02 October 2011
Finding my way home to the October Country
The photo above is of Aster ericoides 'Snow Flurry', an amazing dwarf, groundcover-like aster. Not as showy as some, but spectacular never the less.
The Internet is still very much a work-in-progress, and in the years I've been active with it, I've seen many fascinations come and go. Will blogging disappear? Hard to say. I hope not, because it is a great way to make friends, share information, and even network professionally. I think it's more useful in some ways than Twitter, but each social medium has its own niche. Some flourish, like this Scabiosa 'Beaujolais Bonnets' seems to be doing in its second year of planting. Others flounder, like the fancy coreopsis that appear and disappear quicker than mushrooms after a rain.
HINT: This part of the Internet is like gardening--it's meant to be fun and helpful, not stress building. It's fabulous to take time to read and post comments, and share information amongst ourselves, but it shouldn't be yet another to-do. I've considered shutting down Bloomingwriter before, but so far haven't done so. I will say I'm considering another project that might be more beneficial and helpful to people, but still in the consideration mode.
During the grand reopening of Blomidon Nurseries' beautiful new greenhouse and cafe, I succumbed to the urge to try 'Goldcrest' digitalis again. I had this the first year it was available, but either it didn't come back or it was overwhelmed by larger plants where I had it growing. This time, it's in a spot where it has space, and I've noted that it's there, too. Here's hoping that does the trick. I'll have more to say about Blomidon's new look in a future post, but if you live in our area, you just gotta visit the Stems Cafe and enjoy the fresh coffee, sweets and savouries from TAN Coffee company. It's become a new favourite place to visit.
My good friend Adrian Montfort-Guy of Earthen Pathways Sustainable Landscapes told me that his ajugas (bugleweeds) are out-competing the goutweed on his property. I can see how that could happen, and I've decided to try this in my problem area. I have three or four different ajugas here now, but had to add 'Black Scallop' to the collection when I spied it at Blomidon a couple of weeks ago. Here's hoping that it, 'Chocolate Chip', 'Burgundy Glow', 'Metallica' and others will send the goutweed into a black hole in the universe!
How is autumn unfolding in your landscape?