Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra
“An embarrassment of riches” is the phrase that came to mind when I was trying to choose images for this month’s Bloom Day post. There were just too many for only one post, and anyway, it’ll soon be time for the Hayefield contribution to The Fall Color Project at The Home Garden. And then, I’m thinking, it’ll be time for a celebration of seedheads. But for now, it’s time to focus on the flowers. At the top (I hope I have this ID right) is a frost aster (Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum) that seeded into the garden from the meadow.
I’m pretty sure that the white below is also frost aster, inserting itself between a purple New England aster (S. novae-angliae) seedling, pink polka-dot plant (Hypoestes ‘Pink Splash Select’), bright red ‘China Town’ celosia, and a reverted shoot of Hibiscus acetosella ‘Haight Ashbury’.
Aromatic aster (S. oblongifolium) also likes to seed around within the garden. Below it’s with yet another self-sown plant, a seedling of ‘Belsay Gold’ comfrey (Symphytum).
Next, an aster that is still an Aster: ‘Jindai’ Tatarian aster (A. tataricus).
And below, a plant that looks just like an aster, but is in fact a “naked aster”: Gymnaster savatieri.
This is also a great time of year for the fleeceflowers (Persicaria). P. amplexicaulis ‘Taurus’ has been a dependable performer here for many years.
‘Pink Elephant’ is a much more recent addition, with lighter pink flowers on shorter stems.
And at the other end of the height spectrum, the shrub-sized Persicaria ‘Crimson Beauty':
What would fall be without mums? I don’t have many, but I adore ‘Sheffield Pink':
Roses get a lot of attention in late spring and early summer, but many are just as glorious in fall. The Knock Out roses are still living up to their billing, with the original Knock Out (‘Radrazz’):
Pink Knock Out (‘Radcon’):
Blushing Knock Out (‘Radyod’):
And one non-Knock Out, Flower Carpet Amber (‘NOA97400A’), looking absolutely luscious in the cool temperatures:
Azure monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii) is a beauty in blue…
…as is ‘Mystic Spires’ salvia, mingling here with the celosia I call ‘Mega Punk’.
A few more miscellaneous October bloomers, including cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus):
‘Kumson’ forsythia (Forsythia viridissima var. koreana):
‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’ fuchsia (Fuchsia triphylla):
‘Dali Marble’ burnet (Sanguisorba menziesii):
Porcupine tomato (Solanum pyracanthum):
And to finish, lady’s tresses (Spiranthes cernua var. odorata):