Monday, November 19, 2007

Colorful Fall Gardening

Our garden on a foggy fall morning

White Beautyberry
Callicarpa japonica 'Leucocarpa'
Depending on how wet the winter is, these berries may stay on the bush into late January. They are very nice for bouquets.

Rainbow Leucothoe
Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rainbow'
The red color appears as the weather cools off. In the summer the foliage is a medium green with pink and yellow variegation. I often add sprigs of it to bouquets. It prefers moist soil and shelter from hot sun.

Meyer Lemon
Citrus limon 'Improved Meyer'
The lemon fruit is at it's best in late fall, this is when we harvest the majority of the crop. This year we will pick 25 or more lemons from two 18" tall plants and one 36" tall plant. We also have a medium sized Variegated Eureka Lemon, but they are not nearly as good as the Meyer Lemons. These plants will be hauled into the garage on nights when the temperature will drop below 28 degrees.


Diane said...

what a lovely garden. I envy gardeners who live where the season is so much longer -- or all year round.

I'm just getting going with blogging after a long hiatus but I encourage dog-friendly gardening.

Diane at Sand to Glass
& Dogs Naturally

Cottage Smallholder said...

Those lemons look wonderful! I'd love to be able to grow lemons in my garden.

I have awarded you the True Blue Award today - for services to blogging!

Sarah said...

Thanks for stopping in! I do feel fortunate to garden in a mild climate. The lemons are not truly hardy here (USDA Zone 8); we grow them in pots so we can haul them into the garage on the coldest of nights. I try to bring them in whenever the temperature is to go below 28 degrees F (-2.2 degrees C).