The Rainy Day Garden in the Twilight of Autumn
I strolled around the garden this morning and was happy to find many points of interest. Here's a look at the Rainy Day Garden in the twilight of autumn.
|cornus sericea 'Red-Osier Dogwood'|
Nearby, acer palmatum 'Twombly's Red Sentinal' dropped all of it's leaves during the mini-storm we had two days ago. The bright red leaves have piled up and are spilling over the branches to create a gore-y scene.
|acer palmatum 'Twombly's Red Sentinal'|
In a less dramatic scene, the front yard from a distance looks ready for winter's sleep. Holiday decorations are readying as the husband works to get the lights up during a break in the rain.
But, a closer look provides a few blooms. A hellebore is blooming..
|salvia 'Wendy's Wish'|
|calluna vulgaris 'Firefly'|
Around the house and to the backyard, I find a few leaves of acer palmatum 'Mikazuki' clinging on. If I had to sum up the twilight of autumn in one photo, it would be this one below.
|acer palmatum 'Mikazuiki'|
I re-worked parts of the beds in the below pic this October. I'm hopeful my edits will create the look I'm after but, this is a tough corner to make work. It's ultra hot in summer as it gets the beating afternoon sun, but in winter, it's cold and damp. Add in the roots of a very old star magnolia tree, and it's tough to find plants that can handle all of the conditions.
On the opposite side of the immediate back yard gardens, the coral bark maple is looking a bit naked.
And here are some close-ups of plants that caught my eye:
|fothergilla 'Mount Airy'|
|chamaecyparis thyoides 'Iceberg'|
Here is a tall grass that doesn't seem to flop! I find the golden color very striking in a sea of muted hues.
The seed heads of anenome 'Honorine Jobert' look a bit alien against the gray skyline. This plant produced so many blooms this autumn. It brought me a lot of joy to come home after work and look upon them.
And finally, the witch hazel is showing off vibrant multi-colored foliage! Wow.
|witch hazel 'Arnold's Promise'|