Monday, October 19, 2009
Where is the Fall color?
We've had patches of frost for the past two nights and it looks like winter is just around the corner. So, what has happened to the fall color? The trees are just showing scant changes in color. We have a nice collection of Japanese maples and they are usually spectacular by now. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we will have some great displays before the cold weather strips the leaves.
I've been working on making our front entrance a little more inviting. I've planted mums and pansies to add some much needed color. The pansies are still so small that they are not making much of an impact.
I didn't think the coleus grew as well this year as they usually do. They are just now looking good but they will be toast after the first frost.
Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) is a must-have for the fall garden.
Miscanthus grass is another great plant for the fall garden.
Japanese Anemone "Honorine Jobert" - I forgot I had planted this. Imagine my surprise when I found it blooming a few days ago.
The sasanqua camellias have also started to bloom. This one is "Hana Jiman" -
I've replanted some of the containers but others are just beginning to look really nice. I'll hate to see this begonia go -
I usually don't buy a lot of mums because I know they won't be around long. I couldn't resist this color -
More colorful annuals that can't take the cold (Lantana, Begonia 'Bonfire', Blueberry Flax Lily (Dianella tasmanica). I'm going to try and overwinter the lantana trees in the basement. I've also taken the flax lily inside and will grow it as a houseplant.
Maybe the leaves will start turning soon. The garden is usually blazing with color by now. What is the hold up???