Friday, October 20, 2017

Fall Flowers ~

The end of October and we have yet to have a heavy frost. The yard still has green tomatoes on the vine and several sweet green peppers/ The lemon grass and lemon verbena are huge! They also smell so nice. Thyme is spreading nicely down the hillside and between the stones. Lavender from seed is safely tucked into the greenhouse growing nicely.
 There are still several butterflies flitting about the flowers. It takes patience and lots of tries to have a butterfly with its wings outstretched. This one didn't mind me being around.
 A purple hyacinth bean grown from seeds purchased at Spring Creek Gardens in Fort Collins, Colorado. The deer ate the scarlett runner beans as they flowered but seemed to leave these alone. I am drying the bean pods for seeds for next year.
                                                 They do look like sweet peas, don't they?
 Can you find all the bugs on this flower? We use no chemicals in the gardens. All the flowers are grown from seed collected from the previous year or purchased.
                  These had a late start, but they are enjoying the sunshine and spreading.
 There are many varieties of rudebeckia or Black Eyed Susans in the gardens. This variety has ruffled leaves and is quite large. Pockets of the smaller varieties are scattered all over.

 A fall aster that grows over six feet tall. It started with one plant and has spread by root runners.
                                                      This aster is native to the mountains.
 A beautiful flower, but the Japanese anemone spreads once it finds a place it likes. If you live close by and want some, come by in the spring and take home bags of this plant.
 This is the bud and you can see the flower in the background. They are all part of the same plant.
What a joy to see the milkweed pod open and the seeds caught by the wind. Each year, I find more and more of these plants volunteering in the gardens. Lots of different varieties of milkweed in the gardens. And there are monarchs....Fall in the gardens is filled with intense colors. The zinnias are doing very well.

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