As most plants die away some continue to bloom cheerily. We have not had a real frost in the backyard yet, though I saw frost on our front lawn one day. We have a little warmer, more protected microclimate in the backyard.
Orange nasturtiums and alyssum along the fence. These have variegated leaves. I planted 3 packets of Jewel mix nasturtiums around the yard, if I remember correctly.
More traditional looking leaves. This giant group grew out onto the patio. The squirrel jumped on them at one point but they grew back.
Yellow nasturtiums have a touch of orange and red.
Reddish orange nasturtium. I did not get a picture of the dark red nasturtium.
Coral mums. This picture was taken about a week ago.
Coral mums and pollinator
Some of the pollinators prefer the flowers to be a bit more ripe.
I looked for a bumblebee today and found one on the Agastache ‘blue boa.’
On Saturday, 10/19, there were two black swallowtail caterpillars chomping on my curly parsley. I did not see them today, so hope they got away somewhere.
Aronia melanocarpa, black chokeberry ‘Viking black.’ I planted these two bushes last year and they grew nicely, though I did not get any berries this year. The garden around them this year was mostly fallow, though I grew some sunflowers between them after the daffodils.
Our favorite vegetable this time of year is curly kale. After we finish cooking our soup on the weekend we throw big bunches of chopped-up kale in, and it softens up in the hot soup pot.
The squirrels have been tearing around the yard, digging holes in the lawn and everywhere else, planting their nuts for the winter. We don’t have acorns in our oak tree this year, after a bumper crop last year.
Fall colors are just starting in the yard….