|Dragonwing begonia in the hosta bed, still blooming in October|
Removing the petunias from the garden is always bittersweet since they are still blooming. Thankfully, the chore is easy; I can roll them up like carpeting in a matter of minutes.
The Bubblegum petunias in front of the house didn't do as well this year, normally the rocks would be entirely covered. I'm always amazed at the change when they are gone, though.
Every year I plant 'Celosia Fresh Look Red'. I've thought about changing my color scheme but the red shows up so well from the road. Yes, red clashes with 'Autumn Joy' sedum and the 'Goldsturm' rudbeckia but what the heck. Pandemonium reigns supreme around here.
My old standby overwintered for who knows how many years geraniums are still blooming strong. Last year I tried overwintering my pots of Dragonwing begonias and though they did survive my nearly criminal lack of attention, it was an exercise in futility. I keep all my overwintered plants upstairs in an unheated upstairs bedroom at Mom's house which has a southern exposure. They were all crammed on to two big tables and when they weren't struggling for light, they were wanting water. Badly. Suprisingly, the tough as nails geraniums rewarded me with abundant blooms, just as they always do.
In the picture below, I made cuttings of two Dragonwing begonias and they are still putting on a show.
|The sweet potato vine and 'King Tut' Egyptian Papyrus all competing for space in the big urn.|
My friend, Brenda, gave me some white begonias and various coleus this year, they were lovely, too.
New for me this year was 'Polka Dot' plant which is still going strong in the hosta bed.
I tried a new seed annual salvia this year, 'Summer Jewel'. Though it was a beautiful flower, I can't say I was impressed; they weren't very robust. But again, it may have been the growing season or the location I chose to plant them in. I'll try them next year before I make my final decision.
Thunbergia 'Suzie White' with black eye is usually a strong grower for me, but this year wasn't a good one for her. The vines were sparse and slow to flower. I do think the weather was a factor.
My datura 'Ballerina White' and 'Blackcurrant Swirl' also bloomed rather reluctantly this season.
Though my photography doesn't show a comparison, these are huge flowers, fully four to six inches across. I have to go back to using my 35mm camera for photography; my phone just doesn't cut it.
I'll be saving the seeds from the daturas and we'll try again next year.
I guess that's about it for the season. Wandering around the yard a few days ago, there were a few things that caught my eye.
I have three 'Liberty' plants and when I get around to dividing it again, there are going to be more. There aren't too many hostas looking this good in October.
I didn't have as much time to wander through the garden with my 'good' camera this summer, so the photo quality isn't what it should be. My smartphone takes nice pictures, but I have a devil of a time framing things the way I want. A viewfinder is much easier for me.
The only problem with a 35mm camera is the size and the fact I'm clumsy. I've come close to dropping the Nikon in the pond when trying to photograph fish and waterlilies. Too close, but so far, I've been lucky.
It's way past time to get up to Mom's for her medications, so I've gotta run.
She'll be wondering what happened to me.