Sunday, September 22, 2013
Labels: asters, chelone, chrysanthemum, dwarf butterfly bush, dwarf fountain grass, echinacea, Fall Blooming Perennials, Fall Blooming Shrubs, fall garden design, goldenrod, hydrangea, perovskia, rudbeckia, sedum
Location: Sayville, Long Island, NY 11782, USA
Sunday, September 15, 2013
|Variegated Liriope (Lillyturf)
At this time of year Variegated Liriope is at its peak displaying vibrant purple spikes of color above variegated green and white foliage...
Around the front of the driveway the plumes of the fountain grasses sway gently in the breeze...
Hydrangea 'Tardivia' blooms later in the summer once the other hydrangea are through their bloom cycle. This one is located on the side of the house so it is fun to take a tour in my own yard to see the blooms.
while the Mockingbird watches me take photos from below. I have been trying to get some close ups of this feathered friend all summer long and have finally gotten used to the zoom on my new camera while the Mockingbird was nice enough to sit and let me take his picture! He visits the garden everyday and is such a joy.
Along the back fence the hydrangeas are now at the end of their bloom and the flower heads are a lovely shade of pink getting ready for fall.
|Hydrangea 'Endless Summer'
|Dwarf Butterfly Bush
One of my new favorites in the garden is Dwarf Butterfly Bush Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip'. I purchased this variety of butterfly bush two years ago and recently planted three more in the front yard. They bloom profusely throughout August and September and draw an array of butterflies to their fragrant purple blooms...definitely one of the highlights of the September garden.
Another favorite is Crape Myrtle. This one viewed from the back patio is still in full bloom after three months. In the foreground is Platycodon (Balloon Flower) which is also still in bloom at this time of year. Even though spring and summer are my favorite months, I look forward to these two blooms as the cooler temperatures approach.
|Sedum 'Brilliant' against Barberry 'Royal Burgundy'
Here is the combo of the Sedum and Barberry I mentioned earlier...
and here is Garden Gal.
The Palace Purple Coral Bells are very large this time of year so Garden Gal is peeking out from among them playing a game of peek a boo.
Hope you enjoyed the tour and thank you for visiting my Long Island September garden. Be sure to also visit our Bloom Day hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what is blooming in other gardens around the world. As summer comes to an end and fall approaches there is anticipation in the air as I look forward to the changing colors of the garden once more.
As Always...Happy Bloom Day and Happy Gardening!
Labels: crape myrtle, dwarf butterfly bush, fountain grasses, Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, garden tour, Knock Out Rose, late summer perennials, liriope, Long Island Gardens, sedum, stella d oro daylilly
Location: Sayville, Long Island, NY 11782, USA
Friday, September 13, 2013
|Green Animals Topiary Garden
During a recent visit to Rhode Island I had the pleasure of visiting the Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth. This small country estate consisting of seven acres of land overlooks Narragansett Bay and was purchased by Thomas E. Brayton in 1872. Mr. Brayton was the treasurer for the Union Cotton Manufacturing Company in Fall River, Massachusetts from 1879 to 1920. He hired Joseph Carreiro who was responsible for creating and maintaining the topiary garden. Carrero's son-in-law took over and continued to develop new topiary upon Mr. Carreiro's death in 1945. Upon Mr. Brayton's death in 1940 his daughter Alice inherited the estate and resided there until her death in 1972. Alice Brayton known for her love of horticulture named the estate after its unique sculptured green topiary. Green Animals Topiary Garden was left to the Preservation Society of Newport County and remains today under their care as a historic landmark.
There are more that 80 pieces of topiary throughout the gardens and one of my favorites were these two teddy bears made of yew (Taxus). The topiary animals are made of California privet and yew while the geometric figures are from California privet and English boxwood.
Here is the mighty lion made of California privet and surrounded by annuals. The beds are planted with annuals that change with each growing season.
Gardener Joe Carreiro designed these driveway arches as an entry to the garden.
The garden houses two arbors, one draped with Magnolia x soulangeana and on this arbor with Grape (Vitus vinifera).
A beautiful perennial border garden shows the colors of late summer. This area was re-designed and replanted in the fall of 2004.
This beautiful Dahlia Display garden is a joint project between the Preservation Society of Newport County and the Rhode Island Dahlia Society. Blooms from this garden are entered into the Dahlia Society's annual show in early September...
and you can see why.
Here is the full garden to give you an idea of the size.
The framework of the garden is made of boxwood and privet hedge.
The topiaries were started in 1901 in a nursery then moved to their present location in 1912.
Every year Green Animals hosts several events and is visited daily by tourists. I truly enjoyed visiting these wonderful gardens along with the mansions of Rhode Island. I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour as well.
As Always...Happy Gardening!