We finally got a decent amount of rain, and a cold front followed, setting the scene for the fall garden. We can open the windows again, at least until the ragweed pollen starts to fly.
The Garden and Gardener Relax a Bit
The garden is much less temperamental now. The only big task is weeding, and we’ve got mountains of them.
The tri-color dappled willow bushes (Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nishiki’) had a burst of growth, from 2 feet at the start of the season, to over 8 feet today. I kept them protected with deer netting, and finally took down the net a few days ago. The deer munched a couple of branches but didn’t seem to like them, and haven’t eaten them since.
I don’t remember these chestnut hulls being so smooth. I thought they had little spikes. Is this just the beginning of the fruit? Will they get spiky later?
Liriope is beginning to bloom in the fall garden. The purple looks great against the backdrop of Sambucus ‘Black Lace.’
Japanese Anemone Return
What a joy to see Japanese anemone blooming in the garden again. Though the deer don’t prefer the foliage, they do enjoy eating the flowers. These were spared thanks to deer netting.
Ageratum’s All Right with Me
Ageratum has done well without netting. I never thought that I liked these fuzzy flowers, but these lovelies have changed my mind. They look so pretty with the ‘Rose Glow’ barberry and blue juniper bushes. The bees love them, too.
Now, time to really enjoy some fruits of our labor!
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