October reds – Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

Reds are the highlighted colors in my Connecticut gardens for this October 2012 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

Some red shades are in blossom form, like this sedum which shined in pink just one month ago.

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And in the mums, that finally started to grab center stage just before our first freeze two days ago.  I wasn’t concerned when the camera captured them in a frosty coating.

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Mums often shine after a touch of cold. These recouped quite nicely.

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Other, more tender plants, such as coleus, white zinnias, basil, peppers, and ageratum succumbed to the 28 degree temperatures that greeted the October 13 sunrise in my zone 6 gardens. Still, a few hardy souls press on with blooms not as perfect as they were during summer and early autumn. Autumn blossoms are so often a contrast of ugliness and beauty, and life and death.

This rose blossom glows in spite of the black spot that mars its leaves.

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This phlox, which has been in constant bloom since early summer, is not quite ready to give in to the cold, sending out lovely small flowers in contrast to its dying leaves.

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Nasturtium are fighting frost with flowers.

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And Alpine strawberries chuckle at chilled air.

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But these specks of pink and white and yellow are the last hint of summer amongst autumn reds. If, as a New England gardener, you have focused all your gardening efforts on blossoms, you are missing out on the best of autumn … brilliantly-hued foliage.

Trees in southern Connecticut are still in the golden stage of autumn.

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Reds are provided by ornamental grasses shining in the autumn sun.

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The red foliage of coast leucothoe.

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And the brilliant hues of blueberry shrubs.

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Even waning strawberry foliage offers up striking reds against a blue strawberry jar.

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Northern gardeners relish even the smallest of blooms and slightest hint of color knowing that October freezes will continue to nip away at remaining flowers until all are gone. Then we will relish colorful blossoms and foliage in gardens all over the world by visiting May Dreams Gardens where Carole kindly hosts Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day on the fifteenth of each month. Head there now to see what other gardens have blooming today.

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4 comments for “October reds – Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

  1. October 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    The reds in your garden are mesmerizing, Joene. You are a little bit ahead of us with your fall color. We are just now beginning to show some color. That sedum just shines.

    • October 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      I would not have expected your gardens to be so different from mine, Sage Butterfly … the wonders of Mother Nature!

  2. October 16, 2012 at 8:59 am

    The hard freeze took out all my nasturtiums — I’m glad to see yours fought off the worst of the cold nip! Strawberries and blueberries get so interesting at this time of year. Both have gorgeous colorful leaves — I have them in my garden not for the fruit (the chipmunks get the strawberries and the birds have their way with the blueberries), but for their fall interest. Love your reds!

    • October 18, 2012 at 7:25 am

      Laurrie, I have similar experience with creatures getting the bulk of my blueberries and strawberries. I continue to fight creatures for the strawberries. I don’t even try to get blueberries since the birds are much faster at harvesting than I. Blueberries are becomming a major part of my landscape. They are beautiful, native shrubs at any time of year.

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