Thursday, October 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow Up October 2015: Colors of The Fall Garden

October Garden
Welcome to my October Long Island garden.  As autumn is underway all the changing colors of the garden become more and more vibrant by the day.  Blooms from summer hold out as long as they can as hues of orange and yellow appear in the landscape. The combination of the two seasons, summer going out and fall coming in, are spectacular.  Daylilly, Sedum, Butterfly Bush and Knock Out Roses scramble to show their last burst of vibrant blooms while plumes of maiden grasses appear.The fall garden is like a canvas that has been infused with an array of color, developing into a fabulous piece of artwork…nature’s artwork. Come along on the tour.
Fall Mums
 Albert Camus once quoted “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower” One of my favorite things to do since I have become so interested in photography is to look at the garden in a different light...literally! I like to imagine the fall garden as a piece of artwork with all its amazing hues and colors just melding into one another.
Perennial Geranium Rozanne 
Somehow all the colors of the garden seem to come to life again in the autumn. We need a close up of these Rozanne Geranium. They have such detail and a delicate structure to them in the afternoon light.
Dwarf Butterfly Bush October
The purple blooms of the Dwarf Butterfly Bush are also picturesque...
Sedum in Fall
as are the rounded tops of Sedum in the October garden.
Knock Out Roses October
Speaking of colors seeming more vibrant in fall, one of the best things I ever did was to incorporate these fabulous Knock Out Roses into the garden border.  I cannot even put into words how much enjoyment they have provided over the years and this is how they look in fall with their lovely pinkish-red blooms!
Stella D Oro Daylily in Octobe
Old reliable 'Stella D Oro's is still pushing out blooms after a late summer rejuvenation in early August, adding color to the fall garden. These are a real stable in the landscape.
October Blooms:  Variegated Liriope 
With autumn comes the blooms of liriope, which make a statement in the garden border. Liriope looks good in the garden all season long but really puts on a show now in October.
Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus 'komachi')
Here is  Balloon Flower, scientific name of Platycodon grandiflorus 'komachi'.  I have gotten so many requests as to the exact species of this perennial since it is the only variety of Platycodon that does not open up.  It remains as a true closed "balloon" throughout its entire bloom time and I cannot remember where I ever found it and have never seen another. 
Viburnum Summer Snowflake Blooming in October
Here is a close up of the delicate flower of the Summer Snowflake Viburnum in a muted light.
Perennial Border Fall View
Fall has officially arrived in the perennial border with wispy fountain grass plumes and lots of seed heads for the birds to enjoy.
Echinacea Seed Heads
Ah...autumn does have its attributes with changes everywhere...
Weeping White Pine Pine Cone October
so let's take it all in...
Fall Mums
and appreciate what is in view.
Evergreen and Perennial Bed Fall
As we all know...the beauty of having a garden is to enjoy it through all its transitions. 
As the tour comes to an end autumn becomes more and more present as a few of the highlights of the season are upon us.
Dwarf Fountain Grass Hameln Fall Plumes
Brush-like plumes of fountain grasses dance in the wind...
Yaku Jima Maiden Grass Plumes Fall
and Dwarf Maiden Grass Yaku Jima flaunts its stalks of feathery plumes.
First signs of Fall
As the first brightly colored leaf falls and rests on top of the Weeping Norway Spruce and fall mums open, the season of autumn has arrived, and is seen in a different light.
Fall Blooms are like Artwork
  A garden is not a picture confined to a frame left hanging on a wall, it is something that changes with the movement of light and passing of time. ~ Beth Chatto
October Garden Views
Thank you to our hostesses Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who makes it is possible to see blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Pam at Digging for hosting Foliage Follow-Up.  I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Tuesday Garden PartyToday's FlowersFloral FridaysMosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage, I Heart MacroMacro Monday 2, and Nature Notes at Rambling Woods.  Also check out What's Blooming This Week Garden Update.

I hope you enjoyed your walk through my October garden.

As Always...Happy Gardening!


Author: Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening, © Copyright 2015. All rights reserved

28 comments:

  1. Hi, Lee! Wonderful photos of your fall garden. Lovely chrysanthemums, nice yellow color. I especially loved your perennials border - that's very pretty landscape.
    Happy GBBD!

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    1. Thank you Nadezda. I enjoyed all the wonderful blooms and berries in your October garden and I especially enjoyed the bright red berries of your viburnum. Temperatures are dropping here too but no frost yet...Happy Bloom Day!

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  2. I love your beautiful pictures! Especially from the pink and purple flowers!

    Greetings, Sofie #26
    http://sofies-succulent-beads.blogspot.be

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for your lovely words Sophie. You have lots to see in your October garden...all your blooms are beautiful.

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  3. Just lovely. Your garden is beautiful as always. Happy Bloom Day.

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    1. Your blooms are beautiful Dorothy, especially your roses and that Justicia 'Orange Flame'! Thank you for your lovely comment!

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  4. Your garden is looking so colourful with all the beautiful flowers and autumn colour from the foliage. Grasses add a certain something to the garden as well as movement, I must get more for mine!

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    1. We are looking more and more autumn-like here by the day Pauline. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting.

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  5. I like your colorful evergreen! So eye catching! By the way I like blue flower, the geranium is so interesting. And you remind me to 'hunt' platycodon, cause the only one platycodon that I had, have decayed and then died.

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    1. Thank you Endah. I enjoyed the pretty blooms of purple Asystasia in your garden...so lovely! Good luck with your Platycodon hunt!

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  6. Wonderful photos of a beautiful garden. I loved the photo of the border. It looks weeded! How did that happen at this time of the year. I am late with my post because we were moving house yesterday, but I get photos of the old garden, and the new garden that I have been working on all summer.

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    1. Thank you! The border is actually very low maintenance. It is so loaded with perennials that everything blooms and there is no room for weeds! All I have to do is deadhead a bit then cut things back in the fall. I will look forward to your post!

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  7. Your garden is stunning right now Lee. It's been a real pleasure popping in this October.

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    1. Thank you Angie. I loved the view of your gardens looking through the arch...so peaceful and inviting. Have a great week!

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  8. You still have some wonderful colors, even with the leaves beginning to fall.

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    1. Thank you Betty. One of the things I love about autumn is the overlapping of the seasons when summer is still lingering yet the colors are all changing Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for your lovely words. Have a great week!

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  10. Stunning variety of plants. Especially love the arrangement of the first collage.

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting Gemma and thank you for hosting Macro Monday 2!

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  11. Nature’s artwork indeed! Much helped by your gorgeous photographs of course :-)
    When you rejuvenate Stella D’Oro, do you cut it down completely or just cut off old scapes and clean it up? I have all mine in pots still and that means shorter flowering, can’t wait to get them all in the ground.

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    1. Hi Helene. When I rejuvenate my Stella D' Oro I pretty much cut them down completely to just four or five inches above the ground. I remove all the old foliage and leave just the new green coming up. It takes about two weeks for them to look like they do in springtime with all new growth and fresh looking.

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  12. Lee I adore seeing your garden in October as it is still going strong while here in the central part of the state we are watching the last blooms fade with the foliage...although this year the garden is not fading as fast as it has in the past.

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    1. Thank you Donna. Autumn is coming in quickly now that we are at the end of October but some of the blooms are still holding on! I enjoyed your Rudbeckia post...great info. Have a great week!

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  13. Beautiful fall color and textures!..... Michelle

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    1. Thank you Michelle and thanks for hosting Nature Notes...great meme!

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  14. Your garden is beautiful. Myself, all I am doing is blowing pine needles and maple leaves.
    I love this time of year, but I don't remember working at the leaves so much last year.
    Hope the yard man gets some with the mower.

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    1. Thanks so much Yvonne. The leaves do seem to be coming down fast and furious this year, probably due to the drought we had all summer. Happy fall!

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