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The last gasp of fall in May’s garden, Day 3 of 3

The summer containers are giving way to hardy succulents and grasses as an outdoor focal point.

Day 3 in May's fall garden. May, thanks so much for leading us USA residents up to Thanksgiving with such beautiful photos (those crocosmia seed pods–SWOON!). I did my research a little too late to wish you a happy Canadian Thanksgiving–I hope it was wonderful. To all of you that celebrate tomorrow's version, GET THAT TURKEY READY! We'll be back tomorrow with a perennial treat. Stay tuned!

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Pyracantha climbs up the trellis on the house. Its berries are favoured by birds once the cold has set in.  Rosemary starts to bloom at the same time, offering some nectar for the Anna's hummingbirds.

Lacey surveys what is left on the beck deck. Still quite a bit, considering this is November.

A container of Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion' has not yet lost its leaves. The hakone grass is still hanging on as well.

I like the look of crocosmia berries in the fall. An evergreen azalea is the background.

An indoor succulent collection reflects what is going on outside. I saved the names of everything, but there are too many to list!
Sitting on the kitchen table – pruning gave vases full of eucalyptus leaves and camellia, hydrangea, and pieris branches. Too lovely to throw out, they will keep for quite a while. 
An arrangement of pieris and hydrangea beside the front door.  These were the result of heavy pruning in the backyard.

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  1. perenniallycrazy 11/26/2014

    Talk about saving the best for last. This is quite a lovely set! I think it is excellent how you have brought the festive fall celebration indoors as well.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    1. GrannyMay 11/26/2014

      Cherry, my design capabilities are a pale shadow of yours. We have an awful lot of the same plants, just used differently. Glad you like what I do with mine. By the way, I had just got a Helleborus 'Penny's Pink' from Fraser's Thimble Farm on Saltspring Island and then saw you liked it on FB. Funny how that happens when there are so many varieties to chose froom.

      1. perenniallycrazy 12/03/2014

        Totally disagree! I am learning from your designs with every GPOD post you have made. =)

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    meander_michaele 11/26/2014

    It just keeps getting better and, oh, my goodness, no rust colored rooster ever looked so sumptuously about a grand finale! You are as artful and creative with your indoor plant compositions as you are with your outdoor ones. I can't believe all the goodies you still have thriving out on your deck and ...ha, there is Lacey strolling so casually through paradise and if she's anything like my dog, she's probably thinking about food.
    Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful pictures and amping up my feeling of gratitude for the beauty of gardening

  3. Nurserynotnordstroms 11/26/2014

    Such a beautiful garden so late in the year. I have enjoyed your garden so much these three days. I would love a long stroll through your gardens and hours of garden chat time with you May. I really appreciate you taking the time to send your photos in for all of us to enjoy. Fall and winter are times to reflect on our success as gardeners and enjoy the bones of our gardens and dream of our plans for the future, happy holidays to you May and sweet garden dreams

    1. GrannyMay 11/26/2014

      Thanks for the great feedback, that makes it worthwhile, even though we are not able to chat n person. Yes, time for reflection and dreams of next year.

  4. user-1020932 11/26/2014

    May, i love every square inch of your garden and have really ,,,,,,,,really enjoyed these 3 days in your garden. you truly have created a garden for every season . i think you need to borrow Michelle's google glasses and do a walking tour with audio so we can hear your garden story. P.S. if you look hard enough ,,,,,there is always an agave .

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 11/26/2014

      Jeff, you're killing me. Of course the agave meme was going through my head when I saw that little guy! Cheers!

      1. GrannyMay 11/26/2014

        You guys really do have radar for agaves! See if he's still around this time next year.

    2. GrannyMay 11/26/2014

      Jeff, I was just waiting for you to notice the little Agave potatorum! I was so determined I would NOT start an agave addiction along with a tender succulent succulent addiction, but it crept into my hands during a weak moment! Thanks to you and Cherry on Facebook and Tim and others here on GPOD, I could no longer resist either. So far I'm not sorry, as they are all cute babies and only recently planted. I really do not have a good place to keep them happy for long, so this will probably teach me a lesson I ought to have mastered a long time ago - right plant, right place!

      1. user-1020932 11/26/2014

        May, the Agave clan are all so painfully beautiful and geometrically fascinating, you gotta have one ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,or 20

      2. sheila_schultz 11/26/2014

        You are in trouble now, May! Agave madness is incredibly infectious with no known cure ;)

        1. GrannyMay 11/26/2014

          I know, Sheila.... but I've caught it now.

  5. terieLR 11/26/2014

    Jumped out of bed to get an early start on the Thanksgiving pies and so far all I've accomplished is drueling over the past 3 posts of your outstanding garden, photos and container combinations. I smile at the prunnings gathered to create that beautiful rooster arrangement. It's perfect. Annually as I prune, the pile tossed into the wheelbarrow temps me to savor bits a tad longer and they end up displayed on the porch tables... Or tucked into temporary wreaths.
    I agree with Jeff ~ We need an audio tour. Thank you for gifting us with your talents May!
    Now, about those pies...

    1. GrannyMay 11/26/2014

      Terie, yes, just prunings, so I'm glad to hear you do that too. Whenever I prune I often stick the bits into vases and other temporary arrangements. After all, you grow plants you like, so why just toss their branches while they still look good. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 11/26/2014

    What a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast for the eyes, May! You really are a talented artist. I can't stop looking at those outdoor succulent containers, at least until I want to go back and look at that indoor arrangement with the hydrangea leaves bedecked with crimson. I do love me an autumn foliage arrangement. I like to stick a couple of stems of variegated miscanthus right in the middle. They don't seem to last long, but look great! Thanks for taking the time to share!

    1. GrannyMay 11/26/2014

      Thanks again Tim! My arrangements will grow and change as I start looking around properly for things to add. Those were done strictly out of what was being pruned at the moment cause I couldn't bear to just throw them out.

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 02/02/2015

        May! I was so excited to see your garden featured on the blog page of the magazine this issue! I love love love your garden and containers and wish there were even more pages in the magazine devoted to your garden. Both you and Terie make this issue a special treat. I still have kalanchoe pumila on my list for this spring. I found one mail order source but have not pulled the trigger yet, because frankly, I have already been quite trigger happy this new year with the ordering.......Sheila Shultz and I have been batting around the idea of doing containers in silver and black this spring. Started out with Linda's containers on the blog a week or so ago and talking about the new silver and pewter Heucheras and maybe combining them with black mondo grass. Now I can't stop thinking about black and silver plants. There's surprisingly a lot! Congrats on the article!

        1. GrannyMay 02/02/2015

          Hi Tim! I haven't seen the issue yet - had no idea which photos Michelle was going to used, hoping for the best. From your comment, it must have turned out well. Thank you so much for your approval!

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            Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 02/02/2015

            I think you'll be pleased. If I had it here at work with me, I'd post a snapshot, but probably better for you to wait in suspense.... :)

          2. GrannyMay 02/02/2015

            Oh no, I can't wait! I went to the online version of the magazine, but for some reason it does not show all the pages of the hard copy. I wonder why that is? I'm logged in.

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            Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 02/02/2015

            I did that when my article came out, and I only got a preview of two pages. Do you get the digital version on your computer or other device? It is available to you if you have a subscription. I don't know if it is available for download yet.

          4. GrannyMay 02/02/2015

            Tim I tried to download the apps that allow you to look at the digital version, but you need either Windows 8, or a device on which you can run apps (apparently your laptop running Windows 7 is not the right machine). Sigh:(

  7. ingehaneke 11/26/2014

    may, you are a magician ! i love the wonderful Arrangements and colors

  8. NCYarden 11/26/2014

    I'm amazed. Just the fact you have such an extended Fall to retain such prolific visual stimulation. It's been a weird one here in NC with strange results for the plants; so it's been great to have a look around your garden over these past few days. Thanks again for the invite. The arrangements are fantastic.

    1. GrannyMay 11/26/2014

      I think everyone is having weird weather this fall. We had a period of freezing following the extended warmth now are back to the warmth, probably temporarily. So, most of the colour in my previous 2 groups of photos is gone. The Callicarpa has lost its leaves, as has the bearberry, thought the berries remain. Thanks for liking!

  9. GrannyMay 11/26/2014

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you are able to get together with family and friends and truly give thanks far all that we have, both in your country and mine.

  10. GrannyCC 11/26/2014

    Gorgeous May! love the rooster!! and of course the arrangement.

  11. sheila_schultz 11/26/2014

    May, your containers and foliage filled vases are always so elegant, but this particular batch brought a big smile to my face. The pieris and hydrangea arrangement is's delicate, but yet it makes such a strong statement. And the vase with the clippings from pruning... your options of leaf shapes, textures and colors is a floral designers dream. Thank you for bringing the beauty of Fall to my kitchen table.
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  12. greengenes 11/26/2014

    Well what a way to start the day! These are great shots of your gardens, May! I really enjoyed the colors of that hydgrangea in the vase! How colorful are berries this time of year. The pyracantha is one plant that I really need to get! Little lacy is on patrol looking for something to chase! She has a wonderful place to live! Thanks again, May for showing us your beautiful gardens!!! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    1. GrannyMay 11/26/2014

      Good morning! Love the pyracantha.... the leaves, the flowers and the berries are all great, BUT because it has truly lethal, long, strong thorns, be very very careful where you plant it. Mine leans happily against a trellis on the west side of the house and wants to reach the roof. I have to prune it back every year, sometimes twice, and always get wounded, no matter how careful I am. Those thorns will even penetrate the soles of your shoes and I have yet to find gloves that are strong enough. Like the berberis, they would be best planted where noone ever has to go near them. A hedge of those, plus tall roses would keep most visitors at bay, possibly even the deer... hmmm.

      1. greengenes 11/26/2014

        Good idea for deer proofing! I didn't know they had thorns though. I have looked at cotoneaster and found a huge group growing along side a rode and took some branches for a winter bouquet. So I will try to see if they will root if I stick them in some dirt somewhere. This is doable with some plants and I have done a few this way. Its a great way to increase your plant stash to give away or put somewhere else in the garden. Thanks for the info on that though. I have been watching a series called, "Rosemary and Thyme" and they showed a garden in England that had a beautiful yellow pyracanthus growing up the side of the rock house! Just gorgeous! If you ever get a chance to see this series its about two middleaged women who do gardening while being sort of detectives. But they film this in historic, European areas, great estates, etc... I pretty much watch it just to see the gardens! Well iam going back outside to dig some more! Thanks May!

        1. greengenes 11/26/2014

          Here is a pic of the cotoneaster...I hope this will send...woops..looks like it went sideways..

          1. GrannyMay 11/26/2014

            Love your arrangement! When I start doing the Christmas decorating, soon, I'll add lots of fir, pine and other bits to my arrangements too. I found that if I use berries, the birds will pull them off and "rearrange" everything.

            Cotoneasters are great! I hope the propagation works for you. I have lots of evergreen cotoneaster that has spread everywhere along the side of my driveway. It roots wherever it touches the ground and also climbs up over other plants. I like it and wish I knew the variety. By mistake I got a deciduous one for along the garage, but kept it anyway, as most of the year it is lovely.

        2. GrannyMay 11/26/2014

          I used to watch and enjoy that series too. I haven't seen it on my TV schedule recently though.

          1. greengenes 11/27/2014

            That's great you have seen this series! I enjoy it! I just happened to come across it in the bookmobile this last Saturday. Its the whole series so it will take some time to see them all. But in the evening after my husband goes to bed well.. I sit and watch and enjoy the gardens! Good bye for now...

  13. Meelianthus 11/26/2014

    Thank you May for all the glorious days of your wonderful Fall feast. Your arrangements are beautiful right thru November. Everything will be going to sleep soon and usually by then all of us gardeners need a rest too! Wonderful colors even yet.

  14. schatzi 11/26/2014

    Love your revised summer containers, and the beautiful Lacey surveying her domain. I also save some prunings for arrangements, but what you do with them is spectacular! Love the one beside the front door. And the one on the kitchen table. O.K.. Educate me - where's the agave? I also love crocosmias - flowers and berries - and have several varieties. I just love this blog! Getting to see all these exceptional gardens and chat with the gardeners is very special to me. Thank you again, Michelle. Happy TG everyone.

    1. GrannyMay 11/26/2014

      Hi Shirley, the agave is in the lower right front of the photo with all the indoor succulents. It is in a taupe coloured pot by itself. Once I decide that it will be a keeper, I'll find or make a nicer pot for it.

    2. GrannyMay 11/26/2014

      Shirley, here is a closeup of the Agave. this might give you a better idea why people become hooked on them

      1. user-1020932 11/26/2014

        hooked is exactly right! those spines can bite

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