still no frost

It’s been an amazing October–nearly every day has had some sun, and when it rains it seems to usually do so at night. It hasn’t been too hot or too cold. Great horseback riding weather. These past few days I’ve been out at the barn every day riding with friends.oct 15 079But this is a garden blog (I can hear Jeanne my sister protesting, “get those horses off the garden blog!”) Here are the two home horses Fly and Casey, yesterday:oct 15 053I still haven’t finished getting all of those tulip bulbs in the ground. And I am waiting for a frost to kill the tops of the dahlias so I can dig the tubers. The dahlias are making the most of the long season, and they are blooming to beat the band. oct 15 025oct 15 026?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????In the vegetable garden David is preparing for frost and also planting out baby onions, various greens, and spinach. ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Meanwhile, the weather has confused some flowers into blooming again:

daylily reblooming

daylily reblooming

red yarrow reblooming

red yarrow reblooming

Other flowers typically bloom all year, right until frost.

corydalis

corydalis

nothing stops a pansy, of course

nothing stops a pansy, of course

It’s not that I try to take photos of bumble bees–they are everywhere.

sedum

sedum

The decorative tobacco, or flowering tobacco, sends its tiny seeds everywhere. These three elbowed their way into the meditation garden.???????????????????????????????hydrangea are all dusty pink now:

front yard pink diamond hydrangea

front yard pink diamond hydrangea

meditation garden endless summer hydrangea

meditation garden endless summer hydrangea

Seed pods of all kinds are feeding birds or scattering for next year:

sunflower

sunflower

inula, or elecampane

inula, or elecampane

starry burst seedheads of phlox

starry burst seedheads of phlox

The nasturtium I grew from seed is blooming vigorously, but this week’s frost will certainly flatten them. ???????????????????????????????In spite of these flashes of color, Autumn is here, with its soft, muted colors.

quiet fall garden colors

quiet fall garden colors

3 thoughts on “still no frost

  1. I can tolerate a horse picture now and then, especially with your happy face as you ride Tundra! The dahlias are glorious! And I have bumble bees resting on marigold and zinnias, just hanging on, I think. Todd says it will get cold tomorrow or Wednesday-we better brace ourselves!

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