This is the tenth month for bloom day which started way back on a cold, snowy February day. I've thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the different gardens from around the world as we've moved through late winter, spring, summer and now fall.
Thank you to everyone for making this a monthly tradition of the garden blogging community.
In my USDA Zone 5 garden, I rely on container plantings to provide a lot of the fall color, as there is less and less blooming in the garden.
Above are some Chrysanthemums purchased a few weeks ago to brighten up the front walkway.
Other 'brought in' flowers include some pansies in a nearby window box.
All the pansies 'pouted' a bit in the unseasonably, record high, warm weather we had before last week. But as temperatures have returned to normal, they are starting to perk up.
I don't try to winter-over the pansies, so I get them in colors I think of for fall, like this nearly black pansy.
The Gerber daisies, though bought in the spring, seem to have brightened up in the autumn light which is not as harsh as summer's glare.
A nearby Potentilla has a flush of rebloom for fall.
As does the one and only rose in my garden, a white Flower Carpet rose.
Elsewhere in the garden, blooming with the last of the Shasta daisies are false sunflowers, a few tall phlox, the occasional balloon flower, some veronica, a couple of 'Stella D'Oro' daylilies, sedum, and two large clumps of asters. Here and there are a few stray sprigs of more asters, peaking out from under and around other plants where they hid and escaped the gardener's attempts at weeding.
In the vegetable garden, the zinnias and marigolds cling to their last blooms, and the peppers are bright red and yearn to be picked before the killing frost.
The trees have just started to change their colors; I think we are still a good week or so away from the trees putting on their big show.
Finally, hidden behind the hostas, claiming some of the only shade in the garden, are the last new flowers to appear in my garden, Toad Lilies.
What's blooming in your garden? Please join us for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day by posting about what is blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month, and then leave a comment here on my GBBD post so we can find you.
All are welcome!
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” – Elizabeth Lawrence