september open garden tour: a giant botanical birdfeeder
I WASN’T CERTAIN everyone else would share my enthusiasm about what really amounts to a giant birdfeeder: grasses and forbs setting seed; hollies, aralias and viburnum fruiting up; the last migrating hummingbirds dive-bombing the self-sown Nicotiana. But I opened the garden anyhow one more time, on September 20, and I’m glad I did. A slideshow of highlights.
For a Garden Conservancy Open Day here, it was relatively sane and quiet: just 175ish guests, and no lectures or workshops on the agenda, the way there usually are. Just the garden, and the plant sale by Broken Arrow Nursery–our fourth time this season together.
Visitors, and many bumblebees and other pollinators looking for a late-season meal, were attracted to easy-to-grow ‘September Charm’ anemone, which has been in bloom for at least six weeks already.
My houseplants, including various bromeliads and many large fancy-leaf begonias, will soon head indoors for winter, with colder nights approaching.
Even though relatively few leaves have their fall pigments on display yet, there is always plenty of gold at my place, from my favorite gold foliage plants, and now from gold fruit of yellow winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata ‘Chrysocarpa’) and Viburnum dilatatum ‘Michael Dodge.’
Have a further look around:
the slideshow from sept. 20
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