The weather has been warm and dry all week so I thought that I would document the garden one more time before October rolls around and the weather really becomes autumnal. The Autumn Joy has darkened considerably in just a few days.
Two of my fall favorites in the shade garden. They are the light and delicate Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta ) and Japanese Anemone ( Anemone japonica ). Last year, I only got buds then the weather became too cold so they never did bloom.
The biggest surprise was my silver lace vine (Polygonum aubertii ). I originally planted it several years ago and it languished. The Japanese beetles would demolish it and it never bloomed. I had planted it at the bottom of a an oak stump ( a 7 foot tall stump ) so the soil was probably poor. There were a few years where I didn’t see the vine at all or just a sickly spindly little thing. I assumed it had died off. This morning I took a good look from my second story window to my backyard (actually planning my lawn mowing strategy) and saw a huge mound of white at the top of the stump in among the greenery. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! Now I will need to transplant the clematis that I planted to replace the (supposedly) dead silver lace vine.
I stopped off at my Mom’s house to do some work for her and had to take a picture of the Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) that I planted about 4 years ago, as well as a couple of the turkeys that visit her birdfeeder. The number varies, but today I saw about 10. I always get excited when I see them. They are very shy but I hope to get some closer shots sometime soon.