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Late Season Combinations

Gardens don’t quit after Labor Day – or Halloween

Today’s GPOD features combinations taken in early November, a month not usually thought of as a time for ornamental gardening.

Hydrangea paniculata and Clematis tibetana

Nicotiana and Salvia leucantha

Salvia madrensis ‘Red Neck Girl’

Dahlia ‘Gem’ and some perennial mums

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  1. frankgreenhalgh 12/01/2017

    Nice Nicotiana and Salvia combination. Cheers from Oz

    PS. Some more of the drip feed of counter seasonal flowering for those who may be interested. (1) Coral gum (Eucalyptus torquata); and (2) and (3), Flowering gums (Corymbia ficifolia).

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      meander_michaele 12/01/2017

      Your part of the world has such fun spring flowers, Frank. Even though the scientific names would not indicate they are from the same family, the fact that they share the common name "gums" and look so similar makes me think they are at least kissin' cousins.

      1. frankgreenhalgh 12/01/2017

        Hi Michaele - the Flowering gum tree used to be Eucalyptus ficifolia, but was reclassified to Corymbia ficifolia in recent years. So yes, very close relations. Thanks for your insightful comments as usual. Cheers, Frank

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          meander_michaele 12/01/2017

          Ha, Frank, we're all members in good standing of your fan club!

          1. frankgreenhalgh 12/01/2017

            Hey Michaele - A bit more Australiana (hope you don't mind). We are in a fishing competition at the moment, and another competitor just caught this fish in front of us. It is an iconic fresh water native fish called a Murray cod (106cm). Pics. were quickly taken and the cod was released - lovely to see it swim away!

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            meander_michaele 12/01/2017

            Very impressive looking and it sent me off on a centimeter to inches conversion table. Does that kind of fish have a lot of fight in it when hooked?

          3. frankgreenhalgh 12/02/2017

            Yes - it probably weighed 60 lb (change of units) and put on a nice fight. Big yell when it was landed. Can grow to over 100 lb.

    2. Maggieat11 12/01/2017

      Beautiful, Frank. They must be stunning "in person"!

    3. user-7007498 12/01/2017

      Thanks, Frank, for the burst of spring color from Oz. The flowers there are so interesting. Explosions of vibrant colors. I love it. Keep up the bonus photos.

    4. user-4691082 12/01/2017

      Thanks Frankie, for today’s fix!

    5. tennisluv 12/01/2017

      I just love your beautiful Australian spring flowers. So showy and colourful, bursting like fireworks.

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      LindaonWhidbey 12/01/2017

      Frank, you’re getting us all anxious for spring. These are lovely. Thanks.

    7. user-7008735 12/01/2017

      Gorgeous, Frank! These flowers remind me of the sea anemones that grow under water off the Pacific coast of North America.

      1. frankgreenhalgh 12/01/2017

        Does look very similar, Lorraine. Nice pick-up!

    8. user-6536305 12/04/2017

      Very impressively colorful! Thanks for sharing Frank!

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    meander_michaele 12/01/2017

    I particularly love the tapestry of delicate textures in photo #1. The clematis seed heads could be a main character in a Dr. Seuss book...they are so charming.

  3. user-7007498 12/01/2017

    I agree with Michaele. The seed heads on the clematis are so cool. I love both of the Salvia’s, probably because I cannot grow them here in zone 6 (which automatically increases my plant envy).

    1. user-6536305 12/04/2017

      Talk about plant envy, I am serious envy in years about the plants that they have in Australia where Frank is.

      1. user-7007498 12/04/2017

        Very true, Lilian. The plants from Australia look like they come from another world. Such a wow factor.

  4. Maggieat11 12/01/2017

    Lovely! I am especially taken with the Nicotiana and Salvia combination!

  5. user-4691082 12/01/2017

    I would like to know what perennial mum that is, and what zone were all these photos taken? To think that salvia and nicotiana would be blooming!

    1. SteveA 12/01/2017

      The photos were taken at a garden in Bronx, New York. And, unfortunately, we do not know the name of the perennial mum.

  6. cheryl_c 12/01/2017

    Ah, 7B! no wonder! I'd have thought your hardiness zone would have been a bit lower, given the latitude, but I guess the harbor has a stronger modifying effect than I'd realized. I too love that first photo - such soft colors. And am intrigued, like Kevin with the salvia's, but can't grow them either. Nice that the nicotiana is still blooming - will have to remember that for next year. Steve, thanks for sharing!

  7. tennisluv 12/01/2017

    The Hydrangea paniculata and Clematis tibetana combination is both striking and ethereal in their silver and tan fall colors. Having researched the C. tibetana before commenting, I think the seed heads are as pretty if not more so than the actual blossoms, which are unique for a Clematis (thick yellow 4-petal). And best of all, they both grow in my climate zone, Yeah! The Dahlia and mum combination is also very pretty. Dang, ya'll I don't have enough room (or money) for all the plants I lust after from this Blog.

  8. user-3565112 12/01/2017

    "Autumn,the years last,loveliest smile", (W.C. Bryant) I believe this sums up this GPOD week starting with Ms. Cronce's spectacular gardens parts 1 &2 thru to this mornings beautifully understated post.
    Thank you for the photos & good luck to everyone, Joe

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    LindaonWhidbey 12/01/2017

    What a great photo of the C. tibetana and hydrangea. We grew that type of clematis in WI until it tried to take over our house but the whorls do hang on beautifully. The best thing about living in western WA is that we have something flowering every month and it looks like the Bronx benefit from some maritime warmth, too.

  10. greengenes 12/01/2017

    I love the clematis heads i picture one! They always leave a long bit of beauty!

  11. user-7008735 12/01/2017

    I love the softness of the first photo with the silky clematis seed heads and the lacy hydrangea. Some plants "go over" so much more gracefully than others.

    1. DarliBarli 12/01/2017

      Me, too!!!

  12. DarliBarli 12/01/2017

    Not only do you have a lovely garden, you have a great eye for photographing it. I am making myself frenzied ordering bulbs and other plants online...Even spent $300 for a yellow Clivia bred at Longwood. It came in a box I could easily have stood up in and had not a blemish on the strapping leaves. Im talking sweetly to it as well as to the Popov Amaryllis that are growing measureably every day...looking forward to flowers. Finally came across a source for Papillon Amaryllis so ordered three. (Yay). Anyone know where I can find the terrific perennial Crambe Cordifolia?
    Frank, you're making me even more crazy with those gorgeous Aussie fleurs!!!

  13. user-6536305 12/04/2017

    Someone is making Monday great again! What a stunning winter garden! Love the Nicotiana and Salvia leucantha and Dahlia ‘Gem’ and some perennial mums combinations. Thanks for sharing!

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