Thursday, October 6, 2011

Frosty Morn

As the saying goes, "the frost was on the pumpkin" this morning.  There was a sea of white on house tops and lawns, and the edges of plants and leaves had a pretty fringe on them.
A really nice plant that just starts to open the first part of October in my gardens is Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate', commonly known as chocolate boneset.
Other plants in this family are E. maculatum  (Joe pye weed) and the species rugosum or white snakeroot.  White snakeroot flowers from August - September while the chocolate with dark bronze-purple stems blooms later.
A closeup of the flowers shows they resemble annual ageratum.  The plant grows to about 3 feet tall and is at home is moist to average soil.
I'm linking with Tootsie for Fertilizer Friday, come flaunt your flowers too!


  1. Those stems are wonderful...all chocolate colored like that. I don't recall seeing anything like it before. Perhaps I'll remember yours if I ever do.

    We had our first frost last night as well. I've been cleaning out the messes left behind, including my beloved morning glory. Some of the plants are hanging out in the garage; some in the house until the weather turns again to the 70s. I don't think that this can last too much longer, but I'll enjoy it while it does.

  2. After a frosty and cool start to the day it turned out lovely and sunny, and nice and warm this afternoon.

  3. We've had a few of 'em already! But I do love this time of year anyway...enjoy the lovely daytime temps.

  4. I keep expecting it any day, but so far not. Actually to be in the 80's this weekend. Thought I was all done for that for the year.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  5. Your garden is full of beauty and everything nice!

  6. Beautiful photos, Judith! There truly is beauty in all seasons. I've never heard of the plant with the chocolate stems. It's really pretty and anything that blooms this time of year is a bonus. You inquired about the Easter egg plant. The "eggs" are not edible, at least not that I know of.
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  7. Wow, frost already! We are still quite warm, although the rains have started. I've stocked up on plants at the sales and we should be planting over the next few weeks. Wishing you a lovely weekend, Judith! – g

  8. Noooooo not frost already!
    I have a lovely big patch of Joe Pye weed that gives me a wonderful shot of pink at this time of year.

  9. I actually got excited when I saw your post title!

  10. Beautiful frosty images. The tiny white flowers are so lovely.

  11. As our springtime is halfway over, we had rather a hot day today and your photos of those frosty leaves certainly helped me feel a little cooler. I just love the gorgeous white flowers and dark purple stems of the Snakeroot. The Eupatorium is also quite lovely.

  12. hi Judith, Wow I'm hearing my blog friends talk already of frost and some have mentioned the s word. We usually get a frost somewhere mid to the end of Oct. Today we had a high of 91 degrees. I think a frosty morning is gorgeous. your photos represent the beauty of Jack Frost. Great photos of your plants.
    Happy Fall Judith.......

    The French Hutch

  13. Frost? Oh, my! It's a warm and sunny weekend here, so apple picking with friends was on the agenda.
    Happy Thanksgiving, Judith!

  14. The frost is just beautiful! I love how you captured it.

  15. Hi Judith,
    It is supposed to go down to -4 here tonight!
    I will now be on the lookout for chocolate.

    Thank you for your prayers for Lucas.


  16. Hello,Judith.
    It is surprising to see the frost on the leaves, but they are beautiful.I feel winter coming nearby. Your garden is always filled with seasonal plants and flowers! How lovely the blue butterfly is!I am so glad to visit you again. Many thanks.

  17. Hi Judith! Seems like just yesterday we were anxiously watching all our spring and summer blooms coming up - and the lavender was growing high! Now - first frost and fall is truly upon us. We're starting to get some good color down here in South Jersey - I'm sure you've already had yours in Canada. Don't you just love the seasons!

    Always so informative stopping by your cottage!

  18. Hi Judith,
    What a delight to see such pretty plants in your garden. It is hard for us to imagine frost, but I know it is coming shortly.
    We finally had lots of rain last night and this morning and my pansies are standing so tall and pretty.
    Thank you for sharing your garden and your great knowledge. I always learn something from you.

    Have a wonderful evening.
    Hugs and Blessings, Celestina Marie
    p.s. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

  19. Pretty photos - I love the chocolate boneset! The bunnies have nibbled all my plants down low - mother nature's helpers preparing the garden for winter. :)
    Hope you have a lovely day, Judith!

  20. Judith,

    Your frosty plants still look wonderful. My Joe pye weed did not do as well this year for some reason. Your snakeroot with dark bronze-purple stems looks fabulous.


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