All of the tropical foliage and tender blooming plants were either blackened or reduced to mush. I do have a few stray shrubs and perennials still blooming here and there (all Abelias, Daphne x transatlantica 'Summer Ice', Geranium 'Rozanne', Caryoperis 'Sunshine Blue', Anemones, Aconitum, Gentiana scabra to name a few) but I stink at close up photography so after a few failed attempts at capturing them, I gave up. Perhaps a photography class should be on the winter agenda.
Most sources peg my average first frost date somewhere in the middle of October but I often don't get frosted until the end of October or beginning of November. At the very least, I get a few intermediary light frosts (which I usually dodge), before the big freeze. Not this year. I suspect this may be my last Bloom Day until next March or April. Thanks to Carol and May Dreams Gardens for hosting this oh so useful monthly event.
|Abutilon Souvenir de Bonne sailed through the frost with hardly any damage|
|Berries on Viburnum dilatatum 'Cardinal Candy' mixes with spent flowers of Leuccsceptrum|
|A single Echinacea 'Hot Papaya' amidst a monstrous pile of Eupatorium 'Chocolate' and what's left of a Salvia guaranitica 'Black & Blue'|
|A wider view of that area.|
|Mums and Kale|
A few assorted Calibrachoa were protected by taller plants and spared an early trip to the compost pile.
|Phlox 'Norah Leigh' making her third Bloom Day appearance|
|Although I'm not enamored with this Hosta 'Red October', I'm impressed by the late season flowers.|
|Sanguisorba officinalis 'Lemon Splash' and an unknown Agastache purchased as an annual last year.|
|Beautiful fading flowers of Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' with Itea virginica 'Little Henry'|
|A Tricyrtis of unknown ilk|
|My favorite Brugmansia spent Friday night safely tucked away in the garage. Keep those flowers coming!|
|Callicarpa dichotoma covered with berries|
|Another Bloom Day regular-Leycesteria formosa 'Golden Lanterns|
|Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Golden Arrow' with a lone flower of Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips'|
|A Hydrangea paniculata standard that may be 'Tardiva'|
Now I'm going to cheat and post a few of the pictures I took Friday night before the freeze.
|The Twerpster checking out Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa' after the frost|
Happy Bloom Day! See you next year.