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Monday, September 30, 2013

Point of view - September edition

I looked at the calendar today and realized that September was ending and I had failed to give you my monthly "point of view" shots. I've been doing this series since January, with the exception of June when I was out of town, by pointing my camera in the same direction from basically the same spot each month, just to document how the garden changes through the year.

To see the views from previous months, just click on the links:






June (skipped)



And finally, here's what September looks like.

 Things still look fairly green here at the end of September.

 Just a slightly different angle, looking straight down the path.

 And walking a little ways down the path. By this time next month the Copper Canyon daisy on the left should be in bloom.

 A little farther down the path, you can see that the Hamelia patens in the distance is still in full bloom and that there are a few leaves on the ground that have fallen from the sycamore tree on the right.

Pointing the camera toward the right, you can see that the flame acanthus hedge has completely regenerated from the shearing I gave it a couple of months ago and it is in full bloom again. The lemon grass dominates the plantings by the little pond, and the leaves of the magnolia tree and the redbud tree obscure the view of the house.

Walking closer to the patio, you can see the Hamelia more clearly and also that the 'Tropicannas' are still in bloom.

The leaves on the deciduous trees are beginning to turn yellow and brown and a few have fallen. We usually don't get intense fall colors here. We just look up one day and the leaves have turned brown and fallen to the ground.

The next few weeks will see more noticeable changes in the garden as autumn's grip becomes firmer and as we get ready for what passes for winter here.


  1. Wow Dorothy, it looks gorgeous! Now I know I have to give my Flame Acanthus a haircut next year. Do you know when the best time is? Also, how do you keep the grass from growing between your stone borders?

    1. The best time is when it gets large and unruly! Truly, I don't think it matters very much. These plants are so tough that they can take a trimming whenever it looks to you like they need one. I prune my severely at the end of winter and then again in the middle of summer, and, as you can see, by September, they are getting quite large again.

      I pull the grass out manually and my lawn people keep the edges trimmed which discourages it from growing between the rocks, but much of my lawn is Bermuda grass and, if you are familiar with that, you know it is insidious. Vigilant weeding helps control it.