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Cherry’s garden in British Columbia in fall, Day 2

Heuchera 'Sashay' showing off her curls and deep blue colors. She's one of the many divisions from one mother plant.

 

 

Cherry sent in so many great photos of her garden in all it's fall finery that I had to stretch it into another post. (While I'm not limited to only 12 photos anymore like the olden day [um….last year], uploading photos takes a LOOOONG time, so I think I need to stop with the 20-photo posts!) Cherry, thanks so much for being such a constant presence here on the GPOD. I love every set of photos you send our way!

SEND ME PICS OF YOUR GARDEN! Email me at GPOD@taunton.com. Thanks! –Michelle

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'Aureola' Japanese forest grass in a container.  She's been there for years.

Way ahead of their garden cousins: This heuchera and hakone grass (green) go to bed earlier. I wonder if it is because they receive more sun.

Fallen Acer palmatum 'Waterfall' leaves on black mondo grass.

The same container showing Irish moss spilling out of its container. Yes!

One of my favorite new compact shade shrubs this year: Skimmia japonica 'Magic Marlot.'As you can see, she is irresistible!

Another fall and winter favorite: Euphorbia 'Glacier Blue.' He seems to be the hardiest shrub for me so far.

Our windowboxes by the perimeter fence.  They are dressed twice a year so that we have a view while washing dishes and working in our home office.  I tried to turn up the color this year!  Plantings in one include Heuchera 'Electra', Skimmia japonica 'Rubinetta', dusty miller, Carex oshimensis 'Evercolor Everillo', and Leucothoe 'Scarletta'.  Plantings in the other include: Cupressus macrocarpa 'Goldcrest', Carex oshimensis 'Evercolor Everillo', Heucherella 'Sweet Tea' and Heuchera 'Green Spice'.

Our windowboxes by the perimeter fence.  They are dressed twice a year so that we have a view while washing dishes and working in our home office.  I tried to turn up the color this year!  Plantings in one include Heuchera 'Electra', Skimmia japonica 'Rubinetta', dusty miller, Carex oshimensis 'Evercolor Everillo', and Leucothoe 'Scarletta'.  Plantings in the other include: Cupressus macrocarpa 'Goldcrest', Carex oshimensis 'Evercolor Everillo', Heucherella 'Sweet Tea' and Heuchera 'Green Spice'.

Our windowboxes by the perimeter fence.  They are dressed twice a year so that we have a view while washing dishes and working in our home office.  I tried to turn up the color this year!  Plantings in one include Heuchera 'Electra', Skimmia japonica 'Rubinetta', dusty miller, Carex oshimensis 'Evercolor Everillo', and Leucothoe 'Scarletta'.  Plantings in the other include: Cupressus macrocarpa 'Goldcrest', Carex oshimensis 'Evercolor Everillo', Heucherella 'Sweet Tea' and Heuchera 'Green Spice'.

Our windowboxes by the perimeter fence.  They are dressed twice a year so that we have a view while washing dishes and working in our home office.  I tried to turn up the color this year!  Plantings in one include Heuchera 'Electra', Skimmia japonica 'Rubinetta', dusty miller, Carex oshimensis 'Evercolor Everillo', and Leucothoe 'Scarletta'.  Plantings in the other include: Cupressus macrocarpa 'Goldcrest', Carex oshimensis 'Evercolor Everillo', Heucherella 'Sweet Tea' and Heuchera 'Green Spice'.

A lesson in leaf appreciation: Foliage of Acer palmatum 'Amber Ghost' which greets us by the back entrance each day.  I have to say that she does not disappoint no matter what season of the year.

These are underplantings of our large Japanese maple 'Beni Otake.'

These are underplantings of our large Japanese maple 'Beni Otake.'

A shining combination between the iridescent pink berries of  Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion' (Beautyberry) and the icy blue foliage of Euphorbia 'Glacier Blue.' This photo was taken in late October.

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  1. Nurserynotnordstroms 11/11/2014

    All lovely combinations. Our beauty berry had to be moved for a project we did this Spring,it is struggling but I think it will make it. Seeing yours makes me hope that it will survive because they are so colorful this time of year. I don't have that Euphorbia'Glacier Blue'but I love it. Just a reminder to everyone,on our local news we had a woman who trimmed her Euphorbia back and it squirted her in the eye,her vision is in jeopardy because of that. I myself would not have thought about that happening,it was a nice wake up call for me. Cherry thanks again for your photos,day two was just as enjoyable as the first day all such great combinations.

    1. NCYarden 11/12/2014

      Yes, a bit of concern with the euphorbia "milk." I had no idea until I read Amy Stewart's "Wicked Plants" - great book by the way if you have not read it.

    2. Annek 11/12/2014

      I had no idea euphorbia was toxic! thanks for the story and the warning..

    3. PerenniallyCrazy 11/12/2014

      Your news report about a lady being squirted by Euphorbia latex in the eye had peaked my curiosity about first aid for it so I spent some time looking it up. Per my readings, here are the general recommendations:
      1. Wear protective eyewear and gloves when handling the plant. I think best to wear long sleeved shirts as well. The less skin exposure the better.
      2. Wash hands thoroughly after handling the plant even if not exposed to the milky sap.
      3. If exposed to the eye or skin, wash the area thoroughly with water, or preferably milk for 15 minutes. If eye exposure, seek medical attention immediately. Since the sap is a latex, it is quite adherent to tissues and can result in ulcers so expect your vision to worsen before getting better. It can cause serious damage to the eye if left untreated.
      4. For those who grow succulents, careful with your pencil cactus/firesticks/euphorbia tirucalli. If you have other succulents in your garden, you can use the cut leaf of aeonium lindleyi or portalucaria afra to treat the burning sensation on the skin by rubbing it on the affected area.
      5. Antihistamines may help reduce symptoms.
      BTW, the lady had made a full recovery according to a news bit. =)
      I've known that the sap is toxic so I try to avoid handling the plant as much as possible and even wash and disinfect my pruners after use to avoid contaminating other plants but I never though about being squirted in the eye though I do wear eyeglasses when gardening.
      Thanks again. It has been educational and fun.

      1. Sheila_Schultz 11/12/2014

        Euphorbia's are so exquisite in their many, many, many forms, but their milky sap is consistently toxic. Carrying our huge pencil cactus upstairs to it's winter nursery a couple of years ago was a reminder. I had cautioned my husband to keep the sap away from his eyes, and he thought he did, but he touched his eye an hour later. We almost had to go to the emergency room. Word from the experienced... wash, wash, wash your hands when dealing with these gorgeous specimens. Their milky sap seeps out so easily, but soap washes it away.

      2. Nurserynotnordstroms 11/12/2014

        More excellent information,thank you for researching this further and I am so glad that woman's vision is fine. It's so nice we can help each other out here in the blogersphere.

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        meander_michaele 11/13/2014

        Thanks for this info, Cherry. I suspect I've been skating by on luck because I always do a cutting back of a particular groundcover type euphorbia in the fall and have gotten somewhat careless about tossing the sap dripping stems in a bucket.

        1. PerenniallyCrazy 11/14/2014

          Forgot to mention that when seeking medical attention, please bring a sample of the plant.

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            meander_michaele 11/14/2014

            Thanks for that extra bit of info, Cherry.

  2. PerenniallyCrazy 11/12/2014

    Hi Everyone. Just wanted to let you know that we miss you Jeff! You too Kielian. =)

    1. Annek 11/12/2014

      Thanks PC, Michelle has been working hard trying to get me back on the email list. I don't know why, but I no longer receive any reminders and I have to re-login every time I go to FG. Sigh....

  3. user-1020932 11/12/2014

    Cherry, had to check in late to see tomorrow's post since i almost missed tuesdays. again, another knock your socks off bunch of photos. we always expect sensational from you and you always deliver. i've been having technical difficulties but i'm back up and running,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,for now

  4. terieLR 11/12/2014

    One by one the fall colors are turning drab here in the northeast. These photos of your marvelous gardens are keeping the magic alive for just a tad longer. We are experimenting with perrenials in containers in recent years ~ to see which ones winter over most effectively. I love the Irish moss in your blue pot. It's especially nice to see the gardens through your lens.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 11/12/2014

    Deliciously gorgeous! That variegated Skimmia is out of this world!

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    meander_michaele 11/12/2014

    Let me add my own big " YES" to that picture of the vibrant blue pot being tickled by the gorgeous Irish moss draping over its side and setting off the dark mondo grass so beautifully...what a super pleasing combination. I thought for me that was going to be the colorful highlight of your photo offerings today until I arrived at the last one...SHAZAM...that is one amazing burst of purply pink that your beauty berry is showing off...positively electric! And its companion of the euphorbia is perfect. You really inspire me, Cherry, and make me want to be more daring in my plant choices.

  7. NCYarden 11/12/2014

    Good morning, Cherry. You're just gonna rub those skimmias in my face, hunh? Haha...no, I really love seeing them, and that variegated 'Magic Marlot' is outstanding. I really wish I could grow even one. The photo of the beautyberry and 'Glacier Blue' euphorbia is superb. The color mingle is mesmerizing. 'Glacier Blue' is by far my favorite euphorbia. Have you noticed they weaken over several seasons? Just curious. I can grow euphorbias, but they just seem to dwindle by about the third season (granted, it could also be a vole issue on my end - ugh). Of course I love all your Japanese maples - Fall beauties for sure, whether the leaves are still attached to the branch or lying around below. Thanks again for sharing.

    1. greengenes 11/12/2014

      Good morning NC Yarden... I have had that concern as well on the length of life of the euphorbias. Iam not sure if this is normal but mine last about three years and they start looking quite raggy. But some of them seem to reseed and I move them around. I have one that is a very dark leaf and the underside is burgundy. Sorry I don't know the name of it but it reseeds very well and gives a wonderful color.

      1. PerenniallyCrazy 11/12/2014

        Thanks for the heads up on the lifespan of euphorbias. Hard for me to say because I only have Glacier Blue. Everything else that I tried died! We'll see how Glacier Blue, Pencil Cactus and Tasmanian Tiger fare this winter. Fingers crossed.

        1. greengenes 11/13/2014

          Good morning Cherry... I hope yours does well. They are such a nice plant and adds a lot of interest to the foliage of gardening. Your place is awesome and the creativity you have putting the pots together is great! You really inspired all of us! Happy gardening!

  8. VikkiVA 11/12/2014

    You are a master at putting together beautiful plant combinations! The Glacier Blue Euphorbia is a perfect companion to your Beautyberry. Thank you for allowing us into your little piece of heaven here on earth! Vikki in VA

  9. greengenes 11/12/2014

    Another wonderful morning to enjoy these photos, Cherry. Great work! Isnt it wonderful how we can divide the heucheras! They deliver nicely! And the winner today is the variegated skimma! I just put that on my list for next years plants. What a beauty! Thanks for showing us your art work!

  10. PerenniallyCrazy 11/12/2014

    Thank you everyone for your kind comments and shared ideas and tips about plants and gardening. Thank you Michelle for allowing another opportunity to share our garden and chat with your blog family. Off to work today and hope to answer indivdual comments later.

    If anyone of you were looking for overview shots of the garden, there were some uploaded yesterday under nurserynotnordstrom's comments. Enjoy your day everyone!

  11. Annek 11/12/2014

    The Glacier Blue euphorbia is ELECTRIC! And with the beautybush berries...I'm swooning. Cherry, you nail it every time. What an eye for flowing design and fabulous combinations. I gaze at every photo for so long, it's taken me an hour just to get this posted! Love your work!!!

  12. GrannyMay 11/12/2014

    That last photo says it all - Cherry you have the vision to bring out the best in all your plants! Gorgeous combinations! And more additions to my shopping list. Please bring Heuchera babies if you make it here for a visit!

  13. Schatzi 11/12/2014

    Technical difficulties indeed! I had to shut down quickly yesterday because of a power failure, so could not comment on the gorgeousness of it all. We have got to outlaw holidays - that is when we have our worst wind storms here in the PNW! (joke, Folks)
    The lights are still blinking today but so far have stayed on. Thank goodness for generators. We were out for 5 hours yesterday and again in the evening. I love Huecheras and Sashay is the most gorgeous of all. I have to add Skimmias to my list of plants to buy - Magic Merlow is exquisite. And the Euphorbia Glacier Blue/beautyberry combo is fantastic. I want it! I love love love your garden, Cherry. Thank you for all the beautiful photos to incite our plant lust! Enjoy the fall and keep the power on! (I totally admit to being an electricity addict. The folks who get the juice back on are worth every penny they earn in a difficult job.)

    1. PerenniallyCrazy 11/12/2014

      Heard about that. Stay safe and warm! Thanks for all your kind comments. Happy to chat and share with all of you.

  14. Sheila_Schultz 11/12/2014

    Once again, the photos of your amazing combinations are perfection. (Are you a professional photographer?)
    My 'Cherry' notebook needs more pages. So many plants I need to research to see if they could be happy/survive in my CO gardens. Thank you for sharing the joy you see all around you. Your eye for beauty always makes me smile.

  15. ingehaneke 11/12/2014

    hi cherry, we have the same clima as in New York !

    1. PerenniallyCrazy 11/12/2014

      Looked up NY Hardiness Zones. For NYC, zones 7a to 7b, similar to Vancouver and for NY State 3a - 7b. Which one do you think does your climate fall in? If similar to NYC, some of the plants that thrive here in BC cannot stand the heat. We can ask everyone here what they think will work and I can check with a girlfriend from there to find out what works and what doesn't. Kindly let me know.

    2. ingehaneke 11/14/2014

      hi Cherry, thanks for your Information ! i think the hardiness zones are more like upstate new York . but really iam more into roses, esp. david austin roses. but i did enjoy your beautiful Pictures a lot, thanks !

  16. thevioletfern 11/13/2014

    Overwhelmed by color! You certainly have a great eye and are a talented gardener!

  17. Foxglove12 11/15/2014

    That Euphorbia 'Glacier Blue' is amazing!

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