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Beauty in Autumn


Chrysanthemum “Duchess of Edinburgh”

Under an impossibly blue, brilliant sky, golden leaves rain down on the garden bellow. The cool temperatures suit these fall bloomers. They offer the last gift of color for us and nourishment to pollinators before the leaves start to come down for a last hurrah!



Asters are classic fall bloomers.  Don’t you love them? A full 250 cultivars have been classified, covering a wide spectrum of colors, native and perennial.  These are a perennial variety I have enjoyed for decades.  I buy Asters, Chrysanthemums and other fall bloomers to plant in spring, I then almost forget them. Always makes me happy when I see them burst out just when I thought the garden was done!



Sold as an annual, Melampodium reseeds itself every year. I collect and scatter its seeds were I want them in other parts of the garden. Also a drought resistant plant and best of all, deer have do not go after them! Very tidy and showy mounds full of blooms! at this time of the year it is like a basket of sunshine.


Tall Sedum and annual Browallia

I grow this tall Sedum sp. in my pots and add a variety of annuals each year in the spring. Deer love them and always eat them in the garden. They do well in pots and awaken every spring even more energized than the year before! Their succulent foliage is very attractive in early spring and drought resistant which makes them a great plant if you don’t want to water all that much! The late blooms at times appear alive as pollinators flock to enjoy their nectar!

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


And the Winner is…



 Melampodium divaricatum

By far, this annual is my favorite this year.  I planted it from a small plug in late June and promptly  went away for a month. Did not give it a second thought until I came back and was blown away!  A compact 24 inch tall and wide and loaded with small star shaped blooms.  This photo was taken yesterday.  It is quite a sight with spent perennials tired and colorless all around.   The thing that is impressive, is that it required no watering or fertilizers, rabbits and deer left it alone and it has bloomed all summer and still going strong.  This is a winner I must recommend, specially if you have trouble with deer eating your Rudbeckia, or Black Eye Susan.  I have read that it reseeds which I will welcome after this year’s performance!

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
― Victor HugoLes Misérables