Friday, November 10, 2017

No Frost Yet

It's almost the middle of November and the thermometer has yet to descend to that place where old man winter ruins everything and makes me sad. The hummers are fighting over Fuchsia and Salvia nectar and I'm happy with the few remaining flowers scattered about my borders. No frost, but it's been raining cats and dogs, so working the soil is a muddy mess, evidenced by the yuck clinging to my garden shoes after digging and moving my Indigofera for hopefully the last time. 

My camera has never done a crystal clear job of capturing fuchsias. I should investigate the problem  but until then, my apologies for the the blurry photos   

Fuchsia 'Simon J. Rowell'

Fuchsia 'Debron's Black Cherry'

A potted Fuchsia 'Foolke' (I think.)

Fuchsia 'Mrs. John D. Fredricks' 

Fuchsia 'Golden Herald' not looking so golden these days

Fuchsia megellianica

Fuchsia magellianica 'Hawkshead'

Fuchsia 'Beacon Rose'

Fuchsia 'Rosea'

Rain-soaked blossoms of Fuchsia 'Burgundean'

NOID... This is my oldest hybrid Fuchsia, planted around 2000.
I didn't save the tag.

Fuchsia 'Flash' looking more purple than red here.

Fuchsia 'Tom Woods'

Fuchsia 'Steel & Stars' -- New this year from Dancing Oaks.
I hope it survives the winter.

I have two clematis that are still blooming. 

Clematis florida sieboldii, just opening

Clematis florida 'Alba Plena' just finishing.
Isn't the flower interesting?
And there's more:

Alstroemeria 'TriColor' -- the more creamy yellow plant

Alstroemeria 'TriColor' -- the more white and pink plant

Brachyscome 'Radiant Magenta'
I'm going to try to winter this over, protecting it from the coldest weather.

Salvia involucrata got huge and
took way too long to finally bloom but it's perty.

Salvia 'Amistad'

Salvia glabrescens 'Momobana'
This is a newbie from Dancing Oaks. Like S. involucrata, it's a late bloomer
but it's a compact thing, topping out at 2' x 2'. 

Rosa mutabilis is the working-est rose ever! 

Rosa 'Darlow's Enigma'

NOID ... a little miniature rose who, like me, refuses to give up on summer.

Penstemon 'Enor'

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin'

Little Blue Star Creeper stars (Isotoma fluviatilis)

Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising'

Geranium 'Jolly Bee' rising above Nepeta foliage

Heuchera 'Paris' divisions blooming away

Daphne transylvanica 'Eternal Fragrance'

A close up of D. t. 'Eternal Fragrance'

Daphne transylvanica 'Summer Ice'

Choisya ternata is really looking nice

Another water-soaked goodie, pink flowered California poppy.
(Eschscholzia californica)

Another little cluster on my 'Ayesha' Hydrangea

Hydrangea 'Glowing Embers' living up to their name.

Campanula lactiflora

Sphaeralcea 'Dark Pink' from Xera Nursery is still blooming.

Asarina wislizensis 'Red Dragon'

This is the second blossom on my newbie
Camellia sasanqua 'Narumigata'

Potentilla 'Pink Beauty'

'Hall's Honeysuckle'
Lonicera japonica 'Hallania'
And now for some foliage...

Seedling Japanese Maple

My beautiful banana

Acer palmatum 'Seiryu'

Acer palmatum 'Seiryu'

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'

Hebe 'Pink Elephant' putting on new growth

And finally, a little gripe, if I might.

I hate moles!

 Thank you for indulging me once again.


  1. Love your Fuchsia 'Simon J. Rowell'. I grow 'Hawkshead' and have only WOW for that one! Your garden seems to have a lot to offer still. Our recent snow put an end to most everything here. I'm at the stage of organizing the tool shed, spreading mulch, etc...

  2. Oh my goodness, another wonderful post filled with glorious blooms. You have so much beauty surrounding you in your gardens. I would love to grow fuchsia, but alas, they do NOT like heat and humidity. I will enjoy yours from afar via the web.

    Happy Autumn ~ FlowerLady

  3. Wow...I can't imagine fuschsia ever being happy in my garden! It would certainly be an annual. Love the Salvias, so wish they would winter over here. I wonder when frost will arrive in your beautiful garden?

  4. I think I could be closing in on you for Fuchsia collecting ! Came home with a car load of throw away Fuchsia yesterday. Now where to but them .

  5. We had a local frost above valley floor in Eugene that toasted the dahlias, everything elsevstill okay. I have never been able to over winter Amistad. I like delicate fuchsias like Steel and Stars. The clematis beliw it is beautiful.

  6. There's no frost here yet either! I'm teasing you - if we ever get frost, I'll probably suffer a fit of apoplexy. I'm glad you have a chance to enjoy your beautiful garden for an extended period. I envy the fuchsias most of all! I need to look for Hebe 'Pink Elephant' too.

  7. Oh I hope that old man winter takes his time Grace so that your blooms are not stopped in their tracks. I'm sure that I would hate moles too but I do have squirrels and rabbits instead. I'm off to investigate that fabulous hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers' forthwith.

  8. Every bloom is precious this time of the year, and your garden is a jewel store, Grace! Fuchsias amaze me - they can bloom even in December. You have a nice group of them!
    One day, while in Oregon, I will visit Dancing Oaks! You have so many great plants from that place!
    Have a nice, DRY week, Grace!

  9. Seems like we are being given a fall bonus to make up for the soggy, late spring. I never cared too much for fuchsias but after working with them all summer and noticing the wide variation in color and shape, I have a new appreciation. Plus, they bloom forever. You have some beauties.

  10. That is just a few flowers. sheesh. Of everything my favorite is "Heuchera 'Paris' divisions blooming away" and tho i love that heuchera (that you introduced me to. thank you!), it is the way you displayed the round mossy rock on the plant stand that i love, especially as i have one or two old rusty ring-only stands like that. Also candle sconces that would hold a round rock. Down under the "Hydrangea 'Glowing Embers' living up to their name", is that Silene 'Clifford Moor' Catchfly? one more thing. are all of those fuchsias hardy? the only fuchsia i did not kill this summer was my first hardy one, fuchsia 'riccartonii'. they do not like the intense dry heat of southern inland oregon, but i love them from my childhood so i grow a few each year. no heavy frost here yet. lost my sweet potato vines weeks ago, but no mushy begonias yet.

  11. Your garden is hanging in there Grace, and looking lovely! I hope next year I might have some nice pics to share.


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