The weather in New England, specifically where I live, in southern New Hampshire (NH) has forced me to follow my calendar this year. This fall, the garden continues to offer daily surprises, even though we’re well in to November and just over a month away from the Winter Solstice.
We’ve had a spectacular foliage season in NH – lots of red, orange, and yellow to decorate the landscape. This Japanese Maple is a good example of the bright colors:
Typically, the 7-10 days after Halloween is a big leaf raking/blowing week. We’re fortunate in Nashua to have curb-side pickup of soft yard waste until the end of November. In past years, the leaves were blown/raked, shredded, and either put to the curb or added to the compost bin by now.
Today, I looked out of the window. If I didn’t know better, I’d thought it was a beautiful mid-October day.
Not only have the leaves refused to fall, but some of the flowers in the garden are still blooming as though it were still late summer. Most unusual is when I look out to the back patio and see that the Mandevilla is still looking great! I’ve never had one of these plants last in my garden/yard past mid September because even the smallest touch of frost kills this tropical plant in an instant.
While there has been a chill in the air the past 6 weeks, we’ve yet to have a hard freeze. What a treat it was to walk thru the garden and find some surprises on November 9! Typically, the Hollyhocks bloom mid-late summer. This one got wrapped into the Morning Glories. While the Glories are not so glorious anymore, there’s still one last bloom being pushed out by the Hollyhock. I can actually see it from across the yard while looking out of my home-office window.
Weeks ago, I thought I had seen the ‘last rose of summer’. Maybe I did and these are ‘the last roses of autumn’? If they stick it out, they could be the first roses of winter.
Also paying a surprise visit today were the ‘Pinks’ aka: Dianthus and the ‘Indian Blanket’ aka: Gaillardia.
Isn’t Mother Nature incredible? She definitely has a plan.
It makes me wonder if these flowers in the garden today were late bloomers or perhaps they are the best example of Anais Nin’s quote that has always been an inspiration to me in early spring:
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”