As the daily temperatures drop into the 60's with nighttime temperatures in the 50's and a sudden briskness in the air it is time for a walk in my Long Island October garden for this month's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-up. There are still many reminders of summer visible in the garden as the changes of fall slowly creep in causing the landscape to burst into an array of color which I have enjoyed photographing. Come along with me and take a stroll in my October garden.
|Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit' with Canon Telephoto Lens|
During the more brisk days of fall the sky is often a surreal deep blue which acts like a canvas behind the colors of the blooms that are still around. Here Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit' is proving to be one of my favorite additions to the garden this summer as it is still blooming in October.
|Echinacea PowWow ® 'Wild Berry'|
Echinacea PowWow ® 'Wild Berry', also a new addition this summer has been providing lots of enjoyment. I am hoping both these varieties fair well over the winter for I have really become attached to their profuse blooms.
|Monarch Butterfly October Garden|
This beautiful Monarch Butterfly has landed on my lantana just in time for bloom day. I have seen a real decline in butterflies this season, probably the least number of visits in a long time and have been missing them. It is such a delight to enjoy the beauty of this one as he has made an appearance in my gardens.
|Knock Out Rose 'Double Red'|
Here are my reliable Double Red Knock Out Roses as they are still very much in bloom. I love how they profusely bloom all the way into winter and continue to have buds even as the first snow arrives.
|Bumble bee on Nepeta Bloom|
The bumble bee population is up again and has been doing fine this season. They have been frequenting the nectar of the blooms all summer long...
|Bumble bee on Sedum 'Brilliant' Bloom|
and are in their glory enjoying the fall blooming nepeta and sedum.
|Hemerocallis 'Stella D Oro' Daylily October|
The Stella D Oro daylilies are showing the last of their blooms for 2014. I had rejuvenated them back in early August and have been enjoying their extended season.
|Crape Myrtle 'Sioux' Bloom|
After blooming for three months my Crape Myrtle 'Sioux' has one lone bloom on it that held out just for Bloom Day so you could see it here as the rest of the landscape leads into fall with a whole new look.
|October Perennial Border|
Shades of oranges and gold now grace the garden as the perennial border by the back patio goes into fall mode.
|Viburnum 'Summer Snowflake'|
Viburnum 'Summer Snowflake' is showing its delicate second round of blooms for the month of October...
|Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica)|
and the colorful seed cones are now very prominent on the Blue Atlas Cedar.
|Front Driveway Garden-Coral Bark Maple behind Oriental Spruce 'Skylands'|
The fall foliage on the Coral Bark Maple is changing from pale green to hues of orange and golden-yellow. Soon the bark will be turning a bright coral-red as the name of the tree implies. Plumes from grasses nearby sway gently in the breeze and you may notice remaining hints of yellow and purple-blue from Coreopsis 'Zagreb' and Nepeta 'Walkers Low' against the maroon of Barberry 'Royal Burgundy' to the left.
|Maiden Grass 'Yaku Jima'|
The larger plumes on the 'Yaku Jima' Maiden Grass make a much bigger statement in the backyard...
|Nandina domestica (Heavenly Bamboo)|
as dainty white flowers on the Nandina turn into berries that will appear in the upcoming months.
The panicle hydrangea along the side yard continues its show as its elongated white blooms start to transform into shades of pale pink with the arrival of cooling temperatures. There is also still a faint fragrance that can be noticed as you pass by.
|Front Meandering Walkway and Garden|
There is change in the gardens along the walkway as well as the variegated liriope's purple blooms turn into tiny black berries and the foliage is very full. There is also a hint of October orange from the Caramel Heuchera up ahead.
|Miscanthus 'Yaku Jima' (Dwarf Maiden Grass) and Sedum 'Brilliant' Combination|
The plumes of the Maiden Grass remind me somewhat of a horse's mane as it cascades over the sedum below it, making for an interesting fall foliage combination.
|Norway Spruce (Picea abies) Cones with Canon Telephoto Lens|
In the distance cones are forming on the Norway spruce signaling fall is here.
|October Garden-Echinacea Digital Art|