The weather is definitely saying fall, but so many of the plants seem to be enjoying the cooler weather. I’m sure they’d like some rain, too. Forecasters keep promising, but they’ve yet to deliver.
I know hydrangeas are a touchy subject – some gardeners adore them, others abhor them. I happen to be rather fond of them and, right about now, they reward my affection with some absolutely stunning dazzle. This is one of my favorites, ‘Pinky Winky’. Don’t judge it by it’s name. It is totally maintenance free, except for spring pruning, and it stays upright all winter. Gorgeous.
I have about a dozen different hydrangeas, most sent to me by Proven Winners. (Thank you Proven Winners.) I haven’t sleuthed out the name of this one, but it is turning a lovely shade of blush right now and I’m thinking of drying some petals.
I’ve heard not to expect too much in the way of fall color this year, or at least not to expect it to last for long. The dry summer has taken it’s toll on the trees and I guess they have better things to do with their energy. Thank goodness for berries. This beautyberry is not taking any chances on setting seed.
I have to admit, the vegetable garden is slowing down. But it’s still joining in the celebration of fall colors. It’s a bittersweet season for gardens, but there’s no denying it is beautiful. And the best is yet to come. Grab every chance to get outside and enjoy!