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Robin’s New Hampshire Garden

Scenes from September

plant with white flowers in front of pink hydrangea

Today we’re in Kensington, New Hampshire, visiting with Robin Hess.

Here are some photos from my seacoast New Hampshire garden this September. I have been gardening for about four years and especially love hostas. My garden is mostly sun with hardly any shade, which has been a challenge.

three purple coneflowersConeflowers (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–8)

dark purple and cream colored flowerA stunning hybrid daylily (Hemerocallis hybrid, Zones 4–9) with high-contrast purple-and-cream blooms.

light purple flower with delicate petalsWe usually think of hostas (Hosta hybrids, Zones 4–9) as foliage plants, but the flowers can be quite attractive as well.

ornamental grass with small golden plumesThe tawny flower heads of Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (Zones 5–9) are lined up against a perfect fall blue sky.

bumblebee on lavender blossomLavender (Lavandula sp., Zones 5–9) with late-season blooms is being enjoyed by a bumblebee.

plant with white flowers in front of pink hydrangeaWhite liatris (Liatris sp., Zones 3–8) contrasts with a backdrop of aging hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–9).

hydrangea with light yellow flowersHydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ (Zones 3–9)

green and dark purple berries on pink stemPokeweed (Phytolacca americana, Zones 4–8) is a native plant that is often considered a weed, but it has a lot of beauty to offer, and its berries are much loved by birds.

flower bud beginning to openA flower bud of rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus, Zones 5–8)

frog sitting on a garden hoseThis last photos is of a gray tree frog taking advantage of the condensation on the garden hose. The frogs “live” in my watering can. After I empty a few cans of water they tend to come out, so I rush back to the place where they live to be sure they don’t end up in harm’s way. They have been hanging out in my watering can for three summers now.


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  1. runfortheroses 11/16/2021

    Nice work, Robin! I think it’s great that you incorporate pokeweed. An under appreciated native

  2. nwphilagardener 11/16/2021

    Robin, I hope you can find another watering can so those frogs get to hang out we’re they’ve been so happy. Thanks for sending in these cheery photos!

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    user-7007816 11/16/2021

    My experience with Pokeweed is that it is very invasive. Birds love the berries but the seeds are then spread over a wide area. The seeds sprout and the Pokeweed continues to spread. It has been a major nuisance for me.

  4. sagebird52 11/16/2021

    Interesting and different yet beautiful pics. Happy frogging!!

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    treasuresmom 11/16/2021

    I had to chuckle about your frog. We have one that lives in the rain barrel.

  6. user-5117752 11/16/2021

    Beautiful photos but you know that frog pic takes the cake!!!

  7. nicki_s 11/16/2021

    Robin, you are a gardener after my own heart - and a much better photographer! The grass against the sky ... the pokeweed ... the frog! Thanks for sharing.

  8. user-7008585 11/16/2021

    Here in Oregon Pokeweed is on the invasive noxious weed list. It is spreading widely in my neighborhood...

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    simplesue 11/16/2021

    Oh nice photos of the garden plants and the best was last- that adorable frog!!!

  10. btucker9675 11/16/2021

    We have a grey tree frog who spends the summer behind a decorative sun plaque on our back deck - he sings happily from there. This summer I've had two green tree frogs who, like your friends, kept climbing into my watering can for the back deck. I finally had to plug the openings because they would leap out when I took it into the house to fill with water. They are funny little things! Love your very pretty garden.

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