November 30, 2010

A Few of My Favorite Things


This is the Autumn Moon from early Summer to Fall.


This is Autumn Moon in its Fall finery .

Fer at My Little Garden in Japan invited us to post on favorite plants.

 During Springfling Chicago 2008 more than 50 garden bloggers from across the U.S. visited my garden and were smitten , as was I, by my Autumn Moon Maple  ( Shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon ' ) .    It reigns supreme as one of my all-time favorites.


Brunnera macrophyella ' Jack frost '

Even when not in bloom the gorgeous foliage of Jack Frost Brunnera is outstanding and makes a bold statement.

Clematis 'Bee's Jubilee '

Want a gorgeous show from a climbing vine throughout the summer?  I had Bee's Jubilee blooming in November this year.  Its an outstanding repeater.


Viburnum carlesii 'korean spice '

For Spring fragrance and Fall color its hard to beat Korean spice viburnum.


And for flavor,  the perfect fruit tree for a small garden is the Asian Pear.  It tops out at 15 feet and bears an abundance of delectable fruit.  Unlike the Western variety of pears this one is firm, juicy and keeps for a long time.



The list is endless so I'll finish by saying that the Knockout rose shrub is without peer when it comes to long blooms  ( June -November ), disease resistance and fussy-free.

20 comments:

  1. We bought an some Asian pears at the supermarket. They were a pale yellow and very juicy but had hardly any taste. I guess it was picked unripe and either needed storing a while or that it just didn't travel well

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  2. I love Viburnum carlesii - the fragrance is so rich and intense. Korean Spice is a new name to me but I am sure it smells gorgeous!

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  3. A great collection of favorites!

    You have a lot of beautiful plants on your garden. Is funny a lot of these are new to me, I only meet them now that I live in japan. The autumn moon, the korean spice and the asian pear, before unknown they have become a part of daily life.
    Also the first time I had an asian pear I thought it was some kind of apple haha. Very delicious tho.

    Thank you very much for joining the Carnival! I appreciate it very much.

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  4. All beautiful plants! Your Autumn Moon maple is gorgeous! I also love the Brunnera 'Jack Frost'. My mother grows it in Michigan and I would love to grow it in my garden in Georgia however the local nurseries don't seem to carry it.

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  5. Carolyn, I have some of your favorites and they are mine too, the viburnum, Knockout Rainbow and Bee's Jubilee Clematis. Thanks for the website for the maple. I looked for Brunnera Jack Frost this fall but they were all gone.

    Eileen

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  6. Congratulations on your Asian pear! I have a 5-way graft and it's one of my favorite fruits in the garden. Very easy to grow, too! Beautiful photos of all your favorites. :)

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  7. I recognize many of your favourites - japanese maple, viburnum, clematis and brunnera. We could have been picking from the same list!

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  8. Hi Green Lane,

    Thanks for stopping by. Asian pears that are picked green need to ripen at room temps before eating. If kept refrigerated they can last for several weeks or more.

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  9. Easy Gardener,

    Thanks for visiting. Korean spice is the most popular variety at the garden center where I work. We can't keep it in stock.

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  10. Hi Fer,

    I've seen the Asian pears mislabeled in the supermarket as "Apple/pear . " They do indeed look like a combo of both but have a unique taste. We use them often in cooking Korean dishes.

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  11. Hi Karin and thanks for visiting. Perhaps the Georgia heat is too much for 'Jack Frost ' ?

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  12. Hi Eileen,

    "Great minds think along the same lines..." What can I say other than we have great taste in plants :-)

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  13. Thanks,Eliza. The 5 way Asian pear must be really outstanding. I saw an apple version once and found it amazing.

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  14. Hey Marguerite and welcome. Glad you liked my faves.

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  15. Japanese Maple and Viburnum carlesii are on my list of favorites too. Nice selection. Thanks for visiting my blog and picking the post too. Much appreciated.

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  16. I love asian pears. I'll have to see if I can plant a tree in our yard. Do you have a photo on your blog of the entire tree?

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  18. Hi meemsync,

    If you'd like to see the entire Asian pear go to the search box in my sidebar and type in September 21,2010 and it will bring up my post on my new kitchen garden.

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  19. You have some great plants, but my favorite is the Japanese maple. It's so striking with the colour and leaf shape. You got me thinking for next year.

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  20. Hi Patty and welcome. That particular variety, Autumn Moon, is very hard to find at garden centers.

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