More from the Autumn Garden
As it was a fairly nice day,
I spent some time outside trying to ready the
garden for the winter.
That meant bringing in containers that would
break if left outside in the cold
and cleaning up debris in the garden.
Most of my garden is past its prime at this point in the year,
but there are a still a few points of interest
even this late in the season.
The seeds of the Blackberry Lily.
It is easy to see why this plant has been given this name.
I got this plant from the Master Gardener Demo Garden,
and they had gotten the seeds for this plant from Monticello.
This lily was a favorite of Thomas Jefferson.
Interestingly enough, the Blackberry Lily,
which Jefferson called "Chinese Ixia", is actually
a member of the Iris family.
This is a new addition (read volunteer)
to my garden.
It is Late Boneset.
Early herbalists believed that the plant was useful
for helping to set broken bones
and the plant was wrapped in bandages around the
Gertrude Jekyll, an English rose, in bloom.
Pokeweed has been an unwelcome, and prolific,
visitor to my garden this year.
Despite the striking form of the plant and the purple berries,
this is a plant I'd rather not have in my garden.
Birds love the berries though and keep "gifting" me with the seeds.
The rhododendrons became confused this fall and tried to rebloom.
We are not sure if it is because of the dry weather or because
we disturbed the roots when we put in the new border.
It is possible it was a combination of the two factors.
A mimosa tree seedling has appeared in the landscaping.
I have already found out that this plant does not like to be disturbed,
so I will wait until it is a bit bigger before attempting to move it
to a new spot.
Update: I had always wanted a mimosa tree,
however it is considered to be a nuisance plant and invasive species.
I will have to consult with my local extension agent before proceeding.
One must be a good steward and good neighbor.
Victoria Blue Salvia.
Did you know that rose hips are edible?
Just make sure that chemicals were not used on them.
The house and garden as seen from the "back forty".
And thus concludes our mini tour for today.