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I took these photos about a week ago. I walked the gardens just now and they are all still blooming!! Ain’t gardening great? Some are looking a bit tired and ragged, but blooms are blooms and it IS November 17th for cripes sake!!

Here in the front garden right off the kitchen steps we will begin our tour……

Lamium maculatum. Pink in front and a new white one in back. these are seedlings from an original 'Orchid Frost' I brought home five years ago.

Lamium maculatum. Pink in front and a new white one in back. These are seedlings from an original ‘Orchid Frost’ I brought home five years ago. I dig the plants up and use them in my mixed containers.

Viola cornuta. this is a sweet violet that I dug up from the floor of the greenhouse at work last spring! It has been blooming all summer!

Viola cornuta. This is a sweet violet that I dug up from the floor of the greenhouse at work last spring! It has been blooming all summer!

 

Gentiana x macaulyi 'Kingfisher' this showed up in a previous post, but it's still blooming with at least 6 flowers on it today!

Gentiana x macaulyi ‘Kingfisher’ this showed up in a previous post, but it’s still blooming with at least 6 flowers on it today!

A very ratty Primula vulgaris pink rose form that has been in bloom all fall. I grew this from seed I recieved throught the APS seed-exchange a couple years ago.

A very ratty Primula vulgaris pink rose form that has been in bloom all fall. I grew this from seed I recieved through the APS seed-exchange a couple years ago.

And now on to the small rock garden and sunny streamside garden.

Sedum sieboldii. A really great sedum that blooms so late and doesn't spread rampantly like a few others I had to remove from this garden.

Sedum sieboldii. A really great sedum that blooms so late and doesn’t spread rampantly like a few others I had to remove from this garden.

Orostachys iwarenge. One of the coolest succulents I know. It's also called Duncecaps for the long and pointy flower heads it grows. Earlier in it's bloom it is covered in bees.

Orostachys iwarenge. One of the coolest succulents I know. It’s also called Duncecaps for the long and pointy flower heads it grows. Earlier in it’s bloom it is covered with bees.

And in the streamside garden which I have cut back since taking this photo is a total surprise in the Nicotiana still looking good after a few frosts and a hard freeze!

Nicotiana langsdorfii which has seeded all over this bed is still amazingly looking very good! It's in front of a Magnolia macrophylla that I bought from Ellen Hornig of Seneca Hill Fame. It is enlarging very slowly and I'm pretty sure it will never bloom here but I don't mind, with those leaves who cares?

Nicotiana langsdorfii which has seeded all over this bed is still amazingly looking very good! It’s in front of a Magnolia macrophylla that I bought from Ellen Hornig of Seneca Hill fame many years ago….before I moved to Vermont. It is enlarging very slowly and I’m pretty sure it will never bloom here but I don’t mind, with those leaves who cares?

Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa' the latest blooming Allium you can buy...I think. I also have the white form but it was hidden when I took these photos by a Filipendula aurea. I have divided this plant many times and now have clumps of it all up and down this sunny border as well as potted for sale.

Allium thunbergii ‘Ozawa’ the latest blooming Allium you can buy…I think. I also have the white form but it was hidden when I took these photos by a Filipendula aurea. I have divided this plant many times and now have clumps of it all up and down this sunny border as well as potted for sale.

And now onto the shadier woodland gardens on the far side of the house and down the stream where the giant Hemlocks dominate.

Spiranthes cernua or Nodding Ladies Tresses. a hardy terrestrial orchid that is native to the Northeast. I bought this from a wonderful grower at the New York Flower Show this spring. Her nursery Wild things Rescue Nursery is full of natives hardy for the colder climates.

Spiranthes cernua or Nodding Ladies Tresses. a hardy terrestrial orchid that is native to the Northeast. I bought this from a wonderful grower at the New York Flower Show this spring. Her nursery Wild Things Rescue Nursery is full of natives hardy for the colder climates.

Cyclamen hederifolium deep pink from John Lonsdale in PA.

Cyclamen hederifolium deep pink from John Lonsdale in PA. This one was also in a previous post and here it is weeks later still in bloom! The cyclamens planted here are doing really well. they get a good dry, dormant period here for the summer.

Moving along to the garage garden on my in-laws property where I grow a number of Primula auricula given to me by my good friend Susan. She had to stop growing them because she became sensitive to the primulin in the leaves and stems. It’s a substance that some people develop a sensitivity to and causes severe dermatitis. Susan is a wonderful grower of Primula auricula and I can only hope to be half as good as she is.

Primula auricula with a surprise late flower stem. I hope it will still have blooms in the spring. the flowers are very large on this one.

Primula auricula with a surprise late flower stem. I hope it will still have blooms in the spring. the flowers are very large on this one.

Now we are around to the lake side of the cottage and here is that Aconitum arendsii hanging on to its last few flowers.

Aconitum arendsii overlooking the lake.

Aconitum arendsii overlooking the lake. You can see our dock at the waterfront.

And lastly in my little nursery is a couple of potted Dendranthema ‘Sheffield’ that had been given to me by another good friend. I planted it into the sunny border where it proceeded to take over the world! This summer I spent long hours eradicating it from said bed and potted up a bunch of it to sell at the fall sale at Tower Hill. The two pots that are left I will split in the spring. The color of this one is so soothing and blends well with everything.

Dendranthema 'Sheffield' a very late blooming shasta-type daisy. Great for cut flowers and if you have a large area to fill in. On the far side of the stream is a huge area of the so-called Ditch-Lily. That 'wild' Hemerocallis that seems to be everywhere along the roadsides. I want to take it out and wonder if D. 'Sheffield' will be up to the task.

Dendranthema ‘Sheffield’ a very late blooming shasta-type daisy. Great for cut flowers and if you have a large area to fill in. On the far side of the stream is a huge area of the so-called Ditch-Lily. That ‘wild’ Hemerocallis that seems to be everywhere along the roadsides. I want to take it out and wonder if D. ‘Sheffield’ will be up to the task.

 

Well there you have it. This late in the season and still a bit of color out in the borders! What will this mean for flowers in the spring? More or less or none at all on these plants that don’t usually flower this late.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I just wanted to let everyone know (well, the few people who read this) that I’ll be vending plants and knitwear at the Tower Hill Fall Sale this coming saturday. It will be a great opportunity to pick up some rare and unusual treasures for your gardens from specialty growers like Garden Vision Epimediums, horticultural societies such as the New England Primula Society, a chapter of the American Primrose Society, that I will be representing with a selection of Primula plants, seed and a poster board that shows just how many different primroses can be grown in the gardens of New England. There will be a few area nurseries offering their plants as well.

Here are a few photos of my plant tables from the spring plant sale in June this year….

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I had the only red canopy….so it was easy to find me!

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The chapter has a few educational photo boards that show many plants from member gardens all over New England. It’s very impressive when you see how many species are perfectly hardy here. I also bring lots of of my books on Primula for reference.

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One of the Primulas sieboldii plants I brought that was still in bloom and not wilting from the 90*+ heat. So many of my plants were wilting from the heat, made worse because all spring we had so many cloudy and rainy days they were not accustomed to the sudden heat. 

And following are a few photos I took today of the trays of plants I’ll be bringing on saturday……

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From front to back….Primula japonica, Helleborus x hybridus, Corydalis cheilanthifolia, Huge Arisaema fargesii, Salvia koyamae and Dendranthema ‘Sheffield Pink’ all budded up.

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Again, front to back…. Saruma henryi, Primula polyanthus, Polygonatum humile, Iris tectorum, Polemonium caeruleum, Adiantum venustum. Pretty sweet assortment eh?

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Hopefully one lucky shopper will buy this lovely Arisaema fargesii with the ripening cluster of seeds! If not I will let them fully ripen, harvest them, clean them and sow them!

For more on collecting, cleaning, sowing and growing your own seeds stay tuned as that will be my next post.

Thanks for visiting and perhaps I will see you on saturday at Tower Hill!

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I thought I would take you on a tour of the gardens to show you what is either blooming now or looking great and giving the gardens color at this time of the summer when it seems like the gardens are really winding down and not looking all that inspiring. Fruit & foliage can take on brighter colors and beter texture now as they mature so don’t forget those.ImageLycoris squamigera or Nekkid Ladies is a hardy bulb to zone 5. It pops up seemingly out of nowhere and overnight! The long strap-like leaves emerge in the spring and die back by mid-summer.

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Cyclamen hederifolium flowers are just popping up now. This one I brought back from my trip last year to Portland Oregon and the Seattle area. The flowers are pure white and the leaves will emerge soon with the prettiest silver markings and they will last through the winter! Hopefully I will get some seed to collect next year.

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In the foreground is Gentiana septemfida, a fabulous late blooming Gentian and this is the best it has ever looked! The rains of spring & summer have really helped bring on blooms to many plants this year. In the background is a Talinum calycinum and pretty succulent-like plant that seeds gently around and flowers for a long time.

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This is Campanula barbata that I grew from seed last year and it’s blooming for the third time this summer. Campanulas are so easy from seed and bloom very quickly after sowing…sometimes in the same year! The seed came from the NARGS annual seed exchange which I donate seed to every year and the selection on the list is fantastic! I look forward to ordering every year. I highly recommend all gardeners join the North American Rock Garden Society for the seed exchange alone…but go to local chapter meetings too where you’ll learn so much and not just about rock gardening. Find out more about it here…https://www.nargs.org/

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Another Cyclamen this time it’s C. purpurescens. A summer blooming specie that I bought from friend John Lonsdale a few years ago when he was a speaker at the Berkshire NARGS chapter in Stockbridge, MA. He’s an excellent grower with a fantastic web site full of the best photos. Check it out here http://www.edgewoodgardens.net/

ImageAnemonopsis macrophylla is one of the most beautiful late summer blooming perennials. The tall willowy stems hold blooms that are delicate looking but have lots of substance. They love good rich composty soil and I really should move them to a moister spot instead of under the large pine where the soil goes very dry. But they are doing well there and give me lots of seed every year.

ImageThe garden doesn’t just have to be about flowers! Here are the beautiful berries of the native wildflower Smilacina racemosa or False Solomon’s Seal. This great plant is all over the woods here and these were growing in this garden when I started gardening here so I left them in place and cleared all the other weeds, brambles & nettles out around them.

ImageHere is my favorite Astilbe! A. chinensis ‘Pumila’, a small groundcover type that blooms so late in the season, well after all other Astilbes have given up. It spreads slowly and blends with so many other plants in the garden that I’ve divided it many times and have it all over for that welcome color so late.

ImageMost Aconitums are in bloom now or will be soon. This Monkshood is A. X cammarum ‘Bicolor’. I moved it from a spot that was way too dry for it and now it’s doing so well! Aconitums are another perennial that is easy from seed. It just needs a bit of a winter chill for germination.

ImageWhat is redder than Cardinal Flower?? Lobelia cardinalis has got to be the reddest flower out there! I have this one planted next to the stream so it gets plenty of moisture all summer and winters a little on the drier side which it likes. I have two more plants waiting in the wings for a spot along the stream.

ImageNative shrub Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’ is a fragrant late blooming addition to the woodland garden. If it got a little more sun it would probably flower more heavily, but I enjoy what flowers it gives me.

ImageWhile most ferns are taking a back seat at this time of year, this fern Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Brilliance’ is still front and center with the bright orangey fronds and the shinyness of the entire plant. It is a beauty and not very well known yet. All summer it keeps sending out new fronds with this coloration that fades to all green after a few weeks.

Well that’s what is still looking great in the gardens now. There are other things I haven’t shown like the Agastache foeniculum ‘Golden Jubilee’ that brightens up my small sunny border, or the many Hostas that dot the gardens and are in bloom now. But I hope this selection gives some ideas to what is still possible for the shady woodland garden to keep it colorful and pretty.

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This is a blog about me starting a micro-nursery at my house in Hubbardton, Vt. I’ll be adding posts weekly or so and hopefully lots of photos too. Please stop back every now and then and see what I’ve been up to!

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