morning sun and melting snow

Yesterday morning at the end of a beautifully warm week.  I love how those grasses glow:



decorations from the garden

OK I actually I purchased this wreath for my front door last week-end at Rona, and I like it because it looks fairly natural (only the twigs and pinecones are real):IMG_1230

But it was nice enough outside today that I wandered around the garden cutting greenery and dogwood branches for this display beside the door:


I save the birch branches and star to reuse from year to year.


What holiday decorations are on your front step?

Evans cherry in fine fall form

What a beautiful day it was yesterday!  I got out and cleaned up the garden a little but I didn’t touch this area because I like to leave sedums and grasses standing over the winter. And plus they still look so good!  The Evans cherry trees were still green until a couple days ago.



These trees were just planted this spring.

Click here and scroll down to see how this garden area has evolved.

late October colour in the Courtyard Garden

What a beautiful week-end!  I’m doing a little tidying up in the garden but there is still so much to enjoy.  The butterflies seem to agree and are still hanging around the catmint:

The heliopsis is still blooming too:


Here’s the ‘regular’ heliopsis in front of a Bailey’s compact Virburnum shrub which I planted particularly for its fall colour:


And another Bailey’s compact shrub a little closer to peak redness:


for the record: fuchsias and begonias in the garden


I don’t tend to plant many annuals but the occasional spot in a shady and/or hard-to-grow area is the perfect place for a showy display of annuals in a pot.  The fuchsias and begonias seemed happy in the shady spots in the side garden and by the back door and are still looking good at the end of September.  I would definitely plant them again.

two statuesque, scented, butterfly-attracting plants for fall awesomeness

It’s always bittersweet when the bugbane and the joe pye weed start flowering.  They are two of my favourite plants and I have to wait almost all summer for their beautiful flowers and sweet scents.  But their flowers mean summer is over.  Let’s hope for a long, warm fall!

Purple bugbane: IMG_0980

and Joe Pye Weed:


And while we’re at it, the Bee Balm and Sedum Autumn Joy look pretty good in fall too:


To get a wider view of the garden areas these plants are in, see today’s other post.