Beside the pumpkin at the window and scuttling brown leaves across the grass, on the last day of October the garden still seems reluctant to admit defeat, though the colours are slowly becoming more muted.
There is still plenty of colour all through the long border, from the bright pink and purple hardy fuchsia by the step down to the pink cosmos and penstemon dancing out of shot near the bench. At the front of this border, Aster ericodes f. prostratus ‘Snow Flurry’ has been looking splendid for weeks, unperturbed by a few fallen leaves.
I find it hard to capture their pale blue-purple colouring with the camera, which always seems to wash them out a little.
I particularly enjoy the splashes of vivid pink salvia flowers against the serene pale daisies of the aster when glimpsed from the house.
The field border has embraced the changing seasons further, and is a picture of gentle decay in muted pinks, purples, browns and greys. A brief splash of vivid red-pink from the leaves of Euonymus alatus lit up the border for a week before they fell to the ground, and a few late penstemon flowers continue to flare, but the general atmosphere is hushed.
A couple of freezing nights have wrought no discernible damage upon the garden so far, and I am enjoying the subtle slide towards winter – it is only when I look back at previous end-of-month reviews that the change is more obvious. So far, our fledgling garden seems to wear the end of the season with a pleasing grace.
Thanks to the Patient Gardener for hosting this end-of-month snapshot of the garden.