A Few Final Flowers: GBBD, October 2022

red maple color 10-22By mid-October, my Maine backyard has skilled a number of frosts and freezes and most vegetation are properly on their manner into winter dormancy. Coloration within the backyard is extra more likely to be discovered within the leaves of deciduous vegetation which have stopped photosynthesizing than in flowers.

However, there are nonetheless flowers in bloom. I’m amazed to see that I nonetheless have just a few unopened buds on daylilies (Hemerocallis). These embrace the tall cultivar ‘Autumn Minaret’, which placed on an distinctive show this 12 months, with flowers opening each day from late July till mid-October.

Spiraea x bumalda ‘Neon Flash’ has additionally been blooming for months. Right here and there, just a few final flowers seem on Phlox paniculata, on false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) and on lavender vegetation. Neon flash 10-22
last rose 10-22 There may be even one final rose (Rosa ‘Cinderella’) blooming within the aromatic backyard exterior my bed room window – though it’s now too chilly to get pleasure from its perfume by open home windows.

bluebird survivors 2022Though I don’t have any New England asters (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) blooming within the backyard this 12 months as a result of all of them succumbed to the attentions of the native woodchuck (aka groundhog), this clean blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve) ‘Bluebird’ has just a few flowers that in some way managed to outlive that animal’s voracious urge for food.

A few of the flowers nonetheless blooming are in protected microclimates within the backyard. Others are members of particularly hardy late-season species. The latter embrace the tall Rudbeckia cultivar ‘Herbstsonne’ (‘Autumn Solar’) and ironwood (Vernonia lettermanii) ‘Iron Butterfly.’

Herbstsonne 10-22 iron butterfly 10-22

witch hazel 10-22That is additionally the time of 12 months when our native witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) blooms, and its fringy yellow flowers shine notably strongly because the bushes lose their leaves.

Backyard Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted every month by Carol Michel at Might Goals Gardens. Go to her web site for hyperlinks to October blooms from different gardens.

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