October Bloom Day: Fade to Red

First, a shout out to May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.  I always enjoy looking at what is blooming in other gardens all over the world.  Thank you!

Honorine Jobert anemone in the Secret Garden
Honorine Jobert anemone in the Secret Garden

It is fall here in West Michigan, and the rains have arrived.  I love how everything glistens. But the garden continues to withdraw.  And while I love red, and Michigan’s autumn leaves are spectacular, those leaves will fall and the garden will go into hibernation.  The anemones are gorgeous again.  Despite it’s very French name, Honorine Jobert is a Japanese native.  It loves moist soil and that makes it the perfect perennial for Michigan autumns.  Honorine Jobert is a sport of the more common pink anemone and was spotted in the royal French gardens, hence the French name.  I am five feet, two inches tall, and my anemones are taller than I am.

Mums and a few annual geraniums in the lower garden
Mums and a few annual geraniums in the lower garden

Also blooming are the mums, the chrysanthemums.  I have a few that survived the winter in pots, and I scoop up lots of new pots so I can eek out a bit more color into the shorter days of autumn.  One of the pots that wintered over is in the entrance garden, nestled behind the Walker’s Low catmint.  That, by the way, is still sending out blooms.  Sadly, Callie the Calico cat who loved nibbling on the catmint died in September.  She was 14 and had a good life.

Walker's Low Catmint and yellow mums in the entrance garden
Walker’s Low Catmint and yellow mums in the entrance garden

Along the narrow bed under the sun porch is a bit more Walker’s Low and a few gazania that never seemed to thrive.  I won’t plant them again.  But, they do make for a pretty picture.  And, so do the maple leaves that are falling rapidly now.

The Knock Out rose in the lower garden has suddenly popped.  I really had hoped for something like this all summer.  So, now it decides to go crazy.  The Hansa roses are a little more subdued.  I’ll probably see a few more blooms from them before the first killing frost, but they are pretty much done for the year.

The hydrangeas are still kicking out some fresh blooms.  I love how the color deepens as they “cure.”

Forever and Ever hydrangea "curing" as the season winds down
Forever and Ever hydrangea “curing” as the season winds down
Pearl beads of rain on the back of a fallen maple leaf
Pearl beads of rain on the back of a fallen maple leaf
Maple leaves
Maple leaves

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: July 15, 2014

Cool temps and plenty of rain.  That’s the kind of summer we have been having so far as we enter the middle of July.   That means the gardens are green and full of blooms.  Here is what is blooming today on Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: July, 2014.

Day lilies, white clematis, Jean Davis lavender greeting everyone at the entrance to the Secret Garden.
Day lilies, white clematis, Jean Davis lavender greeting everyone at the entrance to the Secret Garden.
Looking east in the Secret Garden. Great Expectations is blooming.
Looking east in the Secret Garden. Great Expectations is blooming.
White Dome hydrangea, Rosie Returns day lily, Cool Cat catmint, various cone flowers.
White Dome hydrangea, Rosie Returns day lily, Cool Cat catmint, various cone flowers.
Rosie Returns day lily on the left, First Knight is the yellow lily across the path, crocosmia near the garden lady.
Rosie Returns day lily on the left, First Knight is the yellow lily across the path, crocosmia near the garden lady.
A visitor in the Secret Garden.  She is welcome anytime.
A visitor in the Secret Garden. She is welcome anytime.
First Knight
First Knight
The hosta bed in the front garden under the magnolia tree.
The hosta bed in the front garden under the magnolia tree.
My favorite un-named day lily.
My favorite un-named day lily.
Plum Pudding catching an extra petal (and a katydid nymph)
Plum Pudding catching an extra petal (and a katydid nymph)
Rosie Returns also wants to go the extra mile and add an extra petal and sepal.
Rosie Returns also wants to go the extra mile and add an extra petal and sepal.
The hydrangeas are doing far better than I expected since the park removed a maple tree that gave them so much shade.
The hydrangeas are doing far better than I expected since the park removed a maple tree that gave them so much shade.
In the Lower Garden, the Zagreb Coreopsis is blooming.  I cut back the geranium but it still has some lovely blue flowers on it. That's Strawberry Candy under the Rose of Sharon.
In the Lower Garden, the Zagreb Coreopsis is blooming. I cut back the geranium but it still has some lovely blue flowers on it. That’s Strawberry Candy under the Rose of Sharon.
Prince of Midnight day lily.
Prince of Midnight day lily.
Crocosmia in the Secret Garden
Crocosmia in the Secret Garden

June 15: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

East Friesland Sage in the Secret Garden
East Friesland Sage in the Secret Garden. There is a family of wrens in the bird house.

Ah, June.  It’s a happy month in the garden.  The temps this year have been mild and we’ve had enough rain.  I’m getting ready for my big shindig next Saturday which means I’d better hurry up and get the last of the annuals planted.  I have a flat of purple petunias to put in and a few red impatiens.  And there is a dwarf sweet spire that I need to find a place for.  I’ve ordered two more chairs for the sitting area in the Secret Garden.  And, I’m in the process of getting estimates for a new fence that separates my yard from the park.  And, of course, I am enjoying my new brick pathways.  What a lucky gardener I am…

Many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

Alchemilla and Blue Ice Amsonia in the Secret Garden
Alchemilla and Blue Ice Amsonia in the Secret Garden
Entrance garden.  That is Walker's Low Nepeta in the foreground.
Entrance garden. That is Walker’s Low Nepeta in the foreground.
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Daddy Long Legs on Wild Berry Hansa Rose
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Looking east in the Secret Garden. The Kousa dogwood is in bloom. The huechera in in bloom under the dogwood.
Heuchera in the Secret Garden
Heuchera in the Secret Garden
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Looking into the Secret Garden. Those are red begonias at the entrance.
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White poppies are almost finished blooming
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Berry White Nemesia in the corner nook.
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Purple Smoke Baptisia in the False Garden
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Rose Campion
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Walker’s Low Nepeta with a friend
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Persian Star Allium. I didn’t plant this but found it in a well established day lily bed.
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Bleeding Heart
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Old white climbing rose in the corner nook
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Looking through the Kousa dogwood in the Secret Garden
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Lisanthus in the corner nook
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The northwest corner of the Secret Garden
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Tradescantia in the corner nook



Wild Spice Hansa Rose in the Lower Garden
Wild Spice Hansa Rose in the Lower Garden

 

Cranesbill geranium with  annual geraniums in the Lower Garden
Cranesbill geranium with annual geraniums in the Lower Garden


Corner nook, old white climber and bleeding heart.
Corner nook, old white climber and bleeding heart.

May 15, 2014: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

This is my first bloom day of the season!  A shout out to May Dreams Gardens for starting this wonderful tradition of reporting out what is blooming in our gardens on the 15th of each month.  I love going to her website and following the links to gardens all over the world.

Lots of life is happening in the garden.

Who doesn't get a little melty over bleeding heart.  This one is celebrating life in a sheltered corner with a zillion and a half maple seedlings.
Who doesn’t get a little melty over bleeding heart. This one is celebrating life in a sheltered corner with a zillion and a half maple seedlings.







 

I'm a little worried about the Sweet Autumn clematis. I'm not seeing signs of life yet.  The arbor fell over during a wind storm a couple weeks ago.  And, of course, we had a killer winter.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
I’m a little worried about the Sweet Autumn clematis. I’m not seeing signs of life yet. The arbor fell over during a wind storm a couple weeks ago. And, of course, we had a killer winter. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
The pink heather has been blooming for several weeks.  This bed always looks a bit scraggly until the bark goes in and the later blooming plants fill in.
The pink heather has been blooming for several weeks. This bed always looks a bit scraggly until the bark goes in and the later blooming plants fill in.
Lilacs along the north wall of the Secret Garden.
Lilacs along the north wall of the Secret Garden.
Jack Frost Brunnera blooming all by itself in the Secret Garden.
Jack Frost Brunnera blooming all by itself in the Secret Garden.
Hellebore near the back door.
Hellebore near the back door.
Lovely deep pink hellebore that a friend gave me.
Lovely deep pink hellebore that a friend gave me.
I've actually yanked out one large holly bush, and two more will be going to a good home, perhaps this weekend.  But I'm keeping this guy.
I’ve actually yanked out one large holly bush, and two more will be going to a good home, perhaps this weekend. But I’m keeping this guy.
Another shot of the holly that will be staying.  Next to it is another Sweet Autumn clematis that I'm hoping is just sleeping.
Another shot of the holly that will be staying. Next to it is another Sweet Autumn clematis that I’m hoping is just sleeping.
The Foamy Bells have won the heuchera race.  Actually, Foamy Bells are Heucherella, a cross between heuchera and tiarella.
The Foamy Bells have won the heuchera race. Actually, Foamy Bells are Heucherella, a cross between heuchera and tiarella. And, yes, those little bits of green are more maple saplings.
Walker's Low catmint isn't blooming yet, but it really, really wants to.  I'm so in love with this catmint that I think I'm going to plant more of it in the Secret Garden.
Walker’s Low catmint isn’t blooming yet, but it really, really wants to. I’m so in love with this catmint that I think I’m going to plant more of it in the Secret Garden.
The old cherry tree in the lower garden is starting to let it's petals fall.  Each spring I try and stand underneath it so that a few petals will fall on me.
The old cherry tree in the lower garden is starting to let its petals fall. Each spring I try and stand underneath it so that a few petals will fall on me.
The old magnolia in the front garden is just about finished with its blooms.  Our rain has knocked a lot of the flowers to the ground, but this tree is beautiful in all seasons.
The old magnolia in the front garden is just about finished with its blooms. Our rain has knocked a lot of the flowers to the ground, but this tree is beautiful in all seasons.
Sensational lilac along the north wall of the Secret Garden.  LOVE this lilac, but I need to give it hard prune as soon as it stops blooming.
Sensational lilac along the north wall of the Secret Garden. LOVE this lilac, but I need to give it hard prune as soon as it stops blooming.
Madame Lemoine lilac along the north wall of the Secret Garden.
Madame Lemoine lilac along the north wall of the Secret Garden.
Belle de Nancy lilac in the Secret Garden.
Belle de Nancy lilac in the Secret Garden.

September 15, Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

Autumn is turning here in West Michigan, but on this rainy cold Bloom Day, the gardens are still kicking.  And here’s a shout out for Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

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The datura just keep blooming. And because it is a wet and gloomy day, last night’s blooms have remained open.
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Sweet Autumn clematis is in full bloom, both at the entrance to the Secret Garden and in the lower garden. Notice that I have experimented with a few bricks.

My big news, though, is that in a couple of weeks my crushed limestone paths in the Secret Garden will become bricked pathways.  I initially thought I would hire a landscaper to do the job.  But my garden guru Dale has a neighbor who needed to get rid of more than a thousand bricks that were once a retaining wall.  And, my friend Maja in Maine volunteered to lay the bricks.  So, rather than the sterile perfection of a professionally laid path, I’m going to get something far more interesting and meaningful.

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These lovely little stars send out a subtle fragrance and from a distance create a halo of white on the arbor and on the fence in the lower garden.
Sweet Autumn clematis taking over the fence and spilling onto one of the arborvitae.
Sweet Autumn clematis taking over the fence and spilling onto one of the arborvitae.

And, of course, I’ve been playing with bricks.  At first I thought I would need to get rid of the crushed limestone, but now I think it will create a good foundation for the bricks.  This means the pathway will be a little higher than it is “supposed” to be, but I suspect that won’t be a big issue, especially when fresh bark is spread on the garden next spring.

The Walker's Low catmint in the entrance garden are lush and on sunny days a lure for bees.
The Walker’s Low catmint in the entrance garden are lush and on sunny days a lure for bees. There are several pots of rudbeckia and some yellow blackberry lilies ready to plant.
Helianthus and HIdcote lavender in the Secret Garden
Helianthus and HIdcote lavender in the Secret Garden
Rain-dappled yellow canna at the side of the house.
Rain-dappled yellow canna at the side of the house.
Pink anemone and few echinacea in the Secret Garden
Pink anemone and few echinacea in the Secret Garden
Nameless white climber in the corner garden.
Nameless white climber in the corner garden.
This red Knock Out rose has been blooming like this all summer. And the Carpet Rose next to it has been doing almost as well.
This red Knock Out rose has been blooming like this all summer. And the Carpet Rose next to it has been doing almost as well.
White Phlox in the Secret Garden.
White Phlox in the Secret Garden.
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The Honorine Joubert anemone are blooming in the Secret Garden.
Aproximately 1400 bricks waiting to become a pathway in the Secret Garden.
Aproximately 1400 bricks waiting to become a pathway in the Secret Garden.

August 15, 2013 Bloom Day

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The entrance garden with Walker’s Low catmint and cannas.

Here’s what’s bloomin’ on this mild August morning.

The Secret Garden today.
The Secret Garden today.
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Looking east in the Secret Garden. The daylilies are just about finished, but the Datura is taking over the universe, again.
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Looking south in the Secret Garden.
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Marigolds, red glads, and Annabelle hydrangea
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The old rambling rose that a neighbor gave me still cranks out late blooms.
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The Knock Out Rose and the red Carpet Rose continue to give me blooms. The hansa roses in the background are getting their second seasonal wind.
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Halcyon hostas
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Limelight hydrangea
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Rose of Sharon
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Rose of Sharon with a few red cannas.
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A mishmash of white liastris and purple coneflowers that a friend gave me.
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A morning glory doing what it does best…being blue.
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Hibiscus in the Secret Garden
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Asiatic lily in the Secret Garden. This is its first season and it is doing beautifully!
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White phlox and Fragrant Angel echinacea in the Secret Garden
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Wildberry hansa rose in the Secret Garden with a few crocosmias. This clump gets more shade so blooms a little later than the other clump.
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Tardive hydrangea in the Secret Garden
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A shady little nook in the back of the Secert Garden.
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The moonflowers are going bananas, as usual. And, there are few First Knight daylilies still blooming. In the bottom right are a few Moonbeam coreopsis.
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Helianthus brightening up a sunny little corner of the Secret Garden
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A neighbor game me a clump of rose campion years ago and it continues to do well. There are also a few White Dome hydrangeas here and the anemone that a friend gave me is just starting to bud out.
A nameless hosta that a friend gave me a number of years ago.  It's blossoms are wonderfully fragrant
A nameless hosta that a friend gave me a number of years ago. It’s blossoms are wonderfully fragrant
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This gladiola doesn’t know it’s an annual. It comes back year after year, probably because of the warmth that comes through the foundation wall. I didn’t plant this and spent a number of years trying to get rid of it. Finally I decided to just admire its will to live.
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I cannot believe how much the Walker’s Low catmint has grown. I just planted this season. Those are yellow cannas in the back. Catmint. Cat statue. It’s called “a theme.” 🙂

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, July 15, 2013

Crocosmia adds such a wonderful pizazz to the day lily bed.  I love the way it drapes over the Garden Lady.
Crocosmia adds such a wonderful pizazz to the day lily bed. I love the way it drapes over the Garden Lady.

The temps rose yesterday to 90 degrees, but the heat isn’t unexpected.  And, we are not experiencing a drought like last year.  July blooms are on schedule and it seems like the whole garden is making up for last year.  The cherry tree is still full of gorgeous red tart cherries.  In fact, I picked 4 cups last night and made a cherry crisp.  Last year I didn’t even bother with picking.  The early warmth and subsequent freeze killed last years crop.

Blooming in the garden right now:

First Knight day lily, one of my favorites.
First Knight day lily, one of my favorites.
Zagreb Coreopsis and rose campion that a neighbor gave me years ago.
Zagreb Coreopsis and rose campion that a neighbor gave me years ago.
A few white clematis keep blooming.  I didn't get much of a show this year, but will take whatever I can get from this lovely vine.
A few white clematis keep blooming. I didn’t get much of a show this year, but will take whatever I can get from this lovely vine.
The Garden Lady is framed in day lilies and crocosmia.  The is the view from the entrance of the Secret Garden.
The Garden Lady is framed in day lilies and crocosmia. The is the view from the entrance of the Secret Garden.
Annabelle Hydrangea putting on a great show.  Last year Annabelle did not do much because of the heat.
Annabelle Hydrangea putting on a great show. Last year Annabelle did not do much because of the heat.
White Dome hydrangeas and Zagreb coreopsis in the lower garden.
White Dome hydrangeas and Zagreb coreopsis in the lower garden.
This is about as blue as this variegated lace cape hydrangea gets. Each year I ammend the soil with acid and it never seems to be enough.
This is about as blue as this variegated lace cape hydrangea gets. Each year I ammend the soil with acid and it never seems to be enough.
The Francis Williams hostas in the front garden are starting to bud.  Behind them are the White Dome hydrangeas that are in full lacy bloom.
The Francis Williams hostas in the front garden are starting to bud. Behind them are the White Dome hydrangeas that are in full lacy bloom.
I removed a lot of the Strawberry Candy day lilies in the front when I took out the Pana Rhododendrons.  This is one of the only clumps left.
I removed a lot of the Strawberry Candy day lilies in the front when I took out the Pana Rhododendrons. This is one of the only clumps left.
Newly planted just a month ago, the Walker's Low catmint is doing very well in the entrance garden.
Newly planted just a month ago, the Walker’s Low catmint is doing very well in the entrance garden.
Red Knockout rose in the rose medallion seems to not only avoid disease, but Japanese beetles. Yes, they've arrived for their yearly feast.
Red Knockout rose in the rose medallion seems to not only avoid disease, but Japanese beetles. Yes, they’ve arrived for their yearly feast.
Limelight Hydrangea is just starting to bloom.
Limelight Hydrangea is just starting to bloom.
Nameless dark lily doesn't seem to be quite so dark this year.
Nameless dark lily doesn’t seem to be quite so dark this year.
Looking west from the eastern part of the Secret Garden.  The Japanese Maple and various hostas seem happy.
Looking west from the eastern part of the Secret Garden. The Japanese Maple and various hostas seem happy.
Stitch in Time Hosta is starting to bloom.
Stitch in Time Hosta is starting to bloom.
Francee, Stained Glass, June, Great Expectations, and various heuchera.
Francee, Stained Glass, June, Great Expectations, and various heuchera.
Barbara Mitchell day lily in the Secret Garden.
Barbara Mitchell day lily in the Secret Garden.
Day lilies and crocosmia in a riot of bloom.
Day lilies and crocosmia in a riot of bloom.
My Sweet Rose day lily.
My Sweet Rose day lily.
Lavender Doll day lily, Cool Cat Nepetha, Jean Davis Lavender, purple cone flower from a friend, White Dome hydrangea.
Lavender Doll day lily, Cool Cat Nepetha, Jean Davis Lavender, purple cone flower from a friend, White Dome hydrangea.
Purple cone flower just starting to bloom.
Purple cone flower just starting to bloom.
Fragrant Angel echanacea with a friendly bumblebee.
Fragrant Angel echanacea with a friendly bumblebee.
Zagreb coreopsis and a purple coneflower that isn't sure what she is supposed to look like. But she's blooming in her own unique way.
Zagreb coreopsis and a purple coneflower that isn’t sure what she is supposed to look like. But she’s blooming in her own unique way.
Purple coneflower from a friend and Fragrant Angel echinacea.
Purple coneflower from a friend and Fragrant Angel echinacea.
Marigolds and purple petunias great me at the back door.
Marigolds and purple petunias greet me at the back door.