Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Autumn Garden

The air is getting that sweet fall, crisp, texture...and it's not just me who can smell the change.

Demon Cat
Some of the summer blooms are on their last leg, but they still get regular visits from the hummingbirds and the bee's.

Verbena bonariensis and Douglas aster
One last flush of yarrow...

Summervine Yarrow
And the fuchsia's keep pumping out delicious blooms...Even though the fiesty Rufus hummingbirds are getting ready to depart on their journey south, the Anna hummingbirds stick around all year and love drinking from the cape fuchsia's.

Phygelius 'Funfare Wine'
Phygelius 'Passionate'
Fall means....chrysanthemum's and who said they have to be boring? This vibrant lime green color is bringing back the cool...in chrysanthemum. (I know, I know...I'm reaching here..)

My mums are from a local box store. I love them. They come back every year and bloom 2x. Here is the white mum opening up for it's second blooming period.

And what about those impulse buy, box store asters from a few years ago....well they are going strong, four years later.

Now, I love to purchase native plants and/or plants that support some of the incredible local nurseries in our area. But, sometimes I succumb to impulse buys.....

What about grasses in the fall? I have a love affair with panicums. Can you see why? Look at this array of color!

Panicum 'Shenandoah'
And what about those fall staples...
The anemones are so beautiful. I need more. So. many. more. It took two years for me to get both varieties to bloom but now they are colonizing and pumping out these incredible blooms. I think they liked the more 'vintage' summer weather we had. 

Anemome 'September Charm'

Anomone 'Honorine Jobert'

And what about the show stoppers of my fall garden? Hardy hibicus. They are such fascinating blooms. They always generate questions and comments from people walking by. I have a mind to add another..(ya know, when this moves there and that gets re-homed, so on and so forth...)

Hibiscus moscheutos 'Jazzberry Jam'
Who could resist oogling at dinner plate sized blooms?

Hibicus moscheutos 'Pink Cloud'
Finally, here are some pictures of my garden as it transitions to autumn.

Ah...this is where you'll fine me..after soccer practices or work. I love listening to the birds in autumn. This is the perfect spot.

Any autumn blooms you think I should investigate for my own garden? Let me know and Happy Fall!!
Cheers, Jenni

Sunday, August 14, 2016

August Bloom Day 2016

The garden in August is the culmination of color. All the summer blooms are popping...before the eventual fade into fall.

A new bloom this year, in it's second year in my gardens is the bold blooms of the bigleaf Goldenray 'Othello'. It's wide purple leaves and stiking blooms make it a fun accent in the shade garden.

Ligularia Dentata
In my 'pocket' garden, between the house and the detachted garage. Dahlias, purple coneflowers and 'Fire King' crocosima. It's becoming a wild and unruly space...more stakes are in my future.

I have mixed feelings about this time of year...I hate the heat of summer but I love heat loving summer blooms. It's a problem.

On the cooler side of the house...my first blooms of anemone 'September Charm' have arrived. I've had this plant for two years and now am rewarded.

anemone 'September Charm'

Another purple bloomer has just opened up! This aster was a gift from fellow garden blogger Tamara over at Chickadee Gardens. I love asters because they are a beacon for the changing season. A reminder fall (my favorite season) is near. I don't know the name of this pretty thing..better check in with Tamara.

The bee's have enjoyed the coneflowers this year. I don't know why, but coneflowers are my summer love. The petals, their strudy stocks keeping the umbrella blooms upright for lasting enjoyment and the vivid colors that pop in my gardens.

Echinacea purpurea 'Sombrero'
I try to grow a lot of blooms for vistitors like hummingbirds....and bumble bee's.

Agastache 'Apricot Sprite'
Many of the summer blooms that I like require well draining soil..like agastache, but I live a world of heavy clay and no amount of amending has really changed that. So, I am learning to put those types of perennials in containers...like salvia 'Amistad'. Hopefully...they'll winter over too :)

salvia 'Amistad'
And more summer perennial favorites:


Achillea 'Summer Wine'

Achillea 'Paprika'
Rudbeckia 'Pinwheel'
Rudbecka hirta


Liatris...finishing up for the summer. I love it when I catch bumblebees sleeping in it....(of course not on camera though,..)

And second flushes of color...

I'll be enjoying the last month of summer and I'll miss these blooms when they are gone. It's been a beautiful summer in the Rainy Day Garden.

Join Carol over at May Dreams Gardens on the 15th of every month to see what is 'Blooming' every month.

Cheers, Jenni

Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer Rain

It's been a mild summer here in northwest Oregon, which I am all for after the past few years of horribly hot summers.  We had rain overnight and it made for pretty picture taking this morning. Join me on a walk around the Rainy Day Gardens...

Juncus patens 'Blue Rush'
Agastache 'Apricot Sprite'
I think summer rain is the most delightful. The colors of the garden are vivid and yet softened at the same time. The smell of summer rain in the garden is my favorite; sweet beyond comparison.

Panicum 'Shenandoah'

The grasses have begun to ripen with color and the faintest of seed heads is emerging from the panicums, my favorite of ornamental grasses.

The coneflowers look drenched, but it was only a soft mist when I walked about the gardens this morning.

echinacea 'Purple Coneflower'
rudbeckia and helenium
Rudbecka 'Little Henry'
The trees where happy for the moisture. I have not been watering as regularly as I should be. 

Coral Bark Japanese Maple 
Louie, White Pine
Chamaecyparis Lawsoniana 'Blue Surprise'
Even plants that don't quite need a summer drink seemed refreshed.

Calluna vulgaris 'Firefly'
Euphorbia rigida
Verbena bonariensis
I really loved how the petals of verbena bonariensis caught the raindrops and held onto them. They look like little cups of glass.

The rain showers are over and while it will be cooler today, tradional summer weather arrives soon. For now, I'll enjoy the moisture on the plants with a warm coffee in hand. 

Cheers, Jenni

Friday, July 15, 2016

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, July 2016

It's already mid-July and due to the cooler temps this summer, my garden still looks stuck in June. It's uncannily green and as we've had rain nearly every week..my water bill is peanuts compared to the heat of last year. However slowly, the summer blooms are coming along and I have enjoyed spending time outside watching the hummers and dragonflies buzz about.

Back yard gardens
The jacob cline monarda is blooming and the humming birds are delighted. While I am not a fan of red in the garden, I have choosen to embrace this color, or specifically, this plant and I have clumps throughout the garden. It's height keeps the hummers safe from prowling felines and they just seem to flock to the blooms.

echinachea 'Cheyenne Spirit'

Coneflowers are my all time favorites of summer....pictured above is 'Cheyenne Spirit'. They are finally starting to bloom and for me..once the coneflowers blooms, it means summer has arrived.

Echinacea purpurea
echinacea 'White Swan'

The butterfly weed is a haven for the bee's. My mother was over for a visit recent and told me that she remembers walking through fields of it in growing up in southern Ontario. I can only imagine how beautiful fields of butterfly weed must have looked.

Asclepias tuberosa
Tried and true in the summer gardens are the daylilies, which are enjoying a banner year. I grow dwarf, reblooming daylilies (hermerocallis). I moved these plants from our previous home, four years ago and they have rebounded and made my cottage gardens a cheerful, fragrant place.

I believe this one is 'Optisima' and it is very fragrant.

Verbena bonariensis has become a summer staple in my garden. The first two years I could not get a seedling to save my life. However, this year, I have them coming out of my ears. I transplanted many of them around the gardens this spring to further their presence. I really adore their height and simplicity.

Verbena bonariensis
In the wildflower boxes, my all time summer favorite, 'Bachelor Buttons' are blooming. I love the 'true blue' hue.

Bachelor Buttons
And, Queen Anne's lace is also blooming. It's not just for roadside ditches....

And finally, the phlox, gifted to me by a fellow garden blogger is blooming. I have two large clumps that I may seperate and spread further around the garden.

I try not to move plants in the summer, but to just sit back and enjoy what is blooming....difficult as it is. Being in the 'moment' isn't as easy as it sounds but it's a good thing to practice.

So 'cheers' to summertime! A time for contemplating all of my fall plant moves, additions and depletions. Join Carol over at May Dreams Gardens to see what else is blooming around the world.