The Look of September

Returning from holidays allows you, if only for an instant, to see your gardens as others do. You are eager to inspect every nook and cranny for what is in bloom, for what is thriving. And there are surprises! You look at the positives and only later decide that there are weeds and deadheading to be tackled.

In my case there were other curiosities as well. The arborist had done his work in my absence, the propane workers had switched out the old tank for a new one and done some other needed repairs. The neighbour had cared for indoor plants, friends had tended to the vegetable garden as well. I was impatient for daylight to take my morning walk and survey it all.

The first thing I noticed was the front entryway where my husband had stacked wood and placed a bucket of sunflowers to welcome me back.

The next morning I saw that the potting bench was still full, but that every plant was in fine condition.

Every passageway seemed to be covered in spider webs.

Our friend John had come and mowed and also trimmed our Berberis hedge in front of the house! He also guarded the Katsura tree while the workmen were dealing with the old propane tank.


Many plants that I expected to see had faded. Echinaceas  in particular had lost colour and their centres had turned black or brown. Somehow they are attractive anyway.

A few clematis are still blooming.Clematis Pitcheri

Clematis Cicciolina

Other clematis are a mass of seed heads.

The most visible surprise was a tall pink delphinium blooming in an island bed in front of a chocolate eupatorium.

The vitex had grown and is a mass of lavender/blue blooms.

There are anemones, caryopteris, gaura and roses too.Charlotte anemones. Our first dog was a Bouvier named Charlotte.

Variegated caryopteris

I love the white variety of Gaura. Unfortunately, it is an annual here.

Rose Astrid Lindgren continues to bloom late in the summer – a real treat!

Some antique coloured zinnias make a splash as well.

There are also gentians, persicaria, Kirengeshoma palmata, Phlox and other delights.

By the barn the Limelight Hydrangeas are lush.

Pale blue asters

Asters and Yarrow

Vines are even sneaking into the barn door.creeping into the barn

In shady areas there are blooms and foliage colour as well.

Scented Hostas

Ferns and Hellebores and Hosta

Kirengeshoma palmata

And on and on!

Anemonopsis macrophylla still a blooming machine

More Hydrangeas by the verandah

The grasses are showing their inflorescences.

They are a beautiful backdrop in many locations.

Overdam with Verbena bonariensis is even more lush now

The light in September is so different from when I left just two weeks ago. Here in the vegetable garden, the early morning light hits this obelisk and the asparagus patch at about 7am. The moon is visible in the morning too.

Though I am kept busy watering once again, it has been a warm welcome back! I am still discovering wonderful details each day.

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6 Responses to The Look of September

  1. ks says:

    It all looks fabulous Marie !

  2. Sue says:

    Your garden always looks fabulous, Marie! Is the variegated Caryopteris ‘White Surprise’? Love the green and white variegation. I have ‘Summer Sorbet’ which I also love. Wish I could grow Kirengeshoma. Mine just crisp up. I suspect it’s a result of either too much sun, not enough moisture or a combination of both.

  3. How wonderful Marie! It’s a lush and gorgeous September garden… I dont’ know how you keep your Yellow waxbells so green. Mine have all dried up and look terrible. Ditto what Sue said. and love the Caryopteris.

  4. sharon says:

    lovely clematis….just lovely…..I wish I could grow these nothern plants

  5. Michelle says:

    Your garden is looking so good Marie. I know exactly what you are talking about when returning from a trip. Gardens are really a joy aren’t they?

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