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5 more reasons to love the fall garden

Friday 6 November 2009 - Filed under General

callistemon seed pods
1. The remains of a bottlebrush flower (Callistemon).

Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'
2. The dried flowers of Hops. Golden Hops has one of the best latin names around, it’s almost musical to say it – Humulus lupulus aureus.

disporum night heron
3. Disporum cantoniense ‘night heron’ – a show off plant, ridiculously beautiful and elegant from the time it pokes it’s head out of the ground to the end of the season.

4. Sarcacoca berries – in fall as the berries appear, on my variety with black berries, they start as green, then transition to red, before settling on black. Briefly all three colors appear at one time.

Chaenomeles japonica 'Atsuya Hamada'
5. Fruit on the flowering quince (Chanomeles japonica ‘Atsuya Hamada’). They can take a while to produce fruit, so finding it in the garden is an unexpected treasure.

We’re getting beautiful mild blustery fall days here, I hope everyone is enjoying the spectacular beauty of the season. Fingers crossed I’ll have some time this weekend to get out there and spend some time in the garden, I hope you all get to do the same.

2009-11-06  »  megan

Talkback x 6

  1. tina
    6 November 2009 @ 9:46 am

    Hey you got a fruit too! I had one as well and a few folks around the country have commented on my post about it being a good year for quince and that they got some fruit as well. I think it is weird they fruited but it was nice. I love that bottlebrush flower remains. I don’t have one here but would like one now:) I do have the hops vine (a new addition). I hope it grows and gets some flowers. They are all so lovely in the fall too.

  2. Loree
    6 November 2009 @ 10:16 am

    All very good reasons to love the fall garden, you are correct. Are the hops and the callistemon in your garden? I do hope my callistemon looks like that someday! Thanks for sharing the beautiful photographs. Maybe you’ll have more next week if you get to be in the garden this weekend….hope so!

  3. janet
    6 November 2009 @ 1:13 pm

    The remains of the bottlebrush blooms are really interesting. Your dried hops are very ornamental.

  4. teza
    6 November 2009 @ 2:33 pm

    Me loves the dark blue-black fruit of D. cantoniense ‘Night Heron’ and I especially like your description….’ridiculously beautiful!’

  5. Grace
    6 November 2009 @ 11:23 pm

    Hi Megan~~ Don’t you just love the unsung heroes of the garden? The diminutive, shy guys that take a bit of hunting to locate and appreciate? Except for the Callistem pods which are fairly prominent and otherwordly. I think we’ll need our umbrellas and boots this weekend. At least it’s not cold.

  6. Erin
    7 November 2009 @ 11:25 am

    It’s decided: I am naming my first child Humulus Lupulus Aureus.