Monday, October 24, 2011

Tiny Toad-Lily Treat

Little Miss Discreet,
fuzzy, exotic, mottled
understated treat.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Autumn Glory

Today was another wonderfully sweet Autumn weekend, and I went apple-picking with my family at Stribling Orchard which was quite the fun adventure. Upon arriving home, we all headed back outside and spent the afternoon puttering around the deck and working on yard projects, and I managed to do a walk-around the property to take some snapshots of the garden in its Fall Glory.

Front Entry Garden
The Japanese Maple is now blazing red, and I've set up a Fall Harvest Scene in front. The Sedum 'Autumn Joy' has now turned brick red, perfectly complementing the Maple.

Sun Perennial Border
Last year, I planted Garden Mums as annuals, but they overwintered so well that I went ahead and kept them, and now this year they've come back bigger and badder than I could have expected. I wish I had more sunny spots in my garden for more Mums.

Kousa Dogwood
The bright orange leaves of the Kousa make a real impact, and this is one of the most high performing trees in my garden. I adore this tree.

Rock Garden
The Serviceberry 'Autumn Brilliance' has officially been in my garden for one year. It was a perfect addition and the leaves are coloring up nicely, and I couldn't be more pleased with this all-star understory tree.

Assorted Woodland
The trees at the back of my property are lit up with color, and the birdhouse that my husband built fits in so perfectly among this backdrop. The Redbud 'Forest Pansy' trio is golden yellow now, and a favorite shrub of mine, Bottlebrush Buckeye is also aglow with golden leaves.

I am so grateful to be the caretaker of this great garden, and I look forward to watching it continue to grow and thrive and flourish.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Sunny Side Up

--Japanese Anemones at National Arboretum

Saturday, October 8, 2011

National Capital Orchid Society

The 64th Annual Orchid Show & Sale at the National Arboretum was as spectacular as ever, and I am always thrilled to see such an abundance of enchanting orchids on display. The variety of plants for sale makes this the absolute best opportunity of the year for orchid shopping, and I brought home 3 Cattleyas and 1 Miltonia. I'm trying hard to keep my orchid collection basic, with a focus on Phalenopsis, but it is so hard to resist a pretty flower. The latest craze seems to be miniature orchids, and definitely that's a trend I'm happy to jump on.


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