Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The End Of The Gardening Season

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”
- Luther Burbank -

This year is one of the most spectacular gardening seasons I’ve ever seen due in part to the cool and wet summer we had, which the plants loved. There has been a continuous explosion of colour since the garden woke up in the spring, and although most of the plants are done, there are still some happily blooming away despite the colder nights and shorter days.

Come take a stroll with me in the backyard. Let’s enjoy the flowers while we can because it’ll all be over soon...

The lovely Anemone × hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert' looking stressed, but still blooming away.

Rosa Grandiflora 'Tournament of Roses' was added this year, and it thrived. It's still going strong.

A garden friend enjoying Sedum 'Autumn Joy', which will bloom until late fall.

The velvety leaves of a Cimicifuga (bugbane) after the rain.

The most popular daylily, Hemerocallis ‘Stella de Oro’, blooms throughout the summer and fall.

It's not surprising to see these buds on the fall-blooming Cimicifuga simplex ‘Black Negligee’.

From mid summer to mid fall, Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ shows off its golden daisies.

Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora' is another new addition to the garden this year, and it seems to like it here.

The delicate flowers of a sedum. I'm not sure which one this is. Perhaps the showy 'Mediovariegatum’. Anyone?

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Prairie Sun’ continues to amaze me with its beautiful flowers.

Gaillardia 'Arizona Apricot' blooms continuously from early summer to mid fall.

The end of the gardening season wouldn't be as spectacular without morning glories.

Gaillardia ‘Dazzler’ is a top performer. Even the little critters love it.

Achillea ‘Moonshine’ has been a bit hit this season, and it's still hanging on.

What an amazing gardening season it’s been. I will miss these little miracles when they settle down for their long winter’s nap. Spring won’t return too soon for me.

Have a lovely day, everyone!

37 comments:

  1. Martha...
    Thanks for the beautiful tour...
    Nothing like a vibrant garden walk, to awaken the senses...
    Awesome pictures...fabulous varieties...
    I'm with you...How many days 'til Spring??
    enjoy your day...mix of sun/cloud/rain here....crazy!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Thanks, Linda! Too many days till spring...sigh... But the time will pass!

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  2. loving your wondrous flowers, thanks for the lift today!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed, Christine. Flowers always make us happy.

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  3. Your garden is flourishing. Thanks for the tour. I can never remember the name of the Gaillardia flowers, but they are wonderful looking. Fine photos of these flowers and plants.

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    1. Gaillardias are spectacular. I have a few of them growing in the garden, and they're all fantastic performers all season long.

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  4. WOW those are some great shots. It always make me feel better seeing some beautiful creation. It's inspiring.

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  5. WOW those are some great shots. It always make me feel better seeing some beautiful creation. It's inspiring.

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    1. Thank you, psychelyn, and thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I enjoyed all your garden photos. We had a hot dry summer here in Oregon, and everything turned brown. :( Looking forward to fall/winter rains.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. Depending on where you live, autumn can be the best season. Winters are long and cold here, so it's not my favourite season.

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  7. You captured the texture/contours of those petals so vividly. Thank you for the display, Martha. It was a real pick-me-up.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Robyn. Sometimes we just need something pretty to look at. Makes us smile.

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  8. The flowers are beautiful! You have a lovely garden!

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    1. Thanks, Bethany. It's definitely where I find peace.

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  9. All amazing but 4 gets my Top Pick. Something about it that I just love.

    Hope your day was killer. Mine turned into super productive shopping and now I'm home waiting for Frankenberry to get here.

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    1. That's a favourite of one. I like the raindrops on the leaves. It gives me such a peaceful feeling.

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    2. Hoping to grab some photos tomorrow.

      Happy Weekend.

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    3. Happy weekend to you, Wonder Woman! I hope you get some really cool shots!

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  10. Beautiful photos! We had a good year for everything but tomatoes. Tomatoes just weren't happy around here.

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    1. Yup, the tomatoes were not happy. It wasn't sunny or warm enough for them.

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  11. Nice stroll! You had a great garden this summer.

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    1. I sure did, Red. One of the best so far. I hope next year is even better.

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  12. Your flowers are lovely, Martha! I basically live in a desert, complete with hail and grasshoppers. Loved your Chuckles and Chortles yesterday, especially the Facebook password cartoon. I had to give up on that method when I was trying to remember words with symbols backwards. LOL! Have a happy Hump Day!

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    1. Thanks, Louise! I hope you are doing great. I hope to see the desert at some point. It would be nice. I am fascinated by this beautiful world of ours and I'd like to experience different settings. Each one is special in its own way.

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  13. A lot of flowers for this time of year!

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  14. It's always nice when some of the plants enjoy a brief autumn renaissance before packing it in, don't you think? My morning glories are done blooming though.

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    1. I totally agree. It's their last 'hurrah', or so to speak. Makes autumn that much more beautiful. I will miss the garden, but a little break from it for awhile is good.

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  15. All beautiful, Martha! Particularly the 'bugbane'! Oh, and that rose wasn't shabby either! We are so shaded in now that our blossoms are few and in-between. Our garden is more a 'woodland garden' now as Louise (Fundy Blue) called it this summer during her visit.

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    1. The bugbane is such an amazing plant. It was teeny tiny when I added it to the garden, and it's grown into a gorgeous plant. It's also at its best during the autumn season, which is quite welcome since most of the plants are done.

      Well, I bet your garden is spectacular. I love woodland gardens. They are very peaceful.

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