Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Summer's last hurrah

The yearly cycle of blossoms that begins in Vancouver as early as January with snowdrops and heavenly-scented witch hazel is coming to its usual big finish. Black-eyed susans, hardy hibiscus, asters, sunflowers, late roses and dahlias -- lots of dahlias -- are filling gardens with the summer's final blast of colour.

My own garden has shockingly few fall flowers, something I yearly vow to remedy but somehow never do, so I depend on the efforts of other, more dedicated gardeners for my annual end-of-summer fix.

Here are some of the colourful blossoms I have noticed around the city in the last couple of weeks:

Displays like this are why I adore the gardens of enthusiastic amateurs. No garden designer would ever give free rein to the sheer love of one type of plant -- in this case dahlias -- and fill a garden with it. Luckily, amateurs can do whatever they please. 
Every year, the dahlia enthusiast -- who lives in a modest house just down the hill from me -- puts on a similar fabulous display.
Mom always grew dahlias, and I think she would have loved these.

The dahlia border from another angle. You can see the gardener's small (for Vancouver) house in the background.

Rudbeckias, or black-eyed susans, create a sunny show in a back lane.

Another view of the back-lane display.

It's been a good year for roses, with enough sun to keep them happy. They are flourishing in this Point Grey-area garden, which also has several stands of Oriental lilies. You can see one bunch of  the pink lilies just above the light-coloured roses

Another look at the rose garden; I loved the variety of colours. 

Russian sage is beautifully purple and see-through on a street corner.

My favourite garden just below Fourth Avenue is featuring white hibiscus now. 

A blue hibiscus adds beauty to the front door of  a house near me.
This colourful planter welcomes visitors to a community garden in West Vancouver. 

Most fall colours are bright and intense, which is why this window box of pale begonias drew my attention. It looked like a wedding bouquet. 

I've never seen sunflowers in window boxes before, but here they are!

A mixture of  black-eyed susans with plum-coloured foliage makes a sophisticated border at Van Dusen Garden.

A stand of black-eyed susans is a blast of colour under a plain cedar hedge. 

This  community garden is always full of flowers as well as vegetables. In the centre, sweet peas climb a trellis.

 My own sweet peas in the kitchen window. In the background, the foliage of my garden, including white blossoms from the second flowering of my summer snowflake tree.

1 comment:

  1. Sunflowers in window boxes....that is quite something! I'm beginning to learn the names of flowers from your blog. summer really almost over. We seem to have missed with so much going on.