Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for October 2011.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 5b garden in central Indiana the first two weeks of October have been some of the best “summer” days we’ve had all year.
Out in the vegetable garden, it looks like summer with a volunteer petunia growing in a fallow bed where lettuce and radishes grew earlier in the spring.
The marigolds look as fresh as ever, unaware of the pending change in weather.
The zinnias have also never looked better this late in the season.
There’s no sign of powdery mildew on these zinnias, and no signs that they’ll slow down blooming for awhile.
I think both the marigolds and zinnias are doing so well because I sowed the seeds much later than in other years and we’ve not yet had any frost.
But though the garden looks summer-like if you look in a few places, elsewhere it is decidedly fall. The toad-lilies, the last new blooms every year are winding down.
This one is Tricyrtis ‘Imperial Banner’.
These asters, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, a favorite passalong plant, are going strong.
I also have some named varieties of asters elsewhere in the garden, but these asters will always be my favorite because they came from my aunt who originally got them from my Dad.
Some of the trees also know it is fall. The honey locust tree has dropped almost all its leaves.
The fallen leaves nearly cover dianthus still sending out new shoots and blooms.
Silly flowers. Don’t they know that fall is here and someday, maybe next week, we will have a killing frost?
Once that frost happens, even the red maple, Acer rubrum, will have to get with the fall program and turn more than one leaf red.
That’s what’s blooming and changing in my garden here in mid-October. What’s going on in your garden? What’s blooming?
We would love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. It’s easy to participate and all are invited!
Just post on your blog about what is blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month and leave a comment to tell us what you have waiting for us to see so we can pay you a virtual visit. Then leave your name and the url to your bloom day post in the Mr. Linky widget below so we’ll know where to find you.
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence