Saturday, October 19, 2013

My Fading October Garden

Indian summer is over and the temperatures are cooler.  The October garden is fading albeit with a couple of surprises.
Hydrangea 'Limelight' is now a soft pink.
While the other buddleias are worn out, 'Miss Ruby' keeps flowering for the odd butterfly still floating on the breeze.
 My first surprise, that clematis 'Hyde Hall' in the moon garden has produced one last flower to bid farewell to the season.
I moved this Eupatorium rugosum (chocolate boneset) to the moon garden in spring and the abundance of white flowers is pretty.  They'll continue right in to November.
 Candy Oh 'Vivid Red' has quite a few buds and blooms.  Why stop when you have such vivd red petals to flaunt with the colours of autumn.
Cheloni lyonii 'Hot Lips' has this one stalk of flowers left that resemble a turtle head, the common name.
Surprise number two, 'Surefire Rose' begonia, a trial annual from Proven Winners keeps on going like the Energizer bunny, even after a couple of light frosts.
A partial view from the kitchen window facing the backyard.  The 'Profusion' dwarf crabapple is loaded with apples for the birds and other wildlife to sustain themselves over winter.  
Linking to Mosaic Monday at Little Red House.

34 comments:

  1. Howdy Gran-ma,

    You're toooo young to be a grand-mother and to be so proud of them. Hey, I'm a gran-pa and mine don't even acknowledge me. But I love'em anyway.
    Your garden is WONDERFUL and the flowers act like they want to keep blooming for you, all winter long...
    This has been the weirdest season, this year; we have ROSES budding & blooming, NOW...
    There is a 'lavender-farm' on THE LAVENDER RANCH, near ROBY, TX.. The Lavender Ranch had been a cattle operation, until this generation...
    Hope all of the flowers bring you a HAPPY DAY !!!

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  2. Judith, your garden doesn't look very faded to me. I'm still enjoying the beauty and color in your yard. Happy weekend to you. xo

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  3. Your garden is still so beautiful! Nice to see so much colour.

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  4. I enjoyed seeing the fall blooms in your garden. It's still very lovely even after a frost.

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  5. Oh beautiful. How lovely that so many flowers are so tenacious despite light frosts. That clematis blossom is really dramatic. You're getting a little jump on Mosaic Monday this Saturday afternoon! Must be traveling tomorrow.

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  6. What beautiful blooms! Isn't it wonderful when something continues to hang on just a tad longer than expected?...:)JP

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  7. Some flowers are still going strong here but I don't think for long as the temps are getting chillier ! Thanks for sharing ! It is a rainy day here today ! Have a good weekend !

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  8. Your flower garden continues to amaze me with the color and complexity! Wonderful photos - thanks for sharing!

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  9. We did not even get an indian here in WV. It was summer and now like winter. I hope next year will be a better one than this one was weather wise that is.

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  10. Still so much colour blooming in your lovely garden! I thought all the berries on the trees were leaves ... such a brilliant display of red. Do you get many cedar waxwings visiting for the berries? My neighbour has a mountain ash, and the waxwings are the first to eat the berries. I've been letting most of my flower heads go to seed for the birds. I've had a couple of cute kinglets hopping around in the bushes this week. Enjoy the rest of your weekend Judith. Wendy

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  11. The colors in your garden are lovely. It is Peacful and Calming looking at all the beautiful flowers. :)

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  12. You still have such beautiful color! Love the delicate pink of the hydrangea and the vivid color of the buddleia.

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  13. Hi Judith, You still have several very pretty bloomers! Love your Limelight! Great color! Your shot from the deck area of the crabapples is gorgeous. I hear it has been a good year for apples, including crabapples. Hope your wknd is fun.
    Hugs, Beth

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  14. Beautiful photos of your garden, Judith!
    Greetings, RW & SK

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  15. Things are still lovely Judith. The seasons make a difference for us. My Limelight never goes that pink. I'm assuming it blooming earlier and the blooms are starting to brown by the time Fall arrives to be able to turn pink. Yours looks lovely.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  16. Such a beautiful flowers
    Greetings :)

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  17. Your garden is still so beautiful! I like the view into your backyard with the Dwarf Crabapple.

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  18. Wow - You still have a lot of pretty flowers going on in your garden - thanks for sharing it all with us. Hydrangeas faded in this area long ago.
    Have a great week.

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  19. Hi Judith!
    Your garden flowers still look so nice. Mine are all dried up and gone. You left a comment last week about my email not working. I've tried to get it to work but it just won't. If I send myself an email it will work. Who knows...
    Have a nice week.
    ~clara

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  20. The gardens and flowers this year just keep on going don't they? I haven't dumped mine out yet either and am enjoying them as long as I can. I won't be covering them up before the next frost though as they will have to go along with nature's demise when it's ready. I hope you have a beautiful week.

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  21. The crabapple tree is growing so beautifully over your lawn. I love all of the late flowers, too. We saw so many lavender and purple flowers yesterday that it made us think of Spring! Hugs!

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  22. Very pretty and colorful flowers.

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  24. Oh Judith
    Your Autumn garden is so beautiful and I really love the colours of Limelight in Autumn!

    Profusion crabapple doesn't look at all "dwarf" to me!!! LOL
    Hugs
    Shane

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  25. What beauty in your autumn garden. We finally have some cool weather so I wonder how our lingering summer flowers will do. Right now they are still going strong.

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  26. For something "fading", you have a lot of colour, Judith.

    -Karen

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  27. Autumn brings it's own muted tones and I can tell you thoroughly enjoy your garden. A lovely place to be.

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  28. Even your "fading" garden is simply stunning! And I don't know if this appeals to you or not, but Cassandra King's new book "Moonrise" has a plotline involving a moon garden.

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  29. Your garden still looks gorgeous. Amazing for so late into October!

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  30. Hi Judith. Gosh your garden is still really full of flowers. I've got some dahlias and asters still but not much else. I really want to plant a bunch of hydrangea around here for next year. Hope you've had a lovely weekend and are ready for the week ahead. :) Hopefully see you tomorrow for tea.

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  31. Judith I love the pink of Limelight...so soft and luscious.

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