October 10, 2012

A White Autumn

I am surprised at how many white flowers I have in October.  I have clear white big blooms all over my garden now.

A big flowered clematis 'Henryii' has rebloomed against the brick wall in front.

A 'White Chiffon' Rose of Sharon has been blooming profusely since early August, and continues to put out big silky blooms in October. Not as many flowers now, but it is still producing pure white hibiscus blooms even as the leaves yellow.

The fall blooming Nippon daisies are not a surprise, they always come out in October. All summer the clump is a green mound, and then these fresh white daisies open just when the itea behind them is dark red.

I didn't realize the white iris 'Immortality' would rebloom at the same time as the Nippon daisies, and that's a nice surprise. They are peeking out on the left side of this round garden, and the two punches of clear white on either side of the red itea makes a pleasing balance.

From a distance they are bright pops with little detail. The only way to photograph the white iris is after dark in the rain.

And the white blooms of clematis viticella 'Alba Luxurians', which are down facing and delicately streaked, also photograph best in the rain.

But look at how 'Alba Luxurians' scrambles. It was cut to the ground after blooming in early summer. Now, in October, it is back, bigger and fuller and bloomier.

By the way, I was surprised when I looked closely at the swan basket with the orange pansies sitting on the wall under the clematis. Look --- the eyes of the swan match the pansies. Eep.

27 comments:

  1. You *do* have a lot of white blooms. I wonder if that's through serendipity or your subconscious sense of art – using white to balance all those autumn colors. In any case, Laurrie, you have some beautiful whites. Nice, headline, too.

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    1. Lee, I think I have so much white because I have been a timid gardener. There are so many vivid colors of clematis, but I couldn't picture such big bright colors growing up a tower in my garden. And Rose of Sharon plants come in all kinds of purples, but I stuck with all white -- you get the picture. But I have to say the whites work for me!

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  2. Laurrie, you have very nice fall! I love the clematis 'Henryii', I have some but not white. They are beautiful! The next spring will try to buy the white clematis.

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    1. Nadezda, the Henryii clematis is a very clear white, so it really stands out even from afar. It is not a shy plant! I hope you find one for your garden.

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  3. Your posts are making me say wow a lot lately :)! Your 'Alba Luxurians' are beautiful. I love the monochromatic look.

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    1. Ruth, Alba Luxurians is a frilly, feminine looking one. The blossoms actually have bright streaks of green on them, but that was more so in the spring bloom. Now, in October, they are white and only faintly streaked green. Not sure why they lose the green accent late in the season!

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  4. There's always white in my garden and I take a good bit of teasing for it too. I love white even in early spring before the snow finally melts!

    I want to thank you for solving a mystery though. I have been nursing along a plant, rooted the cuttings, planted them in the garden. At last they have a name! Nippon daisies! I bet they'll bloom next year.

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    1. Marie, the Nippon daisy gets to be a very big mound of a plant, so give your cuttings plenty of room. There is something so summery looking about a daisy in the middle of autumn, isn't there?

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  5. Your garden is beautiful in Fall. Somehow like you I end up with a lot of white flowers in my garden. We also have something in common - the swan rattan basket! It has been with me for more than two decades.

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    1. Stiletto, that is funny about our matching swan rattan baskets : )

      I remember exactly when I got mine, and it was in 1984, so it is also more than two decades old. They must have been popular 25 years ago!

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  6. The flower bed with the Itea in the back is just beautiful! The white daisies really add a dramatic contrast to the red of the Itea. I need to plant an 'Immortality'!

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    1. Rose, thanks. Immortality was a surprise to me. I thought it would occasionally rebloom sporadically in fall after the initial spring flowering, but it actually has more blooms that stay out longer in October!

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  7. Just so you know, I covet all of your white flowers. lol I love both your clematis but I think I like the one on the tripod even more. I need a tripod like that for a clematis that I bought at Plant Delights this spring.

    Splendid shot of your large bed with the Nippon daisies. I really like your black swan basket too.

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    1. Sweetbay, thanks so much. The white clematis is perfect for the small pyramid tripod, as it only grows 6 to 7 feet. Much bigger, and it would swamp the tower. You'll have to show us your Plants Delight clematis next season : )

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  8. The whites definitely have it. I bet it is fun to look out there on a cloudy gloomy fall day and see these bright spots.

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    1. Lisa, the white flowers just don't pop on a gloomy dat at all. They seem to need sunshine to make any kind of contrast out there. The only time a rainy cloudy day is good is when I want a close up of the iris!!

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  9. When I saw the title I thought it had snowed! Everything looks beautiful! I really love the distance shot of that flower bed. Fabulous!! I added more white to my garden this year since it balances other colors so well.

    I suggested your blog to a friend of mine, Rob over at The British Gardener and he's added you to his blogroll. He's a British horticulturalist with a specialty in shrubs/trees who's been transplanted to VA. Shrubberers unite! :o)

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    1. http://www.thebritishgardener.com/2012/09/damn-good-plants-abelia-chinensis.html

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    2. Tammy, no snow here yet. Don't even go there. Thanks for letting me know about Rob's blog. It's excellent! His post on Davidia was fascinating and I'm looking forward to reading more from this transplanted shrubberer.

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  10. You made me stop and think and I realise I hardly have any white flowers in autumn - must rectify that! I'll look out for Iris "Immortality" to replace some of the white ones I already have. In your long shot, it's not just the white daisies and iris that balance, but also the Itea and the Sedum. Great planting there!

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  11. Also, nice use of the word "bloomier".

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    1. Lyn, thank you! I didn't plan the white colors for autumn, but I am glad that I do have so much now. I hope that Immortality does well for you if you plant it ... hope it's one of your "bloomiest" :-)

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  12. Lovely how the white sparks up the autumn garden. I think we call those Montauk daisies here on Long Island! And in my yard they do me the honor of opening on my birthday , the first week inOctober.

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    1. Barbara, we call them Montauk daisies too, but I didn't know if that was just a regional name for them. How nice that they open for your birthday. For my birthday in mid August I get heat, humidity, and a day indoors!

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  13. Laurrie, I'm a bit late to respond but want to thank you for posting a photo of your iris 'Immortality' ... mine did not rebloom this year. :-(

    Love how your whites perk up autumn colors.

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    1. Joene, how sad that your Immortality didn't rebloom for you this year. Mine have never failed, despite being moved, transplanted, moved again and generally treated badly. Perhaps that''s the secret?

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  14. Wonderful ... I love your Clematis Alba Luxurians - my favourite plant of the moment. I have one in my garden which grows very well in shade and in a pot. I found last year that it flowered beautifully through the Summer and continued right into December ... I've been cutting the white flowers as they fade ...

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