Monday, September 28, 2009

What is in bloom today?

The first thing you notice when you walk out my front door is this Sweet Autumn Clematis, up and over the railing. I know this vine can get big, but it's welcome to expand the length and height of the front porch if it wishes.

A fall mish-mash with Variegated Feather Reed Grass 'Overdam' stealing the show.

Asters so close to bloom.

I can't wait!

Cosmos make me smile.

My son and I shared an encounter with a praying mantis this morning. He's so cool!

Beautyberry 'Profusion' lives up to its name. This picture does not do this amazing shrub justice.

Chelone lyonii is a wonderful plant for a shady corner. The pink is striking and the foliage is a very nice deep green.

Front door annuals on their last 'huzzah!'

A white Anemone lighting up the Obama garden.

My Cimicifuga racemosa 'Hillside Black Beauty' and Oakleaf Hydrangea. I just can't get over how much I've liked this plant combo this year.


  1. Your autumn clematis is spectacular. Love that praying mantis. I think they bring luck.

  2. Thanks Mary! I love that clematis! The praying mantis was definitely the highlight of our morning.

  3. All of it is very nice. The last huzzah looks pretty good. Isn't it fun to find a praying mantis? Little guys just love them.

  4. Hello Lisa;

    I just found your blog via the Facebook gardening group that I just joined too. I really like this set of photos you have provided here. I've been really busy for a year now moving our nursery business and your picture of Autumn Clematis reminds me that I don't know where ours went along the fence at home. I'll have to look again. It's a late bloomer up here and fares well despite very cold frosts.

    Your turtlehead reminded me of a couple clumps at the Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens that we visited a couple weeks back. As it grows along and clumps up, it really makes an impressive site for late summer-early fall gardens. We have white and also blue varieties growing wild in a back field. Shorter but still quite nice.

    The cimicifugas are great plants. The foliage is such a nice contrast to other plants and the fragrance of the bottlebrush flower scapes brings in lots of butterflies. Sadly, this year there is an absence of monarchs which usually brighten the gardens.

    I'm pleased to have found your blog.

    George Africa
    The Vermont Gardener

  5. Lovely blog and great pictures - I'm going to enjoy following.