Garden Photo of the Day

Do you have a favorite plant?

The delicate flower of Setcreasea pallida 'Purple Heart' set against Coleus Freckles.

I challenge you to pick just ONE favorite from Cherry's photos! 

"Many of us are anticipating the arrival of fall. It is a bittersweet time for me to take down all the summer annuals that have grown so lush and lovely since Spring. As the days move on to the arrival of frosty temperatures, I'd like to stop and enjoy the individual personalities and charm of the happy specimens in the garden."

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I'm glad someone other than myself is still enjoying the blooms of Caryopteris Worcester Gold.

Bright and sunny blooms of Oxalis Plum Crazy.

Not sure if this is an oddity or a rarity, but my Strobilanthes dyerianus bore a bloom.  Same with my Blackie Sweet Potato vine. 

Hydrangea Quickfire going fiery.

Hydrangea Double Delights equally flushed.

Wormlike blooms of Leucoseptrum japonicum 'Mountain Madness' 

Neonized Swiss chard.

The arrival of fall is heralded by the blooms of these silent beauties (Tricystis formosana Dark Beauty and Gilt Edge  – I cannot tell them apart though). 

Spent blooms of Ligularie Britt Marie Crawford.

I will miss the delightful intermingling of Begonia Nova Bossa White and Lotus Bertholotii. 

Even my blue chalk stucks are starting to blush at the tips. 

Who could miss the bright blooms of Sedum Dazzleberry?

My cold hardy Echeveria pullidonis now recovered from etiolation.

I love my Agave Frosty Blue, claws and all!

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  1. joycedaffodilhill 09/24/2015

    What a delightful collection. Spent sometime going back and forth with garden book to view some of the plants. All of the pictures are intriguing, but the first with coleus freckles is interesting. Next garden season, I must explore. The small offerings cause one to yearn to see the whole area with the color, light, and textures all before us. Lovely.

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    meander_michaele 09/24/2015

    Wonderful pictures,'s always such a treat to have a talented gardener such as yourself share the more nuanced glimpses of plants through the framing of a photo. I find the delicacy of the pairing Begonia Nova Bossa White and Lotus Bertholotii so captivating and actually wouldn't be surprised if Tinkerbell was just out of is such a magical combination. And both those hydrangea varieties are glorious...such wonderful color. I readily admit that I can't pick a favorite!

  3. terieLR 09/24/2015

    Good morning Cherry, Goodness! I feel as though I just had dessert for breakfast. Thank you for focusing close up and exposing the beauty of even the tiniest Autumn offerings. As the majority of our gardens are fading we need to take joy in the plants that endured because of our faithful attention throughout the summer months. Simply beautiful photography.

  4. Quiltingmamma 09/24/2015

    Wowza! they are all so beautiful and you captured them perfectly in your very thoughtful photography. What a treat this morning!

  5. user-4691082 09/24/2015

    I agree with Meander! It just makes me so sad that this gardening season is coming to a close. My caryopteris is going gangbusters- I have 'Longwood Blue' which is one of the older cultivars. I love your Worchester Gold! My tricertis is not blooming yet...Cherry, your plants are just amazing! I always look forward to your posts!

    1. perenniallycrazy 09/25/2015

      Thank you Rhonda for your kind words.

  6. VikkiVA 09/24/2015

    Thanks so much for these gorgeous pictures! My favorite is the picture of the Begonia Nova Bossa and Lotus. You certainly have a beautiful variety of plants.

    1. perenniallycrazy 09/25/2015

      Thank you Vikki.

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    HelloFromMD 09/24/2015

    Wow, Cherry as talented a photographer as a gardener! Your beautiful pictures reminded me of the work of Richard Bloom. I have the book Gardening with Conifers by Adrian Bloom with photography by his son Richard Bloom. The Blooms are a very talented British family and now the youngest is a great photographer. Adrian specializes in conifers following in his fathers' footsteps in horticulture. Alan Bloom a great English nurseryman and horticulturist, father of the Island Bed, focused on perennials. Their nursery introduced many of the perennials we grow today. I would love to see Adrian Bloom's conifer garden in person. I would love to see your garden in person! I am glad you are enjoying the fall. It's in winter looking at photos when I can enjoy it. Now the garden seems to grow thin despite fall colors and mums so I feel sad. It is daunting to try to have a great show from April to the end of October. So far I have only made it to the end of Sept. with the garden looking good. It would nice to have a posting about October. What plants truly shine then rather than just linger. I have a couple of Japanese maples that are spectacular then, but few perennials.

    1. perenniallycrazy 09/25/2015

      I do hope we meet someday. Make sure you look me up if you're ever here Nancy.

  8. greengenes 09/24/2015

    I love them all! Great shots which capture the true beauty of each plant! Fall is such a wonderful time of the year, bringing quite a change! Wonderful colors here! Thanks Cherry!

  9. PeonyFan 09/24/2015

    Marvelous! Thank you!

  10. CJgardens 09/24/2015

    Cherry, thanks for sharing your wonderful photos. I can't choose a favorite either; each has it's own flair.
    Nancy (HellofromMD) in my Wisc. garden October is frosted and frozen, but some of the plants in my garden still looking great are: James Compton snakeroot, Japanese anemone, monkshood, and asters.

    1. perenniallycrazy 09/25/2015

      Those are all wonderful plants. Hope you can share your photos with us all. I love snakeroot!

  11. GrannyMay 09/24/2015

    Thanks, Cherry, for sharing these beauties. You have a garden full of amazing plants, I don't know how you begin to choose which ones to feature. Love them all!

    I had to look up Setcreasea pallida 'Purple Heart', whose name I didn't know, though it looked tantalizingly familiar. Aha! I discovered that the name has been changed from Tradescantia pallida, commonly called Spiderwort or Wnadering Jew, an old garden standby. Did it do well for you Cherry? Do you have it in a container or in the ground?

    1. perenniallycrazy 09/25/2015

      All my purple hearts are in containers and they did exceptionally well in the garden this year, whether full sun or part sun.

  12. sheila_schultz 09/24/2015

    Your photography just keeps getting better and better, Cherry. You have captured the beauty of the blooms and reminded us the time has come to 'stop and smell the roses' and enjoy each and every tiny beauty in our own gardens before they are put to bed for their long winter's rest. You have also added to my list of 'to-do's' for the cold days ahead... I need to work on my macro technique with my little camera!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 09/24/2015

    Cherry, these are gorgeous, even the upside-down photo of the begonia and lotus vine. If that's not upside-down, patent that baby and make a fortune! However splendid each and every photo and plant is here, I easily picked a favorite: Agave Frosty Blue: amazing color, spiny splendiferousness! I love this time of year, despite dreading winter. In my garden, although many plants are tired and ready to go to bed, so many perennials perk up in the fresh, cooler air, like Heucheras, and begin pushing out new growth. Annuals revive from a being cut back and baked, and tropicals fill containers with an over-blown, over-grown denseness.

    1. terieLR 09/25/2015

      Sure enough, upside down ?

  14. foxglove12 09/24/2015

    All are amazing photos. Begonia colors and composition is my favorite.

  15. schatzi 09/24/2015

    All your photos are beautiful, Cherry. But the Begonia and lotus vine is pure art - it is gorgeous. I like fall and I am certainly ready for our record hot summer to end, but I grieve the end of growing season - my heat loving veggies have never done better than this year.
    Tomatoes, peppers, lemon cucumbers, squash - even Japanese eggplant! Yum! I tried a new cherry tomato this year - Indigo Rose - productive, delicious, but takes forever to ripen, even in all the heat we had. It has been a beautiful and delicious summer.

  16. GrannyCC 09/24/2015

    Wonderful Cherry! Beautiful photography. Reminds us all to take some time to really look closely at our plants and flowers. Sometimes we spend time only looking from a far. I will have to look for some of my favourites Trycystis formosana and Caryopteris. Several of the Garden Centers are having sales!!

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    LindaonWhidbey 09/24/2015

    Beautiful photos. We share a love of many of the same plants, especially the Caryopteris. It's always a joy at this time of year when other plants are fading.

  18. Meelianthus 09/24/2015

    Breathtaking photos Cherry! I do love the Swiss chard but they are all amazing. I would love to wander thru your garden pots and it is so hard to say goodbye to them for the season isn't it. Happy Fall time to you Cherry!

    1. perenniallycrazy 09/25/2015

      Hope you can come and visit some time. It would be great to get to know you!

  19. user-1020932 09/25/2015

    ok, i'm a day late and several dollars short but i'm glad I got to see this today. all look great but that Agave shot is just the way I like 'em,,,,,,,,,,,,,beautiful and dangerous

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