Friday, October 21, 2016

A Fall Walk Around Tiger Way Gardens

A recent walk around Tiger Way Gardens had me finding lots of neat fall colors. Above is a monarch sipping from a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). Funny thing about Mexican sunflowers, I've never grown them before and don't really know where this one came from amongst the zinnias. I almost pulled it out but due to lazy weeding, it bloomed before it was doomed. That was a good thing! Monarchs love tithonias.
The front corner garden is outstanding in its fall glory. This garden never fails to please me. Except for the dastardly weeds (which thankfully you probably can't see too well from this angle).
The Sheffies in the front foundation garden are putting on quite a show. Here they are paired with hyssop, spirea, and Japanese roof irises.
Another garden has a bunch of Sheffies. Here they are paired with daylilies, 'Autumn Joy' sedum, and tall yellow garden mums.
'At Last' rose is an AHmazing rose. It blooms and blooms, has a great rose scent, and does not get foliage diseases (at least in my garden this rainy summer).
My beloved glass mosaics are finally in their new home. I am very happy they survived the move, the subsequent storage, and then reinstallation. Considering these have been in the garden since 2009 that is fantastic!!
The koi pond with its surrounding pink garden is a highlight for me. All of the koi are active and eating well. We've not had a single issue with wildlife dining on the koi. Thank goodness!
Beautyberry (Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion') is beginning to color up. This is a rather large shrub that continues to grow, flower, and fruit even with multiple prunings during the growing season. I like it a lot.
The chickens got a new roof over their run to keep them dry this winter. This was a long time coming project but it is mostly finished for now.
Looking down the driveway along the south side of the orchard we see asters in the butterfly garden and lots of PG hydrangeas and grasses. The leaves are beginning to fall in earnest as well.
The beehives have had their mouseguards installed and I am in the process of hay baling the northwest side of the hives in order to block the cold north winds. I am most relieved to be mostly done with the bees until next spring.
Some of these PG hydrangeas are still showing new blooms but most have faded to the brown flowers they'll keep all winter. I love these as much for their winter interest as for their bloom in the summer.
On the back 40 Wildflower Hill is doing its stuff. The broomsedge has turned brown and the trees are coloring up. We don't seem to get much fall color in Tennessee, especially when it has been dry, but some trees color up nicely. The short red tree is a native dogwood. These almost always have a lovely red fall color.
The hickories in the foreground turn a russet color. I mowed a path down the hill and oftentimes this path beckons me to travel onwards.
This is simply one of my favorite sights on the property.
I mow the flat part of the crest of the hill and have planted numerous nut trees in this area.
More of the russet hickory trees. Our forest is predominately Oak/hickory hardwoods and I try hard to maintain it thusly.
Some golds mix in with the russets.
A dogwood and cedar stand mix well in this southern facing exposure.
Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima', aka red chokeberry, is coloring up. These berries will persist all winter long as long as the wildlife does not find them.
I finish back at the house in a foundation garden. This is one of four 'Black Dragon' (Cryptomeria japonica) and they are finally getting their beautiful shape. I purchased four of these as markdowns two years ago. 'Black Dragons' can be very expensive but are so beautiful I had been on the lookout for them. All four are planted along the foundation corners in the front of my home. They are actually growing fairly quickly and once mature will make lovely counterpoints to the house. Additionally, since they are evergreen they provide year round interest.....

in the garden......

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  1. I so enjoyed this stroll through your fall garden. You have yourself a beautiful little farm. I love cryptomeria. The name Black dragon sounds exciting. ha... happy fall.

  2. Simply beautiful! I think back to your posts when you were moving and just creating all these garden spaces and marvel at how much you have accomplished in such a short time, Tina. The view of Wildflower Hill is spectacular!

  3. So nice to see a post from you. Your gardens are so lovely and I enjoyed seeing the fall colors. You've done a wonderful job there in such a short period of time.

    I'm not on FB so will just catch you and your news when you post here on occasion.

    Happy Fall ~ FlowerLady

  4. Your garden is looking amazing this fall. Glad to see the glass mosaics are set up. Hope your bees are tucked in well for winter.
    I'm headed over to your Facebook Page for more!

  5. Beautiful fall tour. Thanks, Tina....:)

  6. I love the walks you take me on. :-)

    Greetings from London.

  7. Wow... those berries with those water drops is simply beautiful.

  8. I love your autumnal colors and especially your bees! I've been offline in Japan and updating infrequently and it looks like you made a similar decision to cut back on blogging too. I thought of you when I visited the gardens of Kyoto, my latest post. I hope all is well with you.

  9. So glad your mosaics made the trip to their new home at Tiger Way Gardens. I must ask, did you have a mouse issue with the bees that I somehow missed? I was wondering why you did not post more on your facebook page then realized, I had not hit the LIKE button thus, I have not been seeing all your postings. Duh on my part.

  10. No issues with mice that I know. I got my fingers crossed the bees come thru. They did last year but that is no guarantee for this year.