November 2021 autumn garden

There was some snow here in these upper plains, and then some strong wind, and then a little rain. All of which means there is no snow here right now and the garden is struggling on in its odd autumnal state. Bits of color from drying blooms still show through but the yellows and browns are starting to prevail. In the mornings, the temperature has been hovering around 38-40F (about 4C). Although it did get to about 60F one day this last week (15C): unseasonably warm for this late in November. These temperatures mean that the plants are all easing into winter.

Some of the monk’s hood (above) still has its lovely color, while some of the stalks are blackened and done. The purple cone flower heads (below) make such dramatic stalks.

October 2021 late fall blooms

As the weather gets ever closer to the nighttime frost, the blooms continue to claim the above freezing time. Here are several things that are still going in the garden.

These cosmos seeds grew into plants so late I was convinced they wouldn’t make it to blooming. But they have just started.

The walnut trees are blazing with turning leaves.

The yarrow has had a second life. I had cut it back as it died off in the heat of August. But now it is fully back and even blooming again.

The roses are showing no signs of recognizing the coming frost.

September 2021 marigolds and asters

The weather is shifting all over the place, with a windy, blustery rain storm last night and this morning. The marigolds are doing their showy bit and the asters are fully out. I think I had already put up some pictures of the china asters, but here is another one.

There are also loads of these asters in the front near the yellow dahlia.

The marigolds are planted near the potatoes (in an attempt to keep away the potato bugs, which I think works).

This weekend will definitely be a time to clear up some things in the barn and get beds organized for the outside kitties. The end of September always slides in a bit too quickly and the beginning of October can be quite chilly here.

August 2021 zinnia and marigolds

The zinnias are a nice spot of color next to some tomato plants and the marigolds are planted primarily in with the potatoes to ward off bugs. I have other taller marigolds that are coming later and should be blooming in September –they are in with the roma tomato plants. I like both of these flowers a lot –they are old fashioned standards.

Look at that lovely bit of spider web…. that must have been a fun trail for that spider to spin.

August 2021 blooms, amaranth, and a begonia

I had a lovely time watching a hummingbird this morning but have no pictures of it. The blooms are vibrant in the morning light, but everything is starting to get to that point where it might tip over the edge of the august sloping downward. This begonia is doing well outside, we will see if I can keep it alive over the winter this year.

This gorgeous airy plant is a Rocky Mountain Bee Balm. There is a bee on the other side of this bloom above.

This white blooming hosta above is really beautiful. Below is the red amaranth with the seed just starting to show. I wish I liked the taste of it better than I do. It isn’t bad, but I think it tastes too much like dirt (or “earthy” as a friend of mine more politely calls it).