Mid October and summer is hanging on just a little: the bees are still busy, some monarch butterflies have not yet flown south, and the farmer hasn't harvested the corn. The weather, however, is horrible. While we were in England, Pennsylvania had seven straight days without rain, for the first time in months, but as soon as we arrived home, rain was back in the forecast. As a result, I haven't been able to work outside, and my garden is a mess. Nevertheless it IS Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and I'm heading outside between showers to find some blooms.
Caryopteris has a few remaining blossoms (and bees as you can see from the photo above.)
|Caryopteris 'Dark Knight'|
Of my three butterfly bushes, one is full of flowers. Maybe that's why monarch butterflies are still visiting my garden.
|'Autumn Joy' sedum is still joyful.|
|There's a late bloom on the honeysuckle.|
Fall leaves predominate in the shade garden.
|The hydrangeas are showing autumn color.|
I love my perennial geranium because it is so long-lasting. There was a conversation on Alistair's blog about the color. In Scotland it is blue; mine is purple. It's thought the color may be due to the soil.
|Perennial geranium 'Rozanne'|
|Lavendar is still blooming in the Cottage Garden|
|Snake root has just finished blooming in the woodland garden (photo taken last month)|
Fall has definitely arrived in my woodland garden. No blooms; lots of autumn leaves.
|Weird-shaped seedpod of Sweet Shrub|
The pond is still flaunting some color. There is a flower on one of the waterlilies every day.
Our big bullfrogs (we have three) are very shy. Can you see one hiding behind the water plants?
Trees edging the cornfield are changing color. Daily we expect the farmer to harvest the corn. The colors of zinnias and marigolds in the kitchen garden add to the feel of autumn.
The knockout roses continue to bloom profusely.
|Pots of marigolds flank a red Knockout rose.|
|The last David Austin rose|
|Not to be outdone, the pink Knockout has several blossoms.|
Baby, it's cold out there ... I'm going to sit by the fire in the den and browse through all the wonderful blogs listed at Carole's May Dreams Gardens for October Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Thank you Carole for hosting my favorite meme.
Enjoy your October garden, whatever season it may be in your part of the world!
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