Friday, October 15, 2021

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up October: Autumn Long Island Garden

October Garden-Welcome!
Welcome! Autumn has arrived and the view is starting to change as temperatures moderate into the upper 60's to low 70's, with a true feeling of fall in the air. As some blooms try to hang on, other fall-blooming perennials start their display, and the surrounding foliage starts to show shades of golden and orange accents. Join me for a stroll in my October Long Island garden to see what nature has to offer!
Front Walkway
Along the front walkway, Variegated Liriope is displaying its purple blooms on upright stalks, as Coral Bark Maple can be seen starting to change to its fall colors in the backdrop.
Liriope 'Variegata' (Lilyturf)
Liriope is known for its display of colorful foliage throughout the gardening season and even through winter. Helpful Tip: Cut back Liriope (Lilyturf) after winter (in early spring) as it pushes out new growth. This method provides this perennial with extra protection during the winter months.
Autumn View Front Lawn
On the front lawn, the Weeping Japanese Maples are going into autumn mode. Before long, only the artistically twisted trunks will be visible. Evergreen Blue Atlas Cedar can be viewed in the backdrop.
Eastern Redbud Lavender Twist Along Walkway Entry
Back along the eastern walkway, the heart-shaped foliage of Eastern Redbud (foreground) is about to start changing colors to hues of yellow and red, while Heuchera Palace Purple are still displaying their deep burgundy color. Weeping White Pine, Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar, Blue Star Juniper, Japanese Garden Juniper and Golden Sedge also reside here.
Front Island Bed
In the front island bed, Osmanthus ‘Goshiki’ is pushing out some new growth in hues of cream and pink, while the rest of the garden slowly starts to go to sleep.
Autumn Color: Evergreens and Blooms
As we move further, perennial Veronica (Spiked Speedwell) continues to push out the last of its purplish-pink blooms. I love how this plant just keeps on giving from early summer to fall!
Montauk Daisy Season!
It's Montauk Daisy time and these beauties surely extend the gardening season along the back garden bed! 
Dwarf Maiden Grass 'Yaku Jima'
Autumn in the poolside garden means that wispy plumes have arrived above Dwarf Maiden Grass ‘Yalu Jima’. In the foreground, Sedum ‘Brilliant’ is displaying its dried flower heads.
Pulmonaria (Lungwort) Foliage Autumn
This Pulmunaria is a new addition to the shade garden this year. I could not resist its pretty polka dot foliage. Small blue flowers will appear above the foliage in spring.
Echinacea Seed Heads Autumn
A familiar sight this time of year are seed heads on Echinacea, which are enjoyed by birds well into the fall.
Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit' 
While most of the flowers of Echinacea have gone to seed, a few still refuse to quit.
Knock Out Roses Continue to Bloom!
Knock Out Rose ‘Radrazz’ just keeps on going, displaying its brilliant red fragrant blooms. It will keep blooming well into fall and there have even been buds as the first snowfall arrives!
Platycodon (Balloon Flower) Last Blooms
The Balloon Flower along the back patio also refuses to quit and I don’t mind a bit…
Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus)
and garden gal displays her Black Mondo Grass too.
Coral Bells in Back Island Bed
In the northern bed, Caramel Coral Bells continue displaying their colorful foliage, which is very appropriate for fall, while evergreen Osmanthus ‘Goshiki’ shows its colorful display.
 Osmanthus 'Goshiki'
I enjoy the changing colors of new and old foliage on this cultivar.
Praying Mantis Visitor!
After many years of absence, Praying Mantis have arrived again in the garden. We’ll encounter another visitor soon!
Rosemary Blooming
The pollinators are enjoying these blooms on Rosemary in the herb garden... 
Mandevilla Vine Still Blooming!
as Mandevilla vine continues to bloom by the back patio.
Another Visitor!
Another very welcomed visitor is here to finalize the tour! Don't you just love the expression on his face?
Hope you enjoyed your visit!

October Long Island Garden
Thank you for visiting my October garden. I hope you enjoyed your visit and as always, I look forward to hearing from you and seeing what's growing in your neck of the woods! 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 FotosMacro 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

A GUIDE TO NORTHEASTERN GARDENING NEWS:

I will be presenting to the Sayville Gardening Club on October 18th and am looking forward to sharing my love of gardening with like minded individuals, while teaching design principles and tips I have learned over the years as a landscape designer. Now that Fall has arrived, I am also looking forward to the return of monthly GardenComm zoom meetings, which originated due of the pandemic and started a wonderful new tradition!

Also, there is a new follow.it subscription service at the top right side of this page to replace the feedburner app which has announced that it will no longer be sending post notifications in the future.

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Lastly, if you are a gardener or wanting to learn more about garden design and maintenance, you may enjoy my books. To learn more, visit My Author Page. I have written four books to pass along my knowledge and experiences as a landscape designer and gardener, which I have been all my life! They are A Guide to Northeastern Gardening: Journeys of a Garden Designer Zones 3-9Landscape Design CombinationsDream, Garden, Grow!-Musings of a Lifetime Gardener and my latest Gardening by Month: A Monthly Guide to Planning the Northeastern & Mid-Atlantic Garden

Be well and As Always...Happy Gardening and Happy Autumn! 😊

Author: Lee @A Guide to Northeastern Gardening,© Copyright 2010-2021. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Planting Fields Arboretum: A Late Summer Stroll

Planting Fields Arboretum

Welcome to This Month in the Garden! After many years of not getting to visit Planting Fields Arboretum due to a busy schedule and the pandemic, I was finally able to take a relaxing day for myself and a friend to return to this beautiful place. Strolling the grounds in late summer was just what the doctor ordered to have some peace of mind and the visit was just as I had remembered it back from some time ago. 
Planting Fields Arboretum Coe Hall West Portico
First built in 1904 by prominent New Yorker James Bryne, Planting Fields Arboretum is a 409-acre Gold Coast Era Estate located in Oyster Bay on the North Shore of Long Island. The mansion and grounds were purchased as a spring country home by William Robertson Coe and his wife Mary "Mai" Huttleston Coe in 1913. After spending many seasons at their Long Island estate, William R. Coe deeded Planting Fields to the State of New York in the early 1950's and the mansion and grounds are now listed on the National Registry of Historical Places. The West Portico of Coe Hall (seen above) is one of the most striking architectural features at Planting Fields, 
Main Greenhouse
There are two greenhouses on the premises. The main greenhouse, built between 1914 and 1929, is a double-story housing a multitude of beautiful tropical plants, including Staghorn Fern, orchards, ferns, Croton, Hibiscus, bromeliads, Bird of Paradise, Banana trees and succulents. A second greenhouse (1917) houses over 200 camellias which are in full flower generally from late January through early March.
Paul Callahan Dahlia Garden
One of the best features of the gardens is the Paul Callahan Dahlia Garden, constructed in 1998 and maintained by the Mid Island Dahlia Society.   It is known to be one of the largest and most spectacular dahlia gardens in the northeast.
Dahlia Garden
Come take a closer look of some of the many varieties of Dahlias!
 Dinner Plate Dahlia 'Kelvin Floodlight'

Dinner Plate Dahlia 'Peaches & Cream'

Long Island Daylily Society Display Garden

Daylily Garden
The Long Island Daylily Society maintains this lovely garden, which is in full bloom during mid-late summer.
Daylily Garden
Numerous varieties of Daylily are maintained here, along with some Echinacea along the border for an extra punch!
Ruffled Daylily

Coe Hall Planting Fields
William Robertson and Mai Coe built their country home, Coe Hall (1918-1921), to resemble a 400-year-old English manor, along with two greenhouses, hay barn and stables. The landscape was designed by the Olmsted Brothers, sons of Frederick Law Olmsted. After a fire had destroyed the original mansion, ground was broken for the new Coe Hall in the fall of 1918.
Coe Hall 
Here is the back of the mansion, which leads out to the gardens.
Italian Garden
This Italian Garden was originally created by Mai Rogers Coe back in 1913 as one of her favorite places to stroll. There is a central reflecting pool with evergreens, flowering shrubs and over 40 varieties of perennials that bloom sequentially throughout the year.
Italian Garden

Italian Garden & Tea House
Built in 1915, the tea house at Planting Fields is part of the estate's Italian Garden, where it was built for the Mrs. Coe to enjoy tea while overlooking the garden.
Italian Garden

Planting Fields Arboretum 
This magnificent bronze sculpture can be seen on the Great Lawn of the estate.
Late Summer Hydrangea

The gardens provide interest during every season of the year. In late summer, hydrangea are the highlight!
Hydrangea along Perennial Walk
The Hydrangea were in bloom for this visit, but come back in summer for the roses! Planting Fields is beautiful every time of year, even in winter!
Planting Fields Arboretum
I hope you enjoyed This Month in the Garden and views of Planting Fields! Be sure to stop by on the 1st. and 15th. of each month as I continue to share gardening tips, information and horticultural adventures! (Linking with: Floral FridaysMacro Monday 2Ruby Tuesday and Image-in-ing Weekly Photo Link-Up.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up September: Late Summer Garden

Welcome to my Garden!

It's September 15th and time for another walk in the garden for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. As the temperatures start to moderate into the mid to upper 70's, there is a slight feeling of autumn in the air. While some of the mid-summer blooms continue their display, the next set of seasonal interest is underway. Come along with me for a tour of my Long Island zone 7 garden.
Thanks for Visiting!
Let's start the tour with the newest welcome sign that I found on a trip out east this past week. I saw it and could not resist, for as most of you may know, I have a love of sunflowers. The sign was purchased on the way back from visiting the North Fork sunflower maze here on the island in Mattituck, a favorite on my go to list each summer.
Double Knock Out Rose 
While the sunflowers are blooming out east, my Double Red Knock Out Roses continue to thrive and push out blooms along the back patio garden. The blooms are continuous through fall.
Yaku Jima Maiden Grass & Sedum 'Brilliant'
Along the pool garden, September brings Sedum blooms. I have several varieties and this one is Sedum 'Brilliant'. It lies against a backdrop of  'Yaku Jima' Dwarf Maiden Grass, which stays upright and compact, reaching a height of about 4 feet tall with its plumes. This particular Sedum stays at a compact size of just 12-18 inches tall.
Simply Purr...fect!!
On the other side of the patio is this garden statue that my mom had bought for me many years ago. I love it, as it reminds me of  her and the smile she had the moment she saw it.
Sedum 'Brilliant'
Here is another look at Sedum 'Brilliant' up close. The blooms are exceptionally vivid this year.
Daylily Still Blooming in September!
What is this...Stella D' Oro Daylily still blooming? After a total rejuvenation (one which I perform every year), it has formed new foliage and blooms to bring the garden through fall. This one resides along the back patio.
Back Shade Garden
In the back shade garden, Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' is blooming with its spikes of vibrant purple flowers.
Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' (Lilyturf)
Its blooms are also very vibrant this year. We have been getting a lot of rain and this plant thrives on that.
Back Shade Area-Secret Garden
To the right of the liriope is a path which is somewhat hidden until you come up to it. At the end of the path is a miniature bird bath with two sparrows and the saying "Look at the Sparrow as he holds tomorrow". This part of the garden has been known as the "secret garden" when visitors come to visit.
Back Shade Garden
Here is another view of the shade garden with Leucothoe 'Axillaris', Variegated Boxwood and Hakonechloa (Japanese Forest Grass).
St. John's Wort Late Summer
On the opposite side of the path is Hypericum (St. John's Wort). It produces yellow blooms in summer, but I think I am more fascinated with these berries it produces late summer into fall. 
Echibeckia Summerina 'Blazing Fire'
Echibeckia is still blooming for the third month in a row. Love this new plant!
A Little Garden Whimsy
Come along to the opposite side of the pool garden. If you take a peak behind the Sky Pencil Holly, a stature of a girl and boy playing becomes visible among a planting of Heuchera (Coral Bells) 'Caramel'.
Kousa Dogwood Fruit Late Summer
Kousa Dogwood 'Greensleeves' is producing its bright red fruit for late summer into fall...
Sedum 'Thundercloud'
and Sedum 'Thundercloud' is displaying its soft pinkish-white blooms that resemble fluffy clouds in the late summer sky.
Mandevilla Still Blooming!
Along the patio, Mandevilla continues its non-stop blooms into fall. This has been the best season I have ever seen with this tropical vine, which I wish would survive all year in our climate!
Front Entrance Garden
As we get towards the end of the tour of my September garden, let's stroll along the front of the property to see what blooms we can find.
Front Walkway-Evergreen Walk
The Variegated Liriope is now in its bloom season, producing spikes of purple flowers against its variegated green and white foliage.
Liriope 'Variegata'
Here is a closer look!
Foliage Combination Front Garden
A foliage combination I often use is that of Heuchera (Coral Bells) 'Palace Purple' with the blue foliage of Blue Star Juniper, golden foliage of Hinoki Cypress 'Verdoni' and the variegated foliage of the liriope.
Blue Atlas Cedar & Hydrangea 'Tardivia'
Here are the late summer blooms of Hydrangea 'Tardivia' against the blue foliage of Blue Atlas Cedar in the backdrop. 
September Long Island Garden
Thank you for visiting my September garden. I hope you enjoyed your visit and as always, I look forward to hearing from you and seeing what's growing in your neck of the woods! 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 FotosMacro 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

A GUIDE TO NORTHEASTERN GARDENING NEWS:

I recently had the pleasure of joining Kathy Jentz from Washington Gardener Magazine on her GardenDC Podcast and it was like talking with an old friend. We discussed the low maintenance garden and every thing else to do with gardening, including an into to my newest book. Thank you Kathy for having me! If you would like to listen to her podcast, visit here at GardenDC Podcast.

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If you are a gardener or wanting to learn more about garden design and maintenance, you may enjoy my books. To learn more, visit 
My Author Page. I have written four books to pass along my knowledge and experiences as a landscape designer and gardener, which I have been all my life! They are A Guide to Northeastern Gardening: Journeys of a Garden Designer Zones 3-9Landscape Design CombinationsDream, Garden, Grow!-Musings of a Lifetime Gardener and my latest Gardening by Month: A Monthly Guide to Planning the Northeastern & Mid-Atlantic Garden

Be well and As Always...Happy Gardening! 😊

Author: Lee @A Guide to Northeastern Gardening,© Copyright 2010-2021. All rights reserved.

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