|A very random bouquet of late fall blooming rarities from the garden. Tricyrtus hirta, Saxifrage fortunei, Allium thunbergeii, Cuphea viscosissima, a white bottle Gentian clausa var. alba and Daphne transcaucasica - all post-freeze survivors.|
|Our first hard frost arrived last Friday, which knocked out the dahlias and most of the tender annuals. One season ends, while a new one begins in the greenhouse.|
|The earliest of the large exhibition chrysanthemums are beginning to open. Derek Bircumshaw is always the first one to bloom on the large dis-buds. Keeping them dry requires fans, and time under glass at this point.|
I'll share much more about my ongoing chrysanthemum projects, and as I hinted at, they are being featured this month in the Thanksgiving Issue of Martha Stewart Living (I added some screenshots at the end of this post). I won't be exhibiting any this year, since it seems that our northern grown mums bloom a few weeks later than those on Long Island, which happens to be where the nearest chapter of the American Chrysanthemum Society holds their exhibit. Maybe next year. For now, my chrysanthemums will stay in my greenhouse (but I may exhibit a few at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in mid November, so that others can see them up close).
So, for now - some catch up on what's been happening around the garden, and greenhouse.
|At my friend Mike Fusaro's house this weekend in Connecticut, a lovely white fall-blooming Japanese Anemone reminded me about how much I love this plant. Any late blooming perennial, for that matter.|
|How striking is this big old fashioned Flowering Maple? Abutilon 'Red Tiger' available from Logee's Greenhouses is a big plant, with large leaves and giant flowers. Vigorous and worthy of a big pot in your parlor or greenhouse.|
|A favorite autumn blooming narcissus is just starting to bloom, it's blossom is smaller than a blueberry but so fragrant. Narcissus serotinus from Spain, Portugal and Greece. Not all narcissus are spring blooming.|
|I love the scent of hyacinths in January, and new bulbs produce a wide fan of foliage and have enormous if not monstrous buds, so I plant them further apart so that they have room to 'spread their wings'.|
|The Napa cabbage and Chinese greens planted in these Elevated Cedar Beds from Gardener's Supply Co. are maturing, enjoying the shorter days and colder temperatures. These will be ready to harvest in just a few weeks.|
|Lydia, decided to tramp out as a sexy little Oktober Fest Frauline complete with braids. She kind-of enjoyed it.|
|The line up of some members with their dogs. It was a beautiful autumn day, as well.|
|I designed some quick solutions for prizes - tiny garden pumpkins was all we needed.|
|Check out the feature on my chrysanthemums and greenhouse in this Thanksgiving's issue of Martha Stewart Living available now.|
So Joe got his bee smoker going with some pine needles, and started a fire in the fire pit, and basically,the rest was history but the shot never made it into the article. Somehow, they got the shots they needed ( yeah, it's a long story as these big shoots tend to be). The best part was that to top it all off, Daphne, our youngest terrier decided to - how do I say this elegantly - - well, she decided to get layed right in front of the greenhouse. She was actually due to be bred that day, and the male was visiting, Needless to say, this was the highlight of the shoot - out came the smart phones so that they could all document the biology and text them to Martha. We named one of the puppies after the art director, Jaspal. (but her name was changed, as she now lives in the Netherlands).
If you happen to be in South Africa, the South African House & Garden magazine by Conde Nast also wrote a wonderful surprise piece which features four garden bloggers that they feel are the four best Online Gardeners to follow. (gush!). I'm so honored to be associated with these other media writers such as David Marsden from the Anxious Gardener, my friend Non Morris from the Dahlia Papers, Debbie Tenquist from South Africa. Thanks, Condé Nast!