Autumn Flowers

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Our garden remains full of flowers. 

Allysum, planted early in April, has bloomed for seven months now.

Allysum, planted early in April, has bloomed for seven months now.

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Some, like Allysum, have bloomed since we set them out in early April.  Others, like our Camellias, have only just begun their season.

 

These Camellias bloom each autumn, and continue producing buds until early spring.

These Camellias bloom each autumn, and continue producing buds until early spring.  We are at the northern edge of their hardiness zone.

 

I’m grateful to our faithful annuals which have soldiered on, month after month, covering themselves in flowers.  If the weather never shifted, I wonder how long they would go on….

Begonias

Begonias

But we are in that unpredictable  time of transition  from heat to cold.

It was nearly 80 yesterday.  But the nights grow cold.  We’ve already needed to turn the heat on a few times this season.

Our three year old Bouganvillia has waited until this week to begin its season of bloom.

Our three year old Bougainvillea has waited until this week to begin its season of bloom.

 

Frost may come any time now; or it may wait until sometime in December to pay its first call.

Ginger Lily, entering its third month of bloom, will crumple to the ground with the first frost.  This variety is hardy here, and returns each spring.

Ginger Lily, entering its third month of bloom, will crumple to the ground with the first frost. This variety is hardy here, and returns each spring.

 

We’ve prepared the permanent winter shelter for our pots and baskets.  I’ve swept the garage and spread the holding area in plastic tablecloths.

 

Begonia, "Flamingo," grown from a stem stuck in the soil in early summer must come inside by Saturday.  The Caladiums have fallen, and must be lifted if they are to survive.

Begonia, “Flamingo,” grown from a stem stuck in the soil in early summer must come inside by Saturday. The Caladiums have fallen for the season, and must be lifted if they are to survive.

 

New this year is a line of buckets, also sitting on plastic, ready to hold then hanging baskets when I bring them in on Saturday.

The forecast promises night time lows in the 40s by the weekend….

 

Comphrey has bloomed continually now since early spring.  This perennial herb is one of the first to emerge in the spring garden.

Comfrey has bloomed continually now since early April.   This perennial herb is one of the first to emerge in the spring garden.

 

Procrastination stays my hand each time I think to move them all inside.

They grow so beautifully in this Indian summer.

 

Camellia susanqua

Camellia sasanqua

 

I want to wait as long as possible, giving them every sunny day I can.

 

Another of our many potted BEgonias which won't survive the weekend if left outside....

Another of our many potted Begonias which likely won’t survive the weekend if left outside….

 

And now each warm day, each warm night, is acknowledged  as a gift.  Each new blossom savored.  Each bee and butterfly blessed.

 

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Even as the solid green of a Virginia summer gives way to crimson and yellow, brown and orange; we see the daily changes quietly creeping through the garden.

 

Redbud has now turned golden.

Redbud has now turned golden.

 

Autumn rolls into our garden like a great, relentless wave.

 

Pyracantha berries

Pyracantha berries

 

We hear it in the early morning calls of geese and the chatter of flocking starlings.

 

Roots of our Beech

Roots of our Beech

 

We smell it in the wet Earth.

We feel the sharpness of early morning when we first go outside, and see skeletons of trees appearing here and there, leaves blown away in the night.

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

 

 

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7 responses to “Autumn Flowers

  1. I marvel at the health of your begonias – they seem so happy – you certainly have a gift for growing them. Your camellias are lovely – I’m a bit envious!

    • Thank you, Eliza. The Begonia is now in a pot inside. I hope to get it through another winter. You would adore the Camellias, blooming as the days get colder and colder. We enjoy them so much. Most everything came in today; an all day project 😉 Best wishes, WG

      • It is a lot of work! Frost is definitely on for tonight. It felt so damp and raw today. We’ve had very light and scattered frost so far, but I think this is the one that will take everything down. Winter here we come!

  2. Your garden is beautiful! I have several of my begonias in pots and I move them in and out each year. Such a great plant!

    Have a great weekend!

    Caroline

  3. nice, my favorite is the ginger lily!! 🙂 Suppose to be a beautiful weekend, cool, clear, no rain…!! I hope you also have a great weekend!! 🙂

    • No rain here until Tuesday…. they say. Did you tell me you already grow Ginger Lily? If you don’t have this one, I’m happy to share. I also have some offsets of Colocasia “Black Runner,’ which is a sport of C. “Black Magic.” I won’t be able to see about dividing the C. “Blue Hawaii” until they die back a a bit. Do you still want some Colocasia for your garden?
      I hope you have something fun planned for the weekend. I’m hoping to put up another batch of pear butter….Best wishes, WG

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