October Cooling and Flowers

I read this morning two different cold fronts are moving in today. Some drizzle was predicted but the day has been sunny with a big, blue sky full of white puffy clouds, and it is a bit breezy on this 65°F. afternoon. There is a frost warning for tonight and by Saturday we are advised temperatures could drop down near freezing for the first time this fall.

It seems a good time to record the blooms in the garden.

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) Near Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood)

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) Near Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood)

Aster

Aster

Aster

Aster

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (Herbstfreude) (Stonecrop)

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (Herbstfreude) (Stonecrop)

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (Herbstfreude) (Stonecrop)

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (Herbstfreude) (Stonecrop)

Nepeta 'Walker's Low' (Catmint)

Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ (Catmint)

Rosa 'Iceberg'

Rosa ‘Iceberg’

√ A spider appears to have captured an insect on the Tradescantia.

Tradescantia (Spiderwort)

Tradescantia (Spiderwort)

Penstemon  mexicali 'Pike's Peak Purple' (Beardtongue)

Penstemon mexicali ‘Pike’s Peak Purple’ (Beardtongue)

Pansy 'Majestic Giant Purple'

Pansy ‘Majestic Giant Purple’

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)

Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)

Pelargonium (Geranium)

Pelargonium (Geranium)

Pelargonium (Geranium)

Pelargonium (Geranium)

Camellia sasanqua

Camellia sasanqua

Hedychium coronarium (Ginger lily)

Hedychium coronarium (Ginger lily)

Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage) (foliage:Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue')

Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage) (foliage:Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’)

Angelonia 'Purple'

Angelonia ‘Purple’

Also Blooming

Waning: Helianthus angustifolius (Swamp Sunflower), Rudbeckia fulgida (Orange Coneflower), Lantana camara (Common lantana), Zinnia

Light Rebloom: Lavender,  Thymus serpyllum ‘Pink Chintz’

Blooming: Dianthus, Alyssum ‘Easter Bonnet Violet’, Salvia splendens (Scarlet Sage) – Red Salvia, one of the bearded Iris varieties, Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)

Just beginning: Chrysanthemum

Oddity: one Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta Daisy)

21 thoughts on “October Cooling and Flowers

  1. Pauline

    We have to make the most of these late blooms before the weather brings it all to an end. You have some lovely salvias, do you have to bring them in for the winter or do you take cuttings?

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The Black and Blue salvia overwinters so I feel lucky not to have to bring plants indoors. The Red Salvia is considered an annual here, but this came back from last year.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, it has a lovely fragrance. Unfortunately I don’t know the name of this one. I keep my fingers crossed the weather will be a little more mild than predicted so we can have those blooms a few days longer.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi P&B, yes that Ginger lily has slowed down considerably in blooming but the cold weather will signal the end for this year. It performed beautifully this year, loving all the rain we had. I’m looking forward to some colorful leaves soon.

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  2. Cathy

    There’s still a lot to catch the eye in your garden. Here there are just the asters and foliage now – even the sedum has turned very dark and the stems have started yellowing. Your white aster is very nice. Is it a tall one? I think I need more asters of different heights.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The white aster photographed well but overall it looks weedy and I’ve actually been trying to pull it out. It gets about 3 feet tall but runs around through the garden border in all the wrong places. It looks innocent enough in the photo though!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks. I searched and found it is the National Garden Bureau, which I should learn more about.
      I no longer have the label for that particular coneflower but it must be a hybrid. The petals are indeed thinner than those of my others too. The color is stronger as well. I tried some of the fancy hybrids at one time, especially the “sunset” colors, but none survived.

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  3. Christina

    Your Aster looks like it has very good foliage, mine are all horrible below the flowers. I hope you didn’t have such a cold night as expected; this makes me even more surprised about your Gardeniars. how low do your winter tempertures go?

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Christina. The aster looked especially fresh yesterday, but it’s a thug, not innocent at all. Don’t know the name.
      It got down to about 36 degrees F. and is supposed to remain about 15 degrees cooler than yesterday (in the fifties). Winters are variable and I recall one Christmas that was 0 degrees followed by the next Christmas of 70 degrees. The Gardenias are rated as hardy in my planting zone 7b, but I’ve heard they can be killed to the ground in severe winters. Sometimes they will regenerate. I would be sad to lose them.

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  4. Annette

    Such richness still and I’m amazed that your Echinaceas are still looking so fresh – fingers crossed that the frost stays away for a while yet.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Annette, I looked back through some pictures yesterday and found there were still blooming Echinaceas in mid-November last year. I do hope they last that long again!
      Susie

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Sad to see the plants dying back. We had our first frost last night and I still had reblooming irises today but the Angelonia was very unhappy! Have a good week Donna.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Carolyn, I like that penstemon also but it did very poorly this year so was surprised to find it blooming now. Either it didn’t like all the rain or it may not be long-lived here.

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