Asters in the main border. View from the “Old Garden”. View of Lake Sunapee from the garden. A strange and beautiful mystery plant. I have emailed The Fells website asking about this plant, but have yet to hear from them. The heather garden. Rodgersia in a damp spot. Fall alliums.
Here are photos from yesterday’s day trip to Newbury, NH, and the estate of John Hay, Theodore Roosevelt’s Secretary of State. Since my camera’s memory card overloaded I will post photos my sister took on her camera phone as soon as she sends them to me. The above photo shows the Bristly aster blooming inContinue reading “A Visit to The Fells, Historic Garden on Lake Sunapee. September 12, 2021”
Grass leaved goldenrod, Aster linarifolius, “Velvet Elvis” plectranthus. The last, new to me this year, is an outstanding shade plant. I will winter it over inside. It blooms in late summer., when it senses the seasonable wane of daylight hours. Another view of “Velvet Elvis”, flanked by Wax begonias and “Diamond Frost” euphorbia. Proof thatContinue reading “A Shady Corner under the Redbud Tree”
Mealy Cup sage, Salvia “Skyscraper Pink”, Salvia “Skyscraper Orange”, Salvia Amistad. Salvia “Ember’s Wish”, Salvia “Big Blue”, Autumn Joy, Miss Huff lantana, Blue Mistflower. Silver Rod goldenrod, Stout goldenrod, Fireworks gomphrena, Yucca Color Guard, Agastaches Blue Boa and Blue Fortune. Happy Labor Day!
Old names for this relative of Joe Pye Weed are Blue Eupatorium, Mistflower, and Hardy Ageratum. The new Latin is Conoclinium coelestinum. It is a hardy perennial wildflower that blooms all over Middle Tennessee, but one must look to mail order to bring it to southern New Hampshire. It is a notorious leaper and goesContinue reading “Blue Mistflower”
Poor fertility, mostly sand, sharp drainage. Ground suited for Sweet Fern and lowbush blueberries. Scrub land, where farming was so hard in early New England that Yankee soldiers, after the civil war, moved their families and farms to the fertile, flat, and predictable Midwest. Here is a garden planted in that stingy soil- There areContinue reading “August 1st-The Dry Border”
This is the orchid flowered canna “Intrigue”‘. In the first photo the companion plants are Salvia “Ember’s Wish” and Verbena “Bampton”.
Early Goldenrod, Solidago juncea, is blooming now. The plant in my dry border is a volunteer, and it is thriving. It is a clump former, and not a root runner, and its leaves are basal and hug the ground. Its companions here are Silver King Artemesia and Globe thistles. Still to come in this borderContinue reading “Early Goldenrod”
In the garden close to the house in Bow the coneflowers are blooming. In the lower garden they have been gnawed on down to leaves by deer. The house garden has motion light protection at night, and this may be why these coneflowers get to bloom there When the colored coneflowers appeared in the 1990sContinue reading “Coneflower Medley”
Veronicastrum virginicum “Fascination” is blooming now in the half shade garden in Bow. This plant came from the plant sale area at The Fells, the John Jay estate on Lake Sunapee. It is three years old, and it is planted on the richest soil in the Bow garden. Above is the Blue Vervain , VerbenaContinue reading “Elegant Spires”