The long, slow slide to the end of this growing season continues. I always figure October 10 for our average first frost, but there’s been none yet, and there’s no sign of any for the next 10 days, at least. It’s been great for ripening seeds, and the cooler temperatures have made it a pleasure to tackle some outdoor projects, as well as to simply enjoy what the garden has to offer.
So many features go into making this such a rich time of year. There are late-bloomers flowering for the first time; repeat-bloomers putting on a second show after taking a break in mid- to late summer; and long-bloomers that have looked good for months and are still going strong. There are gorgeous warm-season grasses; lovely leaves—many starting to turn showy colors; and an abundance of fruits, seeds, and seedheads. With so much going on, is it any wonder this is a wonderful time to be out in the garden? If you have time for a virtual stroll, I invite you to join me for a view of some gems this season has to offer here at Hayefield.
Starting with the plants that have been flowering non-stop since mid- to late summer (or longer)…
Other flowers blooming now are making a return appearance after a few months’ break.
And then, there are some new things putting on their main show in the last month…
Some foliage highlights right now:
What would fall be without the bounty of fruits and seeds?
It seems likely that we’ll end up with a freeze before mid-November, so I’m figuring this will be my last Bloom Day for 2021. I’m going to take a break from posting for the next two months, probably, as I still have many dozens of new seed listings to write, and I also want to finish filling out my library of seed-starting information. I do hope to write some plant-related posts after the first of the year, if time allows.
And oh, due to the overwhelming interest in the test-gardener program I announced in my late-summer seed newsletter, sending out those seeds is going to take the place of my usual seed giveaway this winter.
As always, my thanks to you all for visiting today. I wish you a long, beautiful fall in your own garden, and a restful winter too!
I am passionate about collecting and growing seeds. In the links below, you can find out more about why I started my own one-person seed company and how it works. The library page is a collection of articles I've written on seed-related topics.