We are beating the odds here this year, reaching mid-October with no hard frost yet! My gardens are still filled with flowers, some looking fresh as new, while others look a bit world-weary.
I cleaned the spent beans, tomatoes, and cucumbers out of the vegetable garden over the weekend, but left the flowers. Here is Burpee’s ‘Best Marigold Mix’:Zinnias ‘Fruit Smoothie’:I need to plant my zinnias earlier next year, and then pick the flowers frequently so the plants will develop more branches and blooms! The first week of July is not early enough here in the Northeast!
This is the only salmon colored one of the bunch. I wish there were more!Cleome ‘Violet Queen’ and the multi-branched sunflower, both self-seeded:I like that I can see the sunflower out the windows when I sit at the dining room table! Did you spot my line of ripening tomatoes inside the windows?
This is Zinnia ‘Old Mexico’, one of only two in the vegetable garden. It’s a short plant, about a foot tall, and the flower is an inch and a half wide. I tried these as an alternative to ‘Zowie’ this year; they germinated poorly, though, and were a disappointment:
Up the hill, the only thing blooming in the lasagna garden is the bright pink Salvia greggii (Autumn Sage), which has flowered continuously since I planted it here in June. I took some cuttings of this plant over three weeks ago, but there’s no sign of roots yet.
On to the rock garden, which with its bronzed ferns and deep maroon Sedum, seems the very definition of autumn.Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’:Dendrathema x rubellum ‘Sheffield Pink’, the latest blooming flower in my gardens:This Sheffield Daisy, which opened its first flower just a week ago, seems a very hardy chrysanthemum/dendrathema, bouncing back well after the very cold, long winter we had last year. It needs a better spot, though, than this too-crowded end of the rock garden.
Like the Sheffield Daisy, ‘Sedona’ suffers from the crowded conditions here in the rock garden. It deserves more space and less competition! I must be ruthless in tearing things out of there next year, but what, and where will it go?
Rosa ‘Alba Meidiland’ has dropped most of its lower leaves, but still blooms prolifically:As does this unnamed pink cluster rose:Finally, a touch of spring in fall, with this Dianthus showing off some hot pink blooms:
Moving away from the rock garden now, here are the wax begonias and Sweet Alyssum underneath the rhododendron. The begonias still look pretty good, but some of the alyssum has dried out:The morning-glory vines that twined their way through the rhododendron stopped producing flowers in late September.
The mums and asters I put in the containers on the side porch have opened up and create a lovely fall tableau: I wasn’t overly impressed with this Bacopa for most of the summer; it seemed to undergo lengthy periods with no flowers. I recently read that it comes from a family of aquatic plants and may stop blooming if allowed to get too dry, taking two to three weeks to re-flower. It’s been blooming to beat the band now since mid-September, and I probably will use it again after all:
Back out the front door we go, where Zinnia ‘Zahara Fire’ is starting to peter out a bit, with smaller, less vibrant flowers, but the African Daisy and wax begonias are still going strong:Here’s a tiny heather, planted on a whim last fall, and the only one of three to survive the winter, hiding under some Dusty Miller foliage:Most of the Cosmos ‘Pink Sensation’ at the corner of the garage have gone to seed and dried up; just one plant remains:
The same Cosmos in the Terrace Garden are still green and filled with buds, but it appears that something has tramped upon them and mowed them over. It could have been deer, or perhaps even the flock of turkeys I’ve seen traverse across the yard:Look at all of these buds!The bumblebees love the Cosmos! There were dozens of them buzzing around!I’m sorry for the blurry picture, but I wanted to show you two on one flower.
Another kind of bee preferred the Cleome in Dogwood Corner:
Marigolds ‘Bonanza Orange and Yellow’ and ‘Inca Orange’ are still full and lush, and just right for fall:One last look at Dogwood Corner, highlighting Salvia ‘Evolution’:Soon, perhaps Sunday night, we will have a cold enough night to kill most of these beautiful flowers. I’m happy, though, to have had such a long, mostly successful season with them, and have already set my sights on changes and improvements for next year! Thanks to Carol, writer of May Dreams Gardens, for hosting this regular garden party allowing gardeners to show off all that is blooming in their gardens on the fifteenth of each month. It’s a great way to learn about the differences and similarities among gardens all over the world, as well as to make some new friends. I highly recommend clicking the link and paying her blog a visit!