Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Closer Look Over The Garden Gate

Come on over and look at what's blooming in the garden, and a few new goodies I got on a trip to The Natural Gardener...


This rose is still blooming it's heart out. Now that the searing heat of summer is over, the garden has taken a big sigh of relief, and is rewarding me with new growth and blossoms here and there.



Ah! Here is one of my new purchases that I am still trying to decide just the right spot. Nola (at http://alamo-north.blogspot.com/), you will appreciate this vine called Alamo Vine. It has a white morning glory blossom, so I just HAD to have it!!!


And here is a pot of Copper Canyon Daisy. I still can't decide if I like the smell or not. It is very fragrant with a kind of citrusy, pine smell to it.



Here is a closer shot of the mystery plant that I am calling Aster for now...


These mums I got on the half off wagon at Round Rock Nursery have never stopped blooming since I put them in this spring.


Here is another shot of the mystery plant with Thai peppers.



And here is a Tangerine Marigold that I just love. The color reminds me of pumpkins and Fall.


The Mexican Marigold Mint is really putting on a show now.

That's all for today. Next post I will try to get some shots of the beds I am building this Fall, and the new plants I have put in them. Let's sit down in the shade and have a glass of iced tea for now. Would you like some of my favorite tea; Perfectly Pear White Tea?








29 comments:

Rose said...

Your garden looks so summery, MG! I would love to sit in your garden and have a glass of iced tea--it's hot chocolate weather here:) It's in the 30's with a brisk wind today, and a frost warning tonight, so all your blooms make me feel a little wistful.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Ooow, that tea sounds wonderful! I'll look for that. You have some plants that don't grow in my area. It's interesting to get a look at them.
Marnie

beckie said...

What great plants! Seems so odd to me that some are still buying plants for new beds. Your reward for all the heat of summer. I love the morning glory and am a little envious of your other blooms. Can't wait to see your new beds.

Cheryl said...

Your garden and blooms are lovely and so many..........Tea would be much appreciated, tku......

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Is the morning glory in the top photo a Grandpa Ott's morning glory?

Wendy said...

I've always wondered what the white teas taste like. Haven't tasted any, yet. Are they good? Do they taste like black tea?

Loved your flowers. It's so nice to come here and see gardens still in bloom. It's getting cold here. Brrrr.

Nola @ the Alamo said...

I've never heard of that vine; to think, a vine named after ME (well, sorta). Next year I will be searching for one of those, for sure.
Oh, if you like hot tea, I bought a new one the other day, and it's now my NEW FAV; it is Vanilla Apricot White Tea by Tazo. I got it at HEB (a TX thing, ya'll). It says "all natural", but doesn't say if it has caffeine or not. It is mild, and very apricoty, yummy!

joey said...

Your colorful garden still looks inviting ;) while mine looks tired and getting ready for bed ;(

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Hi Rose, This is the time of year that I love the most in the garden. Summers are so hot here--especially this year--there is not much enjoyment in the garden. I am usually out just long enough to water in the cool of the morning and pull an occasional weed. We have a cold front coming, so we will probably be sipping hot chocolate by the weekend!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Hi Marnie, It is yummy tea. It's a Celestial Seasonings tea, but Tea Revolution makes a good one too (it's just mucho expensive). I love it as a hot tea on a cold wintry afternoon when I get in from work.

I think one of the things I love most about our little gardening blog community is the diversity in our plants and how we put it all together.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Oh Beckie, it is! There were days after days of triple digit temps, and I didn't know if I could make it. The only thing that kept me going was anticipation of Fall when I could venture outside again.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Cheryl, soon enough we will get a frost and loose our annuals. It is so nice to be able to get out and really enjoy the garden until then.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Hi IGW! I would love to find some Grandpa Ott seeds. My blue morning glories are the Heavenly Blue. The violet and deep royal purple are from a Martha Stewart line of seeds that were just a mix.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Dear Wendy,

White tea tastes a lot like green tea--much more delicate and brighter than black tea--you just have to be careful not to brew it too long, or it will become bitter.

Glad you liked the garden tour. It sounds like we may get a frost soon--the annuals will be gone then.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Nola, I LOVE the Vanilla Apricot White Tea. Do you drink it hot? I have only made iced tea with it.

If you can't find an Alamo Vine up north, you may have to make a trip to Austin! ;-)

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Joey, thanks for stopping by.

Oh, but you have a REAL autumn. Our garden will be getting ready for a winter nap soon when that first heavy frost comes. I sure will be sad to see the basil go.

The Garden Faerie said...

I don't know about you, but I kind of like having a mystery plant or two. I'm not even in a rush to try to ID the foliage; I generally wait for the bloom and go from there. Kind of a happy surprise I know is waiting for me.
~ Monica

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Hi GF. Sorry it has taken me so long to reply--I have been down this week with a stomach bug. Yes, I love a good mystery, but I think I read too many Nancy Drews growing up because I always feel it necessary to solve the mystery! LOL!

Chandramouli S said...

Great collection you got there! I like that Marigold bloom - looks elegant like a Queen (not Princess, a QUEEN!). She looks so proud of herself!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Thank you for stopping by, Chandramouli s. I'm glad you liked the marigold. It came from a seed mix I used last summer, and has reseeded itself all over my front flower bed. It is such a rich orange color, it reminds me of old gold. I know there are those that rant about orange flowers, but I love them. They do look queenly--I quite like that term--thanks!

Liz said...

I know that yellow plant I'm sure. Don't know its name of course ...

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Liz,

I know, me too! Ah well, I guess I will just continue calling it "Aster" for now--or the latin term: haventaclueous.

MARIE said...

It's great to see a garden blooming as I whine about the coming winter in zone 6. I'll be sure to use your blog as part of my Winter Gardener mode.

I can't wait for pictures and info about your new beds!

Bob said...

I think your mystery plant is a Rough Sunflower, Helianthus hirsutus.

I'm glad to see you have some fall color. This summer has been tough on the plants. I've got a lot of fall color now myself. It's about time as there wasn't much summer color.

Dreams and Decor said...

I love all your flower photos! Especially love your morning glories and that beautiful rose! I love the white teas, too, but I'm not big on hot tea, so I make mine into iced tea! Patti

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Bob, I do believe you are right. I googled Rough Sunflower, and the leaf structure looks right, but no hairy texture on the stem. Thanks for the I.D.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Patti, thanks for stopping by and walking around the garden with me. There is nothing like a tall glass of iced tea when it's a hot afternoon. But when the weather turns cold, I love a cup of hot tea in the afternoon to warm me up and get me through until dinner.

Annie in Austin said...

So you haven't been brushed with frost yet, either, MG - guess just the edges of the Hill Country went down to the thirties.

I've heard of the Alamo Vine but never grew it and like you, am pleased by the Mexican Mint Marigolds.

The Copper Canyon Daisy was invaluable at our previous house because the deer avoided it. But after a few years I became sensitized to it...gives me a rash and the scent makes me queasy. Hope this does not happen to you!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Annie, we have had a light frost on the roofs, but hasn't nipped any vegetation yet. I keep thinking I need to harvest one more round of basil before we do get some frost.

Oh, dear! I do hope I don't develop an allergy to the Copper Canyon Daisies. The smell was kind of a queasy smell. Russian sage does that to me too, but as long as I am not working in it or cutting it back, I can tolerate it.