October 21, 2014
Even as the trees lose their leaves and other plants are turning brown, a few types of flowers are happily blooming. I'm so tickled to finally have a Japanese anemone that can handle our winters (A. robustissima, above). I was getting tired of murdering the poor things.
Several of the English roses are regularly producing buds and blooms, and each flower lasts a long time in the cool temperatures. 'Charles Rennie Mackintosh' looks nice next to the feathery chartreuse leaves of an 'Ogon' spirea.
'Abraham Darby' (above) and 'Eglantyne' are putting out a steady stream of large, luscious flowers in the front yard, plus a few here and there on 'Princess Alexandra of Kent', which is less established. I have several from AD in a vase on the kitchen table right now, and their fragrance can be enjoyed whenever I sit down.
Perky little 'Harlow Carr' is still blooming in front of violet asters and yellowing Siberian Iris foliage.
I have many 'Rozanne' geraniums scattered around the yard, and they are all covered with flowers. A few bees venture out when it warms up in the afternoon, but it seems many of them are already going to sleep for winter.
'Totally Tangerine' geum has become a much appreciated long bloomer in my garden. I am not a big orange lover, but these rosy-orange blooms on airy stems have made a place for themselves on my favorites list.