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.
The two color stars of the garden right now are the coneflowers and the rudbeckia. And I think they are both native to this area, so it makes sense that they are dominating the back garden. I do also have a sweet little lily that opened up –it is not very tall so it is like a happy little surprise tucked into a busy bed. It is unusually overcast here this morning and it looks like it might rain more.
And look at this below —exciting things about to happen with that plant in the front.
And here is Sidney; he is the real star of the garden with his lovely self coming around the walkway. And showing off a little bit of tummy.
It is overcast again today and raining right now. Earlier the cats were out meandering around on the sidewalk by some open purple coneflowers. These two are completely unconcerned about rain; I know cats are often described as avoiding water or being finicky about stepping in it, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with the cats who live mostly outside.
This, above, is the white salvia that was hidden in the earlier photo of the front bed. Oddly I had a purple one in this bed, but it was never totally happy and this year didn’t come back at all.
The russian sage is starting to open its blooms. I really like this light lavender and the silvery foliage. I probably need to stake it or tie it to try to help it to have some shape.
These lilies are still producing some lovely blooms.
I am attempting to get the plants bedded in with lots of straw to try to hold the moisture we do have, and it is taking me longer than I would have imagined since we are now past the 4th of July. I did get the massive strip between the south beds and the fence taken care of early in the season. This is the place the squash are all meant to go. They are planted on the far south side of this bed. Here is a picture I took from the upstairs window.
The bed only partly showing on the left edge of this picture above has tomatoes in it. Between that and the rudbeckia are (among other things) peppers, a couple of sweet potatoes and some broccoli. There is not much edible goods to the right of the walnut tree trunk other than the squash all the way at the far back of the bed. There is some sorrel in there, but it is a rather bitter variety and I don’t eat much of it.
I put this geranium here to see from the living room window, although the walnut tree trunk is good too.
I have this other geranium below in front of the other walnut tree. But I think I will be moving this one soon.
In the front of the house, the blooms are rambling around a bit. The phlox at the far edge of this picture are just the beginning of a massive patch. These are unfortunately growing in (possibly through?) the front steps.
This bed has lots in it including russian sage, a rose bush, gay feathers (that haven’t bloomed yet), day lilies, the firecracker bee balm (I know that is not what it’s called), cone flowers, japanese iris, snow on the mountain, and some naked ladies. And there is a nice white salvia in here that you can’t see at all in this picture because it is on the other side of the malva and cone flowers. Here is a picture of the phlox, just getting started.
Yesterday it started raining and really broke the heat. And then it rained on and off all afternoon and a good part of the evening. I am very relieved. Absolutely everything in the garden looks so much better today. It is also overcast and looks like it could rain today –and fortunately much cooler than it has been. The kitties are happy.