September 21, 2015
Garden Views on a September Evening
As the season draws to a close, the backyard garden is looking fairly full, at least from some angles. It is very soothing to spend a few minutes there in the evening.
The flowers are mostly shades of violet with a few reddish butterfly bushes in the mix. Next year there will be more maroon leaves in this scene with the additions of a 'Red Dragon' contorted filbert and a 'Royal Purple' smoke bush.
Four Russian sage (Peroskvia) plants are especially lovely when a breeze waves their flower wands back and forth.
The overgrown dwarf Arctic willow is kind of a thug but so graceful that I happily keep it around. Next spring I need to use a shovel to cut back the roots as well as cutting the branches nearly back to the ground to help it stay smaller. In the meantime I have to keep reminding my kids that they are NOT allowed to whip each other with the wiry stems.