November 2021 autumn garden

There was some snow here in these upper plains, and then some strong wind, and then a little rain. All of which means there is no snow here right now and the garden is struggling on in its odd autumnal state. Bits of color from drying blooms still show through but the yellows and browns are starting to prevail. In the mornings, the temperature has been hovering around 38-40F (about 4C). Although it did get to about 60F one day this last week (15C): unseasonably warm for this late in November. These temperatures mean that the plants are all easing into winter.

Some of the monk’s hood (above) still has its lovely color, while some of the stalks are blackened and done. The purple cone flower heads (below) make such dramatic stalks.

June 2021 Japanese iris, yarrow, and a couple of cats

These Japanese iris were in a spot near the barn where there was not enough sun for them and they didn’t bloom until I moved them to this spot. I divided them when I moved them. Now there is one small clump in this bed in front of the front porch and another clump in the bed in front of the fence. I think I was trying to see where they would be happy. So far, both clumps are doing ok. Last year they bloomed a bit –but this year they are putting on more of a show. I think they might be the most elegant flowers in the garden. I am partial to purple flowers, but it is the delicacy of the flowers and the curves of the stems that I really like with these plants. They are hard to see in these pictures.

Here is Pretty looking very content with herself on this chair.
And Mitsy, looking just as please with herself inside.

These two clumps of yarrow are both doing well. The pink one is enormous and has plenty of room. The white one squeezed itself in at the end of the ferns. I didn’t plant the white one; it showed up there a couple of years ago and seems happy enough.