The weather is cooler, the sky is cloudy, and we are waiting to see what hurricane Matthew is going to do to us. I hope it brings a good bit of rain and leaves all that wind out in the Atlantic. I took advantage of the changing conditions to get a few early fall chores started and to take stock of what is happening in the garden this day. The signs of change are everywhere.
All of our Encore azaleas are beginning to bloom again; they add wonderful color in the garden now when so many other plants are slowing down.
There are a few last blooms on clematis ‘Ramona’ and hydrangea ‘Endless Summer.’
I noticed the first foliage peeking up from Ipheion bulbs, and several camellias are full of flower buds. One of the muhly grass clumps is in full bloom, while the other, while lagging a bit, is going to be fabulous this year. We still have blooms on the Knockout rose, the Society garlic, and the second flush of the pink phlox. I am particularly pleased to see the vitex covered with its lavender blooms…and covered with bumble bees as well. The deadheading weeks ago is clearly paying off. The purple loropetalum along the side of the house has doubled since it was pruned in summer. I will wait till frost to bring it back down so we can see out the bedroom window again. Another case of right plant in the wrong place. Alas, it’s far too late to try to move it
One bad note: some critter has been ripping up the lawn in the back garden. I suspect it is either a raccoon or a possum, and I further suspect it is digging for grubs. Whatever the culprit, it is really doing some damage. The lawn, pictured at left, was a beautiful carpet of thick greenery just a week ago. It’s starting to go after my neighbor’s lawn now, so maybe it has eaten all the goodies in my garden. Let’s hope. I’ve reseeded but will have to do something about those Japanese beetle grubs.
Things are indeed changing; I just planted a pot with the season’s first violas.
Thanks for joining me for this Walk in the Garden.