I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend.
We were in a heat wave here for a few days. September started out with highs in the 90’s and we had 97 degrees for two days straight. This is unusual for Ohio in September but has become no big surprise and on the par with how this whole year has been going so far. Full of extremes.
Now today after a little rain yesterday the high will is 61 degrees. So we will all feel like we’re freezing now. LOL!
The daughter and I took a lantern walk with a group of people led by our Park Naturalist Pat Quakenbush( yes, his real name) up the trail and into Ash Cave Park Friday evening. It was awesome and so interesting to see Ash Cave in the dark.
Especially since it is prohibited to be in the parks after dark. With the only light coming from lanterns and the moon and stars up above it was enchanting. A whole set of different animals come out at night like Owls and Bats. Oh my! LOL! We were quite safe.
So if you are ever staying here in the Hocking Hills or live close to it take advantage of the Naturalist’s many programs that they offer.
At Christmas time they have a walk and carolers singing in the cave. The cave is open in the front and makes a great amphitheater for music. They trim a tree with ornaments made from seeds and other goodies for the animals.
Back to gardening:
I started tearing up one of the flower beds last week but had to stop when it got too hot to move the poor plants around and for the gardener.
This coming week looks ideal for finishing it up with highs in the 60’s and 70’s predicted.
Now is the time for the Japanese Anemones to start blooming and several of mine are full of buds.
I planted ”Queen Charlotte” pictured here in 2006 to try to hide the ugly gas meter beside the house . It is full of buds and after all these years is taking over this section of the bed. What you cannot see from the picture that it has spread all along this section along the house and is over taking the Alpen Glow hydrangea beside it and other plantings.
This is the bed I have been tearing up. I just cannot get this bed along the house to suit me so it keeps getting tweaked.
I have had to pull out so many runners from this anemone this summer. Some pulled plants were moved to the Woodland bed where they can go crazy if they want to.
Anemone “Margarette” is my favorite anemone in the garden. I love it planted in front of the “Chocolate” Eupatorium rugosum Snakeroot with its dark leaves.
The Eupatorium has buds and soon will be blooming with its tiny white blooms.
I love anemones for late summer and early fall blooms in the garden when other flowers have waned.
I started a new anemone from seed this spring called “Rose Beauty” which will bloom next year in the garden.
Anemones do tend to multiply so plant them where they have plenty of room for spreading by runner roots or be prepared to pull them up after a few years.
Japanese anemones can be found for gardens in zones 2 through 8. Grow in full sun to part shade, their blooms reach up on stems for a plant height of 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 feet tall.
Although Queen Charlotte is now as tall as I am, a whole 5 feet. LOL!
They love moist, well drained soil so that is why they love this area in the yard.
Do you have Japanese Anemones in your garden for late summer color ?