Sunday, October 15, 2023

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up October: Autumnal Blooms & Views

Welcome to Garden Blogger's Bloom Day (and Foliage Follow-Up) for October! Autumn like temperatures have arrived suddenly as daytime temperatures turned from 80 degrees one day for the last hooray, now moderating into the steady 60's  The skies are mostly clear with a slight chill in the air, which makes one feel alive, and the surrounding landscape is transitioning into what soon will be an array of changing colors. Join me in my Long Island garden for some autumnal blooms and views!
Seasonal Planter
The first view is of a planter that I had to own once I had passed it at the local farm stand. It just called to me...if you know what I mean! The combination of ornamental grasses and Rudbeckia should hopefully last for some time!
Montauk Daisy
Along the back walkway are Montauk Daisies, which bloom every October. I had always admired them from across the street and decided to add some to my own garden a number of years back. It was one of my neighbor's favorite plants and they remind me of him whenever I look at them. He was like a family member to me as I had known him my entire life.
Hydrangea 'Limelight Prime'
This Hydrangea 'Limelight Prime' joined the garden three years ago and has been a wonderful addition for summer and fall interest. Its' greenish-white blooms turn to a deep pink as the temperatures cool.
Kousa Japanese Dogwood
Along the northern side of the property is the bright red fruit of Japanese Kousa Dogwood which highlights the tree in autumn. Although the fruit has a bitter taste, the birds love to eat it and it can be sweetened into a tasty jelly.
Kousa Dogwood Fruit
Here is the interesting pattern on the fruit close up!
Allium 'Millenium' Seed Head
New to the garden this year is Allium 'Millenium'. Besides its purple blooms in later summer, I am loving its flowers dried!
Dried Peony Seed Head
In the perennial border, this seed head of Peony 'Bartzella' just exploded wide open, making for an excellent autumn display! I love to admire nature's artwork, especially during this time of year.
Perennial Border Autumn-Lamb's Ear and Astilbe
In the perennial border is the soft fuzzy white foliage of Lamb's Ear with the dried flower stalks of Astilbe Pumila...
Dwarf Maiden Grass 'Yaku Jima' Autumn
while along the pool border, Dwarf Maiden Grass 'Yaku Jima' is displaying its plumes against the greenery of Weeping White Pine.
Sedum 'Brilliant' Autumn
Here are the dried flower heads of Sedum 'Brilliant' once the pink blooms fade following a late summer bloom.
Patio Border
I am happy to share the latest new addition to the patio border! It was time for the Weeping Pussy Willow to go after many years of enjoyment, but trees do have their life span. It gave me the opportunity to revamp the space, which we all know is one of my favorite things to do. After much thought, I decided on a Rhode Island Red Dwarf Japanese Maple, which I had my sights on after including one in a design at one of my client's properties. This specimen tree has slightly larger burgundy leaves and maintains a more rounded compact shape, reaching a mature height and width of just 6 feet tall by wide over many years, making it very low maintenance.
New Addition-Rhode Island Red Japanese Maple
I am in the process of including additional dwarf evergreens, transitioning this space into a dwarf conifer-specimen garden.
Double Red Knock Out Rose
Now onto some blooms. Double Red Knock Out Rose is a stable in the perimeter garden as it continues to bloom throughout summer into the first frost of autumn... 
Dwarf Rudbeckia 'Little Goldstar'
and Rudbeckia 'Little Goldstar' still hangs on as it refuses to stop blooming, for now anyway!
Dwarf Butterfly Bush 'Pugster Blue'
Dwarf Butterfly Bush 'Pugster Blue' never ceases to amaze me as it too does not want to give up blooming. Just when I think it is done for the season, it sports another pop of color to admire!
'Stella D Oro' Daylily
'Stella D Oro' Daylily is another candidate that never disappoints. I deadhead and rejuvenate it in late summer and it comes back strong into fall while producing more blooms...
Abelia 'Kaleidoscope'
and along the back walkway, Abelia 'Kaleidoscope' has been blooming since last month with its delicate trumpet-like flowers. 
Weeping White Pine Seed Cone
Other fall interest in the garden are the seed cones of various evergreens. The Weeping White Pine is producing an abundance of them this year. I am wondering if this is the tree's way of preparing for a rough winter.
Mugo Pine Seed Cone
The pine cones on Mugo Pine are interesting as well and there seems to be quite a few of them.
Spirea 'Limemound' and Weeping Norway Spruce
Some foliage combinations for fall include the yellow-green foliage of Spirea 'Limemound' against the deeper green foliage of Weeping Norway Spruce... 
Front Walkway with Weeping Eastern Redbud
and the large heart-shaped leaves of Weeping Eastern Redbud 'Lavender twist' against the foliage of Weeping White Pine, Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar and Coral Bark Maple (far left), which should soon be putting on a colorful show!
Thanks for Stopping By!

I hope you enjoyed your visit to my October garden. I so appreciate you being here, look forward to your comments and look forward to seeing what you have blooming in your neck of the woods! 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 had hosted Foliage Follow-Up, a meme I will continue to honor. I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Floral Friday FotosFriday Bliss at Floral Passions, Macro Monday 2, Mosaic Monday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf, Nature Notes at Rambling WoodsImage-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 Weekly Photo Link-Up at My Corner of the World on Wednesdays and Garden Affair at Jaipur Garden. Wishing all with gardens that thrive!


  1. Your photography, as always, was beautiful. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite but I will choose the Montauk daisies. A shame that the Kaleidoscope Abelia apparently isn't hardy where I live in New York State (zone 5b) but I might not have room for it, anyway. I love plants with variegated leaves. Alana

    1. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. Your blooms are all so colorful and I especially love the Toad Lily, Fall Crocus and heirloom marigolds. Happy Bloom Day and Happy Gardening!

  2. I love your Hydrangeas, which I've sadly given up on in my climate due to their water needs. However, we share Rudbeckias and Abelia 'Kaleidoscope' this month. I loved the peony seedpods you included.

    1. Thank you Kris! Every visit to you garden is a treat and feast for the eyes. Your collection of blooms is amazing and I especially love the Dahlias and Rudbeckia 'Cherokee Sunset'. Thank you for the wonderful views!

  3. Beautiful!
    My favorite - the Butterfly Bush!

    1. Your fall blooms are looking lovely, and I especially like the Asters, which are so beautiful and welcomed this time of year. Happy Bloom Day!

  4. That Kousa Dogwood is really special. And everything else is lovely, too! I'm envious of your weather. We went from 80s almost directly to 50s earlier this month, which is unusual. Most years, it's more gradual and we don't have 50s and 60s steadily throughout October. Anyway, happy El Nino year. And Happy Autumn! Your garden is amazing!

    1. Thank you and Happy Autumn Beth! Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos of the Gardener's Fling. Everything looks wonderful and I so enjoyed the tour!

  5. Looking lovely, Lee! I will be looking up the Dwarf Maiden Grass 'Yaku Jima' - lovely! It has been so warm here too, but I think the weather has finally turned and the cool nights and rain are here, which means only one thing... time to buy some more plants ;) - Julie Witmer, formerly WMG

    1. Thank you Julie! The 'Yaku Jima' Maiden Grass stays neat and compact and the plumes are nice too. Happy Fall and happy planting!

  6. Beautiful hydrangea with red blossoms, Lee. Amazing Japanese dogwood and its fruits. I haven't seen them in your garden before. You've updated the space well - beautiful maple.

    1. Thank you Nadezda. I can see the seasons changing in your garden and your roses will thank you for the care you give them! It got suddenly chilly here after a relatively mild fall.

  7. I find walking through your garden via this post a beautiful experience. The dried peony seed head does make a very artistic photograph.

    1. Hi Yvonne. Your fall views and photography are amazing, and you have captured the essence of the season beautifully. The Beautyberry, Sunflowers, dried seed heads, mushrooms and bee captures are my favorites, but I actually love them all! Happy autumn!

  8. I always enjoy my visit to your garden, but I’m especially glad I stopped by today. I’ve been looking for a dwarf Japanese maple with large leaves, and has come to the conclusion that none exist. Will be looking for Rhode Island Red!


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