Plethora of purple petals…

Susan DetjensLate August gardens split into divergent color camps of either vibrant yellows or elegant pinks and purples. In front of The Barns, there is Buddleia, Plectranthus, Perovskia, Thalictrum with natives, Joe Pye Weed and a pale Monarda, dotting the fields.

 Wallpapering the tubesEarlier in the month, I had fun making a long container of paper-covered test tubes. The tubes ( were held at various heights on wire rods and zip-tied in place. Then they were covered with a group of artist papers in soft neutral patterns, glued and sealed with Modge Podge (a decoupage sealant).

Paper and tube containerThe base was made from a slab of leftover insulation foam (see “Curling Up” May, Archives), edged with bass wood strips, painted with a nickel colored spray paint. The inside of the base was filled with small pearl like stones (Michael’s Crafts).  A water bottle with a spout helps fill all the test tubes which have to be refilled daily.  Annuals are thirsty!!!

Perovskia at The BarnsThe purple flowers in the garden inspired this post. Just how many varieties of flowers in purple shades could I find?

Susan DetjensThanks to weeding project in the Sharon Audubon Herb Garden, a late-day visit to gorgeous Twin Maples and a bouquet from Thornhill plus my own garden, I collected over two dozen!

 Gomphrena, Verbena, AgastacheHow many can you recognize?

Phlox Ageratun PerovskiaSalvia, Ageratum, Celosia, Zinnia, Gerbera, Thalictrum, Plumbago, Angelonia, Gomphrena, Phlox

Zinnia, Echinops, BuddleiaHyacinth Bean, Echinops (commonly called globe thistle), plus a really tiny no-name thistle from the fields, Monarda, Perovskia, Plectranthus,, Verbena bonariensis,

Susan DetjensBuddleia, Allium, Agastache, Nepeta, Joe Pye Weed, Astrantia and lavender!


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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