Saturday, October 15, 2011

October Blooms

There isn't a lot still blooming in my gardens, but here are a few October photos. We were really dry for awhile, but then we got a wonderful soaking rain, and even the plants that are yellowing with the changing light appear to be renewed.

This is a Chihuly Rose that Emma chose earlier this summer, and this is its first new bloom. It's named after the artist Chihuly, who works with blown glass. His work is amazing, and I really recommend googling his name. Emma and I had never heard of him, but we looked him up to figure out why the rose had such a difficult-to-pronounce name and spent a good half hour looking at his work.

The flash went on this photo, but the little spider is so cute.

We also have asters and goldenrod blooming. I'd like to get some dwarf asters, but so far the ones I've purchased have all been tall and gangly.

I have a few garden decorations, mostly "fairies", although of many different types. This one was given to me over five years ago, as a Christmas present, and it's been hanging in this birch tree ever since.  I like it's "wild woman" style.

Rob bought this one, and it stays nestled in the shade garden during the summer, but we put her in the garden shed over the winter. With cold nights and frost coming, she'll soon be finding a place inside.
I am always happy to have the garden season wind down in fall. I really love gardening, and I've been planting bulbs for next spring, but I also get a bit tired, and I'm ready to have time to work on other things over the winter.  I love the cycle of the seasons --as soon as I get tired of one, another one comes along and feels new again.


  1. The Chihuly rose is beautiful! I had never heard of Chihuly either until a few years ago, when I visited my daughter in Phoenix. Whenever I visit her, I like to go to the Desert Botanic Gardens there, and they just happened to have an exhibit of Chihuly's work on one visit. Amazing, beautiful glasswork! I was entranced.

    Your asters and goldenrod make the perfect combo. If you're looking for a smaller aster, I planted a few 'October Skies' this spring, and I highly recommend them.

    I'm with you on the seasons--I need the winter break to refresh and get caught on other things!

  2. I have never heard of that rose, but look how healthy yours looks! The foliage looks so green and glossy, you have a great one, there!
    Your darling is so adorable among the fall blooms!
    It helps if you pinch the aster back until July 4, then it will be more compact...