It’s hard to believe its mid October. I looked at one of my gardens where I had pulled out some marigolds and the seeds that had dropped were growing again. The days are still nice and mild allowing me to get out in the garden. Today I am joining garden bloggers all over the world and sharing what’s blooming in the garden over on May Dreams Gardens.
Considering how dry our summer was the Asters are putting on a great show. This is one plant I need to divide and plant in other areas to add fall colour.
The Dahlias are still blooming and I won’t take them up until the end of this month. I will look for a good stretch of sunny weather so the tubers have some sun to dry the soil off before they go into storage. I bought this red Dahlia at a garage sale. It’s always fun to have a few surprises in the garden.
This is Dahlia ‘Ferncliff Duo’. It’s a good thing I took this photo when I did as rain came and knocked this plant over. It grew to about seven feet high this year so no amount of staking helped it. When a plant gets this tall branches can snap in the wind and rain.
The Dahlia garden thrived this year. They loved this sunny garden and I will plant them here again next spring. I always take up my Dahlias and store them. Our soil gets very wet in the winter and that’s certain death for Dahlias.
One annual I will grow more of next spring is Heliotrope. This was so easy to grow from seed and it has bloomed all season long. I pulled out a few annuals yesterday but left this one. I just didn’t have the heart to pull it yet. I love the fragrance as I walk to our front door.
The pink roses are doing the last hurrah. This pink rose came from a cutting in my mother’s garden. She received a cutting from a friend of hers over twenty years ago. I took another cutting this year so I can give a rose to my sister. With Mom being 86 and not well I want to give my sister one. Plant memories, do you have them?
If you want a plant that blooms all summer and into fall, try Coreopsis lanceolata ‘Sterntaler’. If grown from seed it produces leaves the first year and flowers in the second year. This plant is versatile. It blooms in sun to part shade and tolerates a dry area in my garden. It grows to about 16″ with the same spread.