Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up October 2019: Autumn Views

Welcome to My October Garden!
Welcome to my October garden! It was just 86 degrees two weeks ago and now there are days few and far between that it will be in the 60’s as fall settles in. Where did the summer go? I am still a bit in denial but continue to complete designs and tidy things up in the garden before it gets way too chilly. As temperatures have now moderated into the upper 50's to mid-60's with a feeling of autumn crispness, Montauk Daisies are blooming, Chrysanthemums and pumpkins are out and grasses are showing their delicate plumes. As the garden transitions, there is still plenty to see. Join me to tour my autumn Long Island garden and thanks for coming along!
Autumn Garden Views
The first stop is at one of my favorite fall combinations, that of Ajuga Burgundy Glow with Variegated Liriope. As the ajuga starts to change its hue, spikes of bluish-purple blooms on liriope are at their peak.
'Yaku Jima' Dwarf Maiden Grass
Dwarf Maiden Grass 'Yaku Jima' is sporting its feathery plumes for October. This variety stays at a compact four to five feet in height.
'Yaku Jima' Dwarf Maiden Grass and Sedum 'Brilliant'

Here is the 'Yaku Jima' grass with Sedum 'Brillant' in the foreground.
Dwarf Sedum Thundercloud
A new variety of Sedum that I just added to the garden this summer is Sedum 'Thundercloud'. It is a more dwarf version only reaching approximately 8 inches in height. It does have a similarity to a thundercloud with its jagged edges and burst of cloud-white blooms that appear in the center from summer into fall.
Kousa Dogwood Autumn
Around to the northern garden is Kousa Dogwood 'Greensleeves' with its fall fruit. 
Kousa Dogwood Fall Fruit
Here is the fruit close up, I am always intrigued by its perfect form and vibrant color, and the birds enjoy it too!
Montauk Daisies
My mother's favorite flowers were always daisies. She loved Montauk Daisies, so I finally incorporated some into my garden. They have a special meaning to me.
 Butterflies on Daisies!

The Painted Lady Butterflies really seem to enjoy them too.
Dwarf Butterfly Bush Still Blooming!
On the patio, Dwarf Butterfly Bush 'Pugster Blue' is still blooming away. It will be coming into the garage next month for overwintering and return next spring. Since it's been in a planter on the patio, I have gotten so much more enjoyment from it, being it is in direct view from my favorite chair while enjoying a cup of tea!

Garden Gal's Mondo Grass is Thriving!
Garden Gal got a new bunch of Black Mondo Grass in her planter this summer. It is doing quite well...sorry garden gal!
Stella D Oro Daylilies Still Blooming!
The 'Stella D Oro' Daylilies are still pushing out new blooms after I restored them in late July. They should keep going for sometime into autumn.
Knock Out Roses Blooming in Fall
Double Knock Out rose is always a welcomed member in the garden. It will keep blooming until the first frost.
Rozanne Geranium October Blooms!
Planted in early July, these Rozanne Geranium are blooming away and are adding so much color to the renovated front island bed. I have been using them for years in my designs for their color and long bloom time and FINALLY found a place for them n my own garden! They are growing well with a full day of sun with some late afternoon shade.
A Little Bit of Foliage
There's always room for a little bit of foliage. Here is Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar with Mugo Pine and Sedum Brilliant. 
A Little Bit of Whimsy
There is also room for a little whimsy. You may remember the story of when my husband bought these for me at the very start of the season. He said they reminded him of the two us sitting on the patio together enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.
Succulent Planter Still Going!
If you have read my second book Landscape Combinations, you'll probably recognize this succulent planter. I've had this one for quite some time and it is still going strong. I overwinter the containers in the garage and bring them out the following season, sometimes keeping the same plants and other times I come up with new combinations. It is a fun hobby and the planters last all season long with no maintenance. Just water and enjoy!
Summer Snowflake Viburnum Fall Bloom
Let's wander around to the back corner. Look...the Viburnum are undergoing another bloom. We had a single day in the upper 80's. That did it!
Seasonal Change
The Astilbe and Lamb's Ear in the perennial border are showing their fall colors...

Weeping White Pine Autumn
and the seed cones on the Weeping White Pine are getting huge.
Some more Whimsy!
The Echinacea have gone to seed. The other day I saw a gold finch sitting on top of one of the seed heads enjoying a healthy snack.
Coneflower Seed Heads for Birds
The mums are out, signaling that fall is officially here in the garden and you will notice a different looking pumpkin in the decor for this October.

Seasonal Decor!
This warty looking pumpkin is called a Knuckle Head or Wart pumpkin. Here's a little trivia. This masterpiece is part of a specialty line that took the Siegers Seed Company in Holland, Michigan 10 generations of cross-breeding to create! I couldn't resist its unusual charm!
Hope you Enjoyed the Visit!
Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed your tour of my October garden! Special thanks go out to our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who makes it possible to see blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Also, special thanks to Pam Penick at Digging who has hosted Foliage Follow-Up for all these years, a meme I will still continue to honor. I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Floral Friday Fotos, Macro Monday 2, Mosaic Monday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf, Nature Notes at Rambling WoodsDishing It & Digging It on Sunday with Angie the Freckled RoseImage-in-ing weekly photo share every Tuesday with NC Sue and Gardens Galore Link Up Party every other Monday with Everyday Living. I am also happy to join the Homestead Blog Hop  and Weekly Photo Link-Up at My Corner of the World on Wednesdays.

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Author: Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening,© Copyright 2010-2019. All rights reserved.


  1. Lovely pictures of flowers. I especially like the one with butterfly!

    1. Thank you for stopping by. Your photography and blog are beautiful! Thank you for sharing your beautiful captures of Kaikondrahalli lake.

  2. Magnificent! It is always such a treat and an inspiration to visit your garden.

    1. Thank you for your kind words Dorothy! Your October blooms are beautiful and I am in awe over the Lycoris Radiata! Your roses and purple oxalis are beautiful too and I love your 'Hope" plaque...perfect!

  3. Your garden is looking great as usual this October, Lee! I love the combination of the Liriope and Ajuga. I grew the latter in my former garden but it doesn't seem to like my current one. I wish I had your success with Sedum too - it (and Sempervivums) aren't as happy here as other succulents. I love the warty pumpkin and usually buy one to sit in the house until Halloween, after which I gift it to the squirrels who'll tunnel through it within a couple of days. However, with our ongoing remodel creating disorder inside and out, I think the squirrels may miss out this year.

    1. Thank you Kris! I am in awe over your garden and collages! I love it all, especially your Dahlias and Plectranthus ciliatus 'Zulu Wonder'! Happy Bloom Day!

  4. That's a really pretty warty pumpkin, nice colors. The ones I grow are not colorful, just tasty.

    1. You can't eat this pumpkin, but it sure is different looking! You have so many blooms for October Lisa and I especially love your lance-leaf Coreopsis. The 'Angel' Shasta Daisies are gorgeous too! We haven't had a frost yet, but it sure is getting chilly outside!

  5. Beautiful blooms..we are also in weather transition mode,Rozanne geraniums are beauty..that is one lovely shot of butterfly on daisy.Thanks for dropping by in my blog.

    1. Thank you Arun! I always enjoy my visits to your tropical garden!

  6. Your October blooms look quite beautiful. I like that Montauk daisy. I have never heard of that type. I might try it some time.

    1. Thank you Lisa! Your October blooms are so pretty and I especially enjoyed your zinnias and Mexican sunflowers! I agree about the Sedum. It is a hardy plant and will come back much stronger in the sun next year. Enjoy the garden for as long as you can until the cold sets in.

  7. I love seeing how your garden changes month to month, Lee. 'Garden Gal' is looking above the grass, daisies have their last bloom and butterfly uses this time. Here the fall settled at all, leaves fall down and I see your green garden with pleasure.

    1. I am glad you enjoyed the views Nadezda. Your words made me smile! Your Impatiens are very pretty and it is so nice to have blooms to enjoy indoors as the colder temperatures set in. Happy Bloom Day!

  8. Your garden is charming -I love all the textures and colors

    1. Thank you Carol. Your photos of the Sandhill crane are stunning! We don't get to see views like that around here very often. Thanks for sharing!

  9. What a lovely garden - you've created a wonderland!
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2019/10/a-stroll-through-arboretum.html

    1. Thank you Sue and I loved this visit to your blog. Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos from the arboretum.

  10. These are some fabulous colors! I love the different textures, too.

    It's great to see your post on 'My Corner of the World' this week!

    My Corner of the World

  11. Wonderful fall colors and textures, Lee. I have a succulent planter, too. Do you have a trick for overwintering yours. I take mine in from the frost and then need to replant it every spring. P.x

    1. Thanks Pam. I overwinter my terra-cotta succulent planters in a semi-heated garage which stays at about 50 degrees over the winter. It’s really hit or miss. Sometimes the succulents survive and sometimes I have to start over again. I do find though that the hens and chicks are pretty much indestructible!


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