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The Year That Was in Northwestern New Jersey

Seasons in the garden

close up of yellow purple and orange flowers in the garden

Today’s photos are from Phyllis Strohmeyer in northwestern New Jersey (Zone 6A).

We have a 3-acre lot on the side of Jenny Jump Mountain. We moved here five years ago, planting all along the way.

pink purple and orange flowers around a birdcage gazeboKniphofia (Zones 5–9) and Invinciball Spirit II hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCH2’, Zones 3–9) surround the birdcage gazebo.

shade garden with foliage plants and tree stumpsA large ash tree (Fraxinus sp.) by the road succumbed to emerald ash borers. When it was removed several beautiful stumps were left, so I made a stumpery.

close up of stump surrounded by various foliage plantsThese two stumps are surrounded by hosta, goatsbeard (Arucus dioicus, Zones 4–8), and Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium caeruleum, Zones 4–8).

close up of ligularia with bright yellow flowersPots of ageratum (Ageratum houstonianum, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) hang by a clump of ligularia (Ligularia dentata, Zones 4–8) in bloom in a wet spot in the shade.

close up of yellow purple and orange flowers in the gardenThis scene of end-of-summer glory includes blazing star (Liatrus spicata, Zones 3–8), New England aster (Symphyotrichum novaeangliae, Zones 4–8), goldenrod (Solidago sp.), and tithonia (Tithonia rotundifolia, annual).

trees with fall foliage next to homeFall in northwestern New Jersey

trees covered in ice in winterCrystal trees from an ice storm, December 2022


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    treasuresmom 11/29/2023

    Everything is so pretty.

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    simplesue 11/29/2023

    Oh wow! What a beautiful home with all the big glass windows in a setting of a gorgeous woodland garden!
    That is the prettiest patch of Ligularia, looks so natural.
    Your stumpry is so inspiring- I love it.
    The woodland in a covering of snow is gorgeous!
    The photo "scene of end-of-summer glory" is a nice combination of plants!

  3. btucker9675 11/29/2023

    Love, love, love... The ice trees are especially gorgeous. I miss gardening in northeastern NJ - it's not the Garden State for nothing!!

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