Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a whole month since I last posted. I could say that we’ve been on vacation (multiple times) and otherwise traveling (multiple times), that there have been earthquakes, tropical storms, droughts, and deluges, and that the garden has required tending — and all would be true. Nonetheless, suffice it to say that there were numerous posts that never got to the typed version but only danced around in my head. If I stand back and take stock now I am grateful that anything has made it through the gardening year that we’ve had. After terrible lack of rain in the heat of the summer we got 6.5 inches of rain in the first 8 days of September (the usual average for the month is 3.5 inches). Think of wet sponge as you walk about the back yard.
One flower that is remarkable for its presence at the moment is the Sweet Autumn Clematis. It has taken advantage of the caterpillars that decimated the White Double-flowering Cherries this spring and has used the branches as a platform for the most amazing show of white fragrant flowers.
I’m torn between wanting to celebrate this gaudy show and a desire to try for one last save of the cherries (though probably a lost hope at this point).
Elsewhere in the yard the Japanese Anemone ‘September Charm’ is reliably coming into bloom.
And the Alstroemeria in the front bed have continued to bloom off and on since springtime.
Also in the front yard is a combination of small dahlias with the hybrid euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ that has turned out to be a good lead-in to the front porch.
As you walk to the back it’s hard not to notice the pyracantha that are fruiting as though there were no tomorrow and growing ever skyward onto and above the deck.
Back beside the garage is my comeback plant of the year. The Loropetalum, which looked dead in early spring (it’s only marginally hardy here), is now looking robust and even tentatively putting forth color at the end of the branches. Credit to Les at Tidewater Gardener for introducing me to this plant.
Even further back on the hillside as we come to the plants that we expect to do a lot of self-care, the goldenrod is coming into its yellow glory. And to think that some people in this household think it’s a weed.
So I’ll close by suggesting you visit May Dreams Gardens and check out what’s growing other gardens for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. And I’ll try to be a little more consistent in reflecting on what is happening on this hill…