Monday, November 15, 2010
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - November 15, 2010
Salvia guaranitic 'Black and Blue'
Wow, it's that time again! I have to admit, this is only the 2nd time I've managed to get my act together enough to do one of these postings, I know there are a lot of people who post on this, so I'll try to keep things brief and let the pics speak for themselves :-) Above is Salvia 'Black and Blue', which continue to look great until they are cut down by frost (which in Portland, might not happen until after Christmas). I really like this patch of 'Black and Blue' the most, as it's backed by the Miscanthus (I think Malepartus, but it wasn't labeled, if anyone can tell for sure, I'd appreciate it!) which in Autumn turns bright, blazing yellow and really sets off the Salvia nicely. The blue is electric against the yellow.
Salvia guaranitica 'Purple Majesty'
In spite of it's fragile stems which constantly snap, 'Purple Majesty' continues to put on its show. Like its relative above, it is really at it's best in the fall, and will keep pumping out these blooms until frost.
Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' and Centranthus ruber
The Erysimum are entering their season, they have started to bloom again, albeit lightly, but the fact that they are evergreen makes them doubly valuable. The Centranthus are still blooming, although only a few scattered blossoms here and there. They have started to bulk up at the base and I'm noticed numerous seedlings in their vicinity that seem suspiciously like the work of self-sowing...not that I'm complaining, I'm moving the Rodgersias that are there currently to a more shaded position next spring, and these will fill in their vacant spot.
Geranium 'Ann Folkard'
Poor 'Ann' has unfortunately been reduced to mere stems by the ravaging slugs, but bravely, she still manages to throw up a few blossoms. I've been spreading slug repellant continuously for the last week or so, but to no avail, they REALLY want to eat my plants. Strangely, they seem to ignore some geraniums in favor of others. They love 'Ann' and 'Walters Gift' but seem to not bother 'Rozanne' or my Geranium macrorhizum...strange.
Agastache 'Tutti Frutti'
In spite of the fact that it is the floppiest and messiest plant in my garden, this Agastache is also one of the most vigorous and longest blooming. It started in June and is STILL flowering, though not heavily. Next year, I'm moving them all to the sunniest position I can find...and even then, will probably pre-emtively truss them up to keep them from smothering their neighbors again.
Helenium 'Mardi Gras'
The lovely Helenium continues to toss up the occasional blossom, making it another winner for long-season bloom. They may be floppy and somewhat prone to collapse, but they are so care-free and floriferous, I'll keep growing them happily!
Sedum 'Autumn Joy'
I can never quite tell the moment when the Sedum stop actually flowering and just enter their 'seedy' phase. It doesn't really matter, they are lovely in all stages of their blooms.
Persicaria 'Red Dragon' and Agastache 'Acapulco Orange'
My wondrous 'Red Dragon' keep throwing up sprays of dainty, white flowers, which, while not extremely showy, have a delicate charm that I find endearing. 'Red Dragon' is one of the plants that seems to really hit its stride right now, while other plants are slowing down or going to sleep, it's like a crazy club kid, it just keep growing! Agastache 'Acapulco Orange' has been a real trooper this year, and is still blooming lightly, but sporadically.
I can't remember which Origanum this one is, but it's flowers and colorful bracts continue to add a subtle beauty to the garden.
The superstar of the garden, 'Rozanne' just keeps going and going. It's foliage is starting to look slightly tattered, but compared to so many other plants, it's fresh as a daisy. It continues to bloom and bloom, not as heavily as in the summer, but any flower is welcome. Here it is pictured with one of the Amsonias I planted this spring.
Muhlenbergia capillaris and Amsonia hubrichtii
Above is another Amsonia, this one planted last fall (right around this time, if I remember) and by far the larges of my Amsonias (although still tiny in comparison to many I've seen). It is backed by the frothy pink cloud of Pink Muhly Grass. I have to admit, I stole this combo from Nancy Ondra in her book Fallscaping, which I absolutely ADORE! I'm hoping someday it will come close to the beauty of the planting that inspired it :-)
This Verbena is really late to emerge in the spring, and I honestly thought it had died over the winter. However, once it pops up, it grows at amazing speed and is a great filler throughout the garden, issuing its lovely pink-purple blooms all summer and fall until the first frost.
A true superstar, my poor Rudbecia triloba pretty much collapsed on itself earlier this month, under the burden of heavy rains and its blooms.
Lovely Persicaria, just keeps growing and blooming, slugs keep attacking it, and it keeps growing new leaves. I love this plant.
Oops, I guess I am posting this one twice...well, it's that good :-)
Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate'
This lovely Joe Pye relative is grown primarily for it's wonderful dark foliage, which looks amazing all spring and summer. Right about the time it blooms, most of the leaves of mine are pretty much green with a dark tinting. Even so, the flowers are lovely, white and frothy.
Pennisetum 'Tall Tails'
A Pennisetum apart from all the others I've known. Unlike the others which seem to thrive during the warmer parts of the year, this one doesn't seem to really get going until autumn arrives. It is growing taller and putting out more and more blossoms, which seems so strange, not that I'm complaining. It's a bit floppy (but in my garden, that's the rule, not the exception) but extremely vigorous. It's funny to remember back in the spring when it seemed to be so far behind the other grasses, had I only known it was just a late bloomer, so to speak ;-)
Another plant that just keeps blooming and blooming. I don't think its stopped once since I planted it in July...just amazing!
Agastache 'Summer Sky'
Ok, yeah, it's barely blooming, but hey, I'm going to eek out whatever I can this month!
Pennisetum 'Hameln' and Sildacea oregana (Oregon Checker Mallow)
One of my favorite grasses, in spite of it ubiquity in shopping center parking lot plantings. I love it's fuzzy flowers and the lovely, buttery shade of yellow it turns in the fall. The Checker Mallow I got this spring at a native plant sale. It's pretty small still, but has been blooming lightly for months, I'm interested to see what it will do next year.
Rudbeckai hiirta 'Goldsturm'
Strangely, while most Rudbeckia seemed to be done months ago, including those on the other side of my house, these are still blooming, and quite vigorously, in spite of the constant onslaught of slug attacks.
And here it is, the garden in all it's glory, a bit bedraggled, sodden and tired, but it marches on until the inevitable killing frosts. Of course, I'm not done, I still have bags of bulbs and a few remaining Astrantias to pop in the ground :-)