Monday, September 13, 2010

As summer ends.....

Fall is in the air, as they say, the sun is lower, the light is different, the nights are getting cooler and the days shorter.

Thought I would do a little end of season round-up and share an Oregon fall-is-coming scene with you.

Labor Day Monday our family drove up into the foothills of the Cascades to visit this special spot.......Butte Creek Falls.

butte creek falls 002 This is the first glimpse of the falls, coming down the trail.....you turn the corner and see this......

butte creek falls 004 close up view...........at creek level.

butte creek falls 018 Note....leaves are not changing colors, yet!  It was a beautiful day and we had a great hike, a picnic and some family fun.

Back home.....I want to share the gorgeous red blossoms

front 015of our Crape Myrtle.  I'm not sure when they bloom in other parts of the country, but here in the northwest, it isn't until September.  We have two in our front yard named Dynamite, for their "explosive" red color, I assume!

My other fall bloomer is this unusual sage..."Salvia Spathacea" or Hummingbird Sage.  Grows best in dry shade and produces these magenta flower spikes.

sage 001

I have it planted on the east side of the house, where it get morning sun.  It is low growing and has a sharp "sagey" smell.

I planted this plant three years ago and it has spread to about three feet wide and only grows to 12 or 14 inches tall, excluding the flower blossom.

sage 004Here you can see why the Hummingbirds are attracted to the flower that is reddish and tubular.  I'm a plant collector, of sorts, and I love the unusual qualities of this plant, even the odor.   

Thanks for visiting today, remember I love comments and followers.  Today, I am linking with the following blog parties Tuesday Garden Party. Bloomin Tuesday, Outdoor Wednesday and Rednesday.

34 comments:

Racquel said...

What a beautiful setting with that waterfall! Thanks for sharing photos from your outing. I love that Sage, I bet the hummers love it too. :)

Paula said...

Oooh I love those falls - would be worth a drive from Idaho to see them next summer! Thanks for sharing, Paula from Idaho

Jean said...

What a beautiful spot! I really like the color of the Crape Myrtle. The Hummingbird Sage sounds like my kind of plant. I'll need to see if it's a perennial here. Jean

zentmrs said...

Beautiful waterfall and gorgeous flowers! Thanks for sharing!!

Zoey said...

What a great way to spend a fall day. I love touring water falls.

Melody said...

Hi Jan! You have such a wonderful garden. Our crepe myrtles bloom July. That falls reminds of one called Valentines Fall out in Cosby Tn. You are so lucky to have that sooo close.
Hope you're having a great week so far!

Cherry Chick said...

Wow...the waterfall is beautiful. I have a Crape Myrtle here in Florida but I honestly can't even tell you when it doesn't bloom. Thanks for sharing your beautiful scenery.

Marites said...

the waterfalls is just so pretty! i've never scene such dainty flowers before. very nice!

La said...

Gorgeous! La

bj said...

What beautiful water falls. And Crape Myrtle is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing your pretty reds.

Sally Annie Magundy said...

What a gorgeous spot, so lovely! And such beautiful flowers. I hadn't heard of the Hummingbird Sage before, I'll be on the lookout for some now for our hummers. :)

Happy Rednesday,
Sally

Ann said...

Hi,
That creek is just wonderful, love the falls! We have Crape Mrytles here in GA and they bloom all summer and into the fall. I love them!! We have 5 trees and one gorgeous red bush, of course they were already well established when we bought the house, so I can't take credit for them but they sure are pretty.
Fondly,
Ann
@
The Tattered Tassel

LV said...

I have a Crape Myrtle, but they bloom earlier here. I never say a hummingbird plant. That is really pretty. I would enjoy having that, maybe then I would get some hummingbirds.

Kathleen said...

I need to get a Crepe Myrtle!

Genie Robinson said...

Your pictures are beautiful...what a great time you all must have had. My son who lives on Baimbridge Island, WA, is always talking about the Cascades, and one year the 3 men in my family went hikinh up in the Enchantments which I think might be a part of the Cascades. It was quite the hike...lots of ice and very slippery slopes that if they weren't real careful they could have slid into the lakes.

Hugs,
Genie @ Buttons for Baga

Antiques Galore Gal said...

I love the Crape Myrtle, I have one in my yard.

Low Tide High Style said...

What a beautiful part of the country you live in. Our crepe myrtles bloom at different times, one in my front yard bloomed in August, but others are blooming now!

Kat :)

Michelle said...

How lovely the falls are as well as the Crape Myrtle..

Dayle said...

Here in SE Texas, our crape myrtles bloom all summer. I keep saying I'm going to buy one. Yours is lovely.

Mica said...

beautiful photos..I can't feel Fall in the air here yet... It is so hot still. have a great remainder of the week.Mica

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Great shots! Love the waterfall.
We are on the same wave length. My post was about the end of summer, although we still have the heat.Have a good week, Annette

Nora Johnson said...

Love that Red Crape Myrtle - wish we could grow it here in Andalucia!

Happy Rednesday!

Lola & Nora:)
btw What Was Your Favorite Childhood Treat? We’ll Tell You Ours!

~~Carol~~ said...

I'm loving the look of that salvia! I definitely need more Fall blooming plants, and if the hummingbirds like it, it's perfect. I really enjoy watching them all summer, and if I can provide them with even more food, I'm happy!

The Paint Splash said...

Love the Hummingbird Sage. I've never been to your part of the country. Looks beautiful. Have a blessed week. Debbie

Linda said...

Those falls are really pretty...I love water...I think it's because there's so little of it here! I was thinking of planting a white crepe myrtle in the front...do they get very big? I wnt one of the multi trunked ones. They bloom in Fall here too.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Such beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Shelley said...

Beautiful...thanks for sharing....blessings

D said...

Pretty falls. In the South, our c mytrles are going away now.
D

Susan said...

Love your waterfall pictures! The hummingbird sage is something that I have never seen before...very lovely.

Sherry said...

I live in Western Washington and we are so blessed by the Cascades and the waterfalls and beautiful scenery so close by. Thanks for sharing your pictures. I saw a crepe myrtle in someones yard today and I paused for a moment to just look. That is something we don't have. Lovely pictures.

Ann said...

love the bluish color of the waterfall. I hope you won't get a cold winter.

Terra said...

The waterfalls look so refreshing and the crepe myrtle is a favorite shrub. I love to plant for birds and butterflies.

Jami said...

I'm so glad you shared about that sage- I'm always looking for dry shade plants. ;-)

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

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