Early Autumn at Chickadee Gardens
Just around the edges we detect autumn in the garden. The low light, angling in such a way as to illuminate those grasses and asters, marks the passing of summer into cooler nights and shorter days. Let's take a visual journey around the gardens this week at Chickadee Gardens and see how things have changed.
the Danger Garden gifted me an additional plant that I have planted in a rather wet rain garden area.
The rose will grow as will the Ceanothus gloriosus under the oak. I must be careful not to plant too much too close together while it looks sparse because I don't want to be digging out too many plants in the future and creating more work for myself. In some situations, it's okay to "overplant" because I use some perennial and annual plants as fillers as shrubs mature.
Rhamnus purshiana, are starting to turn colors. They are really quite stunning and a great small tree that birds flock to. They eat the small berries and just generally hang out in them. The small flowers in spring are also a favorite of bees.
Cornus sericea 'Hedgerow's Gold'. The fall color is just coming on. If you have space for a deciduous, suckering shrub, this is a brilliant addition to the fall border. Also, new stems are colored red in winter, so an added bonus of winter/spring color.
This summer has been hot hot hot, and as much as I love summer and being in the garden, it was almost too much at times. I admit to feeling relief with the cooler weather and a bit of rain here and there. I especially love fall color, so hopefully my planting choices from the past couple of years will start to pay off in this regard. Little by little, step by step, it's becoming a full-fledged garden and as much as I am an impatient person, I love watching it slowly change.
That's a wrap for this week at Chickadee Gardens. Thank you so much for reading and commenting, we love hearing from you all! Happy gardening and happy autumn.