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I last showed you my garden a month ago, in late September, when it still looked relatively lush and colorful:dsc_6672

Then October arrived, and, for most of the month, the gardens continued to please.  dsc_6721

I did a bit of clean-up, which included trimming back some very unruly Russian Sage!dsc_6715

Of course, in October, no one really sees the garden at all.  The leaves seemed late in changing color this year, but once it happened, the show was spectacular!

Unless you look closely, you don’t notice how unkempt the rock garden is, do you?

I took this picture of the full “super moon” setting in the west as the sun was rising in the east.dsc_6700

The first half of the month was very dry, but many mornings were misty.  This is the view from my front porch.dsc_6708

I like the contrast here between the summery fuchsia and the autumnal red tree:dsc_6694

There were a few textbook-perfect fall days.dsc_6735

There was a threat of frost on October 10, and I frenetically raced about, bringing the houseplants inside, taking cuttings of my favorite coleuses, and harvesting the basil.  While that frost didn’t hit my garden, a couple very light, very spotty frosts did come a bit later in the month, and the very delicate flowers gave up the ghost.

Still, on October 18, the marigolds were still bright, and the cleome, though suffering for want of rain, still had some spunk!dsc_6719

The fruit fell from the Kousa Dogwood, and the chipmunks messily enjoyed it!  This year was the first year since 2004 that we’ve had a noticeable chipmunk population.  Cute as they are, I’m not thrilled to have yet another garden nuisance on the scene.  dsc_6728

Of course all of this color and beauty doesn’t last forever.  Early this week, the forecasters started talking about a potential snowfall on Thursday morning.  On Wednesday night, I went out and cut the third round of last bouquets of this growing season.  I had cut all of the zinnias and most of the cosmos and cleome earlier in the month, but there were still plenty of Salvia ‘Evolution’, marigolds, and some dianthus.dsc_6748

dsc_6750The red-orange flower is Marigold ‘Cottage Red’, which has a tall, airy habit that makes it ideal for bouquets.  I grew it from seed at the edge of my vegetable bed this year, and will grow it again for sure!

On Thursday morning, we did indeed awake to a light coat of snow on the ground, and the sound of sleet pelting down.  School closed.  The sleet eventually changed to rain, but the temperatures hovered at or just above freezing all day.  I think it’s safe to say the growing season is now officially over!

dsc_6760Moonbeam Coreopsis seedheads, encased in ice, and looking like so many eyeballs!  Happy Halloween!

dsc_6768Leaves on the Kousa Dogwood tree.  This young tree’s three main branches bent badly under the weight of the ice on its leaves, but now that the weather has warmed and the ice melted, it’s bounced back nicely.

dsc_6766A frozen Cleome bud!

Today’s weather is a tiny bit better (no more ice falling from the sky, anyway!), and the weekend promises some warmth, if not sunlight.  It should be ideal for bulb-planting, and I have a large box from Scheepers sitting in the garage waiting!

I am linking to both Tuesday’s View on Cathy’s Words and Herbs, and In a Vase on Monday on the other Cathy’s Rambling in the Garden.  If you haven’t visited either of these sites yet, I highly recommend it!  dsc_6769