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

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Michele Whalen says:

    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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