Pink October

The crickets still sing in October. And lilly, she’s trying to bloom. Tho she’s resting her head on the shoulder of death, she still shines by the light of the moon. ~Kevin Dalton

oak leavesOverhead, the oak leaves signal that October has truly arrived. Last night’s full moon and crisp temperatures ushered in the feel of autumn and it won’t be long before the first hard frost arrives. In the garden, the flowers are ignoring nature’s signals and continue blooming as if it were June. A sharp contrast to the gold and bronze leaves drifting into their midst, the garden beds are woven with threads of pink, rose, and magenta and are full of fragrance and life. Pollinators collect food in a last minute grab for stocking the winter larder and the cicadas and crickets sing in the woods. Enjoy a few images of what is surely this year’s last flush of bloom; click on any photo below to start the slide show. (All photos ยฉ2013 Lynn Emberg Purse, All RIghts Reserved.)

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it? ~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

38 thoughts on “Pink October

  1. One of the wonderful things about being so far behind is that I could come here on this gray and dreary day and spend time with your beautiful, colorful flowers. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. She’s pretty in pink, your garden! It’s cool that you saw the Persicaria out here and then got one, and Glasshouse Works is a catalog I remember really enjoying back when I had a garden. As I’ve said before, thank you for allowing me the pleasure of a close look at your garden, especially since I am in heavy shade on the 3rd floor with a tiny deck these days! We do get birds though…

  3. Who knew so much blooming in October! What I want to know is do you pick plants by their poetic names? Religious Radish and Lucky Peach are neither peaches or radishes, charming! Oh and Beautiful.

  4. A good remainder that lots of plants are still flowering! I appreciate all of them flowering late into the fall, some even going on after a light frost.

  5. Hi Lynn, what lovely pictures to record the last days of Autumn. That Coleus is a real picture but what a strange name Religious Radish, doesn’t look much like a radish.

    • Thanks, Chris! Glasshouse Works is a US breeder and developer of tropical plants, especially Coleus, who uses wacky names for their introductions. ‘Perilla Warfare’ and ‘Pineapple Prince’ are some of their other cultivar names – good marketing, since they are memorable. You can see more of their selections here.

  6. Beautiful, as always, Lynn. Frost has visited us, and the gardens are–mostly–already put to bed, but one rose has a few lasting, valiant blooms. Thank you for this lovely farewell to another year of glorious gardening. A cozy late October to you: cider and cocoa a plenty!

    • Thanks for visiting, Tanglycottage! I first saw this Persicaria on a visit to Seattle and Bainbridge Island gardens – I had to have it! It is constantly covered by a variety of bees; pollinators seem to love it and it has been blooming here since June with no sign of stopping. Probably the “most asked about” plant in my garden when other gardeners visit.

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