Fishtail Cottage Garden - September 2019
September certainly flew by, didn't it. The last few weeks of the month quickly turned from mid summer to the feeling of fall...but looking back on all of the photo's I shared this past month on Instagram it truly was a beautiful past month.
One of the biggest show stoppers in the Landscape right now is the Autumn Sunset Clematis. In years past I have tried so many different ways of managing this climbing plant. In the first several years it grew as however it liked, however it cascades over anything near and as you can imagine the sunshine cannot get to anything under all of it's foliage and suffers, not to mention you can't walk under it. This year, I kept it manageable all summer, cutting it back just a bit each time I was out pruning in the garden ~ all the way up until I saw blooms appearing. It has completely opened up and spread its extra ordinary fragrance throughout the backyard. Its more than just stunning to see from inside out house, but also from just about every angle in the landscape. I am really enjoying this clematis this year.
The Japanese Anemone is in full bloom right now....This is one of the few fall blooms that has just begun to show its beauty. These blooms make an excellent cut flower to bring inside to enjoy for a few weeks and even when the petals fall off the little round bud is darling in other bouquets.
The Sedum "Autumn Joy" is also blooming - its also a wonderful blooming plant for late summer. I just cut an enormous bouquet of these to have inside....i'm really curious to see how long it will last.
I recently decided I'd like to add Dahlia's to my landscape next year in hopes of having more late summer blooming options. I always ignored Dahlias because I focus most of my attention on my roses but this past summer I saw so many gorgeous vintage colored Dahlias that my heart just has to give it a try! I can't wait to see how I do....this winter I will be doing a lot of research to learn. Would love any suggestions you all have and if you have any Dahlias you want to share with me, I'd love some!