Unseasonably warm autumn
Thanks to our unseasonably warm autumn, many of September’s flowers are still lingering around. We just had our first frost on Saturday morning (13 Oct 30.4F;-0.8C) and the leaves haven’t really turned color yet, and usually by now they are almost all off the trees.
Cut back and came back
I had cut the mallow and yarrow back and they are reblooming. The phlox was deadheaded and sprouted four blossoms from the original stem. This particular phlox is blooming in a stand of ‘Bright Eyes,’ and I presume it is a self-sown seedling. It is taller than the surrounding phlox and a deeper pink, and I think I like it better, so I am going to see if I can encourage it.
Still hanging around
Much to my surprise, the globeflower is still hanging around. This is the very last blossom, kind of bedraggled and drooping, but hanging in there. And what I thought was the last rose of the season in September turned out to be third-to-last. This bud came after that September bud, plus another rose has bloomed and gone by. And the larkspur is still going strong, but it likes cooler weather, so that’s not surprising. Also still blooming:
- Petunias in window boxes and hanging baskets
- Tunic flower
- various rudbeckias
- my one and only chrysanthemum
Last October, the ‘Lilac Wonder’ colchicums were at their peak by now. This year, they’re just getting started, the mum is at its peak, and the aster has pretty much gone by. Getting plants to bloom together is never an exact science, is it? There are a few speciosum and double-white colchicums hanging around, too, but they are at the end of their bloom period, not the beginning.
Goldenrod and Asters are done
Most people think of them as fall flowers, but the goldenrod and asters have gone to seed and only have a stray blossom here and there.
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