Happy Halloween all! Thank you Carol for continuing to host the monthly GBBD.
It’s been an unpredictable autumn here in northern NY. We started out cool and wet in August, and then rocketed into 3 weeks of 80-90 degree weather with no rain in September. October has been unseasonably warm as well, but thankfully we’ve had a little more rain. The trees don’t know what to do, and sadly as a result, we have rather lackluster color this year.
The vegetable garden has been put to bed, but I still have a fair amount of clean-up left to tackle in the mixed borders. I do tend to leave many of the perennials standing to offer seeds and cover for the wildlife. It gives the garden a rather messy appearance until the snow falls, but it’s worth it.
A stroll around the garden this morning yielded the following blooms (more than I would have anticipated). As you can see, we had some rain last night, so most of the blooms are looking a tad damp.
The dahlias continue to bloom, although tomorrow evening may be their undoing. We’re expecting a low of 31 degrees overnight.
I grow Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria Blue’ from seed every year; usually lots of it. I love it underplanted around the roses, and in clumps planted in various other borders. Generally it’s a strong performer in the late summer/early fall when many of the early to mid summer perennials are spent. Unfortunately, this year the wacky weather seems to have taken its toll. I ended up with a smattering under a white floribunda in the front border and a few scattered plants in the rose garden. Very disappointing.
A couple of other surprises from the front borders:
Several Phlox paniculata still blooming. The white variety is ‘David.’ Not sure about the pink variety. The little yellow blossoms are potentilla, and the top right are some dianthus that I grew from seed.
Happy GBBD everyone!