The End of the Gardening Year 2021

Above is the Japanese Spurflower- Isodon effusus, along with Fuschia “Gartenmeister” and Plectranthus “Longwood Silver”. In the South the gardening year never ends. Seedling Bachelor’s Buttons, Larkspur germinate in fall. Rarely does snow cover them. There are myriad berries, spears of the coming daffodils, and in February one finds the leaves of Spring Beauties. ButContinue reading “The End of the Gardening Year 2021”

The Hydrangea Trial Gardens at Heritage Gardens on Cape Cod

Heritage Gardens in Sandwich, Mass. has a riveting collection of hydrangeas of all persuasions- from blue mopheads to lace caps to paniculatas, and to exotics I did not know existed. Even in early October there were blooms to see. My sister and I were in Eastham for a week, just south of Coast Guard BeachContinue reading “The Hydrangea Trial Gardens at Heritage Gardens on Cape Cod”

Heart-Leaved Aster

Aster Cordifolius, the “Heart- leaved aster”, is blooming now. Along partly shaded roads. In the verge behind the Sully’s grocery in Goffstown. In old cemeteries. My sister’s garden in Bow has it foaming over the hostas in her front yard. I have it here in New Boston, though the relentless, repeated attacks by the woodchucksContinue reading “Heart-Leaved Aster”

A Visit to The Fells, Historic Garden on Lake Sunapee. September 12, 2021

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”

A Shady Corner under the Redbud Tree

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”