For years, my flowerbeds have been filled by dividing and transplanting what exists.
I've had one lavender plant which I've enjoyed immensely but have never figured out how to divide.
Some time ago, I was lamenting this fact to a friend--the kind of friend who listens well
and takes mental notes.
Imagine my surprise and pleasure to receive these two clumps of healthy lavender 
from her own yard!
My dilemma?
Finding "just the right spot" for it.  Good drainage and at least 8 hours of sun--
both rare here at Gatescroft.
I can't put off this decision much longer.  The lavender is getting restles!

Late Bloomers

Liriope muscari variegata. Late bloomers.
Noticed while prowling around our garden beds to figure out
which sedum to dig out and divide for sharing with a friend who requested them.
 Our sedum grew SO large this year.
They were floppy and awkward to handle, but I'm pretty sure they'll grow next spring
if cut back, watered and replanted now.
Below?  A wheelbarrow FULL of the ones we dug out to give away.

A Walk in a Wetland

 Motivated by the almost daily photos and descriptions of a Facebook friend,
my husband and I set off to find "The Lob" - a marsh and wetland preserve
about an hour away from our home.
The day couldn't have been better for this excursion,
and we were NOT disappointed.
Interesting sights and calm sounds met us as we meandered over the well-tended trails.

The green marsh (below) was silent and syrupy in appearance.
Wildflowers, typical for our late-summer weather, were abundant.

 We didn't begin to explore all the trails and left wishing this beautiful
spot was located a bit closer to us.

sedum sweet sedum

 Hardly a spot in our yard is without their presence.
 Growing daintily or
 with wild abandon,
 sedums' pinks will soon mature
 into color suitable for autumn.
 Every fall I tell myself, "You MUST remember to divide them in the spring."
 Every spring, I forget.
 They really DO appear to have taken over...

Feast for the Eyes

 My favorite part of the Harrison Hill Home and Garden Tour
 was this garden.
 While not a large yard,
 my eyes had a feast!
 Especially I I observed how little grass there was to mow.

 It was hard to leave, but there were homes to tour.
Kudos to the owners who have lived in this house and tended this garden for 28 years.
(Can you tell that I like full and overflowing flower beds?)

The Season of Our Rudbekias

 Visits to a few of my favorite gardening blogs
 made me realize I almost missed photographing this season of rudbekia
 in my own yard!
(Truthfully, I'm not gardener enough to know if rudbekias are what they actually are!)
For all their beauty, they require very little in the way of nurturing
(except to reign in their aggressive tendancy to multiplication)...
 Here, they entertain us royally
 interspersed with other performers - natural and man-made.
A carpet of color and splendor.
 ....and below, a hint of what is to come!
It's always SOMEthing.

Mums the Word

 In spite of being cut back around the Fourth of July,
 our hardy mums are leggy
 and ill-shaped.
Come to think of it, except for that trimming they've been quite neglected this year.
Guess I should be thankful they're blooming at all!
I DO so love the promise of autumn that they represent...

One Picture; A Thousand Words

My favorite hosta blooms.....