According to the newspaper yesterday's high temperature was 70 degrees F (21.11). The overnight low was in the 50s, a good ten degrees warmer than the typical high temperature for this time of year. Today should still be a pretty pleasant day but tonight's low is going down into the 30s and tomorrow's low down into the 20s. This fall has been so warm that it feels like we are about to jump from summer directly into winter.
Since the weather is about to change dramatically I have been trying to work a little every day this week getting the garden put to bed. Frankly it's been so nice that I have not been able to push myself to work as hard as I probably should have. I'm sure I will find myself finishing up outdoors on some pretty chilly days later this month.
Yesterday I raked up leaves and picked up honey locust pods. Got rid of soggy Tricytus stems and Hosta leaves. And I stopped to enjoy a few of my favorite plants that really shine at this season.
About half of my Epimediums have leaves that have taken on autumnal tones including this one, E. youngianum 'Nivium,' seen with one of the ferns that looks good very late in the year, Himalayan Maidenhair aka Adiantum venustum.
Dryopteris affinis 'The King' aka Golden-scaled Male Fern is another fern that looks fabulous even after our first frost.
Arum italicum doesn't make an appearance until it cools down in the fall so it is looking spectacular right now. I've discovered two seedlings of this plant which is a very nice surprise.
Boxwood 'Morris Midget' really stands out once it's not surrounded by other greens. I have five of them planted near a Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Green Arrow'. Those cinnamon colored needles on the ground are from the neighbor's Dawn Redwood which hovers above this corner of the garden.