October 2021 dahlias as big as a cat’s face and mums

I make fun of the gardening catalogues that have “dinner plate dahlias” with an obligatory picture holding the bloom next to a child’s face for scale. “Look! This bloom is as big as a head!” If you google that phrase you will see images that confirm this…. However, at my house, I think the dahlia blooms should be measured on the scale of a kitty head. Sorry this picture is a little blurry… but you can get the idea.

I think the above dahlia in this bed just west of the front fence won’t get all the way to full blooms–if they do, it will be really lovely with that red amaranth. These red dahlia are in an odd spot but they are so gorgeous.

When my mother was visiting she bought me two gorgeous potted chrysanthemums, one yellow and one a reddish burgundy. They are on my front step and so bright and cherry now that they are open. I haven’t decided where to put them in the ground, but that will need to happen very soon.

I keep thinking that pink rose is really done…. but there are still more buds coming. And below is Pretty, she is such a little sweetie with her soft paws and her little meow.

September 2021 dahlias and faded rose

The yellow dahlia in front of the house continue to be amazing. They are so large, it is surprising the stalk is strong enough to hold them. I do have a wire ring around the plant lower down, but the stalks are holding the blooms.

This might be the perfect image of the last rose of summer. It isn’t actually the last rose though, because other roses are still blooming in my garden. But it is a lovely perfect image of September.

September 2021 roses, china aster, and dahlia

My mother is visiting and the canning is underway… so pictures of lovely canned food very soon. Meanwhile, the pink rose is back, the china asters have finally arrived, and the dahlia I planted in front of the house is showing off nicely.

There are some little asters opening here between the dahlia and the phlox.

August 2021 unfortunate garden visitors…. raccoons and some lovely blooms

I have a pair of gorgeous black walnut trees south of my house. Last night when I got home from dinner, there was a lot of rustling and I realized that there were several small raccoons scrabbling around in the garden bed and generally making a ruckus. One of the batch ended up staying in the tree.

Raccoons are adorable but they are such messy bandits. They poo everywhere and tear up the edges of the barn.

My phone battery was dead so I ended up using a proper camera to take pictures of the bandit. So…. here are some pictures of blooms taken with a camera and not a phone.

These resurrection lilies are particularly good this year –naked ladies.

August 2021 one dahlia plant and red amaranth

I have one dahlia that is opening –and it is very red and lovely. I don’t know if the yellow ones will be as spectacular this year. The other stunning thing in the garden is the red amaranth, but it doesn’t photograph very well.

Here are some pictures of the red dahlia. The tomatoes behind the plant are escaping and are partially cage-free at this point.

This picture above gives some idea of the height of the amaranth; the picture below looks more pinkish than is accurate. These seed heads are really burgundy. I do have some of the Love-Lies-Bleeding –which are very pink, but they do not seem to get as tall as these.