An October Stroll

Unusual weather remains the topic of conversation in our neck of the woods. We continue to have heavy rains and, after chilly early-month temperatures, we’ve had a revisit of summer-like heat and humidity. Fall foliage has yet to blast in with its usual color. Salty tropical storm rains from Irene turned many tree leaves brown causing an early leaf drop. Leaves that remained have been slow to turn and, so far, show less brilliant color than Connecticut-living leaf watchers expect.

My south-central Connecticut gardens escaped the early light frosts that hit more northern gardens in the state.  But rains have limited photo-taking opportunities so, instead of grabbing a few last minute shots for this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, I offer a few photos taken since October’s start.

This year nasturtium put on the best show I’ve ever seen. These photos are from early October but they look just as good now.

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Usually aphids cover my nasturtium plantings by mid-summer causing me to cut them back and hope for a bit of late-season bloom.

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This year I’ve not seen one aphid and nasturtium had a hey-day. The two photos above show Nasturtium ‘Alaska Mix’ grown from seed from Renee’s Garden. Below is Nasturtium ‘Moonlight’ from Pinetree Garden Seeds. Both varieties will have encore performances in my gardens in future years.

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They have never looked this healthy and vibrant this late. What a treat!

I managed to thwart sunflower seedling-eating squirrels this year by hiding a couple of sunflower (Helanthus debilis ‘Vanilla Ice’) transplants behind other plants. Even chipmunks left the blossoms alone, likely because they were so full from eating tomatoes. Here’s an early October shot of my reward.

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One Star Rose (Mystic Meidiland ‘Meialate’) continues to offer up a show, looking nearly as fresh now as it did at the start of the month.

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Gomphrena (Globe Amaranth) are by far the showiest, longest blooming annual in this year’s late-season garden. They looked like this on October 11.

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They looked just as nice late last night after a day of heavy downpours.

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Warmth-loving moonflower vines (Ipomea Alba) keep offering stunning blooms on nighttime strolls. This late in the season every moonflower bloom that opens is a special treat to be savored.

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Now, to see how other gardens look this October, visit May Dreams Gardens where, at Carol’s invitation, garden bloggers from across the globe share the beauty of their gardens.

Enjoy the Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day party and garden thoughtfully.

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14 comments for “An October Stroll

  1. October 15, 2011 at 12:38 am

    I agree on the look of plants late in the season. The rain has been here everyday and everything greened up from our summer drought. You really have some beautiful blooms this month. Happy GBBD!

  2. October 15, 2011 at 2:24 am

    aloha joene,

    what a lovely collection of fall colors, i love your nasturtiums and photos the best 🙂

  3. October 15, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Talk about rain, I think we have exceeded our all time record for rainfall 56″ and it is only mid-October. Still I prefer it to what went on in Texas. You still have a lot of color. Happy GBBD.

  4. October 15, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Ahhh, Joene, your delicious images show there is color in Connecticut despite a reluctant autumn. Enjoy.

    • joenesgarden
      October 16, 2011 at 9:27 am

      Lee, Noel, Donna and Carolyn,
      Thank you for your kind words and for your virtual visit for GBBD.

  5. October 15, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Your globe amaranth is gorgeous as are all of your plantings. We have had quite a bit of rain this past week, but now the sun has come out. Happy GBBD!

  6. October 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    What beautiful flowers you have to show us on this Bloom Day! Lovely colors. I do love that moonflower.

  7. October 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Dear Joene, Your October blooms are amazing. I have the same ‘Moonlight’ nasturtium and love it. Happy GBBD! P. x

  8. October 16, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Everything in your garden looks so fresh and washed clean! It’s been too much rain, but the plants are happy, especially your lovely rose. My nasturtiums were long blooming and aphid free this year too.

    • joenesgarden
      October 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

      Laurrie: This is the first year I’ve not seen aphids … you too? Any idea why?
      Pam: Thanks for stopping by. The pale yellow of Moonlight nasturtium gives them a regular spot in my gardens.
      Dorothy: I’m a moonflower junkie … love the pure white blossoms and the heart-shaped leaves. So glad you came by for a visit.

  9. October 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Beautiful post…with some of my favorite flowers! I am so jealous of your Nasturtiums…mine always get defoliated by aphids (although the ladybugs certainly appreciate the one-stop buffet!). ‘Vanilla Ice’ is far-and-away my fave sunflower, that gorgeous, subtle coloring…and I love how well-branched the plants are. Gomphrena might be one of the best annuals out there, definitely in my top ten.

    • joenesgarden
      October 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      Scott: thanks so much for stopping by. My nasturtiums usually get aphid-ugly but for some reason not this year. I agree with you on gomphrena. Mine is still going strong.

  10. John
    October 26, 2015 at 11:33 am

    After bloom how long does the moon flower last?

    • December 1, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Each bloom lasts one day. Blooms are freshest in early morning.

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