The days are ever changing. As the calendar turns to the final four, the garden shows its continuing metamorphosis more vividly. The Japanese anemone, Anemone hupehensis is beginning to flower. Soon the grass seen the in background of the above photo will be blooming with a wash of pink fluff, pink muhly grass aka Muhlenbergia capillaris, read all about it here. It is coming.
The plantings in and around the raised Dahlia Box include the floral soldiers Oenothera biennis, a story about it can be seen by clicking here, and assorted Cuphea ssp. which will continue to cater to the hummingbirds and pollinators until knocked down and out by the first frost.
The signs of change abound, seasonal changes that cannot be denied. The once white and pristine poufs of peegee Hydrangea, H. paniculata ‘Grandiflora’ are turning shades of green and pink. This shrub is trained to grow as a standard, supported by a stout metal post with the lower limbs removed. On the left, the native dogwood, Cornus florida leaves are turning burgundy.
The view from under the arbor, a good place to sit in the shade and watch the garden gyrations, shows a volunteer pumpkin sitting on the far end, supported for now by a cross beam. Hanging baskets of succulents, the only plants that can survive the hot, cold, wet, dry conditions and year-round neglect provide privacy for a peeping voyeur of the garden goings on.
The two blue chairs, read a post about them here, are more out in the open. They are the perfect seating spot to enjoy the hummers feasting around the Dahlia Box and beyond. There is an architectural wonder plant newly added to the box this year. Planted as a deterrant to the scoundrel voles that have invaded and threated the existence of my beloved Dahlias, the castor bean plants, Ricinis communis have grown tall and prospered.
The size of the castor beans was not forseen when the small seedlings from the now closed Mouse Creek Nursery were planted at the back of the box at each end. Perhaps seeds can be saved and sown where a large groundhog is wreaking havoc in the sweet potato bed.
The tallest Dahlias that form the back row, D. ‘Bishop of Llandaff’, D. ‘Bishop’s Children’ seed grown and D. ‘Atropurpurea’ are dwarfed by the giant protectors. This view taken from the garage deck gives perspective to the blue chairs, arbor and Dahlia Box placement.
Even as signs of fading and decay have begun, there are still many days of glorious garden extravaganzas yet to come. It is a mixture of the two, and when the sun shines still hotly, the imminent arrival of fall can be forgotten about.