Monday, November 25, 2013

An Inside Out Garden

I came across this unique garden in an office building. It is glass enclosed but open at the top and filled with containers holding trees and seasonal plants - which can be changed easily with the seasons. For the fall display, this inside-out garden showcased grasses, mums, kale, autumnal hued croton and pumpkins. There were a few benches placed in front of the glass so visitors could sit and have a quiet, beautiful place to rest. So great!

Friday, November 15, 2013

What's Blooming this Month? November 2013

Not too much is blooming this month, to be honest. After all, it is November. But also, it's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and so, along with other fellow garden bloggers, I'm here to show you what is going on in my garden this month.

Just two weeks ago, my garden and surrounding landscape was a mass of autumn vibrant colors (take a look here). Then a cold snap happened earlier this week and we actually got a dusting of snow. Now everything tender has died back and the leaves are almost all gone. Still, there is beauty if you look for it.

The pink carpet rose is still going strong with a few blossoms and buds here and there. Never thought I'd enjoy the color pink in November as much as I do now.

Speaking of pink, the first blossoms of my Anenome 'Queen Charlotte' plants are starting to fade, but they still have a few more buds on them and we are due for a warm weekend...maybe they will surprise me with one last hurrah.

 The variegated Liriope is still looking great, especially against the pink rose hips from the carpet roses.

Ever lovely pansy is still showing is autumnal-hued face. I love how this variety compliments the colors of the season.

Likewise, these marigolds are still looking great with the orange and red colors. They are not too happy about the recent cold, but are holding on in my vegetable garden which has otherwise been put to bed.

The Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora) still looks beautiful and green. They were planted just this year, so they are not yet to their true size.

 Another rose still blooming - the Knockout Rose. I just love this deep red color.

And it wouldn't be late fall without the emergence of the berries and seed pods. On the Crape Myrtle (above), the berries take center stage now that most of the leaves have dropped. On the variegated Holly (below), the bright red berries really stand out amongst the green and white leaves.

Poor little daffodils have been tricked into thinking it's spring with the weather we have been having. Sadly, though, I think they are a rude awakening rather soon...

And finally, not really a bloom, but we have huge, old oak tree in our backyard. And the amount of acorns it drops on daily, if not hourly, basis is astounding. You can't walk outside without hearing their crunch under your feet and you must wear a helmet or risk getting pelted on your head by a falling acorn!

What's blooming at your house? Have a look over at May Dreams Garden blog where she hosts the monthly gathering of blogs around the world to show off what's blooming.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Fall Foliage in New York

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower -- Albert Camus

Here on the north shore of Long Island, that quote is certainly true. The beauty of New York's fall foliage is right outside my window...

 The Barberry bush is a multitude of vibrant colors - like an impressionist painting. 

The leaves of the Lady in Red fern (Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red) have turned from 
lush green to butter yellow, still atop it's red stems.

 The Hostas are a gorgeous golden color

 The Crape Myrtle has just turned colors - more red at the top and yellow/orange toward the bottom.

 Although the Pee Gee Hydrangea's flowers have technically faded, I think their brown/pink hue is a lovely compliment to the yellow leaves in it's drooping habit.

The older Crape Myrtle in the front of the house is not only bursting with color but also berries, 
residing where the flowers once reigned. 

 As the days progress, the flowers on Sedum 'Autumn Joy' get progressively deeper 
and the leaves get lighter - a stunning contrast!

This Maple tree on my street looks like it is on fire. On closer look to the leaves (below) you can see the variation of color on each individual leaf. It looks like someone hand painted each of them. 

The Privet shrub is also bursting with bluish-purple berries, 
nestled tightly along the stems under the bright yellow and green leaves. 

Each autumn "flower" is different from the rest! Which one is your favorite?