Monday, October 8, 2012

Some October Blooms & Time to Bring Them Indoors

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.
We have had some very cold mornings here and freeze warnings are posted for tonight.

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I moved in a few of the flowers to over winter in the house but I do not think I will keep as many this winter as I did last year.
A couple of Geraniums, Mandeville, A Begonia and a couple of Christmas Cacti. A few more Geraniums will be put into the basement to dry out until next spring.

Hydrangea_Autumn The blooms on this Alpen Hydrangea have their fall colors now.

Dahlia_Rembrandt_Oct if we get that freeze the Dahlia bulbs will be pulled out of the containers and stored in the basement.

Dahlia_Redskin_Double Some of the blooms have already been eaten by a passing deer.

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I also brought in this yellow Gerbera Daisy but I have no hopes of it making it through the winter indoors since I have tried them to previous years.

Clematis_Josephine_Oct The ‘Josephine’ clematis vine has ragged and eaten leaves but it did put on one more bloom for me last week.

Zinnia_Red_Oct Leaves are starting to fall now all over the yard so mowing and mulching will begin soon.

Chrysanthemums_Pink3_Oct Two Fall Festivals are being held this weekend. The Bob Evans Farm Festival at Rio Grande starts Friday the 13th and the Waynesville Sauerkraut Festival starts Saturday.It looks like the weather reports are calling for sunny skies over the weekend so my daughter and I will be attending.
Everyone have a wonderful week and enjoy those autumn colors while they last. Peak season will be this week here in the hills.

Happy Gardening,
Lona

20 comments:

FlowerLady said...

What beautiful fall blooms. I love your header picture too.

Have a great time at the festivals and enjoy the cooler weather.

FlowerLady

Sunray Gardens said...

Very pretty Lona. A nice last hurrah of wonderful blooms for you. It was cold last night here and the furnace has been running today most of the time. I did get the yard mowed though and was thinking I probably (hopefully) only have a couple more times of mowing.
Cher Sunray Gardens

pogonip said...

I was just thinking today that I needed to bring the plants in soon. I'll miss my garden but my sewing machine will get a good workout.

Sadun blogi - Satu's blog said...

Awesome photos and flowers. So many beautiful colours. It's a shame you will have freeze.

Nadezda said...

Lona, as I see you have a lot of work with the plants. I've read and thought about my dahlias, to dig them out and put to store, too.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Lona,

Isn't it amazing that some of our stressed plants are now putting out just a few more blooms. That rose colored hydrangea. I hope we don't have to give up hyddrangeas because of the heat.

Eileen

The Redneck Rosarian said...

Lona, we are growing dahlia's for the first time this year. Do we dig them up and re plant in spring?

Debbie said...

Brought a few plants to overwinter in also and propagated a few...I will be ready next year for a busy spring/summer since I was layed up this year...I ant wait!

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

You have some lovely blooms there still. Hope you get to enjoy them for a while longer in the garden or in the house.

Indie said...

What gorgeous pink dahlias! I have a good amount of blooms now - I think the plants have been enjoying the cooler weather and the rain we've been having. Enjoy the festivals!

Ana coelho said...

Hi Lona lovely show of colors.
I to have been puting my plants away for the winter.

Pearl@serenitycove said...

You still have some beautiful blooms Lona.
I have wintered a Gerbera Daisy in my garage (unheated) the last three winters. I might water it once or twice a month. It has come back very well. I just pull off the dead foliage in the spring.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

It is tough to say goodbye to those pretty blooms. Love the red flowerheads on the hydrangeas, very pretty.

RobinL said...

It's sad when the garden goes to sleep, but it's also a more peaceful, relaxing time too. Time to mull over what worked, and what didn't work, and plan for next year. Your flowers and photos are just as beautiful as ever! I'm sure it's gorgeous over there in your hills about now. Summer may be my favorite, but I sure do love fall too.

sweetbay said...

Love your pink dahlia and pink mum!

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

Lovely flowers as flowering season is closing down....

Lynn said...

The cooling weather has done wonders for my garden and it looks like yours is still doing well too. I love the Josephine clematis flower and the hydrangeas. Have tried growing hydrangeas but they never survive more than 4 months in my garden.

Kim and Victoria said...

Lovely flowers! Those hydrangeas are so beautiful.

Alistair said...

Lona, I know what you mean regarding the amount of plants which need taking indoors. I find placing them in the unheated greenhouse gives enough protection. This year I saw a Gerbera in the garden centre as being a fully hardy type, I have my doubts though. Still fabulous colour you have to show of your garden plants.

Bernie H said...

Just catching up with some of your lovely October blooms. I've been away from the blogging world for a little while now and have missed many wonderful posts. It's great to see those Autumn hues on your Alpen Hydrangea, and how lovely to spot that lone Clematis bloom.