Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Momentous September Bloom Day

The scheduled posting has been interrupted for this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day announcement. Be sure to return for the final and most spectacular garden of the West Asheville Garden Stroll. Wamboldtopia is coming up.

September Bloom Day is here as the forest trees take on the first light blush of autumn. Carol, our Bloom Day czar wanted to know if fall is whispering its arrival where you are? Do morning lows consistently in the mid-50's count as a whisper. I think it is shouting.

The Japanese anemones are one of the stars of the early fall garden. I will be needing some of these in my own garden, a big drift.

Down in the utility meadow most everything grows and blooms as a big drift. Goldenrod is edging into its peak in mid-September.

The mini meter roof is mo betta painted the Artichoke gray and lowered a tad on the wall. There won't be any more icebergs forming on top of the meter box this winter, icicles on the mini meter roof perhaps.

It looks like Miss Collar is turning into Ms. Piggy before the snow flies. Is that a sign of fall?

The Blue Wood Aster, Symphyotrichum cordifolium is a sure sign of fall. They are gaining momentum and soon the ridge top garden will be changing from white to blue.

Miscanthus 'Zebrinus' blooms with the wild things. I do not know how long the Miscanthus has been in the meadow. This year while editing and adding, a seedling plant (with stripes) of some size was found. One more would be a nice addition. It needs to be moved further away from the parent plant though.

A cozy cabin is adding layers for the fall.

One more wall is done.

My own section of the utility meadow blooms too. It is not quite as colorful as the upper section that has been edited and added to over many years. I have planted plenty plants in there. It is just a bit hard to tell when the dominant Impatiens capensis and Symphyotrichum novae-angliae are six feet tall.

Closer in a more structured looking planting takes form. Baby Helleborus were planted in a location were looking up at their downward facing blooms will be possible.

That last bit of siding was all that was left to do and the house of Lowes would be no more.

And on this momentous Garden Bloggers Bloom Day it was done!!!!

The rains returned right as I was putting on the last piece of siding. Perfect timing. For the first time this year it was getting a bit on the dry side. Some of the new things I have planted could use the water now for the Bloom Days to come.


Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

Christopher, that is sooooo cool. I love it!

Anonymous said...

Wow, many congrats! This is indeed a momentous day!


Lola said...

Wow, OMG, The Cozy Cabin sure is glowing. She is smiling from sheer happiness. I'm so happy for you. Now just to put her coat on so she won't get cold later when the snow flies.
Can't get over all those lovely flowers. They are to die for.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Well, happy GBBD and Happy Well Clad Cozy Cabin. Just in the nick of time.

Siria said...

Hi Christopher! WOW...it looks great! No more House of Lowes. The blooms are mighty nice too! This post was sure worth the wait on the last garden tour.

Jane said...

I still think artichokes are green. :)
Excellent work and a load off, I'm sure.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Woohoo! The cabin's done - good job! It looks awesome.
I love you autumn flowers, especially the the ex-Aster cordifolius. It looks so lovely with the Rudbekias.

Carol said...

Hi Christopher... my first visit and I could not be more delighted ... I love your landscape photos ... the one with the old chimney is so poetic and painterly.
What a sweet house... Congratulations! Carol

Christopher C. NC said...

It sure does feel good to have the siding all done. Now I just have to paint it.

Jane, artichokes are green. The plants often have a grayish foliage though. Paint color names are just weird to begin with.

MMGD, we have a lot of the ex-asters up here.

Hi Carol thanks for coming by. That old cabin is photogenic and appears throughout the year on the blog.

chuck b. said...

Howse of Lowes, buh-bye! As for your Bloom Day, it seems like you have more going on now than you did in the spring.

Carol said...

Congrats on the siding! I'm honored that it was finished on bloom day and you still had time to post about blooms, too. And you didn't fall of the scaffolding! And I was mighty close to where you are on bloom day, Frances tells me, having just come back from the Smoky Mountains!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Les said...

I hope you celebrated.

BTW I enjoyed the Ashville tour. We honeymooned there, but the only garden we toured was at Biltmore.

Frances said...

Goodby Lowes, hello artichoke gray. It look wonderful, warm and inviting. So glad you were able to finish that part before the rains. The caulking and painting will go quickly I hope, no cutting! The cordifolia here is not close to bloom, but we have not even gotten into the 50s at night yet. Did Prince Henry bloom for you?