FOR THE PAST FEW EVENINGS, I've been meaning to take photos of my garden but as you all know, it's been getting dark earlier and earlier. As I write this, at 7:15 PM, daylight is already in short supply. I worked in the garden almost all afternoon and promised myself that as soon as the sun dipped to the west, I would get my camera. But wouldn't you know it, I was in the middle of a project and by the time I was finished, it was too late. Dang.
|Hydrangea's mop heads are blushing.|
My goal today was to tame as much of the rampant growth as possible. I find that once I cut perennials back to a respectable size it's easier to water them. This is because it's easier to see where where the plant's crown is originating. Duh, right?
I've been cutting and bundling hydrangea heads for drying. After stripping the leaves, I hang them upside down in a dry closet. It doesn't take long for them to be ready to display.
|Aster 'Alma Potschke' looks amazing this year.|
|Hepatacodium miconioides or Seven-Son Flower|
|A close up of the Seven-Son Flower clusters.|
The flowers are really not spectacular. At least not to humans. Bees, on the other hand, find the tiny blossoms irresistible. Standing underneath the tree makes me think I'm near a hive. The buzz is deafening. I'm happy to provide goodies for the wildlife.
|The Seven-Son bracts.|
The pink bracts are supposed to cover the plant just like the white petals do and create a pseudo-second bloom. For me there are never more than a few bracts though. I must be doing something wrong. If you've had better success, please do tell.
The last photos were taken at at other places.
|Some type of conifer with strange looking cones.|
|A close up of the cones.|
Any idea what plant this is? At first glance it looks a lot like an Arborvitae but upon closer inspection, I'm sure it's something else. I've never seen these weird cones on an Arborvitae.
Finally, I drove by this house and had to put in reverse and grab my camera. The entire from yard is carpeted in moss.
The theme is definitely Japanese. There is a red sign on the gate. It's difficult to see it from this vantage point however.
I love the clean look of the moss. I love the discipline of the owners.
How is your garden winding down?