It’s been a busy month and today is blustery. We’ve had s bit of hail already and are expecting a lot of rain this afternoon – here are a quick Six in between chores.
After the hot and dry summer it feels almost sacrilegious to empty the rain barrels….but it’s an autumn chore that needs to be done if I don’t want to damage the barrel (with ice) or flood the house (with spring roof run off). But here it is, the lead off to this week’s SOS.
Aside from a large patch of snapdragons in the kitchen garden most flowers are done for the year. BUT there are still some unexpected (and welcome) splashes of colour here and there, like the pansy planted beside the patio in May, and quite a few scattered blanket flowers still trying to attract pollinators.
The rest of the colour in the yard is supplied by the fall foliage of shrubs and trees.
I planted this Fothergilla almost two weeks ago… hoping the leaves are this attractive every year.
I planted this Shasta Viburnum a few years ago; it’s finally coming into its own.
Finally, I’m really fond of perennials that have foliage that can stay upright even as colour drains away. My favourites are Solomon Seal and this Hosta ‘Frances Williams.’ (6a & 6b)
Now…back to the yard. I’m hoping to mow/mulch a large part of the back field before the rain starts!