Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Few Final Flowers

The Hedychium 'Tara' that I posted about recently wasn't the only flower that I overlooked in my Bloom Day post. I thought I'd share a few more.

Dianthus caryophyllus 'Chomley Farran'

Just as pretty from the back as from the front

Reblooming Clematis

Hesperantha coccinea (formerly Schizostylis)

Panicum 'Rohtstrahlbusch' in afternoon sun (on probably the last sunny day of the fall)

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Peek Inside the Greenhouse

It's been a couple of months since I've shown what's inside the greenhouse. For most of the summer, it was just chock-full of tomato plants getting bigger and bigger. They gave me lots of yummy Sun Sugar cherry tomatoes for salads, and loads of lovely Romas, which I recently made into soup and sauce for the freezer.

A week after the swap, I started sorting out the inside of the greenhouse, cutting the tomatoes down and saving as many large green ones as possible, and moving the pots of soil they were growing in out. Last year I reused the soil for seed starting, but I may not do that this year. I think it may be one reason some of my seedlings didn't thrive as well as they should have. It may just end up in the compost bins.

I've moved my metal shelving unit, which was the summer home for my Bromelaids and some of my seedlings, located on the somewhat shady north side of the greenhouse, back inside, and bought a second one. Then I moved many of my drought tolerant plants in pots, Agaves, Aloes, tender succulents, etc., inside and onto the shelves. I've made a good amount of progress, but I still have a long way to go. And already real estate inside is getting precious.

The greenhouse in afternoon sun, seen from the front door

On the north side of the greenhouse, a collection of plant stands, seedlings, and perennials destined for the front garden.

Seedlings still unplanted in the garden, from last winter's sowing.

Just inside the greenhouse door, on the left hand side. The small white metal box on the wooden stand in the right lower corner of the picture is the heater, not really in use quite yet, but it has to have a spot.

The second metal shelving unit, not quite full yet, and several potted plants to the right of it, including a lime tree given to me at the swap.

My Manfreda (probably Macho Mocha, but untagged when bought), is producing pups galore.

The bottom shelf of one of the shelving units

There's still room for a few more plants on the wire table, but I'd like to leave room for me to work there too.

Bromeliads and a couple of Begonia boliviensis tucked underneath the table. When I water the plants on the table, they will get dripped on, which should be just the right amount of water.

This stripey Vriesea started to produce a flower earlier this summer, but then fell off the shelf it was on and the stalk was snapped off. Now it looks like it might be making pups.

And there are four nice-size pups in the pot with this bloomed-out Aechmea. I'm not sure at what point I should separate them from the mother plant and pot them up.

There's still plenty of room here to the right of the wire table, but there are still many large pots that need to find a home.

For example, four enormous Brugmansias.





And three pots full of assorted succulents that spend the summer on top of the gabions in the gravel garden.




And two huge pots of Cannas.



And one Echium

A banana and an Astelia

An Abutilon, that I need to somehow clean the aphids off.

A restio

I'd also like to take apart these pots and pot up many of the inhabitants separately for over-wintering.

'Miss Andrea' Cordyline, looking a bit under the weather

Two Pelargonum sidoides, which over-wintered last year and thrived once they were brought back outside.

Each of those stalks bore many, many pretty flowers over the summer

I have two 'Cha Cha' Cordylines that I want to save

And a small Loropetalum called 'Carolina Midnight'

And this Begonia luxurians
What am I going to do with that Muppet-headed thing?

Friday, October 17, 2014

I Almost Missed This!

How on earth did I not notice that my Hedychium 'Tara' that I bought this past spring at the Rare Plant Research Open House was blooming? I didn't even see it in bud. I was out there combing the garden for flowers to photograph for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day just two days ago. It was probably flowering then, yet somehow I missed it.

This flower is so cool!

Hedychium coccineum 'Tara,' Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame' and Nicotiana sylvestris

And that picture with the Digiplexis reminds me -- I was going to dig the 'Illumination Flame' up and overwinter it in the greenhouse, to make sure I have it next year too. It's also a great plant. I cut it back after the first time it flowered, and it is reblooming magnificently. I've been juggling plants and shelving in the greenhouse for several days now. I hope I can find a spot for it.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Foliage Followup -- October 2014

The day after GBBD is always Foliage Followup, hosted by Pam at the blog Digging. Check out her post here, and don't forget to look in the comments for links to other bloggers who are also celebrating the role of foliage in the garden. I have almost as many shots of cool foliage this month as I did of flowers yesterday!

Back in the spring, Peter The Outlaw Gardener and I met a handful of Portland bloggers -- Loree (Danger Garden), Scott (Rhone Street Gardens) and Heather (Just a Girl With a Hammer) -- at Cistus for a shopping spree. Scott and Heather managed to sneak an Echium onto our cart, in with my purchases. I noticed it in time, and decided to buy it anyway. I love it, and it has thrived for me. It's going to have to skedaddle into the greenhouse soon, though.

Echium candicans 'Star of Madeira'

Cardoon foliage


Ricinus communis 'New Zealand Purple' is taller than my banana.

For most of the growing season, my Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard' has simply been green and cream, but now that the rain and cool weather has returned, it has decided to add a little touch of pink to the center of each leaf.

Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard" overcome by Delosperma

I adore the pin oak leaves in autumn as they turn, first orange, and then rust brown when they finally fall. The leaves are one reason I can forgive the pin oak its annoying growth habit of letting its branches hang very low. 

Turning pin oak leaves framed by a hanging grapevine wreath on the Folly

In a previous Foliage Followup, I posted pictures of my variegated Hydrangea macrophylla 'New Wave' from Cistus. For a while this year, the leaves were just green and yellow, now they've added their characteristic white, with a touch of silver to the green areas.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'New Wave'

Every year at this time I'm reminded why I keep my red twig dogwood in the garden. The leaves as they turn look like stained glass.

Hakonechloa macra and Brunnera 'Jack Frost'

In the spring when I was planting up the new front garden, I decided to plant various types of ground cover directly in the gravel, to grow together into a sort of tapestry. I love the effect so far, I hope they thrive.

And, although technically they're not foliage, I had to include a couple of pictures of dried seedheads, which offer their own kind of beauty to the fall garden.

Syneleisis aconitifolia

Aruncus dioicus/Goatsbeard


Are you celebrating foliage in your garden today?