Saturday, October 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - October

The extremely hot summer has turned into a mild fall.  We have yet to see a frost in the yard, though the open park behind me had frost this morning.  That means that fall clean-up is going to last into November.  

The limelight hydrangeas are still blooming, even producing new blooms.
The Montauk daisies are blooming despite the best efforts of the rabbits to eat them to the ground. Thank goodness for chicken wire.
The red sedums are developing a good color and even the low-growing ground covers that have finished blooming look good with their variegated leaves.


The birds have been having a field day eating berries, fighting with those miserable rats with bushy tails (some folks call them squirrels - same family).  Here are some cotoneaster and viburnum berries.


The birches have started to change color.  Here is a white birch.
And the katsura tree can be seen from the kitchen patio.  It seems lovelier than ever this year.

 Coral bells in a beautiful purple really stand out in the fallen leaves.

Soon all of this will be bare stems.


Happy Fall.

Thanks for stopping by.  See more gardens at May Dreams Gardens and thanks to Carol for hosting this blog hop.

28 comments:

  1. I love all these flowers that ar still blooming. Those berries are a brilliant blue...love that colour. My hubby would agree with you about the squirrels.

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    1. Squirrels have persevered for 160 million years, yet I have neighbors who feed them peanuts so they don't go hungry. As if. I hate them.

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  2. Thanks for the photos and captions, Denise! I love to see these hangers-on.

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    1. I have more plants hanging on but I caught a cold from my grandson and that limited my time and energy to take photos this week. Plus, some of the 'hangers on' got eaten by the d------deer.

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  3. You do have trouble with animals don't you Denise? I love squirrels and deer of course but then I don't have a beautiful garden to be damaged by them. Or the rabbits. Thanks for sharing the pix and I hope your cold is better soon. Had a bit of one myself and I never get colds.

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    1. Charlie went to his gym class on Saturday and was sick on Monday. Then I started on Tuesday. I do not understand why parents don't keep their sick kids at home.

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  4. Your garden looks the way fall is supposed to look.

    We had colds that lasted the entire month of September.

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    1. Well, at least I already had my flu shot, but Charlie was sick so we have to wait until he is better. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. So colorful! I doubt we will see any falling of leaves here in Phoenix.

    Betty

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    1. And I doubt we'll be seeing a whole lot of sunshine. Mostly cloudy with rain expected.

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  6. What lovely blooms you have. That red sedum is striking and the hydrangea blossoms are always pretty even long after they've faded. But my favorites may actually be the leaves. We don't get much leaf color here in the subtropical South, so it's always a treat to see the changes in more northern parts of the country.

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    1. I was out today and noticed some coral bells blooming. Never saw blooms this late in prior years. A nice treat.

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  7. Really nice! So different from the foliage we have here in SoCal.

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    1. Thanks. I do love the change of seasons. My ex-husband used to live in So, Cal and said he hated not having a change of seasons. Then again, he didn't really like shoveling snow.

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  8. Yes, so different from here, but even more lovely. The Katsura tree is a favorite.

    You are not the only hater of squirrels! They steal our avocados. Grrrr!!

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    1. They tear the bark off trees, rip leaves off plants and needles off spruce trees. They try really hard to work their way into attics and often succeed. I do not see anything cute about them.

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  9. As beautiful as Fall is, I keep thinking the same thing: "Soon this will be just bare stems!" I wish it would stick around for longer, but maybe if Fall lasted three or four months, we wouldn't appreciate it as much!

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    1. I love spring and fall. I could frankly do without winter. Summers as hot as this one I'm not too fond of either.

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  10. We have a coral bell blooming beautifully - not sure why I didn't include it in my GBBD post. Maybe I'm too mad at the aquirrels, who discovered our back yard. I wasn't sure who was digging up all my hanging baskets and pots until I saw a squirrel take a dust bath in what was left of one of my pansy pots. I think anyone who feed squirrels should be forced to plant a bunch of hanging baskets, take care of them, and then suffer the consequences. End of rant. Enjoyed your garden pictures; feel better soon! Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for making me laugh. I have a neighbor who feeds the squirrels from her hand through an open patio door. She's as nutty as the peanuts she feeds them. I have holes all over my backyard!

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  11. Such beautiful pictures. I feed the squirrels at my house. They are such fun to watch. All of God's creatures need food!

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    1. They are rats and have survived for 160 million years, long before humans were feeding them.

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  12. I love your fall garden and your photos are beautiful! There is something to be said about the changing seasons...bringing a new dimension to the garden.

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    1. I am so glad I dragged myself out yesterday to do clean-up as it has been raining here all morning. I am sure the trees are loving it.

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  13. What gorgeous photos, Denise, and what a glorious garden you have! Thank you so much for sharing, and warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. I love Montreal, especially being able to travel underground in bad weather to shop.

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  14. such lovely shrubs and trees coming into their own now.
    http://bloomday.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/october-bloom-day.html

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