Sunday, October 05, 2008
Late season revelations
Some garden bloggers had a bit of show ‘n’ tell on the Plurk network today. The idea was to fearlessly display large areas of our gardens so that we could have a sense of what each of us is actually talking about when we describe a plant or a problem. It’s impossible to really see a garden in photographs, of course. I know I always try to go for the most flattering angle possible, which isn’t what you’d see in person. Above is my favorite view—through the walled sunny bed to the pond, across the patio.
This is the front; its ground cover will soon be all tangled with leaves. What a pain. You can’t see some side perennial beds I am developing to the left, along the walkway to the back. I will working on those further in the spring.
This is behind the house, toward the alley. It’s an area that requires very little care exceopt some watering; it’s all ground cover, a few perennials and bulbs, and, of course, tree roots.
On the micro level, I still have some flowers: dahlia, boltonia, verbena boniarensis, heliopsis, and plenty of potted annuals.
The hydrangea are turning color, but there isn’t much fall color anywhere else—not in the Boston ivy or the maples. It’s all still pretty green.
And here are some potted blush noisettes I’ve had for about eight years. I store them in the root cellar. I sometimes wonder how much of the pot is now filled with their roots. Pretty much all of it, I’d say.
Two other plurkers who showed their gardens are Mary Ann/Idaho Gardener and Cindy/My Corner of Katy.
ADDENDUM: For a full view of the autumn garden, click here.