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Fall Fun

a daredevil wasp

How about a little more fall fun from Jeff?!

"With Fall at it's peak here in east Tennessee it's nice to examine closely the changing colors and textures.  Soon all that will be gone and it will be time to appreciate bark, branching and examine the bones of the garden.  Plan wisely and you can have something cool going on 12 months out of the year to enjoy – except in February – nothing goes on here in February."

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Camellia Winter Stars

chestnut burrs – ouch

Epimedium and Acanthus

Euonymous alatusalways a color bomb

Hydrangea quercifolia Alice

only 4 berries on Danae racemosa this year

Pansy Hypericum Heuchera and Lomandra

Sarracenia lighting up for fall

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    meander_michaele 10/27/2015

    Great pictures, Jeff. Ha, dare I admit it...I am in love with 'Alice'...she looks truly gorgeous in that shade of red ! And the pitcher plants (I'm sure there's a more scientific name for them than that) look like exquisite stained glass works of art. What happens to them in the winter? Do they dissolve away or do you cut them back before the freeze?

    1. user-1020932 10/27/2015

      Mike, Alice is a keeper and Ruby Slippers i am liking a lot as well. the pitcher plants (Sarracenia) are the coolest plants i have here and i have a lot of plants! they fire up for a fall show of intense color and remain upright until snows/ice break them down. i don't cut them back until spring. you NEED some by your pond!

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        meander_michaele 10/27/2015

        You are absolutely right about needing some in the bog end of my pond. Are they a mail order source type plant or should a good quality nursery carry them? I just bought 2 'Ruby Slippers' the other day and am curious to see how they differ from the generic oakleaf hydrangeas of which I have many.

  2. Cenepk10 10/27/2015

    Beautiful, Jeff. Love it all & the burning bush !!!

    1. user-1020932 10/27/2015

      lots of rain here this week so most of the leaves will be gone by friday,,,,,,,,,,i will have a skeleton garden for Halloween

      1. Cenepk10 10/27/2015

        Phooey ! I hate winter !!!!!!!!

  3. user-4691082 10/27/2015

    I too, love all of your photos. Is the euonymus alatusa the common one? Yours looks so pink in the picture, but mine are more red. The sarracenia is exquisite! What zone is it hardy to? I just love when you post!

    1. user-1020932 10/27/2015

      the burning bush is in a more shady part of the garden, the ones in full sun are much more red. Sarracenia varieties can be VERY hardy but you would have to google to find out which ones. and thanks! glad you like my photos, i usually have a camera with me everywhere i go

  4. galealdred 10/27/2015

    Bravo! That Sarracenia is totally gorgeous.
    Great photos.

  5. hortiphila 10/27/2015

    Jeff, I too believe there is always something spectacular to see and photograph in the garden, everyday of the year. Stunning Oakleaf Hydrangea, have you ever grown 'Snowflake' I'm entranced with it's flowers. I'm curious about your comment "nothing in February," do you have any Witch Hazel (Hamamelis)? The garden is all about change. Fabulous photos!

  6. Chris_N 10/27/2015

    You always have such interesting plants. I'd never heard of Lomandra before. Do you just have the one? Do you use it on client's sites? It won't survive Wisconsin but from what I've read it could be quite useful as an ornamental grass in your area and south.

    Love the Sarracenia as well. I grow S. purpurea, which is the only one native to Wisconsin. I'll have to look into some of the others. The photo with the wasp is stunning.

    1. user-1020932 10/27/2015

      Chris, i use Lomandra as an annual in containers. it's a good green with nice clean leaves

  7. GrannyMay 10/27/2015

    Always love your plants and your garden, Jeff. Thanks to you, I have a small clump of Sarracenia, one of my favourites too. I need to find it a less hidden spot, to see and enjoy it more often. I think you have snow in February, but wouldn't Corylopsis, Pieris, Brunnera, Helleborus, Winter Heather, Crocus and Snowdrops give you some interest?. Here the early Rhododendrons, Euphorbia and all the early narcissus also give colour.

    1. user-1020932 10/27/2015

      Hellebores in some years others not so much. Corylopsis and the others flower here in March and into April. Witch hazel never dazzles, chipmunks devour my crocus ,,,,,,it's always something. Now, May, i took the blame for your succulent addiction and now i'm blamed for the Sarracenia as well? :) glad you got some as they are very cool plants to have

      1. GrannyMay 10/28/2015

        No regrets for my plant addictions, Jeff. I thank you, and the other folks who have shared their gardens, for widening my horizons. I love seeing what everyone else grows in the different hardiness zones and sharing both their successes and failures.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 10/27/2015

    So gorgeous, as always. I knew they were there, but I've never actually seen those retorsely pointed hairs on the inside of those slippery-throated Sarracenia. Mine are so tiny right now, but I hope my kettle fills up with tall, showy pitchers in the coming years. I've never heard of the gorgeous Danae, although Poet's Laurel sounds faintly familiar. Plant Delights says 6b or maybe colder...might be worth pushing the hardiness in my zone-denial garden. Definitely jealous of your camellia. All my friends that had cold-hardy ones here lost them in the last two winters... :(

    1. user-1020932 10/27/2015

      you have NO idea how slow slow slow that Danae racemosa is

  9. CJgardens 10/27/2015

    Jeff, thanks for always sharing your beautiful gardens/plants with your wonderful photography. Enjoy your Halloween festivities. Cj

  10. JaneEliz 10/27/2015

    Love your fall fun...especially the sarracenia-what a stand you have! How lucky you are to have that camellia-so covered in blooms. All very lovely! Thanks.

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  12. wGardens 10/27/2015

    Wonderful. Gotta LOVE that Sarracenia!! Very cool! Great photos, Jeff. Always look forward to your posts!!!

  13. greengenes 10/27/2015

    Great pictures, Jeff! Winter is hard to get thru when you have so many interesting summer and fall plants! But we will help you thru it! It helps me to think about what I will place where in the early spring or try to remember where I planted some bulbs and check out magazines and ..... Your beauties are putting out quite a show. I didn't know that the heptacodium got that big! I love the camellia. I have one that flowers in the winter, Yueltide, but I want a pink one! The sarracenia are so exotic! I still have to make a place for mine. Right now they are in a pan of water! Thanks for sharing these and brightening up our day!

    1. user-1020932 10/27/2015

      Jeanne, there is enough in your garden to keep everybody entertained and all agog 12 months out of the year. i love your place

  14. Meelianthus 10/27/2015

    The wasp is down right frightening but the Sarracenia are really stunning. Is the Danae Racemosa in the Sarcococca family, it looks so similar? Thanks for sharing more of your beautiful garden photos Jeff.

    1. user-1020932 10/27/2015

      no, it's actually more related to Asparagus

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