The sudden drop in temps this week has left its’ mark on my garden in no uncertain terms. Fall is definitely over and winter is on our doorstep. It was 30 degrees when I took my son to work this morning and I could feel it to my bones. The weatherman is calling for snow flurries this evening and we just might see them. We’ve had some nice days mixed with cold days which is playing havoc on my sinuses. Brown is definitely the color for the season for Hydrangea Limelight. Leaves, spent blooms and foliage are following the trend. You know it’s cold when the water in your fountain freezes. A sure sign I should of removed the pumps earlier in the week when I was completing my fall checklist of chores. That’s okay they are stored for the winter now. Better late than never.
The more tender perennials in my garden have wilted with the frosty weather. The Dahlia (above), Cannas, Colocasia and Calla Lillies have all turned to mush. They will return again next May when the thermostat rises for another summer. Until then we wish them a well deserved winter’s nap.
The Buddleia finally stopped flowering and it’s daily visitors are long gone. This is one of my longest blooming perennials of the season, when it stops you know it’s over.
Purple Fountain Grass plumes are fading to tan even though the foliage is still holding on. It soon will succumb to the wintry winds too.
Update: Just so not to end on a sournote. Look how pretty my purple Mums still look inspite of the cold!