Halloween morning dawned to some frost on the pumpkin:. . . and the Autumn Joy Sedum:. . . the ferns:. . . and the roses:This sunlight had already touched and thawed these once glorious Cosmos, now hanging limp:There will be no more Monday vases full of marigolds from Dogwood Corner this year!
Good-bye, my beautiful Cleome! I look forward to seeing your progeny here next year.All is not lost, however! The containers on my side porch seem to have escaped Jack Frost’s grip this morning:It’s still a colorful display with snapdragons, Marguerite Daisies, Bacopa, nasturtiums, Scaevola, and Lantana blooming as though it were still summer, alongside the hardier autumn mums. There are even a few brave petunias still soldiering along!
The Pineapple Sage, named for the scent of its leaves, has more cherry-red flowers now than it has had all summer. My favorite farm market vendor who sold it to me told me its blooms would be inconsequential. I think she was wrong! I’m glad to have had such a lovely, extended fall growing season, but now I am ready to move on. There are houseplants to nurture, bulbs to plant for indoor forcing, and visions of next year to dream!