Fall is officially here, not just the date but temperature and the color of leaves. The ground is practically covered with leaves and the branches are becoming more bare everyday. We start grinding up the leaves for mulching and composting when we have days off. I don’t cut back much of anything except for the Butterfly bushes (Buddleja davidii). This lovely, fragrant and food source for butterflies and bees is very invasive if the flowers are allowed to set seed. I left other plants in the garden stand as they are during winter so birds and insects can have food and some protection from the harsh elements of winter.
As bare as the garden looks now, there are some diehard flowers that are still standing up to the cooling temperature. Frost will eventually stop them but it’s still a different beauty.
Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora) starts flowering in summer and won’t stop until frost. Its light fragrance draws bumblebees in.
This little flower, tiny, low to the ground but tougher than they look. They keep going and are good for bees and other insects as a last resource.
Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata) is a real diehard. It can tolerate drought, wet and cold to some degree. I have no idea which one this is since I let them grow freely and cross-pollination results in many shades of phlox in the garden. I only know that the phlox ‘David’ is white.
Rosa Rugosa ‘Ms Doreen Pike’ is still producing flowers here and there. This one is soaking wet from the rain.
Once I pulled some of the Bee balm (Monarda) out to give more space to this rose ‘Antique Caramel’, it seemed to be happier and flowered more than last year.
I don’t remember if I ever mentioned I got this rose ‘Knockout’ for free from the nursery, two of them actually. They’ve been doing really well and never let me down from early summer to frost.
This is one of the Zinnia that is still flowering. Most of them have black spots due to an excess of rain lately. But they are doing well this year.