Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Peeking in September behind the Garden Gate

Well hello there!  All is well with the world here and I think its high time to give you an update and pick my blogging back up.  It is late September and finally things are cooling off and it is lovely just being alive outside.

When I lived in the North East at this time of year, while crisp and lovely there too, it always had the specter of those gray biting winter days nipping at the edges.  Here, it's a totally different view point.  It sounds something like (in local speak) "Thank God winter is coming."  While it doesn't beat March and April here from a gardening standpoint, late September through early December is Heaven on Earth here weather-wise.  Nearly every day is a glorious day.

The garden has perked back to life a bit.  Most of the flower colors are faded and Octobery looking, with exception to the roses, most of which will flush out several times between now and December.  The little patio pot rose, Marie Pavie, is much more fragrant in the fall, easily discernible from 10 feet away.  This is the second year in a row this has occurred to me, and I have no idea why that might be.  And the greenery is all sighing in pleasure at the retreat of the summer sun.

Knockout Roses 

Out of control potato vine
Fuzzy leaf "Wandering Jew" and Holly Ferns
Elephant Ears, Impatiens and Hydrangeas

Pot Garden w/Marie Pavie
Backdoor with murderous Garden Hose who has tried to kill me on multiple occasions
It is soon to be planting time.  I have a new rose coming "Climbing Pinkie" to join my Bermuda Kathleen and Confederate Jasmine on the fence.  The jasmine btw has been insane this summer.  It was to the point where I had to trim it back twice a week.  Anyhow, back to planting time: I have learned the hard way to try and get this planting done now, first because it give plants a really good headstart in Spring, but mainly because I can still see the plants that are there currently and won't accidentally dig up and kill any of them.  I did that this year to one of my favorite coneflowers (Merlot) and I still haven't forgiven myself.

There is also a lot of work to do on the parking garden which is still in it's infant stages. Some work this fall might mean that next year I could even be able to take a picture of it without cringing.

Happy Fall!

134 comments:

  1. Your garden is looking lovely! You're so right - this is the time of year when we southerners are finally relieved of the sweltering summer and high heat. It is a pleasure now to go outside and just breathe.

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  2. It has been the coolest Summer here for many years. garden looks very nice.

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  3. Your garden looks beautiful! What a treat to be able to enjoy such color and life this time of year!

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  4. Your description of fall here in the east is spot on. I'm loving being outside right now too as the days are just perfect temperature to work in but there's that bite in the air saying it won't last long before the white stuff flies.

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  5. I am sure I sound like a broken record. I am always telling my customers that fall is the best time for planting. With the heat and drought we have been having, planting in spring is very stressful for the plants.

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  6. I agree this is the best time...headed out to plant and move plants around...I adore fall as it is cool enough for me and the plants in the garden now! Your garden is looking lovely...

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  7. I am glad you are enjoying your garden again, it looks great. Here fall is wonderful too, but we still can't plant until the rains begin and the ground softens a bit. You smell roses because the petals (mostly) contain volatile oils which are warmed by the sun and evaporate in the heat. When the temperatures cool down, the oils are around longer because they don't evaporate as fast.

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  8. You're back! Hooray! Your garden looks great! August in SC is so brutal. Too damn hot to do anything. Fall is fabulous here. Warmish but not too much so.

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  9. Thanks everyone!

    Casa Yep! Back! I have to take a break every summer... I've come to accept this of myself.

    Masha, learn something new every day. Its interesting, because its actually warmer in fall than in spring on first flush, but something is going on there, because absolutely the roses are much more fragrant in the fall. I'm convinced of it. Maybe we have more moderate overall temps in fall, as in spring the nights are very 'cool'.

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  10. Hi Jess, your garden is looking beautiful! I truly love this time of year. Fall colors are showing more and more each day, and the temperatures are great. Of course, we will soon be buried in a sea of leaves!

    Thanks for stopping by my own blog. You asked about sun requirements for tea olives. They like sun to partial shade, though either full sun or full shade may not be best. Flowering is less in full shade, and the plants may be leggier there.

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  11. Jess, It's all looking so beautiful; we had our first frost last night, so things are winding down in both my gardens. Even in the northeast, I find early fall a wonderful time to plant. The temperatures are perfect for being outdoors, there are relatively few flying, biting insects to contend with, and, as you say, it gives the plants a jump start on root growth. Enjoy your wonderful fall gardening weather. -Jean

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  12. You've got me feeling the pressure now as I have a bed I want to redesign and plant and I've just been saying, "oh, I can leave that to the spring." You have lots of nice foliage in your garden, can't believe a garden can look so well at this time of year.

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