It’s a good thing I started gathering pictures early for this Bloom Day, because we had our first frost a few nights ago, and parts of the garden are looking sort of sad at the moment. But for now, let’s pretend that hasn’t happened and instead revel in the last beauties of the season.
There are still a few bits that look nice at close range.
Above, great burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis) with ‘Magilla Purple’ perilla (Perilla), with ‘Elephant Head’ amaranth in the background.
Below, the flowers of ‘Intrigue’ canna.
Above, ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ dahlia with ‘Lady in Red’ hummingbird sage (Salvia coccinea) and ‘Purple Knight’ alternanthera (Alternanthera dentata).
Below, porcupine tomato (Solanum pyracanthum).
Above, ‘Crimson Beauty’ fleeceflower (Persicaria) with fall-colored Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia).
Below, silver spurflower (Plectranthus argenteus) with sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum).
Above, ‘Swift Creek’ Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) with ‘Harrington’s Pink’ New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae).
Below, ‘Ondra’s Green Mix’ nicotiana with ‘Big Red Judy’ coleus.
By this time of year, there’s some sprawling going on, producing vignettes that are a little difficult to make sense of visually but still pretty. Above is ‘Longin’ Russian sage (Perovskia) with New England and aromatic asters (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae and S. oblongifolium).
Below, a spray of ‘Dali Marble’ burnet (Sanguisorba menziesii) keeled over onto ‘Flying Dragon’ hardy orange (Poncirus trifoliata) and New England aster.
Above, a bit of azure monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii) that’s fallen onto ‘Little Honey’ oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) and ‘Ravenswing’ cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris).
Below, properly upright azure monkshood with a bit of Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) against purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) seedheads.
Above, ‘Nero di Toscana’ kale with fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides), lantana, and the foliage of yellow baptisia (Baptisia sphaerocarpa).
Below, Tatarian aster (Aster tataricus) with the seedheads of Carolina lupine (Thermopsis villosa).
Above, frost aster (Symphyotrichum pilosum) with some purple New England aster (S. novae-angliae) and Brazilian vervain (Verbena bonariensis).
Below, ‘Staircase’ lion’s ear (Leonotis nepetifolia) with golden elderberry (Sambucus nigra ‘Aurea’).
Above, ‘Issai’ purple beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma) with orange coneflowers (Rudbeckia), Euphorbia nicaeensis foliage, aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium), and ironweed (Vernonia) seedheads.
Below, Korean feather reed grass (Calamagrostis brachytricha) with ‘Hella Lacy’ New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) and the seedheads of ‘Staircase’ lion’s ear (Leonotis nepetifolia).
Above, widow’s tears (Tinantia erecta).
Below, ‘Taurus’ mountain fleeceflower (Persicaria amplexicaulis) with ‘Dragon Wing Pink’ begonia, great burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis) and ‘Magilla Purple’ perilla (Perilla).
Above, ‘Australia’ canna, ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ dahlia, ‘Bright Lights’ Swiss chard, and ‘Angelina’ sedum (Sedum rupestre).
Stepping back a bit tends to produce more flattering pictures for most parts of the garden.
Below, part of the Viburnum Border.
Above and below, the middle path in the front garden, taken from opposite ends.
Above, the path the separates the front and side gardens.
Below, an overview of the side garden, as seen from the porch. From up here, it looks rather meadow-like.
Down at ground level, the paths are apparent, so the garden-y effect comes back. Below are two sides of the middle path through the side garden.
Below, more views of the side garden.
Below, some shots from out back.
Some plantings out in The Shrubbery…above, ‘Cassian’ fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides), Tatarian aster (Aster tataricus), ‘The Blues’ little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), and ‘Dewey Blue’ bitter switch grass (Panicum amarum).
Below, prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis), the red stems of coral bark willow (Salix alba ‘Britzensis’), and the fall color of buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis).
Above, pink and purple New England asters (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) are finally seeding into the meadow.
Below, part of the Arc Borders: ‘Cassian’ fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides), frost grass (Spodiopogon sibiricus), and – in the back left – ‘Cloud Nine’ switch grass (Panicum virgatum).
Well, that’s it for the last Hayefield Bloom Day of this year. To enjoy what October has to offer in other gardens all around the world, check out Carol’s main Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post at May Dreams Gardens.