Thursday, December 1, 2022

This Month in the Garden: The Garden Path

Follow the Path 
Welcome to This Month in the Garden!  On a recent trip to my most favorite place on this planet, all it took was a pick up truck with surfboard going through the Tunnel of Trees to reflect on my true passion. There was something about the symbolism of this view, yet so simple, that put everything into perspective. 
The Garden Path: Tunnel of Trees, Kauai

I was born a gardener without even knowing it, but it was the influence of the people in my life that encouraged me to continue with a dream, which I hadn't known I had yet. To expand on this thought, I have had several people in my life, both family and friends, who have had some impact on the path I took. From my mother buying me seeds to grow and my father stopping on the side of the road to rescue a tree, to my next door neighbor, who took me on tours of her garden daily, each experience lead me deeper into what I would love most. I even discovered in my later years that my great grandfather was the head gardener at Beechwood Mansion in Rhode Island. This was made known to me while writing my third book and chatting with my cousin about the road that took me to becoming a gardener. I continue to write today and in my wildest dreams, I never thought it would result in becoming the author of four books, with a fifth on the way!
Follow your dreams.
I guess the moral of this story is to follow your path and find where it leads you. Today it brings me great joy to be able to educate others about horticulture and gardening and perhaps lead them to follow their garden path.

I hope you enjoyed this month's post and perhaps I inspired you just a bit. Be sure to stop by on the 1st. and 15th. of each month as I continue to share gardening tips, information and horticultural adventures! Until we meet again...be well, be happy and as always...Happy Gardening!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up November: Autumn Color Everywhere!

Welcome to my November Garden!
Welcome! After seven weeks of drought followed by abundant rain and a first couple of weeks with unusually mild temperatures in the 70’s, the temperatures have suddenly settled into the mid-40’s accompanied by changing colors in the landscape that have been a sight to behold. Come along with me for a tour of my November Long Island garden!
Nandina 'Obsession' Autumn
The first stop is Nandina 'Obsession'. I had seen this plant last year at the nursery while it was showing its fall colors and had to find a place in my own garden to enjoy it. It's evergreen foliage is a combination of green with pinkish-red tips on new foliage throughout the entire season until it turns to this vibrant display of orangey-red in the fall landscape. Nandina 'Obsession' is a dwarf form of Nandina, only growing to three feet tall by wide at maturity and takes full sun to moderate shade.
Hydrangea Let's Dance 'Big Band'
Here is Hydrangea Let's Dance 'Big Band', which is a compact re-blooming plant, which not only blooms all summer long, but displays these amazing colors in fall. I am enjoying the blooms as they transition to shades of deep pink with flecks of white. 
Echinacea (Coneflower) Seed Heads
While the Echinacea is far done blooming for the season, the seed heads remain for the birds to enjoy, and they add interest to the garden too!
Montauk Daisy!
Autumn is Montauk Daisy time and these have been blooming since October in the patio garden. The colder temperatures have  caused the blooms to come to an end, but I was able to get this capture just a few days ago.
Lavender Still Blooming!
This hardy English Lavender continues to bloom!
Platycodon (Balloon Flower) and Blue Star Juniper
In the perennial border, the foliage of Platycodon turns to a vibrant purple-burgundy against the foliage of  Juniperus 'Blue Star'...
Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ear)
and behind it is the soft white foliage of Lamb's Ear showing some contrast.
Perennial Border Fall
Here is broader view of the perennial border with Echinacea, Hosta, Blue Star Juniper, and Platycodon, all in fall mode.
Welcoming Committee
The Welcoming Committee is here to greet you too!
Knock Out Roses Still Going Strong!
Dependable in the garden are Double Red Knock Out Rose and Daylily 'Stella D' Oro' still pushing out blooms until the first frost. There is a trick to getting the Daylily to bloom this late in the season, which I reveal in my first book...the one named after this blog (shameless plug!!!).
Stella D' Oro Daylily Still Blooming!
 It is so rewarding seeing buds and blooms this late in the season, which keeps the garden going.
Back Pool Garden
In the back pool garden, the foliage of Azalea and Spirea change to deep burgundy and yellow with pink highlights against the green foliage of Rhododendron and variegated foliage of Boxwood.
Chrysanthemum & Pumpkin Season!
The Chrysanthemums are fully bloomed and of course one must have seasonal pumpkins! I have a fascination with warty pumpkins, so my husband brought this one home for me.
Front Walkway Garden
Venturing along to the front walkway, Weeping Eastern Redbud is displaying it's changing fall colors as they transition from green to a golden hue...
Coral Bark Maple 'Sangu Kaku'
and along the front berm and lawn, Coral Bark Maple is putting on its autumn show with its vibrant colors...
Front Lawn Autumn Views
while the foliage of Weeping Japanese Maple 'Viridis' turns to a fiery red!
More Autumn Views
Along the front walkway, as the colors in the landscape change, there is an abundance of pine cones to be seen.
Weeping White Pine Seed Cones
It is said that when a harsh winter in on the way, pine trees tend to produce as many seed cones as they can as a matter of survival. I sure hope this saying is not always true! Perhaps it is a defense mechanism from the drought.
Front Island Bed
As we come to the end of our stroll, it is evident that fall is well underway and the garden is slowly going to rest. Thanks for coming along...until we meet again!
Thank you for Visiting!

I hope you enjoyed your visit to my November garden and as always, I look forward to your comments and visiting your garden too! Special thanks go out to our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who makes it possible to see blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Also, special thanks to Pam Penick at Digging who had hosted Foliage Follow-Up, a meme I will continue to honor. I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Floral Friday FotosFriday Bliss at Floral Passions, Macro Monday 2, Mosaic Monday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf, Nature Notes at Rambling WoodsImage-in-ing weekly photo share every Tuesday with NC Sue and Gardens Galore Link Up Party every other Monday with Everyday Living. I am also happy to join the Weekly Photo Link-Up at My Corner of the World on Wednesdays and Garden Affair at Jaipur Garden.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

This Month in the Garden: Fall Browning and Needle Shed on Evergreens: A Natural Process

Fall Browning and Needle Shed on Evergreens: A Natural Process
If your evergreen’s inner needles are suddenly turning from a healthy looking green to shades of yellow, orange and brownish-red in late summer and fall there is little need for concern…it is all part of a natural process. Each year evergreens will produce new foliage in spring and they prepare by shedding their older foliage in the previous late summer and fall. 
Browning and Needle Shed on Evergreens in the Fall
Shedding of needles and foliage is a natural process that evergreens go through as a way of preparing for new growth once the weather warms. As the days become shorter and temperatures lower, evergreens go through a slight dormant period similar to deciduous trees and shrubs. Many evergreens such as pine, cedar, Chamaecyparis (Hinoki Cypress), Thuja (Arborvitae), fir, hemlock and spruce lose some of their needles every year and may go through a major shedding every three to five years.
Fall Needle Shed on Hinoki Cypress and White Pine in late September-November-Shedding can be light or more pronounced. 
Lightly shaking the branches can help along the natural cleaning process. To examine, look at your tree carefully. Older foliage is shed first so the losses should generally be from the inside out and not at the tips. Prior to shedding the needles appear from green to yellow, orange and eventually brown, remaining on the tree until the process is complete. The actual amount of needle shed on the tree or shrub varies depending on the growing season, temperature changes and amount of rainfall, and can sometimes be sudden. Often the change is unnoticeable but generally the drier the season or more drastic the temperature change the more noticeable the needle shed, a natural cleaning process leading to new growth in the spring.
Fall Needle Shed on Evergreens Showing Previous Year’s Growth. Older Growth is closer towards trunk.
Other species of evergreens in the broadleaf category can also shed their leaves. Evergreens such as holly and laurel retain their leaves for only one year and rhododendron and azalea for one to two years. Leaves will appear yellow before falling but at some times may go unnoticed if new leaves conceal old foliage. This process usually occurs in spring when new growth is appearing but can happen at other times of the year as well. If the whole tree or entire sections of your conifer are turning brown then there is cause for concern and you should have a certified arborist or landscape professional examine it. Otherwise, fall yellowing or browning at the base or inner branches closer to the trunk seldom indicates a serious problem, but is more often part of the natural life cycle of the tree.

needle shed
Conifer Annual Needle Shed
Due to the importance of this subject, this is a repost from my maintenance blog, A Guide to Landscape Design & Maintenance.

Be sure to stop by on the 1st. and 15th. of each month as I continue to share gardening tips, information and horticultural adventures! Until we meet again...be well, and as always...Happy Gardening!

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up October-Fall Has Arrived in the Garden!

Welcome to my October Garden!
Welcome! Fall has officially arrived with daytime temperatures moderating into the sixties, autumn blooms, changing colors and a new crispness in the air.  It's time to stroll in the garden and enjoy nature's ever-changing beauty. Come along with me on a tour of my Long Island garden!
Montauk Daisies and Lavender
Autumn is Montauk Daisy season, so let's start the tour with its blooms alongside the purple blooms of Lavender in the patio garden. Daisies were my mother's favorite flower, so I think of her each time I pass these by.
Pollinator on Montauk Daisy
As other flowers fade, these new blooms not only bring interest to the garden, but make the bumblebees happy too!
A Little Bit of Garden Whimsy
As we venture around the raised garden bed in the back lawn, a little bit of whimsy awaits around the corner. The educator in me couldn't resist purchasing this statue of children reading, and I knew exactly where it belonged.  It is amazing how something so simple can bring so much joy to the garden!
Platycodon (Balloon Flower)
Along the patio garden, Platycodon 'Komachi' is still in bloom with its vibrant blue flowers and foliage turning to hues of deep burgundy.
Lamb's Ear in Fall
Stachys (Lamb's Ear) is always attractive in the garden with its soft white foliage. In fall it is even more pronounced against the dried seed heads of Astilbe.
Sedum 'Brilliant' Autumn Hues
Sedum 'Brilliant' is still showing off its blooms along the pool garden. I love how they turn a deeper pink to burgundy this time of year.
Hydrangea 'Limelight Prime' Autumn
This Hydrangea 'Limelight Prime' has now been in my garden for two years and is doing very well. The blooms start off as pale green, turn to white in summer, then to a pinkish hue in fall, continuing the interest.
Sedum Mix Autumn
This Sedum groundcover mix never disappoints, as it thrives along the pool garden in full sun. I enjoy how the colors change throughout the seasons.
Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce 'Montgomery' and Sedum Mix
A dwarf Globe Spruce 'Montgomery' resides behind the groundcover, adding a touch of blue throughout the entire year.
Dwarf Maiden Grass 'Yaku Jima'
Autumn is Maiden Grass time, so here is Dwarf Maiden Grass 'Yaku Jima' displaying its wispy plumes which dance in the wind!
Shade Garden
The foliage of Magnolia 'Royal Star' is starting to change to hues of pale green and yellow as the foliage of  Hosta turns to golden-brown. The evergreens in the shade area will keep the garden going through winter.
St. John's Wort in Autumn
St. John's Wort is still showing off its bright red fruit and even had a few lingering yellow flowers up to just a couple of weeks ago.
Kousa Dogwood Fruit!
The Kousa Dogwood is producing its edible fruit which can be used for jams and jellies, and the birds love it too!
Hemerocallis 'Stella D' Oro' Daylily Still Blooming!
After a rejuvenation in late summer, the Stella D'Oro Daylily are going through another round of new foliage and blooms, which should continue through several more weeks.
Double Red Knock Out Roses Autumn
Double Knock Out Rose blooms from summer to frost, and just keeps on giving! I have found this variety to be one of the best roses available and relatively low maintenance. Even after the first snowfall, one can see hints of red buds peaking through a covering of dusty white.
Leucothoe 'Rainbow' Autumn Foliage
A relatively new addition to the garden, planted just three years ago, 'Rainbow Leucothoe' is known for its wonderful foliage that changes in color throughout the seasons. Depending on the time of year, foliage can be molted green with cream or pink highlights, or burgundy highlights that become more pronounced as the weather cools.
Liriope Blooms (Lilyturf)
Adding interest to the garden in late summer through fall is Variegated Liriope (Lilyturf) with its deep purple blooms that rise above its green and creamy-white foliage.
It's Pumpkin and Chrysanthemum Season!
 Fall is here for sure, so the pumpkin is out and so are the Chrysanthemums...
Front Lawn Autumn View: Weeping Japanese Maple 'Viridis'
and along the front lawn, an array of changing color has begun.
Happy Fall!
As we end the tour, I share one of my favorite quotes from Albert Camus. "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."...and so true! On that note, be well and enjoy the beauty of the season!
Thank you for Visiting!
I hope you enjoyed your visit to my October garden and as always, I look forward to your comments and visiting your garden too! Special thanks go out to our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who makes it possible to see blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Also, special thanks to Pam Penick at Digging who has hosted Foliage Follow-Up for all these years, a meme I will still continue to honor. I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Floral Friday FotosFriday Bliss at Floral Passions, Macro Monday 2, Mosaic Monday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf, Nature Notes at Rambling WoodsImage-in-ing weekly photo share every Tuesday with NC Sue and Gardens Galore Link Up Party every other Monday with Everyday Living. I am also happy to join the Weekly Photo Link-Up at My Corner of the World on Wednesdays and Garden Affair at Jaipur Garden.