I just got home from a long business trip and couldn’t wait to see how my garden had fared my absence. That night we had a terrible wind storm and pounding rain. The next day, we awoke to uprooted trees and even more heavy rains. I was really happy then, when all of a sudden, the sun burst out on Thursday afternoon. The greens seemed greener and the remaining pinks and oranges popped. I rushed outside to snap a few pictures of my autumnal garden.
Well, in my absence and with all the rains, my Dahlias were looking a little bedraggled. With a few snips and the deadheads removed, my huge Dahlia pot was returned to a state of beauty. It was my bargain this fall. I picked up two for fifteen dollars at West Coast Gardens!
I have to say, it doesn’t look like my lettuce minded all the rain. It is one of the joys of gardening here in Vancouver that we can plant a second crop in the fall, then barring a heavy frost or prolonged cold, we can feed from our gardens in to the New Year.
I can’t believe that these summer flowers are still threatening to crowd my autumn kale, but I really love how the colours go together!
It looks as though my Irises are ready to call it a year. Their wretched condition made me wonder if we’d gotten some really cool weather while we were away. Time for some garden clean up.
My Black Eyed Susans clearly need a good deadheading, but there is a delicious creepiness to their fuzzy black eyes, especially with Halloween around the corner.
My transplanted Pinky Winky Hydrangea is clearly much happier in its new location. I’m tickled by its ethereal colouring.
My row of hostas in the back underneath the neighbours fir trees have clearly made the transition into fall. They seem to have entered a living dead, zombie state whereupon they have started to decompose but remain standing. I do appreciate the pop of yellow to provide contrast to wall of green.
With all the blueberry farms around Vancouver now, one of my favourite things is to drive by at this time of year and see rows upon rows of the fiery red leaves. I consider myself lucky to have a few in my own backyard too.
How has your garden been faring with all the rain and autumn weather? Have you already cleared your summer plants or are you happy to let nature take its course? We’d love to hear from you. Share your photos here on our website, on our Facebook Page or via our Twitter Feed.