Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for October 2018.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, fall has arrived, more or less on schedule. We are currently flirting with frost, though I haven’t seen frost yet, but the temps are getting lower and lower each night. It won’t be long now.
But it’s all good, and expected, at this time of year. The flowers are fading and most of the flowers gracing the garden now have been blooming for a while.
The asters are at their peak and are still attracting bees and butterflies, all in a big hurry. They know what’s coming.
Other blooms are what one would typically find around here in a fall garden.
Want to see?
The hardy begonias, Begonia grandis, are still going strong. People are surprised that there is a begonia hardy enough to survive the winters are here.
But there is.
Mums are just past peak. This one is ‘Pumpkin Igloo’.
I just let it grow and then flop over in the fall. I like them better that way, better than those perfectly rounded mums they sell at the garden centers this time of year.
The first autumn crocus showed up in time for bloom day.
Do you think the garden fairies knew to push it up by the 15th so I’d include it? I don’t expect others for a few more weeks.
I’m still trying to get the Japanese anemones to like it here.
I want more than a few blooms!
I’d like the anemones to bloom like this toad lily, Tricyrtis sp.
It’s loaded with blooms right now.
Out in the vegetable garden, the marigolds are hanging on.
And the alyssum is making a strong comeback.
And that’s my bloom day offering!
What’s blooming in your garden as we near the end of the growing season? We would love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us. It’s easy to participate. Just post on your blog about the blooms in your garden on or around the 15th of the month and then come back here and leave a link in the Mr. Linky widget to tell us how to get to your blog and a comment to tell us what you’ve got to show us.
And always remember, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence.