October in Two Gardens: GBBD, October 2013
I’m late posting for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day because I was in transit yesterday from a long weekend in Maine back to Gettysburg. But the same travel schedule that kept me from blogging also allowed me to visit both my gardens on bloom day.
I have only a few plants still in bloom in my Gettysburg, Pennsylvania garden. Pink pelargonium and osteospermum are blooming bravely on in the container at the front of my house. In the nearby flower bed, Sedum spectabile ‘Neon’ has turned to deep russet tones.
The big show in my Gettysburg garden is in the back, where the morning glories (Ipomoea tricolor ‘Blues Brothers’) are putting on an exceptionally lush floral display on the patio fence. I have never seen these bloom so luxuriantly before, and it feels like a precious gift in my last year of growing them here.
I was surprised to find more in bloom in my Maine garden, 600 miles further north, than in Pennsylvania. The fall has been mild in Maine and frost has yet to touch the garden. Here, too, containers still have blooms – not only pelargonium and osteospermum, but also petunias.
Even in Maine, morning glories have been blooming on the fence. I didn’t manage to photograph them while they were in bloom, however; and as the days get shorter and the nights get colder, their buds are struggling to open.
In the Deck Border, the seemingly unstoppable Heuchera x ‘Raspberry Ice’ continues to bloom, and sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ is a rich wine color.
In the Blue and Yellow Border, the delphiniums of September have faded, but I was delighted to see new flowers (even if a bit ragged) on Coreopsis x ‘Full moon.’ The tall rudbeckia ‘Herbstsonne’ continues to light up the back of the border and has even enticed a few bees to hang out there.
And, of course, my favorite color in the October garden is the colorful foliage of maple trees.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see what is in bloom this month in gardens from many climates.