I have seen. They have such long, arching stems and don't have the dark centers.. You must have a very different variety. I'm going to have to keep an eye out for those - I love them. I am going to be busy planting this weekend - peonies, dahlias, and a box of 8 perennials that I mail ordered came in yesterday.
lol - I had no idea what either one was until recently.
my garden is full of interesting plants, some were here when I bought it others came from my Mum.
She has friends that pass on bulbs etc so it can be a bit of a lucky dip.
I love getting plants from friends and family. Always a source for surprises. What a pretty iris!!
Here are a few October blooms that I have that is not included in the yard to vase series - here is an abutilon - it does tend to wilt rather quickly so is not a great candidate for cut flower, but it blooms beautifully from April to November. This was taken during a windy stormy day last week.
Teresa - we are cross posting here LoL. Peonies are one of my favorite all time flowers. I finally got some red ones this year. Can't wait to see them bloom. I hope that they turn out as lovely as yours.
Here is one of my red flowers - Hibiscus coccinea. I have not tried using it for a cut flower. It grows to about 8 feet tall.
Dianne that is the dahlia that finished up with my fall arrangements. We had a very hard frost on Sunday night and all is now gone, so sad. But now will be able to pull the zinnias and have room to plant the new tulips, so all happens for good reason I guess.
had a good time despite taking a rotten cold with me.
I sniffed & sneezed & coughed my way through 4 glorious sunny warm days.
But I could still enjoy the gardens there.
White gardenia - something I could never grow here.
they were selling gardenias here as conservatory plants.
If I had a conservatory I would have been tempted.
I am reluctant to buy something that needs to be moved around & brought indoors when the weather changes.
And for some reason my indoor plants all died in this house.
Neglected in favour of the outdoor plants or just not the right lighting etc?
I will never know & really don't want to try anything else inside with two dogs & a cat prowling about.
I like that mystery flower. I do very poorly with indoor plants too - I don't really have the light, and I don't water regularly. At least with the outside, some area gets water when the timed lawn sprinklers go on. And when the plants are in the ground, it is not as critical if I forget to water since the ground has a reserve of moisture in it.
How come you can't grow gardenias? Does it freeze in your area?
yes we get frosts - some pretty good ones, normally just -5C is the hardest but we had a -7C frost a couple of years ago that kept ChCh plumbers busy for weeks with mending frozen & then burst pipes.
Not sure if you can grow gardenias outdoors in out 'winterless north'.
I never heard of them in a garden, only as a hot house exotic.
One consolation for having the cold winters is that we get camellia, rhododendron, azaleas & spring bulbs that won't cope with the heat of the tropics.
Oh and peonies... they need a good chilling in winter
This is my red one, pic doesn't do it justice, they are a much deeper red - and you can't see just how big the blooms are.