If, like me, you're blessed with mature trees surrounding your home, you can enjoy their autumn splendor.
By offering you a quick tour of my garden, I hope to help you discover or simply remember a few interesting choices of plants blooming in fall, in Quebec. And to wrap it up, I even put aside a small surprise in photo.
Let's start our visit in the backyard. Here, we discover bright rose asters in a sheltered nook. They are contrasting with the grey-blue color of a Blue False Indigo (Baptisia Australis), the red stems of Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens Glandulifera), one of them still sporting a single pink flower, and a few white flowers on a phlox. On the following photo, taken in the misty morning air, you can see the Himalayan Balsams still in bloom, their stems not quite red yet (this snap was taken at the end of September). The small green seed pods are ready to explode at the slightest touch, scattering their seeds in all directions. There's a very short video on Wikipedia, showing this amazing phenomenon.
This third and last photo present you the same Aster clump, in the same flower bed, giving me an artistic bonus in December 2013: it morphed itself into a delicate ice sculpture with the help of an icestorm.
|Final Touch daylily.|
Usually, "Autumn King" is the last to bloom. It beats "Autumn Blaze" (red flowers on 60 to 80cm scapes) and "Bitsy" (yellow flowers on 90cm scapes), which is one parent of the famous "Stella de Oro", by the way. All these cultivars are in bloom for a long time, 2 or 3 months - "Bitsy" being a rebloomer, with 2 to 3 blooming periods a year, is the first one, beginning very early in the spring.
Many of the fall blooming daylilies have a common sin : in cold weather, their flowers don't open completely. "Final Touch" is not the exception. But during milder day, the show of its' big, bicolor blooms redeems it completely, in my humble opinion. By the way, their hues may vary quite a lot. Sometimes, the petals will be of a solid, intense rose, as shown in this photo, and other times, they will turn towards orange.
Every year, I allow some wild aster plants to bloom among my more civilized perennials. These rascals invited themselves without permission many years ago. I just happen to have a sweet spot for them, with their small but abundant flowers, usually powder blue, occasionnaly white, even though they threaten my garden with their invasive behaviour. They produce infinite quantities of seeds, you see, and the obvious way to keep them in check is to cut down every flower head before the seeds are formed and ripe.
... a brocoli, that I - involuntarily - allowed to bolt, because I waited too long before harvesting its head. Until it was too late !