How time flies. I left for a 10-day trip to Eastern Europe on August 30, followed up with eight weeks of GFWC Region Meetings in eight states (Nevada, Nebraska, Maine, Indiana, New York, Mississippi, Texas, and North Carolina), and returned home last night from a super-secret (and very exciting!) location where I evaluated hotels for a convention (yes, GFWC again) that will be held in 2021.
The neglected garden, as you would guess, doesn’t offer much to crow about. Even still, I thought it would be good for us to catch up with Six on Saturday (hosted by the Propagator) for a look at what’s happening outdoors now.
(1) Our rainy spring and summer have been followed by an equally wet autumn, but while some of the season’s colorful foliage was washed away with the 5+ inches of rain that assaulted us earlier this week, this small hickory (seen from the sunporch) tempted me outside early this morning to find more seasonal treasures.
(2) Surprisingly, other deciduous trees and shrubs, including many of our oaks and this frosty Chinese paperbush, are still green. It’s good to see, however, that its flower buds have formed and are growing quickly.
(3) Nearby, nestled under a small tree and surrounded by ferns and low-growing shrubs, a large bear’s-foot hellebore is also in good form. Its inch-wide flowers, which will begin to open in just weeks, will be pale green with purplish-red edges.
(4) In the secret garden, another plant with fine-textured foliage, Mahonia ‘Soft Caress,’ is already in bloom. During the growing season, its plant companions include Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum), hosta, and other shade-loving perennials. But as you can see through the shrub’s bamboo-like foliage, these herbaceous plants are sleeping now.
(5) I typically photograph this native shrub, commonly called silver-leaf hydrangea (for the white flocking on the underside of its foliage), in midsummer with its blooms covered in pollinators. The plant is just as beautiful in the cool season, though, don’t you think? Dried to a crisp, the flower heads will persist through winter wind and snow.
(6) Finally, I couldn’t resist sharing this photo of autumn foliage on the floor of the woodland garden, which features a torn and crumpled discard from a bigleaf magnolia. The tree, planted just 3 years ago, will grow slowly until it reaches 30 or more feet tall. It’s less than a third of that size now, but this leaf is more than 2-feet long. Incredible!
Nice to see your post, Marion. Sounds like you’ve been very busy. Hope you’re taking it easy for the upcoming holidays. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Eliza–Yes, looking forward to a fun and family-filled Thanksgiving. All the best to you too, during this time of thankfulness.
So nice to read about your garden again. Always learn something new!
Deen–Well, there are always bits and pieces worth a comment, but the overall has a way to go right now. Would help if the leaves would finally finish falling so we could tidy up, once and for all.
Great hearing from you Marian. Happy Thanksgiving 🦃 to you & Tim. Warmly, Barbara M.
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Barbara–Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I’ve made my first goulash with paprika from Budapest…but I think we’ll stick with ham and turkey this week.
Great plants! Great photos’
Regina–Will be thinking of you and Aileen this week! Sending love.
You have been so busy, how nice to be at home and unwind in your lovely garden.
Pauline–Yes, it is fabulous to be home. And we are having beautiful weather for a few days before the rain starts again, so trying to get at least a little time outside each day.
Beautiful photos Marion. That Hickory tree is something else!
That magnolia leaf must be a sight – so huge! I didn’t realise that particular hydrangea was native to Appalachia. How beautiful that must be on a hillside. Also really love the Chinese paperbush. May have to find one for myself!
Was great to have you with us and David Culp for dinner! Such wonderful fellowship with gardeners. Happy Thanksgiving
Martha–Wow, it was the best ever. Wish I could have been with you on Thursday too, but my trip went well and I’m glad to mark it off the “to do” list. Take care and have a great Thanksgiving!
Glad you are home safely. Looking forward to your program here in Charlotte.
John–Yes, very much looking forward to Charlotte. It will be here before we know it!
That is a huge leaf. It’s nice to see your posting again.
Auto–Have to admit I’ve missed blogging, though not the long hours I spent at the computer when I was writing for the newspaper. Hope all is well with you! Looks like we’ve been having similar weather challenges lately.
Lovely to hear about what you’ve been doing.
Christina–Yes, so good to catch up…hope I will have an opportunity in the next few days to find out what all my blogging friends have been up to while I was away.
Hi Marian, It is great to receive your latest Hortitopia. I enjoy each posting so much. Glad you are back from your travels. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Shirley
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