After complaining about all the rainy, gray weather recently I received a gift from Mother Nature today - a gorgeous, how-can-I-best-get-out-into-the-garden day. It's been sunny and warm, but not hot, with a little bit of breeze. Perfect for diving into cleaning up the front border. I believe that is #2 on the Fall Project list.
This is where I started at 8:30 ...
And, this is where I ended around noon.
Around the curve (right upper edge of border) I've added Hakone grass which will give me fluffy, duffy varigated grass that has a pinkish (surprise!) tone as it matures. It will help carry out the burgundies of fall.
|Hakonechloa m 'Naomi'|
There was also a trip in there to the garden center for material to re-do the big planter,
which now looks like this.
|Pansies (lavender and purple), Swiss chard, red lettuce, sage and ornamental peppers.|
And, then a little impulse buy that looks a bit like this:
|Hydrangea paniculata Renhy 'Vanilla Strawberry'|
|It has a very different leaf from most hydrangeas, but is deciduous so they will be gone soon.|
In a couple of years it may look like this:
And, finally there's the David Austin rose ['Sister Elizabeth'] that seems to just love the fall weather and is blooming her little heart out.
Can hardly wait for her to get a couple of summers under her belt and fill out.
Life is good!