Good morning y’all!
It was 56 degrees F this morning at 6:30 AM on the mountain, temperatures today are suppose to climb to 77 degrees F. Should be a lovely day.
The rhododendron flowers are exceptional this year!
As I walked in the garden this morning I couldn’t help but notice a few late fall flowers blooming. Since we are now having cool mornings with temperatures in the 50’s I didn’t expect to see any flowers. This hydrangea is on the south side of our home and has done well there. It has grow nearly 4 foot high and 4 foot wide. This was the only flower!
My wife grows daisies, they have bloomed all summer….. again this was the only daisy flower on this plant.
We have 8 of these plants in the garden and in the Spring they are full of flower, love the fushia color.
I am not sure what the name of this plant it, it is a volunteer, some sort of wild flower.
This purple wild flower is a volunteer as well, another native wild flower.
Our roses have done well this year!
Sweet Kate is a wonderful perennial for the garden. The above picture was taken early in the morning back in May of this year. I purchased Tradescantia Sweet Kate from Plant Delights Nursery about 12 years ago. It is an easy to grow perennial that has spectacular bright chartreuse foliage and blooms all summer long.
It forms dense clumps, foliage is erect and has strap like leaves growing about 18 inches tall. The bright chartreuse is eye catching along the border of my garden. The next two pictures were taken this morning, towards the end of the season it is still blooming but the leaves are not as bright.
The flowers are a deep blue nearly violet color. Flowers are petaled and bloom everyday in the morning until the sun hits them from spring to first frost. The stamen stems have a dot of pollen on each that floats above the flower.
Sweet Kate is deer resistant, will tolerate wet soil, attracts a lot of butterflies, blooms from spring to the first frost and will grow in direct sun even in South Carolina. It is easily divided so you can transplant to other areas of your garden. If you are not growing Sweet Cate, you should give it a try.
Let me know if you are growing Sweet Cate in your garden?