Monday, August 26, 2013

Weekend Walkabout

I've been slowly winding down the amount of deadheading and garden cleanup being done as the season rolls along to fall.  The daylilies are looking a bit ratty and I've shovel pruned a few more large clumps of them in the last couple weeks. They truly are beautiful perennials with gorgeous flowers that make such a splash, but, if you like to keep a tidy garden, which I do, they take a lot of upkeep. So, sayonara hemerocallis. I'm not getting rid of all of them just about half will be going to new homes.  Some of the hostas are showing some yellowing leaves and my mountain ash tree is losing leaves.

But amidst all the perennials fading out for the year the annuals and temperennials are still putting on a great show.  The fuchsias are getting ready to produce their large flush of September flowers.  The fall bloomers like sedum and asters are just starting to open up and the Hydrangea paniculatas are gorgeous. Anyway, instead of deadheading yesterday I decided to walkabout with the camera and lounge on the patio waiting for hummingbirds. I can't think of a better way to spend a late August afternoon.

This gorgeous Lotus was a gift from a friend and is the first Lotus I've ever had bloom here in the garden. Loving it!

The Bumble Bees love it too!

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' - the hummingbirds love it

Clematis 'Mrs. Robert Brydon' scrambles through the terrace garden this time of the year
The light changes so quickly in the afternoons, this picture was taken about five minutes before the next one.
Amazing what a shaft of sunlight does.

Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' with Chasmanthium 'River Mist'

Tricyrtis, how can anyone call this beautiful flower a Toadlily?

Heuchera blossoms amidst Rudbeckia

Chasmanthium 'River Mist' with Phlox 'Shockwave'

Castor Bean seedhead

Alocasia portodora
Ensete maurelii
Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi'

Brugmansia 'Shorty's Variegated'
The butterflies have been scarce this summer. This is the first Painted Lady I've seen
A seedling sedum that produces gorgeous yellow flowers with purple leaves. One of my favorite things!

Hydrangea 'Pinky Winky'

Hybrid Tea Rose 'Fascination'

Hybrid Tea Rose 'Fascination'

And yet another shot of 'Fascination'

Phlox paniculata 'Shockwave'


  1. Oh, more beautiful closeups of your garden! Sigh. The cleanup and cutting back at this time of year is kind of endless. I no sooner think I've caught up than I notice something else that really could do with a haircut. I've been making a concerted effort this year to keep up but it gets away from me so quickly whenever I sit back to just enjoy it. I really love that Chasmanthium with the Rudbeckia.

  2. Wonderful Walkabout!

  3. You have a lotus? I am so jealous! Gorgeous photography.

  4. Such stunning photos Deanne! And the time you spent taking these photos sounds perfect!

  5. Beautiful Deanne! My favorite is the Lotus with the bees all around it!

  6. I'm glad you actually did spend the day in a recuperation mode taking these fabu images. Thanks again for your hospitality ...

    1. And thanks again for the visit Kathy we had such a wonderful time! Love the blog post!!!!!

  7. Many thanks one and all for the kind comments! Much appreciated!

  8. What wonderful photos! I love the Sedum - which is it?

    1. Thanks Kris! That Sedum is a one of a kind. It was a seedling from S. 'Purple Emperor'. Imagine my surprise when it threw those beautiful yellow flowers!