Never have I ever

Never have I ever seen lavender or clematis blooming in late October!  At least not in our zone 4 to 5 gardens here in Ottawa.   I have cut back June lavender blossoms before resulting in late August, even early September reblooming, and have seen spring blooming clematis rebloom in August, but never late October…

 

 

Ornamental grasses are at their peak, waving in the breeze.  Other perennials still in bloom or reblooming include clematis, lots of roses,  phlox, butterfly bush, Russian sage, periwinkle and more.

 

 

I am supposed to be doing fall cleanups on my GARDENS4U clients’ gardens this week, but their gardens are still so nice I hesitate to cut anything down.  I did get covered in burs and seed heads removing some weeds though; a peril of the job…

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seed heads and weeds

 

Even the butterflies and bees are loving this warm fall weather; this butterfly bush was covered with both…

 

I am in no hurry for frost to send these beautiful perennials into dormancy.

Happy Thanksgiving

It is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada.  We celebrate the second Monday in October, while other countries celebrate in November.  I believe the reason for that is the fact that our winters arrive sooner here, so our harvests are earlier.   Afterall, the holiday did originate as a celebration after harvest was complete.

Thanksgiving

Regardless of when you celebrate Thanksgiving, be sure to remember all the things you are grateful for.  This previous post listed the things I was grateful for two years ago.  All of these still apply, with the wonderful addition of my sons’ significant others and two (with a third one on the way) grandchildren.

With the arrival of grandchildren comes a new addition to my dining room furniture, just in time for Thanksgiving…

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October blooms

I love this fall (summer like) weather we are having here in Ottawa.  We have had nicer weather after September than throughout June, July or August combined.  Many of the perennials in my own and my GARDENS4U clients’ zone 4 to 5 gardens are still in bloom even though the calendar says October. The ornamental grasses are usually still nice this time of year.  In addition to them though, I have numerous roses, lavender and several clematis reblooming.  Simply beautiful!

 

 

I cannot ever remember a clematis reblooming in October as this beautiful pale purple one has.

October blooming clematis

 

The thermometer does not feel like it, nor do my gardens do not look like October!

My Garden by Bloom Time…

This gardening season I took my camera outside often to capture my gardens in color; the following pictures are categorized by the bloom time of the plants.  Most are perennials that return each year, a few are annuals that I plant to fill in the bare spots…

Most of the color in my garden in May comes from bulbs:

with a few perennials adding some early color:

The color in May is rounded out by the beautiful, sweet-smelling blossoms on my apple and plum trees:

June brings more color from more perennials:

as well as from shrubs, bushes and an ornamental tree:

The lush greenery in June provides a beautiful backdrop for blooming plants:

Next comes July with more perennials:

my favorite annuals and bulbs:

and lots of roses:

the beauty of roses is that their bloom time extends well into the fall; some of mine are still blooming the end of October!

August brings more color in the form of additional perennials:

Still in bloom in August are all the roses above, as well as the russian, purple and pink sages, tickseed, cleome, clematis and daylilies.

With September comes the addition of silver lace vine,  purple aster, ornamental grasses, and autumn sedum  to all of the above plants that are still in bloom;

It is currently the end of October, and many of the above plants are still going strong, especially the roses, thanks to the beautiful fall weather we have been experiencing here in the Ottawa area.

Mother’s Day Rose in October

My son presented me with a rose for Mother’s Day this past May.  He decided it would be best to purchase a potted plant as they “don’t die like cut flowers do”.  I guess this apple didn’t fall far from the tree; sounds like something I would say!   After it bloomed for weeks in the house, I planted it in a nice sunny spot in my front garden and it is now blooming again, in October!

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 Since it is planted near my front door, I see and smell it every time I come home or leave the house.

 Mother’s Day in October; i love it!