Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fall is in the air…9/8/14

The gardens here at Fishtail Cottage are sure feeling the crisp night air and the flowers are not appearing the way they were just a month ago.  We are seeing a the beginning changes in the leaf colors of our trees and shrubs here in the Pacific Northwest.  I’m excited to see the beauty of what this years garden will offer as these next couple months now that it’s a year older. In a few more weeks, this photo I’m sharing with you will be full of reds and yellows and several shades of green!





To help the feeling of fall along, I dressed up a few patio planters with new plants to enjoy.  I don’t want to do too much this early…but it is certainly nice to bring in a little bit of “cozy” for when I’m sitting and enjoying my morning coffee! This is my new coffee mug I picked up from Chaps in Spokane when recently visited…





I’ll bet you already spotted that pretty fall planter in the back ground of the photo?



I’m sure your curious to know what I planted? I’m happy to share! First is the largest focal plant that I planted, not in the center, but on the edge of the planter…I’ll sometimes do this to share the center of the planter with another plant that I place along side.  This pretty plant is called a Variegated Purple Fountain Grass called Fireworks. Its an annual here in my area but it sure is pretty!

As I said, the fountain grass is sharing the center of the planter with another beautiful plant that will bloom well into winter. This plant is a gorgeous fall Garden Mum called Gigi Coral.  I’ve tried to winter these over as they are considered a perennial here, but I've personally never had any luck. So I will enjoy it while it lasts.



To keep the ‘cottage style’ in my planters I love having a trailing plant that spills out. The one I chose is called Silver Falls Dichondra.  It loves full sunshine and may or may not make it through our winter.

This gorgeous heuchra that I divided when visiting my dads place. I am not sure what the name of it is, but I love the colors.  If you want to revisit the post on how to get starts of heuchra click here (it’s so easy).



And lastly is this Calocephalus brownii “Twiggy silver bush” ~ I thought it’s texture was so unique and ghostly looking. Perfect for fall, don’t you think?


A few other pretty fall planters that I left alone all winter/summer have filled in nicely this year.  Its so nice when you have planters that can be left to enjoy all year long with perennials!


The front porch has a hint of fall color too! As you can see the gardens around the porch are doing what comes naturally so a couple additions were easy to add!


I’m excited to see how all of your gardens are doing this week too! So please come back and share your garden post later this evening!  Also, don’t forget to enter the Giveaway going on over here at Fishtail Cottage – if you missed it, click here! xoxo, tracie


Rita C. said...

Hi Tracie, so glad you knocked on my garden gate - happy to have found you! And I love especially when I meet gardeners from different zones. I am what's considered middle south, now zone 7, but previously 6 until 2012 rezoning by USDA.

I'll definitely be back for your party, and I've added you to my circles and look forward to getting future posts in my feed.

Heaven's Walk said...

I love it all, Tracie! Your gardens always inspire me so! :)

xoxo laurie

Burlap Luxe said...

love your road appeal form the street looking in, what an inviting look.
i love urns, whats a garden without one :)
Tracie, all your love and hardwork has paid off for you Mrs. garden club over here.

going back to catch up on your older postings.


Pondside said...

It must be so nice to live across the street from you and to see your lovely front entrance garden!

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh! I love your urn! I want to try one on my porch (I have room for just one!). I will have to talk to the nursery guy but I think he can hook me up with some ornamental grass! I would love to have a look like this!!

Also...please accept my apologies for not being a part of your weekly party this year. What a wonky time summer was. And I need to make a list of all the parties going on. Always late! Ha!

Jane xx

Sylvia said...

Beautiful, Love it! Your garden is always so inviting! Love the mums too.

Alexandra/My Piece of Vintage Prairie said...

Hi Tracie, your garden inspires me all year long... It`s so beautiful. Enjoy! Alexandra

Marlene Stephenson said...

You have some wonderful things in your garden,so beautiful.

Katherines Corner said...

love, love, love it all! Thank you for sharing and for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things Bog Hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

Jennifer said...

I like your fall touches. I have never thought of putting a plant inside of an oversized lantern and think it looks great.

Brooke Kroeger said...

Just dropping in to tell you, your one of the featured posts at the Tuesday Garden Party in the morning! Beautiful indeed! xxx....Brooke from
Creative Country Mom's Home and Garden.

Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening said...

Your gardens are beautiful Tracie! I love it all-the patio, the lushness of all the gardens and your little touches that make everything look so inviting.

Jann Olson said...

Love the Fall planter Tracie! It
so fun to see how the gardens change with each season.