The Tuesday View October 18

October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016

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. img_5852

img_5845The 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).

img_5429img_5844The globe thistle (Echinops ritro)  continues to push forth its new flower buds; it just might bloom before the deep cold sets in.

img_5425img_5433As 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.

img_5440The 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:


April 1, 2016


June 28, 2016


July 26, 2016

August 2, 2016

August 2, 2016

September 6, 2016

September 6, 2016

September 13, 2016

September 13, 2016

October 4, 2016

October 4, 2016

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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37 Responses to The Tuesday View October 18

  1. Aishwarya says:

    I love the burst of energy that the red foliage adds!! 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Aishwarya. Many gardeners cut those back after they flower because they get rather spindly, but I keep them around for their fall show. I love that color!

  2. Anca Tîrcă says:

    There are quite a few spots of beauties left!

  3. Very nice to see the full evolution of your garden. (Suzanne)

  4. Robin says:

    I love watching your garden progress. Quite a change over the seasons and the year. I have so much trouble getting coneflowers to grow, much less come back every year, that I’m almost a little envious that yours self-sow so well.

  5. cindy knoke says:

    So inviting and tranquil!

  6. livblumer says:

    I’m starting to feel wistful.

  7. Beautywhizz says:

    You have created such wonderful little oasis of colour and form. It was lovely to see all the changes through out the months.

  8. Alice Pratt says:

    Just think: in less than 5 1/2 months your garden will be back to the April 1st photo!😊😶

  9. This was a wonderful thing to follow. I hope you do it again next year.

  10. MK says:

    The color has floated skyward. Lovely transition.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Micheal. It has floated upwards! There was fair amount of leaf drop today with a breeze, so the color has changed yet again, and the canopy has opened once more.

  11. smallsunnygarden says:

    Your maples are fabulous! And I’m intrigued by the Nicotiana; I would have expected it to go with the first frost. It certainly is making some bright spots out there, by the looks of it 🙂

  12. Cathy says:

    Lovely Eliza – but oh for self-seeding Echinacea! I have never noticed what gorgeous colours Oenothera turn in autumn – are they all like that? Finally – your Imperator cylindrica. Is it hardy with you. I always hesitate to plant it here, but so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your changing seasons!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. Not sure about other Oenothera’s fall color. Our winter temps. drop to -15F (-26C) +- and I’ve had the Blood Grass ‘Red Baron’ for several years. It is hardy, but a slow grower in cold zones. I’ve read that it is more agressive in warmer climates.

  13. Cathy says:

    I am so glad you gave us another glimpse of the garden this week Eliza! Your maples are lovely and the red foliage of the Sundrops makes a big impact. Still lots to look at! I wish my Coneflowers would spread like yours… I think even if they did set seed the seedlings would be salad for the snails anyway!

  14. Christina says:

    Thank you it is nice to compare the whole season and because you’ve tidied up the view actually still looks rather good.

  15. Laurie Graves says:

    How fun to watch your garden develop over the months. Even though the flowers are mostly gone, the fall garden is still lovely. Just not as exuberant.

  16. Maria F. says:

    What foliage Eliza, it’s beautiful.

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