Looking Good October 16


The gloriously scarlet sourwood tree (Oxydendrum arboreum) peaked this week. I’m delighted with this new tree and am excited to think how it will only improve with age.

From where I presently sit, what I see outside is the above pictured golden-leaved, black birch (Betula nigra). It is breezy today, so from time to time, showers of leaves drift past the window. Simply spellbinding.

IMG_7940The out-of-season lettuce-leaved poppy (Papaver somniferum) that I mentioned last week has bloomed amid much fanfare. The papery, mauve-pink blossoms are delicately beautiful, and due to the cooler weather, they last two days as opposed to the usual one we get in July.

We had a light frost last night that luckily passed this one by. There are several more buds left to enjoy over the coming week.

IMG_7947October Daphne (Sedum sieboldii aka Hylotelephium sieboldii) continues to please both me and the bees.

IMG_7953 IMG_5611Several June bloomers have returned for a last hurrah, although not as prolifically. Striped cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum var. striatum) and forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica) have sent up a few hopeful flowers.
Blue Sage (Salvia guaranitica ‘Black & Blue’) is showing well against the silver artemisia (A. ludoviciana ‘Silver Queen’) and I love the geometric swirls of Sempervivum that are tucked into corners of the stone wall.

I’m linking up with Gillian at Country Garden UK in her weekly meme Looking Good Friday (link for guidelines). We showcase highlights in our gardens each week and link back to her site. Pop on over to see what’s special in other gardener’s plots around the globe.

About Eliza Waters

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62 Responses to Looking Good October 16

  1. M E Cheshier says:

    Fabulous photos! Thanks for sharing1

  2. Val Boyko says:

    Love those last hurrahs!! Makes them even more special. Beautifully captured Eliza 💛

  3. MK says:

    It’s quite a treat to read all the knowledge you share as you showcase your garden. It makes me think of how much my spouse appreciates classical music & jazz due to her years of studying the violin.

    The difference between a fan and a connoisseur.

  4. Dina says:

    What a lovely garden, Eliza! Very pretty last hurrahs. 🙂

  5. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    So nice to have such great colours in October. Love the blue sage colour in particular:)

  6. Deb Lathrop says:

    Thank you for showing us the poppy that didn’t realize summer was over. BEAUTIFUL!!

  7. Treah says:

    What a lesson in perseverance. These guys just keep on giving & giving. And that poppy….whew! Love it!

  8. It took me two greenhouses, but I picked up two Sedum Sieboldii yesterday and will plant them this morning. 🙂 Dropping to 30 Sunday night. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Awesome, you’ll love these sweet plants. Give them room to sprawl (18″) to enjoy the pinwheel effect. Yes, frost is on its way, with winter on its heels. 😦

  9. These colors are so beautiful! I don’t know which picture I like more. 🙂

  10. Laurie Graves says:

    Love those valiant flowers that bloom even as Jack Frost threatens to strike.

  11. dorannrule says:

    As always, your photos and write-ups are wonderful!

  12. Jewels says:

    Beautiful images Eliza, I adore those sweet forget-me-nots. ❤

  13. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Wow, it’s amazing how much is still bloomimg! Beautiful!

  14. ladygrace33 says:

    Looks like a mix of summer and autumn. Beautiful photos 🙂

  15. The sourwood really is beautiful – I definitely need to get one!

  16. arlingwoman says:

    Each time I see the bees out in the cool weather, I wish them well, hoping they get the last best of all the flowers. Beautiful photos.

  17. What a lot of colour you have still. That opium poppy is pretty amazing. How big will your lovely sourwood grow? (I love the birch too, with its same contrasts as my black walnut!)

  18. Lovely post recording your garden’s autumn state. Love the show of colour in the tree leaves and your phrase of “spell-binding … drift of leaves”. I imagine the magic carpet as the leaves collect from the spin-drift. It’s a treat to be able to ‘pop over’ virtually to see the seasonal happenings in your garden, and I appreciate your reference to learning of our respective country’s vegetation. Love this north-south hemisphere balance 🙂

  19. Maria F. says:

    I don’t think we get Daphne here. Striped cranesbill and forget-me-nots are also not in the tropics. Delightful post! Thanks for sharing!

  20. wspines says:

    Your trees are showing off their autumn colors and a your wonderful fowers give us all a glimpse of summers glory. Thanks for the view.

  21. Nomzi Kumalo says:

    Amazing. Have a lovely weekend Eliza. And thank you. 🙂

  22. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Gorgeous, Eliza! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

  23. Julie says:

    I really like the way Birch leaves are caught on the wind too, they are the most gentle of tree leaves. I had not heard Sedum sieboldii called October Daphne before and looked that up, thinking it was something said where you are, but its known as that over here too. My mum gave me a cutting of this plant a couple of weeks ago, I shall look forward to the flowers next year, they really are very pretty.

  24. WOW! You have quite a garden!

  25. Kathy Sturr says:

    Such wonderful color and texture!

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