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 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.
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.
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!
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!
The colchicums are flowering:
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. 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 ....
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 ...
There are only three roses still flowering .... the others are all finished!
Europeana (which is late because I bought it this year so it didn't get the early start my other roses got)
The third one is Maigold which has been flowering non-stop since late June!
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.
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. seems to me i thought about you when i passed the cereal, soap, dairy and all the other counters too.
how are you and the girls doing?? hope you are all fine.
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