Dew not frost – yet!

Stachytarpheta jamaecensis and Helenium ‘Butterpat’Chilly (almost) fall mornings have been so misty dewy lately that I get soaked to my shins just walking across the lawn. Can’t beat the quality of the light though and my morning ramble is worth every wet footed minute of the day!


As a little teaser for those who can make it to Fall Gardener’s Day tomorrow and for those who can’t, here are a few tastes of the property from my walk this morning.The Display Garden 9-21-07The North Garden 9-21-07

Per Bright’s request, a full body shot of the pitcher plants with my pruners in for scale (Sarracenia leucophylla ‘Tarnok’, S. ‘Scarlett Belle’, and S. purpurea)Pitcher plants: Sarracenia ‘Scarlett Belle’, Sarracenia leucophylla ‘Tarnok’ in the pot on the left, and Sarracenia purpurea

A seed pod forming on Asclepias physocarpa ‘Oscar’ (a.k.a. hairy balls – go figure).Asclepias physocarpa ‘Oscar’ a.k.a. Gomphocarpus physocarpus ‘Hairy Balls’

An Aeonium in one of the new Display Garden beds – even though this isn’t at its most beautiful (it is a knockout during the winter in the greenhouse), it’s plenty gorgeous!Aeonium arboreum

Near the Aeonium the stinky coleus (Coleus canina ‘Sumcol’) is budded up. This is a “touch me” plant that will leave you with a lingering eau d’ skunk. (pepe le pew! – but of course it’s one of my favorites)Coleus canina ‘Sumcol’


I’m hoping some of my fellow bloggers and blog readers will introduce themselves to me tomorrow. On Wednesday I had the great pleasure of meeting Caroline Brown author of Earth Friendly Gardening. I’ve been enjoying her blog since before I started writing this one and I can’t wait to read what she has to say about her visit! (No pressure, Caroline!)

See some of you tomorrow and the rest of you on Monday! Happy (almost) Fall!

9 thoughts on “Dew not frost – yet!

  1. Hi there, Kris

    Great to see more pics of your garden – I see the grasses are looking great :-) Yes, it has been colder here too these last few nights – no frosts yet either!

    Enjoy Fall Gardener’s Day – I hope the weather is kind for you all :-)

  2. Wish I could visit, Kris! I hope you have a terrific open garden day–the garden does look gorgeous (and I LOVE that asclepias, but also the grasses, the aeonium….okay, I admit, I’m a plant addict!)

  3. Hope you are having a great Fall Gardeners’ Day. The gardens look like they are ready and waiting to be admired!

  4. Kris: Great pictures and the thing I like most…no people in them! I missed the Fall Gardener’s Day but will stop to visit another time.

  5. Wow… stunning pictures. I hope that your fall days go well, and that you got to meet a lot of interesting people, bloggers or no.

    That grass in the second picture, is it calamagrostis brachytricha? If so, I’m going to agree with James Van Sweeden (I think) who feels that it’s a terribly underplanted grass. Wow.

  6. The Pitcher Plants are spectacular as is Oscar – cool name! I have never heard of Stinky Coleus – have a suspicion I’d love it!

    Your photographs are wonderful – I hope Gardeners’ Day was a success as I imagine it to be!

  7. oh wow! he is a big guy! thank you… and oscar is a beaut as well! i wish i could come see them in person. hope your gardeners’ day is a success! it looks like a great weekend for it over there.

  8. Shirl, Thank you – We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day!

    Jodi, I enjoy being an enabler for that addiction of yours! (there may be a 12 step group for us…)

    Carol, One of the best things about this job is seeing the gardens being enjoyed!

    Layanee, See you soon I hope!

    Brendan, Just like Pearly, sometimes I get stuck in front of an intense color unable to tear myself away – having a camera helps me to move on…

    Kim, Good guess about the grass! Right on the money and right on! – More more more.

    Kate, Stinky coleus is sometimes used as a companion plant in (near) veggies to keep critters (wild and domestic) away – a whiff of skunk all it takes for pests to turn right around!

    Bright, my pleasure!

    and ALL, I wish you could have been here Saturday too but I feel like you were in spirit – Thank you!!

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