October Review

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.

Long border at the end of October

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.

Aster ericoides f. prostratus 'Snow Flurry'And behind this snowy carpet, the taller blooms of Aster turbinellus have been continuing to delight me with their delicate shape and colour.

Aster turbinellus end of October

I find it hard to capture their pale blue-purple colouring with the camera, which always seems to wash them out a little.

Aster turbinellus and hot pink Salvia microphylla Wild Watermelon, end of October

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 in early morning lightThe 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.


20 thoughts on “October Review

  1. Thanks for joining in again this month. I do like your asters, they are so pretty, I have more to add to the garden

  2. There’s definitely an air of muted elegance – and well done you for maintaining this amount of colour so late in the year. I know I shall be struggling to show as much when I take my pictures tomorrow – sigh……

  3. I do like the Aster that looks just like snow, there are so many different varieties it is often so difficult to choose. Having recommendations direct from other gardeners is invaluable, thank you. As you say your garden is sliding very delicately into winter. Christina

    • Thanks Christina, it’s a very pretty aster – I fell for it when I saw it at RHS Wisley a few Octobers ago. It makes a lovely low neat ground-cover.

  4. I like your Aster ‘Snow Flurry’ – well named. It is a time of year when we really appreciate those few late flowering plants that keep some colour in the garden.

  5. Goodness, apart from the light level and the leaves I’d never have guessed your shots were taken at the end of October – wow! I am really impressed with how well things are hanging on in there – impressed and envious!

    • Thanks Kate, I’m pleased with how well it has all weathered so far here, though the rain that has begun to fall this afternoon has a rather settled-in feel to it and will doubtless leave the borders a little flatter if it doesn’t wash them down the hill!

    • Thank you – I can’t claim responsibility though, it’s all the plants’ own work! Suspect it is some side-effect of the garden being so young, along with the ‘workhorses’ like Verbena b., Gaura and even a few Monarda which just keep standing tall and pumping out flowers for all they’re worth, to make the rest of the garden look a bit less tatty!

  6. I’m amazed at how much colour you still have – really lovely – sadly our garden is shades of brown now, but there are some lovely seed heads to lift things a little. Bx

    • It’s a happy accident! As the colours fade though, and our eyes adjust, the tawny autumn colours do come into contrast more, and there are some lovely shapes and textures at this time of year. I love autumn seed heads.

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