There are lots of garden chores to be done this time of year. I usually start cutting back some of my perennials now. I've started on the job of cutting my Clematis group C's down, and have thrown out a tomato plant that is obviously not going to have any tomatoes ripen. The yard waste bin was quickly filled with pine needles and annuals that were "done".
There isn't really much new blooming, many of the same plants continue to bloom and look pretty.
Clematis 'Comtesse de Bouchaud'
Rose of Sharon is attracting lots of hummingbirds.
Geranium 'Rozanne' hasn't stopped blooming all summer. I just added a new one to the front yard.
I bought this fuchsia many years ago as a container filler, it probably cost 79 cents. It comes back bigger and better every year, it's now planted in the ground near the deck.
Toad Lily (Tricyrtis) 'Empress' is finally planted.
This could be my favorite rose now. I've shown this a few times recently but wanted to show how many buds are still coming. It's a David Austin rose 'Lady Emma Hamilton' and just planted this summer.
The buds start out orangey-red then as they age they become more of a lighter apricot color.
Bugbane (Is it Actaea or Cimicifuga now?). It's supposed to keep insects away, but the flowers smell good to me. The little American Beautyberry is behind it and covered in little green berries that I hope will turn purple soon.
Will I ever see flowers on my Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans) 'Golden Delicious? It's probably an annual here, so I planted it in a container and plan to bring it in over winter. I love the color of the foliage.
Fertilizer Friday is hosted each week by Tootsie. Be sure to visit her and see what she and other gardeners have blooming.