Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Chill in the Air

The temperatures have been dropping regularly to a chilly 2 degrees celsius overnight as of late.  We have had a touch of frost too, most noticeably this morning when I could see a hard shine to the black mulch in the flower bed.


The cool air hasn't deterred the flowers though.  Although the dahlias did not like our dry summer they are making up for lost time now with the excess rainfall.


When I look out the window to the flower garden a purple haze of Sea Holly greets my eye.

We have had rain and sun in equal measure lately causing the Limelight hydrangeas to continue putting out blooms full tilt.


It feels like half my garden, from hardy geraniums, hydrangeas, agastache to Mountain Bluet are fully intent on putting out a riot of colour until mother nature forces them to acknowledge the change of season.


Even if the flowers can't, the trees can tell time.


My little red oak tells me fall is not just begun but almost half way over.   Time to get out and collect some leaves.


23 comments:

  1. I am a little envious of your lack of real frost...we had snow yesterday. Can you believe it?

    Just a touch, not frost, snow....sigh.

    Lovely shots, enjoy that beautiful garden.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    1. Jen, I can't believe it!! I know you're in the interior now but I always think of BC as being so much warmer than we are. Snow before Halloween, my goodness. Hope it melted quickly.

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  2. It's surprising how many of my plants are determined to keep blooming. I have a few pink coneflowers that are still putting out new flowers. That dahlia is gorgeous!

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    1. Tammy, that dahlia really is quite astounding. I had to get a photo as even I was surprised at just how pretty it is. My echinacea stopped blooming some time ago but the rudbeckia just won't stop.

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  3. We have been having near record high temps right now. It is supposed to get cold this weekend. Will just have to wait and see. Your dahlia is gorgeous. Aren't they the most fun this time of year?? I have one that has bloomed all summer but as you say this time of year it is more beautiful.

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    1. Lisa, I'm really partial to dahlias. They have such spectacular blooms and at this time of year there's nothing can beat them.

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  4. I love how plants keep on keeping on right up until the last moment. We had two really hard freezes in mid October. Those were aberrations, the rest of the time it has been more typical. But those hard freezes knocked off all the annuals, all the hydrangeas, and several of the leaves on woody plants went brown.

    I'm glad you are holding off up there until later : )

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    1. Laurrie, I'm quite pleased too. Especially since a lot of plants didn't want to bloom through the summer drought. It's been a nice surprise to see so many flowers now.

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  5. After a brief cold snap, the weather has turned mild. We had rain overnight, and now this morning, everything is grey and foggy. Like the spring, this fall seems to swing wildly one way and then back again. It is to be cold again this weekend...and raining. Sigh!
    My flowers are pretty much done. My hydrangeas lost their color in the last cold snap. Enjoy the last of your flowers. They are always extra special.

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    1. Jennifer, luckily hydrangeas are pretty no matter the colour. I always gather a few dried ones to bring in over the winter. We've been very fortunate, no big swings in temperature and no storms thus far this fall. Makes me think something must be on the way, can't stay like this forever.

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  6. Beautiful images of your October garden. P. x

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    1. Thanks Pam, I had so many photos cluttering up my hard drive I had to share some.

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  7. How lovely to still have blooms in the garden. We had a hard frost that finished off the last of the annuals. Yet today the temperatures are going to reach 20 Celsius for a few hours this afternoon.

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    1. Wow, that is an incredible range in temperature. We haven't seen 20 since September I think. I've forgotten what hot feels like!

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  8. what will you do with the leaves you collect?

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    1. Diana, I'm collecting flowers and leaves to press and dry. Hoping to make a few picture arrangements for gifts this year.

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  9. Your garden looks beautiful. Fall is the most depressing time of year, for me.

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    1. Melanie, fall is bittersweet here. I know what you mean - the snow is coming and it's hard to get excited about that. Garden shuts down, inside for months on end. But I do like fall too. The temperatures are much nicer, can work outside longer and best yet, NO BUGS.

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  10. I love your collection of leaves. I do that sometimes and make arrangements. We have been close to frost, but no frost yet. You are probably way ahead of us as our autumn color is just now peaking. Your garden is still so beautiful.

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    1. Michelle, the fall colours are spectacular right now. Planning a walk this weekend, hopefully with camera in hand to capture them. I love that about living on the east coast - the colour is almost overwhelming this time of year.

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  11. Such glorious colors in your photos! That dahlia, especially, is a work of art. The cool air finally hit us this morning. From being in the 80's, we are now in the 60's for a high. No frost, thankfully - I have a newly planted fall garden. Hard to believe autumn is halfway over!

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    1. You are so lucky to be able to garden through the fall. Some people do it here but need a lot of coverings to make sure things don't freeze. 60's the the perfect temperature, warm but not so hot you can't work in it.

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  12. I have plants that are still blooming, though as dry as we are, I am not sure how much longer they will hold on. Love your dahlia, pretty bloom.

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