Tuesday, November 18, 2014


This morning, which, with any luck, will be our last frosty morning in a while, I went out to take photos of some of the collapsed foliage. Frost does add a lot of beauty to dead and dying plants at this time of year.

Tetrapanax leaf

Hardy Geranium and oak leaf

Self-sown Cerinthe major

Cardoon leaves looking like velvet

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Sedum 'Angelina'

Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' looks like ribbon

There's still plenty out there in the garden that no amount of frost will improve.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Foliage Followup, November 2014 -- Foliage, Berries, Water and Stone at Kubota Garden

All the foliage in my own garden right now is either mush, or shriveled and brown, so there's not much to see there. Therefore, for Foliage Followup, I thought I'd share some photos I took recently of a visit to Kubota Garden. I went there a couple of weeks ago looking for some pretty fall foliage, and guess what? I found some!

Kubota Garden is the former private garden of Fujitaro Kubota, a Japanese emigrant and self-taught gardener, now a 20-acre public park in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of South Seattle. Kubota's vision for his private garden involved melding Japanese design with Pacific Northwest plants. Kubota also designed the Japanese garden at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. Read more about the history of Kubota Garden here.

The entrance

Lots of colorful fallen leaves

There were plenty more still on the trees

Fallen, lichenous twig

Kubota must be a popular hangout for au pairs and their charges, I encountered quite a few young women with children.

Japanese maple leaves caught in a small-leaved shrub (possibly a boxwood?)

I kept crossing paths with this little girl, and couldn't resist taking her photo when she stuck her head inside the bell.

I hope you enjoyed coming along with me to Kubota Garden. Foliage Followup is the brainchild of Pam Penick who writes the blog Digging. You can read her FF post here, and remember to check out the FF posts of all the other bloggers who leave links in the comments.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- November 2014

Because we are still well and truly caught in the grip of an icy Alaskan cold front, the flowers out in the garden are few and far between. There are some, however, and I hope you all appreciate that I froze my heinie off searching for them.

Abelia grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'

One cardoon flower peaks out from behind enormous serrated leaves.

A handful of large clumps of Alyssum have somehow escaped the freeze.


Penstemon 'Tubular Bells'

Mahonia x meadia 'Charity' bloom spikes have started opening at the bottom.

And, in the greenhouse, where the temperature was a little more hospitable:

NOID Abutilon

Aloe glauca (the second bloom it has produced this fall)

Aloe glauca (the third bloom, and there is a 4th peaking out down in the rosette)

Abutilon 'Red Tiger'

This single Brugmansia flower has opened since I moved it into the greenhouse a couple of weeks ago, and it is perfuming the air beautifully.

But there are plenty more waiting to open.

I hope even if you are dealing with below freezing temperatures, that you've managed to find some blooms too.

Carol of May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th of every month. Check out her November post here, and please take some time to visit some of the other bloggers who leave links to their own Bloom Day posts.