Maria von BrinckenSavoring the late summer garden

Geese squawk over head as I watch the black cat’s head turn up to follow the sounds.  The tropical storm has passed taking with it the high humidity and leaving a drenched garden.  I love the tapestry of foliage shown in the photo of the shade garden. It needed a good drink.

I love the shade garden combination of rhododendron, two kinds of fern, lace-leaf maple and hosta.

No tornadoes here or flooding. I’m grateful. Also happy for the drenching as it’s been a very dry summer. As I write I look to the deck and the container arrangement with the coleus that continues to delight me on this early September day.

I tried something a little different this year with colues, pink lantana and petunia, which have now finished. I like the way they tone with the cushions as well.

When I look over the deck railing or out the laundry room window, I see that the vine ‘Sweet Autumn’ Clematis (below) with its star-like white flowers blooms.  It’s that time of year.


Views of the gardens from within my house are very important to me.  That’s why the lower level laundry room has a view of the gardens captured above.  I get a treat every time I do the laundry.

I also planned the view from the deck. I make a point to walk to the rail and look often. Happy Sunday everyone.  I’m looking forward to a bit of garden tweaking–deadheading and just enjoying.

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Maria von Brincken

About Maria von Brincken

Award-winning landscape designer, garden journalist and lecturer, certified practising designer with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), former contributing editor to Landshapes magazine. Sudbury, Massachusetts. Read Maria's full blog at A Garden Maker's Notes

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