A month ago I put a pair of Hosta leaves that were just beginnng to yellow at the edges in my favorite vase. I added a pair of tall reeds from the bog garden and a stalk of white Hosta flowers, aka August lilies. When the flowers faded, I replaced them with a Peony seedpod.
Over the last few weeks as the water in the pot has evaporated, the leaves have continue to yellow and curl up while the seed pod has popped open. I love watching plants transform themselves from one growth stage to another, and there's no better place to watch this happen than in a vase in the house.
Though there are quite a few plants blooming in the fall garden, I don't have any dramatic swaths of color the way I often do in the spring garden to showcase for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Instead I put together this arrangment for the dinnner table at the end of last week. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and Mark's birthday with champagne and a nice dinner served on my grandmother's dishes. The flowers were keyed to the tablecloth, chocolate brown placemats and russet napkins. They are still looking good today in the bouquet and in the garden.
The foliage is from Itoh peonies, Rex Begonias, and Hibiscus 'Haight Ashbury'. Blooms include Sedums 'Autum Joy' and 'Vera Jameson,' Anemone 'September Charm,' Hosta 'Spritzer,' Verbena bonariensis, Heucheras and one Pelargonium flower. Also blooming in the garden are Asters, Hemorcallis "Steeple Jackie,' Ligularia stenocephala 'The Rocket,' Geranium 'Rozanne,' Allium senescens 'Galucum,' Nasturtiums and Toad lilies.
To see what's blooming today in gardens around the country and the world, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts this long-running monthly meme. To see what other gardeners have found vase-worthy, visit Beth at Plant Postings.
Every year in September and October we get a crop of mushrooms popping up around the garden. They seem to appear on a set schedule just like flowers. These are a few of the ones that have been "blooming" in recent days.
Recent visitors to the garden have all asked me "What is that red flower?" before they were close enough to realize it wasn't flowers covering this bush.
What they were seeing was a bumper crop of seedheads on my woodland peonies, Paeonia japonica and p. obvata var. alba.
They are making such a dramatic colorful statement in the garden that I bought a couple of red Salvias (Cherry Queen) to plant in the across the path from the peonies, along with some Japanese blood grass.
If you are not familiar with woodland peonies, they are different from traditional peonies. You can read more about them by clicking on Peonies in my category list.
I always make the rounds of the garden in early November putting together bouquets that are mostly fresh leaves and dried seedheads. I did three of them on Nov. 8 and they are all still looking good. Leaves are from assorted Geraniums and Heucheras, Epimediums and Helleborea, Columbine, and a spiky Foxglove stem.