Since I received a few requests for one last look at the garden post-frost, I thought I’d oblige. I’ve removed the sad remnants of annuals, so the look is rather sparse. However, the maple foliage more than makes up for it.
The half-hardy calendula (C. officinalis) continue to put forth gold and orange blossoms, for which I am grateful. The past two afternoons, a late migrating monarch has come to feed, so I am glad I had something to offer it.
Along the front, you can now see both mounds of silvery lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina). The left one was hidden all summer by an ambitious calendula, which I’ve removed.
The real stand-out is the beautiful, red foliage of the sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa).
The globe thistle (Echinops ritro) continues to push forth its new flower buds; it just might bloom before the deep cold sets in.
As the coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) self sows a bit too enthusiastically, I’ve cut back most of the seed heads and moved many plants to the half-wild herb bed next to the field, where it can go as crazy as it wants.
The blood grass (Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’), though small, deepens in color.
Directly behind it, in the far back almost into the woods, the purple New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-anglia) still blooms.
The astilbe seed heads are rusty brown, the daylily foliage turns golden brown and some late-sown white flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata) bloom here and there.
I’m linking with Cathy at Words and Herbs, joining participants taking weekly photos of the same garden over the course of the growing season to note its evolution.
Below are some of the previous views for comparison: