Hey, we Canadians may be the last to experience spring, but we are amongst the first in North America to get frost....
Wait a minute! I guess that is one race we may not want to win.
That being said, it has been unseasonably mild here. Last weekend was our Thanksgiving. While it is usually a chilly, warm jacket kind of weekend, we were thrilled to have shorts and T-shirt weather instead.
Still, there are probably only a few days left until we have our first big frost and the garden finishes the season. This is probably the last time I can participate in GBBD without a trip down a memory lane.
So what is blooming in my garden?
Throughout the garden, the various hydrangea bushes have gone from crisp white to...
soft pink to ...
a deep rose. In the next couple of weeks they will fade to a soft, paper-bag brown.
The sedum pick up where other perennials have left off.
There tiny flowers are quite something on close inspection. Sedum spectabile 'Stardust'
My pink sedum have gradually deepened from soft pink color to a deep rose.
Sadly, my main occupation these days has been to pick up green golf balls off the lawn! Our enormous black walnut that has produced a bumper crop of nuts this year.
In the fall, crossing the lawn is like strapping on a set of roller skates and going for a ride!
Meet the Nut Wizard!
Normally, I am not one for garden gadgets. Give me a good shovel, a spade, some pruners, a rake and an edger and I am good to go. The prospect of again having to pick up literally hundreds and hundreds of nuts however, sent us shopping for an easier method than the usual endless, tedious raking.
My dear hubby discovered this little Nut Wizard at Lee Valley Tools and I have to tell you that it is just great!
You just roll the little metal wizard over the surface of the ground and the nuts get drawn into the ball. To empty the ball, you simply part the spokes and let the nuts tumble out.
If you have fallen nuts or fruit, this may be the widget for you.
Here is another idea. I don't know about you, but my annual containers and urns are looking a bit tired. I gave them a simple instant up date but inserting cabbages that I got at the local grocery store.
These cabbages are really intended for floral arrangements, but I have given them a fresh trim and inserted the stem into my container plantings. Leave about 6" of stem on each cabbage. Then just push them down into the soil. No digging required! As long as you keep the soil moist, I find they do pretty well.
I even added a few somewhat cheesy, fake pumpkins...
Elsewhere in the garden, the 5' tall Rudbeckia still has a few flowers. Rudbeckia 'Herbstsonne'
And the roses continue to bloom, but I will save them for my next post as this one is already too long. Until then, Happy Garden Blogger's Bloom Day!
To see other October gardens in bloom, be sure to visit May Dreams Gardens.
Have a great weekend!