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The Final Encore?

Abies koreana Silberlocke

Let's continue Jeff's farewell tour from last week. Think there might be one more encore performance left in your garden?

"Ok, I think it is the end of the 2015 growing season but I have had more farewell tours than Cher."

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backyard in November 

Farfugium japonica giganteum

Hydrangea quercifolia Alice

lower garden at Rotherwood

north shrub border

NOT my house it's the neighbors

Symphoricarpus  Scarlet Pearl

Taxodium distichum Peve Minaret

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  1. diane_lasauce 11/23/2015


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    meander_michaele 11/23/2015

    It wouldn't be a Jeff picture sharing without sending me off on a google search. The winner this round was Symphoricarpus Scarlet Pearl. The berries seem so plump and I can imagine with a dusting of frost or light snow snow, they'd look delightfully least to this particular human! Is this a fairly new plant in your garden or have you had it for several seasons now? If you've had it through at least one winter, how long do the berries last? or are they popular with birds and get stripped off the branches fairly soon? So nice to have that far off view and yet have no property care responsibilities.

    1. user-1020932 11/24/2015

      this is my first year with Scarlet Pearl and i am anxious to see how it performs next year. they were 7 gallon Monrovia plants and i bit my lip when i paid for them so i HOPE they are superstars next year. i will let you know how long the berries last,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,if i remember

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 11/23/2015

    Always a treat to take another tour. The close up of the fir cone is beautiful and the way you framed up the Rotherwood trees is perfect. Nice to get another view of the previous post's shot of that great maple and the mondo grass with fallen leaves. Did you get your predicted lows last night? I think ours was forecast for 23, but it was only 29 this morning. In the last photo, are those mosquito-breeding towers? :) Oh, and thanks for posting the shot of my little Tennessee vacation home.

    1. user-1020932 11/24/2015

      yep, it was 23 this morning and i was not amused. i thought you would like seeing your tennessee cabin from another perspective

  4. user-4691082 11/23/2015

    Is Rotherwood your home garden? And how about that view? And I'm with Meander on that Symphoricarpus - just beautiful!

    1. user-1020932 11/24/2015

      Rotherwood is a client property. an antebellum home . we have been working there for 25 years and i do feel as if it's mine. google Rotherwood Mansion and you can see the house and read the ghost stories. the only ghost that will ever be there will be ME

  5. Quiltingmamma 11/23/2015

    Love the flow of grasses with the autumn leaves on it in the Rotherwood photo....and I covet that neighbour's view. Our leaves are gone and though I try to see things from a photo perspective, there is no encore left in my garden. Not sure if I have the same symphoricarpus, but though leafless, the berries are beautiful this year. I have found it to be an underachiever in my garden and was planning to rip it out - until the berries set this Fall. I may just need to give it another year, or move to a better spot. They are stunning....

    1. user-1020932 11/24/2015

      i have had other snowberries and i did rip them out but i think this one might be a keeper. we will see but if it starts to invade the space,,,,,,,,,,,,,,brushpile time

  6. NCYarden 11/23/2015

    Looks picturesque and wonderful, Jeff. Wish I was there for a visit. I'm digging your Symphoricarpus. I got one a couple of seasons ago, and it manages to hang on, but looks nothing near as robust as yours, and definitely less berries. I think our oppressive Summers beat it down a bit, but I really adore it and hope it keeps getting stronger each season. And thanks for the Farfugium blooms. All mine grew crazy strong this year, but sadly no blooms. Odd things going on in my garden this year - I have a lack of blooms on things that should be doing so, and an even odder number of Spring bloomers in currently in bloom. Whatever (?), I'll take it. Love the cone on that Abies, by the way - it's a nice little holiday decoration. Thanks for the visual invite in the garden.

    1. user-1020932 11/24/2015

      farfugium is hit and miss for me here but if they die i usually plant another one if just for the leaves. the flowers usually get frozen before they open but not this year. that is the only Abies i can reliably grow here as all the others i have tried usually die around 4 July

      1. NCYarden 11/24/2015

        Agreed, farfugium leaves alone are a prize. Even when I get (potential) blooms I often only get the swollen buds that freeze as well.
        I can't wait till my Silberlocke produces cones...something to look forward to.

  7. annek 11/23/2015

    Lower garden at rotherwood wins my heart. Well, one of the winners of my heart. Your photos are beautiful and the images have been caught with an artist's eye. Great job, Jeff. Yet again!!

    1. user-1020932 11/24/2015

      thanks, i have had many many many nice lunches sitting on that stonewall in that photo. i am really the only one who ever sees anything at that property. the homeowner rarely ventures from the house and there are never visitors there unless i take them

  8. user-7007496 11/23/2015

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. You win!!!!!

    1. user-1020932 11/24/2015

      thank you thank you thank you!

      1. user-7007496 11/24/2015

        You are most welcome.

  9. GrannyMay 11/23/2015

    Never final! I don't believe you can stop appreciating the beauty, no matter what is going on. Love that photo of the flying discs and the Farfugium!

    1. user-1020932 11/24/2015

      Farfugium is marginally hardy here,,, i'll be piling on the pine straw and hoping for the best come spring

  10. Meelianthus 11/23/2015

    Take a bow Jeff - really lovely photos.

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  11. GrannyCC 11/23/2015

    I agree with May, never final. I am sure you will be sending pictures of snow soon!! It is all beautiful.

    1. user-1020932 11/24/2015

      thanks, Catherine, i wouldn't mind having one snow but more than that is just too much

  12. greengenes 11/23/2015

    Well Jeff...these are great photos as always and taken with a creative eye. But I like the question mark after the title, "The Final Encore". You'll be back! Your place will look great in the snow as well!

    1. user-1020932 11/24/2015

      Jeanne, i need you to visit to help me develop fullness and garden vistas as you have done at your place

      1. greengenes 11/24/2015

        Woah... what an honor.. I don't feel like I can help too much there. I guess I have to have a glass of wine and sit a while and get the feel for the area and then look at trees and plants in the nurseries. I just sort of wing it, Jeff. I buy a plant and then I make a place for it. Iam bad but I love it!

  13. perenniallycrazy 11/23/2015

    A truly beautiful garden that never quits! Have a great week Jeff.

    1. user-1020932 11/24/2015

      i thought i was "done" with the garden but i laid out another bed and brought home LOTS more stone,,,,,,,,,i'm crazy

  14. galealdred 11/23/2015

    Again, Bravo!!

  15. sheila_schultz 11/23/2015

    As much as I enjoy all of your photos, Jeff... the fir cone shot is off the charts beautiful, and the neighbor's place with it's reflection in the pond is positively perfect! Enjoy what's left of fall and have a great Thanksgiving!

    1. user-1020932 11/24/2015

      that is the ONLY cone i got this year on the Silberlocke . a late freeze this past spring took the others out. i'm glad i have the view of the neighbors without their costs of maintaining that property,,,,,,,,,,,enjoy your thanksgiving with the family

      1. sheila_schultz 11/24/2015

        Your design talent is growing my friend, and your photography is becoming professional quality.

        1. sheila_schultz 11/24/2015

          Hugs right back at you...

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    LindaonWhidbey 11/23/2015

    Jeff, your photos prove that every season has plenty of beauty to appreciate. I can't wait to see your winter tour.

    1. user-1020932 11/24/2015

      i'm sure i'll take pictures but i'm not looking forward to winter

  17. schatzi 11/23/2015

    Beautiful as usual, Jeff. Love the Scarlet Pearl Symphorocarpus. I had a species that had pink berries, but I tore it out because like the native snowberry, here in the PNW, it runs rampant over everything in its path. I have heard that the fancier cultivars don't do that. True? Always look forward to your posts. Keep on keepin' on.

    1. user-1020932 11/24/2015

      this is my first year with Scarlet Pearl so i don't know if it's invasive or not,,,,,,,,now i'm scared

  18. foxglove12 11/24/2015

    One doesn't have to look hard for year round garden beauty. Gorgeous!

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