It’s 40F and rainy here. We had a very light frost on Sunday morning, which killed only the basil in the vegetable garden; it didn’t bother the begonias in the shade garden at all.
Looking ahead at the 10-day, I’m seeing low temps in the mid-20s by Wednesday. I’d better get that garlic in the ground tomorrow!
Here’s what’s been blooming and attracting attention for the first two weeks of October in my yard.
I became enchanted by the jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) growing unbidden in several spots.
I’ve always been enchanted by Tricyrtis formosana. The ‘Samurai’ variety is blooming now:
And suddenly there are small flocks of flickers everywhere, but they are skittish, so I took this shot from inside; even so, he looks suspicious.
Goldfinches are abundant, too, especially in the echinacea seedheads.
The asters are the stars of the flower show, both purple/blue, which are Aster laevis ‘Bluebird’, and pink, which I planted but don’t know their variety; I think they are also an Aster laevis. Before they left us this past week, the butterflies — monarchs and a painted lady, in these photos — enjoyed them, and a few honeybees and bumblebees still linger.
Foliage is the other big draw this time of year.
Here’s the tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), on 4 Oct, 8 Oct, and 14 Oct:
The ‘Johnson’s Blue’ geranium is ablaze in tiny red leaves:
Bluebird aster flowers and rainbow leucothoe, ‘Loyalist’ hosta, & rhododendon foliage:
Hydrangea blooms and leaves:
PeeGee hydrangea and Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracilimus’ grass:
Back border, with the miscanthus grass, spent Joe Pye weed blooms, lilac bushes, veronicastrum, and a few trees turning:
Shade garden, with hostas, heucheras, lamiums, Rodgersia, astilbes, (small) begonias:
The trees beyond the shed:
The weeping ‘Red Jade’ crabapple is full of fruits; this was taken today, through a rain-washed window:
Aren’t the baptisia (false indigo) pods compelling?
Finally, a few flowers, perennials and annuals, still giving it their all despite the change in their weather fortunes.
And the annuals:
This will probably be my last GBBD until next April or May, when we once again have blooms.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.