Saturday, October 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - October 2016

The Pacific Northwest is current under siege by some strong wind and rain storms. Generally, these types of storms arrive in November and December. A EF-2 tornado made landfall after starting as a water spout yesterday. (Not a common occurance). The video and images are quite stunning.

I took pictures and did yard clean-up/prep mid-week as I knew with the impending weather that the garden could get be trashed by the end of the weekend. We may have wind gusts of up to 60mph (about 100km per hour) with the second big storm rolling through this weekend. 

So, here are my October blooms, in full glory, before I cut most of them down and made pretty bouquets for myself and my neighbors to enjoy.

nasturtium, asters and dahlias
Oh...and this guy stood guard to make sure I was working hard enough....

A perennial I don't see enough of, is Trollius Chinesesis. I have 'Golden Queen' and it bookends the blooming season nicely with a fall reappearance. I read a bit more about the plant and it likes boggy soil. It's doing well enough in my heavy clay, but I wonder if it might be more prolific in another spot.

Trollius chinensis 'Golden Queen'
It wouldn't be a fall garden without asters. 

Aster Novi-Belgii 'Marie III Dark Pink
Aster douglasii, a PNW native plant
And it wouldn't be fall without dahlia blooms.

I love perennials that give me a long blooming periods and/or a second flush of fall blooms.

Salvia 'Amistad' has been the best purchase of the year. 

It continues to pump out blooms for the hummingbirds despite the weather turning cooler. It's such a gorgeous shade of indigo blue. 

Verbena bonariensis is the prettiest petite bloom. I am getting more self seeded starts every year.  

Someone wasn't too impressed with my fab photo taking.

And this guy just wanted to get out of the way...

And finally, pumpkins! The kids picked them out of our garden and now it's time to prep for pumpkin meat preserving.

Wishing everyone a lovely October! Happy GBBD! Visit Carol over at May Dreams Gardens to see what's blooming around the world every 15th of the month. 
Cheers, Jenni

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 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 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 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 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