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
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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Heather Palmeter says:

    Made it into the garden blog. Score!

  2. Michele Whalen says:

    Thanks Anne for the sharing the beauty of your gardens. Be well my Friend.

  3. 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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