Monday, October 20, 2008

Maple colors

This maple started life as a "weed" in one of my flower pots. I've got a soft spot for acers, so I let it grow. Now it's a little tree in my back garden's little woods. And it has rewarded me with these most gorgeous colored leaves this autumn.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Faeries paint the garden red

My forsythia has developed the most intense red leaves this year. It has never done this before, and I wonder what miracle of nature has been working its magic to create such a beautiful color.

Would it be the boggyness of the soil? The large amount of rain this year? Or have the faeries got hold of some lovely red pigment, and gone wild in my back garden?

The faeries have also blessed this elstar apple tree with tons of fruit, so much that it's bending the tree down to half its height. And of course, they also painted each fruit with their newly found pigment!
What have faeries done in YOUR garden?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wet October Bloomday

Droplets of water cling to this Love-in-a-Mist, and it is truly in a mist today, with soft rain falling on all the flowers blooming today. As we say here, it's a soft day in Ireland, on the Garden Blogger's Bloomday for October.

The rain causes all my roses to hang their heads, so I need to do upshots of them. I like how the petals are almost see-through on my Marinette.

Nasturtiums still bloom all over the place, cheerful even in the rain.

Wet William Morris hangs his head even more today.
...drip drip...

And Dark Lady feels even darker today.

A lone pansy by the shed unfurls its first flower this autumn.

There are still several sweet peas clinging to their supports with their curly tendrils.

Verbena standing high above the nasturtiums.

Oregano has decided to bloom again.

Sedum, bright as usual in the cold mist.

The wild fuchsias still in bloom, they've been blooming for many months, and still going strong. There are still bees coming to visit them.

This geranium by my back door too has been in bloom all summer.

The wallflower that thinks it's spring.
See what's in bloom this October, all over the world, at Carol's
May Dreams Gardens.