In the spotlight


I know I’ve already gone on and on about the quality of light this fall – but really, honestly, truly these crispy dew-drop mornings with sloping sunshine are divinely gorgeous! All sorts of lovelies were lit by this morning’s spotlight:

The Tamarisk (Tamarix ramosissima) down by the shore was an effervescent haze of pearly gray-green-blue.Tamarix ramosissima in the dewy morning light

The Seven-son flower (Heptacodium miconioides) are almost prettier just past bloom when the bloom bracts turn a pinky red.

Heptacodium miconioides (Seven-son flower) just past bloomHeptacodium miconioides bracts -detail-

This is my favorite time of year for the Harlequin Glory Bower (Clerodendrum trichotomum). While it’s in bloom the scent is enough to knock me off my feet (or give me at least a little up-the-nose ache) but it’s all worth all kinds of perfume discomfort for the October red gift-wrapped turquoise gem berries.

Clerodendrum trichotomum by the North GardenClerodendrum trichotomum berry detail

As long as they’re in residence, I’ll keep taking their picture: This praying mantis must have just had breakfast and was cleaning its paws like a cat…Praying cat mantis

Mary’s Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) looked like it was singing an aria from center stage. For information about our Memorial/Honorarium tree planting program click here.Mary’s Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica)

And this Trumpet spurflower (Rabdosia longituba) doesn’t need actual dew to look dew-dropped. Plant Delights Nursery describes this as a “woodland member of the salvia family” and it just started blooming for us in the dry shade bed under the Sophora by the Moongate. If Mary’s tree is singing, this is the sheet music! Rabdosia longituba just beginning to bloom

What’s center stage in your garden?

10 thoughts on “In the spotlight

  1. I do miss seeing the garden in the early morning light. I leave for work in the dark and don’t even see the sunrise once I am in the office. I know! That shouldn’t be! Center stage in my garden is still the asters and sedums. Hopefully, we’ll start to see some good leaf color soon, but the weather is still summer-like.

    Carol at May Dreams Gardens

  2. Kris: You must be feeling better to be so eloquent about the plants in this post! I think that writing is an avocation for you! I love to read your posts. They are pure poetry!

  3. Carol, I worked for a while in a windowless office – I know how frustrating it is to miss out. You have a bigger appreciation than most for the parts of the day you are able to participate in though, don’t you!

    Layanee, blush and scuffle – thank you!! and I am feeling better – I can breathe again without sneezing.

  4. Pure poetry indeed, Kris. You also incited a bad case of plantenvy when I spied that remarkable trumpet spurflower. I see by going off to Plant Delights that it’s also a relative of Swedish ivies, but it reminded me initially of my beloved blue corydalis–just with the ‘notes’ spread apart more!
    What’s centre stage here now? Still got lots of clematis, perennials and even some roses doing their thing, but no one is singing solo; more of a choir effect. :-)

  5. The light has been great. And with the warm weather, it’s been a photographer’s dream. Good to see you taking advantage of it.

    It’s grasses and Eupatorium ‘Joe White’ here in Ellis Hollow.

  6. Great post Kris! Good to know you’re feeling much better. Love that trumpet spurflower, very pretty! The Clerodendrum looks great too, what a pity we don’t have scratch and sniff on the internet yet. 😉

    It gets light at 7.30 now and darkness falls aorund 7 in the evening here, so the days are getting decidedly shorter. But there’s still a lot to enjoy in my garden: roses, asters, anemones, verbena bonariensis, dahlias and many more. Soon it will be GBBD again and I can show you what’s in bloom in my garden. :-)

  7. Jodi, Thank you! I love that you still have a garden choir! Do you think you’ll try the Rabdosia? It’s come back for us 2 years running…

    EH, it’s weirdly warm (hot) here – for you too? Yesterdays fog bank abandoned us for a full on summer mug today. I checked out your ‘Joe White’ – really handsome!

    YE, I thought you were going to get to work on virtual scratch’n’sniff! – cant’ wait! Our days are an hour or so longer that yours right now I think. When do you usually get a frost?

  8. That mantis photo is great. While my Heptacodium miconiodes looks better than ever, it doesn’t look as good as the 1 in your photo. The leaves of mine are brown around the edges because we’ve been short of rain for the last month. Not much leaf changing happening here yet, though. Just waiting for that Autumn chill.

  9. How fun! I am loving the mantis posts, but wonder why they all seem to be hanging upside down in your garden? It’s cute, I’ve just only seen them upright before! (But granted, I haven’t seen too many.)

  10. Mr. McG’s Daughter, Thank you for visiting! We’ve been ridiculously short of rain too but (the guys) have been watering most of the shrubs and trees on the property which is probably why our Heptacodium looks less stressed …

    Kim, They’re every which-a-way! (I swear I’m not doing acrobatics to shoot them! – not much anyway)

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