As I walk through the garden I can see signs that fall is approaching. The leaves on my trees are turning red, the roses are sporting their rose hips and the dogwood has lost all its red berries to the birds.
I sigh as I see the hydrangea has turned from a dark blue to shades of purple and green. But then I think to myself that there are still lots of flowers in bloom and more to come. The joys of living here on the southwest coast of British Columbia mean we don’t get a frost until November and even then it rarely gets so cold that a few flowers still don’t survive. I look forward to seeing all of the Sedum Autumn Joy, Colchicum and Fall Asters as they send out their fall blooms.
This is a great time to reflect on the garden. What worked and what didn’t. For me my Zinnias and Dahlias rocked the show this year displaying blooms for months on end. Next year I will grow hundreds of Zinnias from seed as they are so easy to grow.
In the vegetable garden I had a great harvest.Things that drove me crazy were the huge squash plants that did so well but shaded everything else around them. I will hopefully have squash in a separate raised bed next year. If you haven’t grown Ambassador zucchini, give it a try. I like picking the fruit from a central stem and this plant was an excellent producer. I have been able to use it fresh and freeze some for winter cooking. There is nothing better than a freezer full of home-grown vegetables and fruit for those months when we are craving that garden fresh taste.
Did you have mildew this year? This was one of the worst seasons for powdery mildew. We won’t even talk about the downy mildew that has show up in gardens here. I knew that the downy mildew was an issue last year so I stayed away from buying Impatiens this year. I love them but didn’t want to see my money wasted. It wasn’t long before I saw the city plantings looking very sick and work crews pulling out all their Impatiens and leaving the strong resistant New Guinea Impatiens in their place. I have to wonder how this fungus has travelled so fast. Is it seed borne? That’s my theory.
Anyway I am getting away from the show for this week. I have some pretty flowers blooming and decided to link up with Glenda over at Tootsie Time. I will bet we are both getting our greenhouses ready for winter. I want to install new shelving and get the walls sparkling clean so I am all ready for spring seed sowing.
The Dahlia ‘Wheels’ is still going strong in the garden.
The Weigela is sending out a second bloom. Its pale pink flowers are loved by hummingbirds.
The Kirengeshoma palmatum has been blooming under my Oak tree. I love its yellow bell-like flowers. It’s a member of the Hydrangea family and has maple like leaves almost 8″ across. What’s nice about this plant is it’s the one taking the show in the September shade garden. I think I need to divide this one and spread it around.
I know I said the Dahlias stole the show this year but really, a plant over 7′ high! As you can see, although I have tied it up twice there is no stake strong enough to hold this baby up. It must be the hot sun that it gets all day at the front of the house. It has never grown this tall in previous years.
Dahlia ‘Ferncliff Duo’ is a beauty, that’s for sure , but I don’t think I will grow it here again next year. Well, that’s about it for today. Its time for me to get working on finishing those summer projects before it starts to rain again.