Normally, October is one of my favorite months of the year. Besides the trees putting on their party colors, the days are bright with temperatures usually in the 50 and 60 degrees (F); a very invigorating time of the year. This is a different sort of October, it just goes along with the rest of the odd weather we’ve had this year. It’s been cold with highs in the 40s so far this month; today I think the high was actually 40 degrees. Too cold! No wonder I feel behind on my gardening chores – this is November weather.
These may be the last blooming flowers of the year. My Impatiens and Morning Glories have shriveled from the cold nights and though I have a few tough perennials still hanging on, most are the last blooms of the year. Still, I admire their tenacity. So, with Carol of May Dreams Gardens acting as hostess, come see what is still blooming in my garden.
A visit to my Butterfly Garden at the local library
The Sedum, Autumn Joy is still my favorite fall flower, now a rich burgundy color.
A few sneezeweed (Helenium) are still blooming.
The Chocolate Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium rugosum) seems to be blooming about a month later than normal.
The last of the Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)
A couple of coneflowers ( Echinacea purpurea) are maintaining their color among the seedheads
I don’t remember the Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) having such lovely red pods before.
The only garden mum (bought as a seedling three years ago at the farmer’s market) that comes back year after year.
In my garden at home, I also have Autumn Joy and the asters still blooming despite the cold.
But in addition, I have
the lovely Toad Lily(tricyrtis) with several blooms.
I just can’t believe that I still have some phlox in bloom.
One last coneflower in bloom. You can see that the goldfinches have been picking at the seeds
my Silver Lace vine, still unaffected by the cold.
I entirely forgot to pinch back my mum this summer so it’s about thigh high. To tell you the truth, I like the taller look and it didn’t bloom any earlier than usual so I may not pinch it back next summer, either.
I really love the copper color of the mum. Or maybe its kind of burnt orange.
Look what I found blooming under a mass of wild asters! Several Obedient plants (Physostegia virginiana). I totally forgot that they were there.
Several still in bud. I hope they get a chance to bloom before getting frosted. Last year the bees were all over these flowers. I haven’t seen any bees in several days.
I see that it is no longer the 15th of the month. Sigh. Late again to the ball.