Gardens forum: October is here - and still no frost!

 
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Imagerannveig
Oct 12, 2010 11:37 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Well, it's almost the middle of October and still no killing frost! In fact the lows have been in the high 40's for the past weeks with high's still in the 50's .... we still haven't gotten out the winter gear Big Grin By this time last year we'd already had the first snowfall ......

The color change has been really nice this year. The week before last was a bit windy so some of the trees have dropped all their leaves, but there's still some color left.

Here are a few photos from Oct. 1st
1. Thumb of 2010-10-12/rannveig/a95782 2. Thumb of 2010-10-12/rannveig/bc0d3f 3. Thumb of 2010-10-12/rannveig/ab1530

4. Thumb of 2010-10-12/rannveig/7f7729 5. Thumb of 2010-10-12/rannveig/9c898a 6. Thumb of 2010-10-12/rannveig/629bf5

7. Thumb of 2010-10-12/rannveig/f8c1f2 8. Thumb of 2010-10-12/rannveig/13c3cb

2. Cotoneaster lucidus 3. a perennial, Gillenia trifoliata 4. Physocarpus 'Diabolo' 5. Sorbus frutescens 6. Crataegus sp.
7. Spirea sp. 8. Sorbus sp.
Imagewcgypsy
Oct 12, 2010 8:25 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
It seems to have been an unusual year everywhere this year. Beautiful Fall colors, we have to work hard at getting Fall colors here. I'm hoping you have a long, slow Fall to enjoy..not a quick drop into Winter.
Imagerannveig
Oct 13, 2010 6:02 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Thank you Sherry - the fall colors are dependent on the weather here, if there's a hard frost early on the leaves just turn brown. If it's a stormy fall the leaves get shredded and torn off. That one windy week didn't do too much damage so it's been an excellent fall colorwise .... best one since 2006 which was also a very mild, calm fall ..... although the first frost did come around the end of September that year like every other year I can remember except this one.

The annuals are still going strong ... don't remember ever having Lobelia flowering in October before! Blinking

I was really late transplanting some of the annuals, so some are just starting to flower now .... it's a good thing it was a mild fall! Whistling

Thumb of 2010-10-12/rannveig/172ad8 Thumb of 2010-10-13/rannveig/cf419b Thumb of 2010-10-13/rannveig/fe5c9f

Imagerannveig
Oct 13, 2010 7:28 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
The colchicums are flowering:
1. Thumb of 2010-10-13/rannveig/1b70d2 2. Thumb of 2010-10-13/rannveig/0a5bfa
1. album 2. 'Waterlily'

I don't recall ever seeing so many hips on the Rosa glauca before ... infact it's been an exceptionally good fall, rose-hips-wise ....

3. Thumb of 2010-10-13/rannveig/5a55d6 4. Thumb of 2010-10-13/rannveig/374d5b
3. Rosa glauca 4. Rose 'Dart's Defender'

The mountain ash are covered in berries - there are so many berries, I don't think there are enough birds to eat them all! At least the feeding frenzy hasn't started yet, maybe because the ground's not frozen yet and the birds can still eat worms. I don't know ....

Thumb of 2010-10-13/rannveig/8c5ead
ImageCalif_Sue
Oct 13, 2010 10:09 AM CST
Name: Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
Beautiful fall colors! And thanks for adding the names so I can look them up.
ImageKelli
Oct 13, 2010 10:11 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Those are all beautiful. There has been a little bit of turning of color here, but not much yet. Mostly just my Virginia creeper, which is about half done now.
Imagerannveig
Oct 13, 2010 11:07 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Thanks to you both, Sue and Kelli :-) And you're welcome Sue :-)

Imageherbie43
Oct 13, 2010 6:32 PM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
rann - are ou sure those picures aren't just postcards that you scan into the computer. they are so beautiful.

according to the weather bureau we are going to have a milde winter this year. i hope so.

Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imagerannveig
Oct 14, 2010 3:05 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Thank you Frank :-)

A mild winter is the best kind :-) We had a mild winter last year, which was followed by a very mild spring, which was followed by a very warm summer, followed by an extremely mild fall ..... that's four in a row! A first in my lifetime at least! Since Icelanders are used to expecting the worst when it comes to weather it would be overly optimistic I think to expect another mild winter after all this exceptional mildness .... but it sure would be nice ... Big Grin

There are only three roses still flowering .... the others are all finished!
FJ Grootendorst
Thumb of 2010-10-14/rannveig/a9b3f6
Europeana (which is late because I bought it this year so it didn't get the early start my other roses got)
Thumb of 2010-10-14/rannveig/4a4412

The third one is Maigold which has been flowering non-stop since late June!

Rann
Imageherbie43
Oct 15, 2010 6:27 PM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
stunning
Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imagerannveig
Oct 16, 2010 8:18 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Thanks Frank :-)
Imageherbie43
Oct 17, 2010 4:09 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
i forgot if i was talking about you or that flower. probably you. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imagerannveig
Oct 17, 2010 5:03 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Rolling on the floor laughing must have been the flower ....
Imageherbie43
Oct 17, 2010 5:23 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
i never look twice at flowers.

anyway, i forgot to talk about our weather today. it will be perfect. temps in the hi 60's, no rain and no winde. going pumpkin picking later this afternoon.

Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imagestormyla
Oct 18, 2010 12:36 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Rann, Your foliage and flower photos are breathtakingly beautiful. Big Grin
Imageherbie43
Oct 18, 2010 1:44 PM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
just got back from some shopping. it has been a mild day with just a little wind. probably in the high fifties. we may have some rain later today or tonight and tomorrow will be about the same.

Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imagerannveig
Oct 18, 2010 4:12 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Thank you Stormy - it's been an exeptionally good fall :-) The weather today actually resembled fall, it was only 36°F this morning with a high of 40°F and a rather nippy wind. Our mountain even had a dusting of snow this morning.
Imageherbie43
Oct 23, 2010 5:49 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
rann - i thought of you yesterday while shopping at our local shop rite supermarket. i was passing the frozen seafood counters and i came across frozen shrimp from iceland. Hilarious! seems to me i thought about you when i passed the cereal, soap, dairy and all the other counters too. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

how are you and the girls doing?? hope you are all fine.



Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imagerannveig
Oct 23, 2010 11:57 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Rolling on the floor laughing Thank you Frank - we're all doing very well :-)

Today is the first day of winter according to the old Icleandic calendar and we had the first frost a few nights ago, so winter is here. Still above freezing during the day though.

Imageherbie43
Oct 24, 2010 5:43 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
our friends in upper michigan had snow the other day

Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .

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