Mid September at the Farm- Part 2

In addition to beautiful Fall flowers we have been enjoying vines, ferns and colourful grasses these days, berries and trees too.

The laneway to our home has  corn fields on each side. The fields have already been harvested. Along the fence is a Sweet Autumn Clematis in bloom. I hope to add a few more to make the fence more cheerful in years to come.

I am awfully fond of ornamental grasses. These are developing wonderful colour at this time of year. I am rather negligent about labels, so don’t have all their names.

This is our tallest grass, Miscanthus Sinensis Malepartus, and it needs dividing every 2-3 years. It usually keeps its plumes throughout the winter. Here is how it looks today.

Several grasses are developing burgundy hues.

One of my favourite ornamental grasses is Calamagrostis Brachytricha. This grass develops lovely airy inflorescences.

Some ornamental grasses reach a great size. There are folks who do not divide them and give them a spot of their own to display their beauty.

A variegated grass named Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam‘ grows along a pathway near our patio with Verbena bonariensis.

Other grasses get to be paired with blooms that match their rich hue.

There are grasses which enjoy some shade. This bright yellow-green grass brightens up a spot in part shade.

At this time of year many of our ferns have reached a great size. This is an example. I do love them!

This is also the time when berries brighten up the landscape. This Porcelain Berry Vine’s berries will soon be turning various shades of blue and purple. Very striking!

The berries of Actea pachypoda are sometimes called “doll’s eyes”. The white berries have a black dot at one end and are attached to bright red stems.

Some trees also put on an Autumn show. Tamarack trees , which many mistakenly think are evergreen, actually develop bright golden needles which they drop in late Fall. These are about to turn colour soon.

This young Katsura tree is named ‘Red Fox’ because it too is supposed to change colour in the fall. We shall soon find out if it is too young to begin this! It starts out in Spring with leaves of a purple hue.

This Heptacodium was moved to a sunny position 2 years ago and is beginning to produce showy white blooms each year at this time. Even later,  purplish-red fruits surrounded by rose coloured calyces will appear.

Another beauty at this time of year is a plant named Chelone which is commonly called “Turtlehead” because of the flower shape. This plant reaches a small bush size and forms either white or pink blooms. Do you see the turtle shape?

A new young plant which will grow to a great size is Phytolacca. It may reach about 8 feet in height. I have fallen in love with Phytolacca Silberstein’s foliage. Here you see the berries which it produces on colourful stems, even at an early age. These berries are poisonous.

There is so much to enjoy at this time of year still!


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8 Responses to Mid September at the Farm- Part 2

  1. sharon says:

    the Katsura is a wonder..great grasses and CLematis!!

  2. It’s all wonderful but that Phytolacca is over the top fabulous! love the foliage on that one

  3. Gayle says:

    Just beautiful! I especially love the variegated grass with the verbena. That is striking!

  4. Denise says:

    I love seeing your farm through the seasons. That phytolacca needs to a trial in my garden!

  5. What gorgeous foliage you have! The grasses are lovely. Sweet Autumn Clematis is a favorite of mine this time of year–it’s fairly dependable when the rest of our South Carolina garden is looking tired. Look forward to visiting your farm again soon! Cheers!

  6. Sue says:

    We saw the variegated Phytolacca growing at some of the nurseries in the PNW. I’m almost tempted…almost.

  7. SO many things to enjoy in your garden! I am still waiting for our Heptacodium to grow large enough to put on the display you are describing!

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