Squish, squish is what you'll hear if you're walking through our garden now. We had quite a thunderstorm this morning and the rain just poured. I know that we're officially in our wettest month here in the Seattle area, and the forecast calls for more rain. This time of year I don't think they need to change the forecast much - in fact this whole year felt like they could have left the raindrop symbol under most of the days of the week. I am so hoping next year brings more sun to us!
Between the weather and getting ready for Christmas I haven't been out in the garden much. But, there is one thing that got accomplished. I decided to take down the dead Japanese Maple about a week ago. It was easier than I expected because so many of the branches were already so dry and dead. Once it was down the excitement of what to do with this space started.
I didn't want it to be empty so I dragged the very heavy bird bath over. I think I like it here and will probably leave it. I added a new hummingbird feeder, it was discovered by them about a day later.
After the spring bulbs bloom I plan to dig just about everything out (except the Hydrangeas) and start over. Most of what is in here will go back, but I've already got a growing list of what I want to add in. The front area gets a lot of sun so I'm hoping I may be able to add in a smaller David Austin rose, maybe even another 'Lady Emma Hamilton'
. I also plan to add geranium 'Rozanne' which I fell in love with over the past year, it blooms from early spring to the first freeze.
The front of the house doesn't look too different with the maple gone, maybe a little more open at the entry. Most of what I counted on for "winter interest" was done in by the snow and freezing weather we had a couple of weeks ago.
This might look like a bunch of dead flowers to some, but to the birds it's been a feast. They love the Liatris, Echinacea, Aster, Agastache, Rudbeckia and Verbena bonariensis seed heads. I just read that the birds also love the seed heads on Monarda, too bad I already cut them back. We've had so many pretty bird visitors here lately. It seems that they all like to come together around the same time - first they hit the front yard for seeds, then around the back to the pond and bird baths.
Seeing the buds on Pieris japonica 'Purity' made me happy since there aren't many signs of life right now. I couldn't find any flowers blooming right now, not even a Viola.
Wait, I forgot! This Lady's Mantle has been blooming all year and is still going. I can't wait until I have so many flowers to choose from that I have to limit myself.
I know many of us won't be seeing a whole lot going on in our gardens for awhile, but if you want a taste of summer and flowers that are blooming right now
, visit Driftwood Ramblings
which is a blog out of South Africa. I'm counting on Desiree's posts to help me through the rest of fall and winter.
I also wanted to add that Anna from the great blog Flowergardengirl
has started a great new garden blog directory called "Best Garden Blogs"
. I always love finding places with new garden blogs, especially this time of year. (There is also a Facebook page for it.)