November 4, 2009. Annual salvia and ageratum continue to bloom in spite of the cold. Towering nearby are 6 foot tall cosmos that seem to reach for the sun’s dwindling warmth, while the smaller cosmos bloom shown here hugs the ground. South-central Connecticut has seen light frosts, and even a light snow on October 15. The plants most susceptible to 30 degree temperatures have given up the ghost. But lingering still are the hardier garden souls, holding onto one or even a few stunning blossoms while the autumn leaves swirl around them. The photos here were all shot just before dusk today.
Lavender and scabiosa perennials refuse to stop their show until heavier frost forces them to sleep.
This one last hydrangea bloom, intentionally left on the plant so I can observe its progression of color, has looked just like this for more than a month, except now with the leaves turning purple as well, the blossom has taken on new beauty.
And, finally … it is worth the minimal time and effort needed to move blooming gerbera plants into a sheltered spot where they can blossom as long as they choose. I picked this blossom yesterday. Another one is on its way, all because I moved it out of the frosty outdoors and have it sitting on a table near a sunny window in my garage.
Enjoy the last of the season’s blooms. Once these are gone, it will be time to focus on nature’s other gifts. Are there blossoms still lingering in your garden?