Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The End of Summer

Seating area in the gravel garden with Pennisetum 'Rubrum and Lantana


Although this week we are seeing temperatures in the 100+ range here in Southern California, my garden is telling me that summer is at an end.  This is the time of year that those wonderful, hardy plants such as Cannas, Lantana, Salvias, Zinnias, Japanese Anemones and  ornamental grasses earn their keep, and
plants with interesting foliage and what I think of as the 'jewels of the garden' the succulents, add charm and interest. In this season I see the garden as a beautiful older woman: a bit overblown and worn but with a certain ripe glory that allows the beautiful bones to show through.




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31 comments:

  1. The plume on your grasses are just gorgeous in your picture.

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  2. Oh how I love that whole area and the red umbrella is sheer perfection!

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  3. that's a fun and funny analogy--the late summer garden to an older woman. makes me smile.

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  4. This heat is quite unbearable, but your garden still looks very inviting! Today I checked out a book on succulent container gardens. You will have to take a look at it!

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  5. You have such a beautiful garden. I sure love all those grassses :)

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  6. I like "overblown and worn" - that's exactly how my garden looks like at the moment. It's beautiful, but also a lot of work. You've got a lovely little corner in your garden with that red sunshade. I'd love sit there and write, while having a cup of coffee.

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  7. Hello Adrienne:
    Such heat! Notwithstanding that, the picture which you show of the garden is lovely with all of those wonderful, feathery grasses which create such a soft and romantic feel and which we love.

    Japanese anemones are amongst our all time favourite perennials and are, we feel, always such good value as they tend to flower over a very long period. But, most likely, they are less keen on such very high temperatures!

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  8. beautiful picture so hard to believe summer is coming to an end....before you know it the rain will be back I know it sounds odd but I do enjoy the winter So~Cal rain ~Have a wonderful Week!! Love Heather

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  9. A beautiful image, Adrienne.

    Our gardens haven't done so well this summer, with the heat and drought conditions. However, we have a variety of ornamental grasses that are beautiful, in spite of the weather!

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  10. Beautiful photo and I love your description of the garden as autumn makes her entrance ... Happy Wednesday..xo HHL

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  11. Beautiful photo of your garden and I love how you see it as an old woman....
    ~lovely

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  12. I do love the end of summer and early Fall. Cool nights, hot days, seed pods forming....so much to enjoy this time of year.

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  13. Your garden looks like an oasis of loveliness.

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  14. Ciao Adrienne,hai raggione sulle piante,è vero quello che dici....
    Ora arrivano i colori dell'autunno!!
    Un abbraccio
    Sabrina

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  15. I have trued to water almost every day but the garden took a hit with all the high temps. I have tried twice to get a cutting from a friends rose bush to grow, but I am having trouble. I would love a tip from you on how to grow from a cutting please.

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  16. Even though the temperature is high, you've got the beautiful autumn days to look forward to ... downunder here in Australia, the heat will head south as spring gives way to summer!

    Enjoy your day!

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  17. What a beautiful picture! Looks like a wonderful garden to enjoy. My garden is also transitioning into its late summer self.

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  18. Your garden looks like it could be at a restaurant somewhere! Love the ornamental grasses, and the contrast with the red umbrella.

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  19. I Just love your header for starters!
    Now on to your fabulous garden and the end of summer sigh! I think ornanmental grasses add so much to any garden, they really showcase beautifully in the Autumn.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Hugs Rosemary...x

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  20. simply beautifully captured shot...lovely!

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  21. OUR days here are FINALLY cooling down...only in the upper eighties to low nineties now. lol I'm so ready for fall. How about you, Adrienne?

    By the way, I love your analogy "In this season I see the garden as a beautiful older woman: a bit overblown and worn but with a certain ripe glory that allows the beautiful bones to show through." ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I always look forward to visiting.

    Hugs,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  22. Adrienne,
    What a lovely photo. I also took a wander through some other posts; you have a beautiful home!
    -Karen

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  24. Really loved your thoughs on a fading garden, expecially "I see the garden as a beautiful older woman: a bit overblown and worn but with a certain ripe glory that allows the beautiful bones to show through". Lovely photo with the pales and pop of red!

    I am so pleased that you linked to Potpourri Friday. Your participation certainly makes the party more successful . I appreciate you and hope you will make this one of your regular stops each week!

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  25. I hate to see summer go. Wow, it is sizzling there! Your photograph is just lovely - how do you ever leave?

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  26. It's been hot here recently too and my garden is looking a little sad. Cooler temps will be on their way and all the joys of fall they bring too.

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  27. My lantana has taken over. On another note, I've nominated you to receive The Versatile Blogger award. Hop on over to my blog for instructions. Toodles, Kathryn http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/09/my-first-award.html

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  28. Wonderful analogy. Your photo is lovely. I am ready for fall and like you am here in southern California. So happy the heat wave is over, for now. Hope this cool down continues!

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  29. Oh what a wonderful spot on mother earth. It is just so relaxing and beautiful. What a lovely photograph. The grasses look painted on, very pleasing to the eye.
    Hugs,
    Ellen

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  30. Oh my favorite is that red umbrella...it is gorgeous...of course I love the grass too! Is that Fountain grass? Very nice...

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