Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Second Summer

It's second summer here right now. For the past week it's been sunny and warm. What a gift! I haven't been doing a lot of gardening because of other obligations but I did get some photos. I'll be doing a lot of plant-moving and rearranging but will probably wait for spring to do most of it. 

There are still a lot of plants blooming and looking fine. 

I'm not a huge fan of mums but I decided to purchase 'Clara Curtis' after seeing so many photos of it. My plant just started blooming. It is pretty.

Chrysanthemum x rubellum 'Clara Curtis'

Chrysanthemum x rubellum 'Clara Curtis'

Chrysanthemum x rubellum 'Clara Curtis'

Another newbie is Impatiens tinctoria. I'm happy that it's finally blooming too.

Impatiens tinctoria

Impatiens tinctoria

On a recent visit to Secret Garden Growers outside of Canby, I bought a bunch of plants including this unique Fuchsia 'Nettala'.  

Fuchsia 'Nettala'

Fuchsia 'Nettala'

Another newbie this year is Correa 'Dusky Bells'. Isn't it pretty? It's supposed to bloom through fall, winter and into spring. I'm hoping so. I've got it in a pot and will bring it inside if it gets terribly cold this winter. It will help feed the Annas hummingbirds too.

Correa 'Dusky Bells'

Ah, terribly blurry photo here but it shows the bracts on my Seven Son Flower. Planted in 2002, this is the most bracts my plant has ever had! I really need to get a better photo before they're gone.
Seven Son Flower, Heptacodium miconioides

 Did someone say Clematis? Yes there are a few beauties still doing their thing!

Clematis 'Princess Diana'

Clematis 'Princess Diana' climbing on a neighboring blueberry bush.

A NOID crispa/viorna Clematis from my friend Deborah.

Clematis 'Gravetye Beauty'

 I really should collect the milkweed seeds before baby plants sprout up all over the neighborhood. On second thought, that wouldn't exactly be terrible.

Milkweed Seed (Asclepias speciosa)

Sedum 'Little Missy' is blooming and such a sweet little thing. I will bring her to the patio to protect her from winter's worst. She almost didn't survive last winter outside and the temps were mild. 

Sedum 'Little Missy'

 Part of last year's seed purchasing frenzy was this Linaria. Typically you find it in purple but I had to have the pink flowered variety.

Linaria triomithophora in PINK

 Speaking of seeds, I bought 'Tinkerbell' Nicotiana at least five years ago. It still seeds around in my garden. I just love these tons of flowers.

Nicotiana 'Tinkerbell' seedling

Aconitum carmichaelii  'Arendsii'

Because my garden isn't very big and Lespideza takes up so much room with its cascading branches, I decided to put it in a raised pot. It worked. 

Lespedeza thunbergii

The slugs sure love to eat my Toad Lily plants. They are also growing in pots now which will hopefully help with that problem.

Tricytris ohsumiensis 'Lemon Twist'

Tricytris hirta 'Miyazaki'

Tricyrtris hirta 'Miyazaki'

And finally, the Hall's Honeysuckle has been blooming nonstop since April. The cooler weather has definitely not slowed it down. So fragrant!

Hall's Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica 'Hallana') along the fence.

 And now for a few critters: 

I spotted this little guy, not in my garden but along a trail I was hiking with one of my daughters. After this first one we saw 23 more! Look at his little hands.

And  the resident frog population is happily eating the bugs and growing fatter by the day.

These are actually two different frogs that both enjoyed camping out on my Eucalyptus.

And finally, a flock of goldfinches seem really enamored with this tiny birdbath. I took the photo from indoors so it's not great. They flew away seconds later.

I love the wildlife almost as much as I love the plants. Almost. 

Thank you for visiting. 


  1. How wonderful to find frogs sitting in your trees? I can't remember how long it's been since I've seen a frog but then maybe they don't choose to cohabit with lizards. I'm glad you're getting to enjoy a second summer. Love the Lespedeza.

  2. I can't seem to grow milk weed here. So blow some seeds this way if you want(-: I have a lot of butterflies but no milk weed.
    All your plants look great. Glad you are enjoying them. I agree though I love all the wildlife almost as much. They are what makes it all worth while. I think they enjoy everything as much as I do(-:

  3. Oh that Lespedeza thunbergii...WOW,

  4. So much beauty in your garden right now and wow, Lespedeza thunbergii in a pot on a bench is fabulous!

  5. WOWEE!!! Once again I enjoyed another lovely stroll through your beauty filled gardens. I just loved 'Lespideza'. You have so many wonderful plants that will not grow in my hot and steamy gardens. Thank you for sharing and Happy Fall ~ FlowerLady

  6. I had the same problem with that lespedeza and dug it up. Amazing performance in a pot! The clem climbing over what looks to be a Lonicera nitida (Baggeson's Gold?) is a beaut. And the little creatures! Wonderful, Grace.

  7. That Chrysanthemum caused quite a stir at JC last year so of course we each had to have one. It was passed along with no name but it looks just like yours.

  8. I confess I "ran" through this post .. but OH ! I love seeing those frogs (my favorite creatures for their singing) .. that mum is simply gorgeous .. the toad lilies are marvelous !! .. mine were rather shy this year as was my monkshood sadly .. I have so much to do and yet I am held up by interior renovations .. then the panic will insue and I shall go stark raving mad trying to do far too much in too short a period of time .. we have snow foretasted a couple of hours away from us .. so PANIC is indeed seeping into my bones .. but a lovely post girl ! especially those frogs and the salamander, now how cute was he/she ? LOL

  9. I like your Fuchsias...and your Toad Lilies...and all the cute little critters! Second summer--that would be nice! If we're lucky we'll get a little warming trend in the next week or so. It's been too cold too early, after being very warm in early October. Enjoy your beautiful garden!

  10. Clara Curtis looks a touch salmon colored? Is it? I love the petal length; it's a beauty. You have so much blooming in your garden, even in late October! Grace, it's wonderful!

  11. So many beauties here, Grace. I love the Correa and wish it would grow in my zone. P. x

  12. lovely pictures specially the toad lilies and the little critters.


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