What’s still blooming on the first day in Fall?
It’s a beautiful Fall day, with a crystal clear blue sky above and green grass below! The air is crisp and clean as only Fall can bring! Sometimes, this time of year, I feel kind of sad as I walk though my garden, because all the pretty flowers are disappearing! I love to garden as much as anything! Digging in the dirt, even pulling weeds is the best therapy in the world as far as I’m concerned. But a few days ago, on the very first day of Fall, 2012, I rolled around the garden in my power wheelchair, even my neighbors’ gardens, and was surprised how much I found still blooming! Since I am strictly an amateur gardener, and handicapped at that, my work is more love than skill. But I hope some of you will enjoy sharing these thoughts with me. I’m also sure you’ll hear more about the neighborhood as well, as many of us garden, and boy, some have great gardens!
With this blog in mind, I actually took my camera along and used it to share with you what I found! Like this autumn aster, isn’t it incredible!
The little purple flowers with yellow centers look just like the asters that grow in a mound, like mums. However, these grow 5′ to 6′ tall! They’re perennial, and they spread, so you always have some to share! I bought my first plant of these autumn asters from an award winning gardener who lives in Oxford, NC. She warned us that they could/would spread. They increase in a circular patch that gets bigger every year. This patch in my front garden is only about 3 years old, and it probably covers about a 5′ by 5′ area. It likes full sun, and average moisture. It blooms for 3 weeks or more. As I sit here at the computer, this lavender cloud is right outside my window, what a lovely sight!
Further out in my
front yard, are these darker lavender Mexican Petunias. These were a gift to me from my neighbor Laura, who received them from another neighbor! These beauties actually bloom all summer and into the Fall. Actually, this picture is of Laura’s plants. Mine are tall, and bloom sporadically, but they are in too much shade. Laura’ face the East, Southeast, so get sun all day ! They are also where they get plenty of moisture., and they are beautiful! They’ve been blooming since May or June, and they are perennials! I just love them.
Moving around the side of the house, towards the back, is our huge canna lily garden! We do have some elsewhere as well, but here on our little 1/2 acre, is a twenty by ten foot garden of canna lilies! These red ones are about six feet tall, similar to the asters! They’ve been blooming all summer as well, since about June at least. The amount of light and moisture makes a lot of difference in the growth of cannas. Even though you see them along highways, they actually do thrive better with moisture. I try to be sure mine get at least one inch of water per week. However, even in drought, cannas do okay, and continue to bloom. They just grow taller and bloom more with adequate moisture. Canna’s also multiply and spread like wildfire! One canna in the Spring, will be surrounded by 5 in the Fall, and 10 when they return the following Spring! Therefore they are a great pass along plant as well.
Our whole neighborhood loves to share their plants, so you see canna lilies fairly often! We even have some growing on the north side of our house, and indeed,they are only half as tall, but just as lovely! In just a couple of weeks, when all the blooms are done, we will cut the cannas back to about 3 inches tall, cover them with mulch or pine tags, and let them sleep until Spring.
This delicate, frothy , sweet smelling vine covering my water barrel, and the banister of our deck, is a sweet autumn clematis, and one of my favorite things! There is no way you can continue frowning, or be sad, when you come in proximity to this joyful looking and smelling plant! It is a deciduous vine, , loses its leaves, and as a vine, covers anything it touches! But oh, come the end of August, early September, there is nothing more breathtaking here in North Carolina in my mind. It also gives me a good excuse to beg people to come over to visit–“come see, oh come see it and smell it! Its blooming! You’ve gotta come see!” LOL anything to get the neighbors over!
There were four or five or more other things actually still blooming, although the main flower season is undoubtedly coming to an end. But I think I’ll wait and have fun writing about some more, a second way to enjoy them, in the next blog post. Hope you are having a great day and that maybe you are out in your own garden. Helen