Shadow and Light

Although not much is blooming at the moment, the shady side of the courtyard is looking rather nice.

The sunny side, where we recently created a new border, is looking bare. (See below.) The blossoms have fallen off the new Lantana plants, although some buds are forming. I am hoping the plants will put down good roots over the winter and spread out nicely next spring. In October, I will pot up some violas and kale plants to fill in the spaces over the winter.

The evergreen holly tree in the corner has only been in the ground for two seasons. It grows very slowly, but it is covered with green berries that will soon turn red and remain on the branches throughout the winter.

I am still experimenting with Pelargonium cuttings. In the summer heat, my cuttings from the Pelargonium graveolens (Rose Geranium) rooted well in moist soil. Even though they are related, all my efforts with Pelargonium citrosum (Citronella) utterly failed. Undaunted, I took some cuttings again this morning. Perhaps they will root in water during the cooler weather. The fragrance in my studio after I brought in the cuttings was intoxicating.

Citronella (left) and Rose Geranium (right)

2 thoughts on “Shadow and Light

  1. I love the changing seasons and yours is so different than here in the NW. Your holly berries will be nice food for the birds in the winter. Good luck on those cuttings!

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  2. Nice! Do you use rootone or root tone, not sure how to spell it!? It might help to start the roots. My Mom always use it! 😉 Karen

    On Sun, Sep 13, 2020, 1:48 PM Contemplation Garden wrote:

    > Contemplation Garden posted: ” Although not much is blooming at the > moment, the shady side of the courtyard is looking rather nice. The sunny > side, where we recently created a new border, is looking bare. (See below.) > The blossoms have fallen off the new Lantana plants, altho” >

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