My Garden is Fading Fast
I know many are relishing the drop in temps but I am so not ready for the cold weather. It barely made it into the 50’s today and it just felt frigid after a cold 38 degrees overnight. I want my heat back! My garden is beginning to look sadly faded but there are some things giving me one last hurrah for the season. I will settle into the new season soon but I always mourn the end of summer.
The Coleus is actually quite stunning this year and I will be sure to start plenty of seeds this coming Spring. I did overwinter some from last summer in the house but only one did well out of about 10 so it really wasn’t worth the time and effort for me. Especially as I can buy a 6 pack for $2.49 at our local garden center if my seeding plans come to naught. (like they did this past Spring)
When the light strikes this one just right it has the most amazing autumnal glow. I just need a few baby pumpkins to display with it for a full on Fall vignette. Isn’t that color amazing!
This one has a few splotches of white, not naturally but because it was near my base painting endeavors for some custom signs I am making. I get quite messy when I paint.
Most of my Black Eyed Susans have gone to seed but a few remain for a spark of yellow. The birds are really having a field day with the seeds of the spent ones, I have at least 10 to 15 Robins and Juncos daily feasting at a time. I watch them from my studio french doors. It makes me happy to see them filling up for winter, and glad that though the garden looks untidy it does serve a purpose in feeding the critters.
Most of my roses are still cranking out the blooms. We shall see how much longer since the cold snap may have hinted to them that it might be time to wrap it up. I still have yet to cut the rose cane I air rooted from the mother plant. That is definitely on my list for this weekend or on Monday.
This rose is called Pam’s Pink. It was one of those found roses on a roadside and saved by a gal named Pam. It has a tough time with fungus and what not but it still blooms its little heart out. I may need to just move it to a sunnier spot, it gets a good 4 hours but it may need more.
I love this single rose called Kirsten Poulson, I rooted it from a cutting. It is a vintage rose. The color is always so vibrant and eye catching in the garden.
My English roses are all doing pretty good too, only one has no blooms on it and that is only because the hungry deer denuded it.
My alyssum has finally taken off, it struggled all summer it seemed but now it is in full white glory. At least I get to enjoy it a little. I especially like it at the feet of my pink roses, it seems to showcase them well.
My asters are really doing their thing, I need to get more for my late garden, they really do keep things a bit prettier.
Even though I took 36 photos this morning of my garden I promised I would only include 10 in this post so as not to slow it down too much when loading. So last but not least a bit of cobalt blue lobelia to end a lovely day.
I want to do a post on my favorite ground covers. I need to get a good photo of one of my favorites while it is blooming but I may have waited too long, it is a hot weather lover and the cold may have stopped it from showing its beautiful flowers but I will see if the tiny warm up next week will prompt a few. It just isn’t the same without the flowers.
I wish you Happy Fall Gardening!