No whinging about it being hot and dry here at Hayefield this month. Since August’s Bloom Day, we’ve received 16.95 inches of rain, which is *way* more than enough, thank you very much. The lack of sunshine has held back the fall extravaganza a bit, but it’s still pretty colorful around here. At this time of year, overview shots of the garden look better than closeups.
The main path in the front garden:
The middle path in the front garden:
The outermost path in the front garden:
And the diagonal path that separates the front from the side garden:
Foundation planting in the side garden:
Middle border in the side garden:
And the middle path in the side garden.
Out back, the entrance to the Cottage Garden:
The cutting beds in the Cottage Garden:
The perennial meadows in the Cottage Garden:
And two very nosy alpacas.
Sorry, boys, no treats for you right this minute. Poor little beasts – nothing to eat but all that lush green grass.
After that restful moment, let’s see if we can find something more colorful.
Oh, yes – that’ll do. Above, ironweeds (Vernonia) and spiky celosia with ‘Isla Gold’ tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), golden catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides ‘Aurea’), and ‘Profusion Orange’ zinnias.
Below, from another angle, the golden catalpa, ‘Isla Gold’ tansy, ironweeds, a dark-leaved canna, and cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis).
Above, Mellow Yellow spirea (Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’) with ‘Lady in Red’ Texas sage (Salvia coccinea), ‘Sweet Caroline Bronze’ sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas), ‘Golden Delicious’ pineapple sage (Salvia elegans), ironweed, and ‘Velvet Cloak’ smoke tree (Cotinus coggygria).
Below, ‘Bright Lights’ Swiss chard with Limemound spirea (Spiraea x bumalda ‘Monhub’), purple heart(Setcreasea pallida), classic zinnias (Zinnia angustifolia), ‘Profusion orange’ zinnias, Mellow Yellow spirea, and Diabolo ninebark.
Above, ‘Jester’ millet (Pennisetum glaucum) with ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod (Solidago rugosa), ‘Taurus’ mountain fleeceflower (Persicaria amplexicaulis), Japanese burnet (Sanguisorba tenuifolia), and ‘Grace’ smoke tree.
Looking a little closer, there are some other interesting combos…
Above, cardinal flower and canna with Japanese blood grass (Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’).
Below, ‘Mandarin Orange’ creeping zinnia (Sanvitalia procumbens) with a self-sown sweet potato vine.
Above, “from Villandry” marigolds and ‘Isla Gold’ tansy with ‘Black Velvet Scarlet’ geraniums (Pelargonium x hortorum), ‘Black Prince’ snapdragons, and a purple-leaved wandering Jew.
Below, Tropicanna canna (Canna ‘Phaison’), ‘Limerock Dream’ coreopsis, and ‘Bull’s Blood’ beets.
Some closer shots…above, an ironweed, and below, golden lace (Patrinia scabiosifolia).
Above, ‘Violet Queen’ autumn crocus (Colchicum) with Chocolate Chip ajuga (Ajuga reptans ‘Valfredda’) and golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’).
Below, Korean feather reed grass (Calamagrostis brachytricha) against Diabolo ninebark.
Above, sunset hyssop (Agastache rupestris); below, white African foxglove (Ceratotheca triloba ‘Alba’).
In honor of Foliage Follow-Up, some mainly leafy images…
Above, ‘Vertigo’ elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum) and ‘Wyoming’ cannas; below, variegated pokeweed (Phytolacca americana ‘Silberstein’).
Above, ‘Sedona’ coleus with chard; below, ‘Blazin’ Rose’ beefsteak plant (Iresine) with chard.
Above, ‘Big Ears’ lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) with Arkansas bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii) and Invincibelle Spirit smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA1’).
Below, ‘Berggarten’ sage (Salvia officinalis), common thyme (Thymus vulgaris), ‘Grosso’ lavandin (Lavender x intermedia), and ‘Gray Lady Plymouth’ scented geranium (Pelargonium).
Above, duncecaps (Orostachys iwarenge), Orostachys malacophylla, and blue echeveria (Echeveria glauca); below, firesticks (Euphorbia tirucalli).
Above, widow’s tears (Tinantia erecta); below, black-leaved cotton (Gossypium herbaceum ‘Nigrum’).
And one more: Tropicanna canna with ‘Bellingrath Pink’ (a.k.a. ‘Texas Parking Lot’ and ‘Alabama Sunset’) coleus, variegated pokeweed, golden meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria ‘Aurea’), and ‘Bulls Blood’ beets.
To see what’s flowering today in other gardens around the world, check out Carol’s main Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post at May Dreams Gardens. And for more lovely leaves, visit Pam’s Foliage Follow-Up post at Digging on September 16th.