Monday, November 23, 2015

Staying Up Late or Getting Up Early?

It's been so warm this fall that some plants haven't gotten the message that winter is coming.  This gentian has developed a really fat bud in the last couple weeks.  I'm hoping that the plastic jar covering it will save it from being frozen.  We'll see...

Viburnum farreri 'Nanum' seems to have taken a catnap and woken up in bloom.  I can't complain; it's beautiful whenever it blooms.

We have 26 degrees predicted for tonight.  That ought to put an end to all this friskiness.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Autumn Bits

Loebner Magnolia doing its fall thing.

Some blue to balance all of the oranges: saxifrage happily growing in tufa in a trough.

Hips on a climbing rose

Fothergilla 'Mt Airy, my favorite fall shrub

Mallow, living the life of an annual, blooming until the end.

Young crape myrtle 

The obligatory autumn event in the garden.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Autumn in the Troughscape

Autumn in the troughscape in front of the garage.

Tiger Eyes Sumac, rhus typhina 'Bailtiger'

Sedum sieboldii

Same sedum, different trough

The yellow in the middle is iris gracilipes var. alba, Buko Form

Carolina Allspice (calycanthus floridus) and ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite'...and in the background, new troughs for a lucky gardener in central NJ.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Mountain Harebell

In the spring I delivered new troughs to a member of my rock garden club near Morristown, NJ.  She was kind enough to give me a selection of alpines that she had grown from seed from the NARGS seed exchange.  She had flats and flats of self-sown treasures; I was in awe at her prowess.

In the group that she gave me was campanula lasiocarpa, a plant new to me.  It's also called mountain harebell, or Alaska harebell.  

The foliage is a small tuft, with the delicate purply flowers held by long, thin stems, making it difficult to photograph.  

The remarkable thing is that it's been in bloom continuously since the spring, usually with 5+ blooms.  It's one tough customer.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Portable Landscape

This is a little trough that I cast and planted this spring.  It's been looking great all summer long.  The upright evergreen is juniperus communis 'Compressa'.  The silver mat in the back left corner is antennaria dioica 'Rubra'.  In front is sedum cauticola.  Sempervivums are sprinkled throughout.

The view from above.

Sedum cauticola flowers

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Plants with Plans

Aster ericoides has slowly filled in around a deciduous holly (not shown) in a round planter over the last five years.  It makes a nice white necklace for the trough in September.

This variegated agave squirted a pup out of the planter's drainage hole.  

Both plants have a manifest destiny all their own.