Mid October Walk

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for October 2012 is here! This is the time of year when I feel there is nothing to share here in Ontario, but a walk-about this morning proves otherwise. There are many colourful vistas and there is definitely beauty of a different kind.

Come up the laneway with me and walk about on this windy day. The sumac lost its leaves with our recent frost, but there are ten silver maples which still manage to hang on to yellow leaves.

Opposite the trees  is a fence where we allow the milkweed to grow next to the field.

I have an island bed here, near our creek. It is an Autumn garden, which now contains mostly fading asters and ornamental grasses. Much has been cut back by now.

This garden also contains Miscanthus sinensis ‘Huron Sunrise’.

If we continue our walk toward the barn we will pass the Seven Sons Shrub (Heptacodium). The white blooms are gone now, but the reddish pink calyxes remain for us to enjoy.

In front of the barn a few blooms remain, such as yarrow, a sedum Autumn Joy, a white variegated Joe Pye weed and several Limelight Hydrangeas.

pink yarrow

Eupatorium altissimum ‘Prairie-Jewel’

On toward the garage we find the last rose of summer. This always seems to be Astrid Lindgren.

Around the back of this building we find the Aconitum in full bloom. This patch was divided in half this year but much remains!

There is a circular memorial garden beyond the garage where Amsonia hubrichtii is displaying its wonderful fall colours. I so love this plant!

Nearby is one of several Euonymus europaeus, also known as Spindle Tree. Its branches hang very low this year, laden with bright fruit.

Passing the house, a few scattered spots of colour remain:



Hydrangea ‘Limelight’

Corydalis Wildside Blue

and an unknown variety of sedum, past its prime…but lovely even so.

The final surprise of the day for me was spying the last allium of the season, Allium Ozawa.

Do go see what is blooming in other parts of the country at this time over at May Dreams Gardens on this fun Bloom Day: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day


About fromourisland

Gardener, knitter, wife, mother of 2, grandmother, and lots more.
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4 Responses to Mid October Walk

  1. Denise says:

    I so enjoyed this autumn walk around your beautiful farm. That variegated joe-pye is a stunner.

  2. Holleygarden says:

    I loved seeing all your blooms. Your 10 silver maples are stunning. I’ve never seen a spindle tree. Gorgeous!

  3. It’s all beautiful Marie. I wish I could get Aconitum to do well here but I’ve never had any success with it.

  4. Sue says:

    Your Heptacodium looks better than mine!

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