Mid-October winding down

After a dry hot summer we’ve had a milder and wetter fall. Still no real frost, so the garden is lingering. Many of the flowers don’t know the flower season is over!

many types of phlox are still blooming

many types of phlox are still blooming

johnny-jump-ups

johnny-jump-ups

Johnny jump-ups are the first to bloom in the spring and the last to stop in the fall.

blue fortune agastache

blue fortune agastache

Many perennials are slowing down but continue to bloom, which is good for the bumble bees and other insects still hanging on.

chelone turtle heads and honeysuckle vine

chelone turtle heads and honeysuckle vine

These turtle heads start blooming late and continue until frost. The honeysuckle vine is an early spring to late fall bloomer. The hummingbirds have left now, but the vines are still putting out flowers. Also blooming is the pink native plant physostegia virginiana, false dragon head or obedient plant, in several large patches. Another stalwart blooming from May to frost is catmint, which I have in every bed in the garden. It isn’t quite as showy as some plants, but it feeds a lot of insects and is almost a ground-cover for me.

catmint growing around some garden art

catmint growing around some garden art

The most colorful flowers now blooming are the annuals. Marigold, petunias, zinnias, cleome, blue annual sage, and some volunteer sunflowers and nicotiana:

marigold

marigold

patch of pink zinnias

patch of pink zinnias

bright purple cleome

bright purple cleome

annual sage

annual sage

tall volunteer sunflowers

tall volunteer sunflowers

sunflower with a honey bee

sunflower with a honey bee

volunteer ornamental flowering tobacco

volunteer ornamental flowering tobacco

And in the wild meadow gardens, the purple asters are still bright:

purple aster with bumble bee

purple aster with bumble bee

aster

aster

It’s a beautiful season. Yesterday we took a walk in the fields and overgrown meadow near our house. Apples and other fruits like nanny berries and wild grapes are abundant. apple-tree

nanny-berrysunny-meadow-late-afternooncat-on-the-walk

One thought on “Mid-October winding down

  1. Anne, thanks for the great pictures. I feel like I’m walking around your beautiful yard with you. Be well my Friend.

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