Monday, 27 October 2014

The last of the colours ....

I am trying to work on "Before & After" pictures of the garden renovations ..
Garden PA's boat has been parked right in front of the new gate/wall so I have to wait to get that out of the way before a few decent shots can be taken.
It took longer than all of us thought because of the loss of the first group of stones being ploughed under by mistake .... then the rain just kept coming ...
October was a wash out sadly because I wait all year for this special month and it is always a gamble as to how it plays out.
But ? on a happy note it is done ... now I have to hear the destruction and construction of our neighbor's new deck ... I think they are getting us back for all the noise our project created ? haha

Do you have a favorite plant, shrub or tree that changes to a breath taking colour during this season?
I have fallen madly in love with my Japanese maple "Inaba-Shidare" .
When reading it's info you would expect to see a more full weeping form .. but being the rebel I am,
I have to prune it as a small tree to make me a happy gardener .. I am obsessed with small trees !
The colour has been outstanding this year !

When we have a little sunlight .... late afternoon .... it looks like it is on fire at times, it is so intense.
So even though we have missed colours aflame in the countryside my little one here has really put on a show so beautiful it has me in awe !

Other plants that have interesting colour .... Soloman's Seal ... such a variation of creamy yellows !

So pretty against the rich greens of the ferns ....

Redstone Falls  trailing heucherella has gorgeous colours.

Little Quick Fire  is a new one this year and WOW! ... what a brilliant red the leaves turned.
I can't wait to see what it does next year ... hoping to see growth and some wonderful flowers !

I have never seen Little Lamb turn into such a deep pink like this before ... maybe because it is maturing? or maybe the conditions were just right ... they are remarkable !
The foliage is a beautiful yellow gold  ......

Finally a sneak peek of the secret garden gate .. the garden is in a sorry mess so I am going to have to dig in and get some chores done .. we may have snow on Saturday so time is racing ahead of me !

One more Inaba Shidare !

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Always a Price To Pay ......

Well ... the luck of the Irish never ceases to amaze me ... meaning the opposite of luck to the fullest!
It has been raining consistently when ever construction is trying to get ahead of the game with the new fence ... let alone the final details of the pathways.
Plus .. when the "boss" left ... care was NOT taken with my garden plants and one was totally trampled on to leave for plant heaven ... one of my favorites that I was so happy to find.
When I saw it was gone , the first thing I did besides moan and cry ... I called the company I got it from and asked if they would have it again .. and there is a possible maybe to that one .. I hope so!

I just have to suck it up and get on with appreciating the fact that we are able to get this project done at some point and time ... that I will have the privacy that I so wanted.
You can always buy another plant to replace one ... but I got attached to that little fellow and the potential it had to be a wonderful specimen plant in my garden .. but never mind ... BIG sigh!
Rain ... rain and more rain ... making for a miserable time to do this but it is shaping up.
Yes ... it is a rather massive fence .. the topper which will be added eventually will make it 8 ft. tall.
I did say I wanted privacy right ? .. our next door neighbors are fine with that though.

It actually helps support the vines on the arbors .. and might even contribute to forcing more of a warmer micro climate that I can test with some plants that are of a higher zone than 5b.

Even on a gray day like this I appreciate the amazing colour of my Tiger Eye Sumacs ..

 The Inaba Shidare is glowing red ....

It is so nice to see some colours popping in parts of the garden still ..
I still have bulbs to plant ... garden clean up if it ever stops raining.
Our Pacific Sunset maple is almost the last tree in the neighborhood to drop it's leaves so that takes patience ... other wise ... even with my lost calycanthus ...
I can't wait for next Spring to play in my secret garden !!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Turkey Hangover Tuesday

Well there goes another Thanksgiving ... nice and quiet just the way we like it ... the house will smell like turkey for some time though .. I wonder why they don't make an air freshener in "Roasted Turkey" ? ... hum  ...?
In any case .... the crew are finally working on the new side fence ... the sound is rather deafening at times ... a little matter of concrete on the neighbor's side with a flurry of "Oh my god I have to call my neighbor at work to ask her permission to crack the concrete ... which I am sure will add to our bill but it has to be done to have the fence uniform .. BIG sigh!" ...
She is a gem and has no problem with it  ... and the beat goes on from there.

To get away from all of that I thought I might post some pictures I took a few days ago .. a new aster "Blue Dragon" really pops in the shade garden .

 Eupatorium rugosum or Chocolate Snakeroot for us fans of chocolate anything ?
I have had this plant for a lot of years and no matter what it is a blooming machine every Fall for me.

I have this amazing reblooming Lilac (for which I have to back track in my garden log for the official name .. fingers crossed I can find the name amongst my ramblings ... because this tiny flower that finally got a chance to bloom just about knocked me down ... it overpowered my memory cells and made me think I was back in my childhood when I first caught drift of old fashioned lilacs ... I can't even describe it ... I was totally in awe.
It may just be  "Purple Be Dazzled" Lilac, a compact reblooming Lilac ... with a scent that will wow you!
It was introduced in 2013 from Sheridan Nurseries for one of their 100th anniversary specials.
I love it !

I have to mention William Shakespeare rose .. it put up with being relocated and some times that were not exceptionally good for it ... drying out and a few pesty aphids .. but it is a rock and blooms it's many petal flowers for me.

I can't get over how dark pink Little Lamb went this year .. aging gracefully and in FULL colour must  be it's moto ?

Well ... there are some highlights of the back garden .. and the noise continues on towards my fixation on fencing ... aaahhhhh ! it is going to be just right .... I hope ?

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Shadow Shot Time

I had taken a leave of absence from my favorite meme .. I think I might be able to join in again now: )