October is generally the last month for blooms. This year I think the unusually warm September prematurely wore out some of our fall flowers. Even so, let’s amble around the garden and see what we’ve got.


‘Honorine Jobert’ Japanese Anemone (Anemone x hybrida) still has plenty of flowers. There appear to be a fair number of unopened flower buds as well.


White Woodland Aster (Eurybia divaritica) is one of the first Asters to start blooming and it is still going strong. It deserves kudos for its exceptionally long bloom time.


Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica) flowers mainly in June, but it does a bit of reblooming as well. I failed to deadhead this plant as I meant to, but there are flowers even so.


Yellow Corydalis is starting to make me nervous. It blooms practically all year long, but it is popping up everywhere, and it is beginning to squeeze out the Dwarf Goatsbeard (Aruncus aethusifolius).


Brown-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba) blooming in the Back Garden Island Bed.


I’ve stopped deadheading the annuals, but the ‘Italian White’ Sunflower still has plenty of blooms.


Short’s Aster (Symphyotrichum shortii) still going strong.


I planted some Bush’s Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe bushii) in the spring and they’ve been mostly just settling in this year. Now and then, though, they let loose with a pop of magenta. Hopefully a prelude to a much bigger show next year.

The Poppy Mallow is planted with Bluestem Goldenrod (Solidago caesia), which as you can see has pretty much gone to seed along with the other Goldenrods. (On the whole Oligoneuron/Solidago issue, apparently only some Goldenrods are Oligoneurons – others are still Solidagos, which is a relief)


More Rudbeckias and Asters in the Parkway Bed. The little red flags from the utility company add a festive touch.


Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) is still blooming, to the delight of late season butterflies.


The New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) is pretty much running out of steam, but can still provide goodies to this little sweat bee.

As the garden blooms fade away, I remind myself that there is still autumn foliage color to look forward to. Even so, autumn would be much poorer without the flowers of fall.


29 Comments on “Early October Blooms”

  1. I’m in central IN and due to the drought and heat since July my yard is dried out, brown and crispy. The one Mexican Sunflower I have left out of five is struggling to produce flowers. I’ve been watering everything regularly to help but it’s not enough. Several of my small trees and even a medium sized dogwood are looking iffy. I’m worried about them. The lack of rain is depressing.

  2. I was out and about with friends this weekend, and the goldenrod really is coming on. Blue mist, various beach morning glories, and asters are continuing to bloom, and the poverty weed (Baccharis neglecta — a native, not a weed) is ready to put on its show. Best of all, I have open windows tonight. It’s not been much of a front, but the humidity’s down and we may get into the sixties. From the sounds of the night birds, they’re happy, too.

  3. You seem to have a lot blooming. I have a few things blooming but they seem to be scattered without much impact. I have to enjoy them by strolling through the garden, not a bad thing really. That cordyalis looks delicate but can be a brute.

  4. I like your choice of autumn flowers – the poppy mallows look pretty too. I have never heard of them before. I was going to ask what those red flowers were, but then you mentioned flags! The yellow Corydalis does tend to selfseed just about everywhere, but mine was always pretty easy to pull up in the old garden.

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