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sprig to twig » Blog Archive » 15th? must be bloom day

15th? must be bloom day

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Fuchsia ‘President’ comes along late. Our food writer in Homes and Gardens did a story on fuchsia jam made from the flowers and the berries left behind once the petals drop. I would need a whole lot more fuchsias before I could tackle such a task. At the beach, the fuchsia outside the door had produced quite a crop of the dangling, deep purple berries. They have a very delicate flavor…kind of interesting, but probably not worth the trouble.

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Asters look so pretty in some people’s gardens, and floppy and scraggly in others. These grow out along the fence line where I put anything I’m not quite ready to commit to.

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This white aster does light up a shady spot, and does a good job of extending the season.

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Shizostylus comes along at a good time, too.

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The dahlias are unstoppable right up until the first hard frost.

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And so are the coleus.

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But my favorites of the season are the grasses. Some of mine have begun to seed around, so I moved them to the woodland’s edge, where I love the way they catch the light against the dark background.

4 Responses to “15th? must be bloom day”

  1. Karen Says:

    Oh, you have answered my burning question about the fuschia berries, whether or not they were edible. Noticed some for the first time on a plant at my foks’ and was mystified, assumed they were poison since I always do until assured otherewise. Wacky! I am one of the floppy/rusty aster people, but I never seem to give them the complete heave-ho and if yours are like mine, they will spread in a semi-demonic fashion. I do love a tall plant that flowers into October, though. I wish I had a good spot for dahlias - they always give me a cheery feeling when I see them. Need grass, do you know what that one is?

  2. ricki Says:

    Karen: I am pretty sure the grass here is Panicum virgatum ‘Rotestrahlbusch’. Another one that tassels up nicely is Miscanthus ‘Graziela’, with green/white striped foliage. Heronswood had dahlias tucked here and there in their sunny borders and they were spectacular. I have yet to have any success achieving that look, but will keep trying.

  3. Loree/danger garden Says:

    fabulous ricki!

  4. Curtis Govin Says:

    Hello. Fantastic career. I didn’t anticipate this on a Wednesday. This is really a good story. Thanks!

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