Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Colorful Autumn Chrysanthemums


I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.We got some warmer temperatures and a little rain here in the hills.
The leaves are changing so fast now in the woods and it appears that this fall they are going to have  brighter colors than last years.
September seemed to fly pass so quickly and now we are into October with its Fall Festivals all over the state and the “Pumpkin Show” starts October 17th when we go to see who raised the giant pumpkin for the year.

Chrysanthemum_Beth_Violet ‘Beth Violet’ Chrysanthemums

While out in the garden it is time to clean off some of my flowerbeds for the season.
There are some anemones still in bloom and of course the Chrysanthemums. A few of mine bloomed last month and are finishing up but I still have three in bloom now.

Chrysanthemums_Copper_Bug

The bugs are now feasting on any green leaves left in the garden beds and there is the sound of acorns hitting the roof of the garden shed as they fall from the giant Oak tree.

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The Toad lilies are finished blooming now.
The amaryllis that were growing outdoors for the summer were pulled up and the leaves cut and the bulbs were brought into the house so they could dry. They will then be potted up again for winter blooms. I hope they bloom this winter but I have had little luck trying to get them to rebloom  for me in previous attempts. This is the last year I giving it another try. If no blooms this winter….. into the trash they go. LOL!
I think I said that last year but I just hate to give up on anything.

CH_Berries In the woods berries of red look pretty on the Dogwoods and other berry laden shrubs and trees.

And it is time to think about getting some Pansies to replace those sad and tired looking plants in the window boxes.

Crimson_Leaves
Everyone have a wonderful week and enjoy the great weather and the colors of Autumn.

Happy Gardening,
Lona

 

17 comments:

Darla said...

It is time to start changing up a lot of things....looking forward to some brisk autumn air. I predict a cold winter this year.....

Sue said...

You are so right about September. Where did it go? Lots of beauty still to enjoy though!

L. D. Burgus said...

All of your shots are so great. I wish my mums had not such a dry season and I won't see such beauty as yours. I enjoy all of your photos.

Patsy said...

Love,love fall!

Sunray Gardens said...

You are seeing a little more Fall color than me. I am starting to see a little bit of change though. Sure things will change quickly soon. Your blooms are looking good. That's all I have blooming right now, the Mums and Roses.
Cher Sunray Gardens
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Balisha said...

I love your new look...Pretty collage of fall things. Your background is wonderful...Have a nice fall...Balisha

Sadun blogi - Satu's blog said...

Have you raised pumpkins? That kind of happening would be nice!

Egretta Wells blog said...

Beautiful Fall colors...I envy the leaves changing. Autumn is so subtle in Florida.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Love the colors of autumn. My toadlilies got eaten from underground!! I saved a few pieces with roots attached. Thought it was a rabbit and moved the fallen stems, saw huge hole!! Rotten critters.

Nadezda said...

Lona, I love the top picture of your blog! I had amaryllis some years ago, it did not bloom and was my last one. Nice chrysanthemums!

Kathleen said...

ooh, hoping your Amaryllis rebloom too. Makes me cringe to think of them getting thrown in the trash!!
We are preparing for a killing frost ~ two nights of mid 20's coming up. As hot as summer was, now that the garden is about to be gone, I'm sad. :(

Zoey said...

Love how the bug matches the flowers. :)

Hoping to have a productive outdoor work weekend myself. I have not checked the weather, so fingers crossed that there is no rain.

Indie said...

Next week we'll be headed to the state fair to see the giant pumpkins (and there's usually a giant watermelon as well).
Good luck with your amaryllis! A few years ago I had an indoor amaryllis that I threw into the garage after it was over after Christmas time. Months later, I noticed that it had grown a tall stalk there in the garage with no water or any help from me! I started caring for it, and while it didn't bloom the next year it bloomed the year after. So there's hope!

Kim and Victoria said...

Nice fall pics! Your header is very attractive too.
We're feeling fall in the air also.
I agree, I've not had much luck overwintering amaryllis but I also don't like to give up; I'm trying one more time this year also. Good luck to both of us.

GRACE PETERSON said...

Hi Lona, Sorry I've been away so long. Your photos are fabulous, as usual and I love your banner collage. I hope that frost holds off. I too hate to see the growing season come to an end. And yet, it's hard to believe it's October already. September just whizzed by. Have a great week, dear friend.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Still loving those colors on your header...they really make me smile.

Such lovely Mums in your photos.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Kathleen said...

boo hoo ~ your beautiful summer blog header is gone ~ I guess it's really time to move on, isn't it?? I always am the last one to face it although I've been doing many of the same jobs as you in the garden. We had our first frost last weekend but thankfully not nearly the hard one they had forecasted. I still have some color in the garden which I'm happy about. Your fall garden photos are just beautiful.