October 14, 2014
There's no denying it now: Autumn is here, and the days of the tender annuals, the vegetables, and this year's perennial growth are numbered. But a few things are still blooming, since we haven't had a killing frost. For example, Hyacinth Bean vine (Lablab purpureus) is still putting on a last, desperate show of purple tenderness.
This Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) is reblooming--though the flower is smaller.
Yes, I will plant Double Impatiens (I. walleriana) 'Fiesta Pink Ruffle' again! An Impatiens plant this sturdy and lovely deserves a place in the planter pots.
The Marigolds of various cultivars show a touch of frost, but they keep on blooming and budding. The Whorled Milkweeds (Asclepias verticillata) in the same pot never did bloom--maybe because this was their first year growing from seed?
The stems and blooms of the False Asters (Boltonia asteroides) are spindly--but again, this was their first year in the garden.
'Vibrant Dome' Asters (A. novae-angliae) were planted last fall. They made it through last winter's polar vortex, they like their spot, and I look forward to seeing their progress again next year.
Zinnias (Z. elegans 'State Fair Mix') are feeling the cold, but maybe I'll get a few more blooms before the frost.
I'm nursing the hanging Fuchsias, including Fuchsia 'Marinka', just in case any straggler hummingbirds make their way through the neighborhood. But I do believe we've seen the last of the hummingbirds for this season.
Something about the folds and the purple/pink combo of Fuchsia 'Dollar Princess' makes my heart skip a beat.
The Lantanas (L. camara 'Lucky Flame') are still forming new flowers, and will continue until the first hard frost.
And finally, Cosmos (C. bipinnatus 'Versailles Mix') is still plugging away with repeat blooms.
I know their days are numbered, which makes the blooms even more sweet. What's blooming in your garden? It's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day! Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this wonderful meme each month.