Well, hard to believe, but it's Fertilizer Friday again. The days are just flying past. We are still on 'vacation' so Carl was home this morning.
Since I usually take the majority of the pictures for the blog, today I asked Carl if he would take some. (Ok, and another reason I asked him is because it is raining and I didn't feel like getting wet.....oh, dear...I'm not very nice, am I?)
Every person has a different perspective on their own garden, so here is Carl's:
The Pachyberm on the north side
Carl always says he likes pictures of gardens that show how the beds were laid out, in other words, though he likes the flower closeups, he much prefers to see the 'Big Picture'.
The 'Pan Fountain'--Carl built this out of recycled lamp shades from an old high school gymnasium, it is one of my favorite garden ornaments and the sound of trickling water is so soothing. (It's not one of those fountains that makes you feel like you have to, ah.....tinkle......blush, blush, if you know what I mean!)
The Fountain Lady bed.
The Formal Garden
Quarry Pond--look how hard it was raining, poor Carl!
Slightly different angle
The foliage colors really show up nicely when it rains.
North Hill of Quarry
I only have a few 'Indian Summer' rudbeckias left here on the East Quarry Berm, but the Dahlberg daisies are still going strong.
I planted the Hyacinth bean out by the waterfall and it started climbing the 'Tiger Eyes' sumac.
Quarry pond from the North Quarry berm
Everything on top of the Quarry hill is getting a little crowded, time for some selective pruning and moving!
Check out the 'carpeting' under the Pouting Angel's feet.......it's a creeping thyme, but I don't know which one right off the top of my head.
The hostas by the Escarpment are looking pretty good, they haven't had too much insect damage.
The mums are starting to flower
And many are still in bud--the miscanthus is also starting to turn red.
|The Formal Garden dome seen from across the bridge|
|Back to the Pachyberm..........Oh, so THAT'S where I left my shovel!!|
|The sweet potato vine and Salvia 'Victoria' combination.......along with 'Ice Fountains' Carex........I am so dreading our first frost this year. I wonder how many blankets I have? Maybe I could cover the whole garden??|
|The big rock is getting wet in the Red Bed and I guess it's time to replant the grass in the lawn again too...with all the rain this year and the periodic flooding, we mostly have weeds.|
|Red Bed from the other side|
|Another angle on the salvia, sweet potato and sedum on Pachyberm|
|Even though they flopped, the sedums look good with the rocks in the rain|
|This is my first year growing Scarlet Runner Bean. I planted it by the split rail fence in front of the house and it didn't climb very well.........next year I have to remember to tie it up somehow. Any suggestions?|
Hydrangea 'Kyushu' flowers aging to a beautiful pink; am I supposed to prune this tree now, or wait until spring? I hate to cut these flowers off and even in winter, they make for a pretty silhouette.
We had been gone for only four days on our vacation and I was so surprised to see how much the garden changed in that short time. This time of year the garden takes on a whole new look, almost like a jungle! and I am often a bit overwhelmed with it, but it's good to look at everything and make plans for what needs to be done next year. (Another overwhelming feeling!) Ah, but gardening is a joy, isn't it?
Thanks for seeing the garden this week from Carl's perspective! Now go and see what everyone else has blooming over at Tootsie's Fertilizer Friday!