An October Stroll Through the Garden
Let’s start in the backyard. Rosa ‘Sally Holmes’ still has a few blooms, and even some buds straining to open before the frost.
Most of the asters have gone to seed …
But the dwarf New England Aster, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome’, is a very late bloomer – it’s just hitting its stride.
Rosa ‘Darlow’s Enigma’ is still blooming on the arbor.
The last shiny seeds of Blackberry Lily(Iris domestica) will drop soon. Too bad they aren’t edible.
Now let’s head out to the front. The birds have eaten most of the crabapples, but there are a few left.
Prairie Dropseed (Sporobulus heterolepis), Aromatic Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium), and ‘Profusion’ orange Zinnias make a nice fall combination.
Most of the Cleome have long gone to seed, but ‘Senorita Rosalita’ is still blooming. I guess this is one advantage of sterility.
The Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’) is tall but airy.
The Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) has outstanding seedheads. It also has way too many &%$#@ seedlings.
We’re getting into late October, and still no frost. It’s coming, though. Best to savor these mild days while they last.