Welcome friends! It’s been a beautiful November so far here in IL. The weather has been sunny and in the high sixties. I grabbed my camera and headed out to the garden to capture some photos for my cottage garden journal fall 2015.
We did have some mild freezes (low 3o’s) and lost all the Inpatients. They are very sensitive to cold.
Last week I share my old fashioned single daisy Chrysanthemum, Hillside Sheffield, and they are still providing wonderful color in the garden.
I am glad I replaced most of my Endless Summer Hydrangea’s with Limelight. This is the only bloom I’ve gotten on this plant. I will soon be replacing the last two in the garden. Endless Summer does not do well in our area because they bloom on new (current years wood) and old wood (previous years wood), but in our harsh weather old wood never survives.
Annual Cleome that I started from seed is still producing beautiful blooms. She is a keeper for a cottage garden and I love her pink color which pops against our grey cottage clapboard.
The beautiful Zinnias still producing flowers..but I haven’t seen any butterflies in a while…they’ve taken they journey to warmer areas.
I was surprised to see new Zinnia buds still forming even with low temperatures at night.
A few Geraniums hanging on, the spent flower bud at the top will provide some great seeds for next year.
Queen Anne’s Lace still producing her gorgeous white flower heads..I’ve cut most down to make dried flowers with.
Beautiful Asylum…I’m so glad I started/planted the white ones, makes everything around them pop.
Annual Lantana still producing a few flowers. Not my favorite flowers, and not one I consider for a cottage garden, but they are very hard hardy (full sun and water tolerant) plants.
With the leaves falling into the pond I have to clear the filter often to keep the pond pump from clogging up. We’ll be shutting down the pond this week and is always a sad time for me. The very first thing we do in Spring is start the pond.
Leaves falling along the garden paths..
And leaves at the door steps.
Virginia Creeper turning to her gorgeous fall leaf color. I would never suggest growing Virginia Creeper in your garden, it is invasive and spreads by rhizomes (underground stems) and hard to get rid of. I know I’ve been trying for ten years!
Downy Serviceberry shrub….my absolute favorite shrub in the world! Serviceberry is part of the rose (Rosacea) family, and can grow to 20′ height. It is hardy in zones 4-9. It is a four season shrub, what I mean by this it’ll give gorgeous color in all four seasons with flowers, berries and in her leaves.
Beautiful fall leaf color on our crab apple tree.
This week I’ll be working in the garden collecting bulbs to store through winter, cut down a Lemongrass plant to clean and preserve, collect seeds from Salvia, Geraniums, Zinnias, Cleome and some Holly Hock.
How does your garden look?