Sunday, October 6, 2019

Joys of October ~

October in my garden is a very quiet month - not much is blooming, eventually the roses will re-bloom but right now I am depending on foliage for color and interest. 

In the central front garden leaves on the trees are starting to turn brown. Last week, after this picture was taken, I removed all of the Santa Barbara daises planted in the base below the fountain. They are wonderful plants but they  had become very overgrown. My initial l idea when I designed this garden area was to plant miniture pink roses here, something I plan on doing when they are available later in the year. Meanwhile winter annuals will add color.

This is definitely the time when grasses are center stage. I love the way the sunlight filters through and highlights them. In early winter they will be cut  back but for now they add much needed color. These are the very common Pennisetum rubrum, Purple fountain grass. 

October is a time for cutting back, cleaning up, weeding and removing all spent summer annuals. It takes a very short time for me to fill up a wheelbarrow with prunings and clippings. It is also time to thin and divide iris and daylilies.

But the very best thing about October -  planting spring blooming bulbs. Bulbs are such nice garden surprises, popping up so long after you planted them that you have forgotten all about doing it. This year, among other bulbs, I am planting dutch iris, adding to some very old clumps that I put in years ago, they have been so dependable that I tended to overlook what great plants they are. 


Something new are these tin buckets, I am somewhat obsessed with them. I found them at my local dollar store for under $3.00 each. I store my small garden tools in them, and use them for a multitude of other things. The wooden handles make them easy to tote. They also stack when not in use. And, to be truthful, like the wicker laundry baskets I use when weeding, I like the way they look in the garden. 

The next project for October, decorating the house for the fall Holidays, something I aways enjoy.

Thank you for visiting.

Happy October!



  1. Your garden is lovely! I particularly like the fountain with the boxwood hedge around it. So much colour and texture as you wander along the gravel path....I’d buy those buckets too and perhaps use them as planters for chrysanthemums and place them where a pop of colour is needed.

  2. Thank you. Yes, they would make charming planters, especially going down steps.

  3. Hi Adrienne. Glad to see you. Your garden is amazing but, of course, I know the reason is because the gardener is amazing. I talk a good story but truth be told, I tend to be a "fix them and forget them" gardener. I know I should be out trimming things but I tend to forget but I pay for it in the months when all gardens should be show stoppers and mine just gets by. I was so pleased with the zinnias this year so I might possibly tend to them in the right way. We have had a couple of frosty mornings but still a few buds persist, so will let them play out and then look forward to planting more next year. Everything looks so pretty in your garden for fall. We are starting to put out some fall color but it will be a tangle for sure..Happy Week to you my friend..Judy

  4. I love zinnias! I follow Parisienne Farm girl and she had the most beautiful, tall pink zinnias in her garden this summer. If you haven't seen her blog or Utube channel you might enjoy it.

    I haven't posted for a while, I was a bit under the weather, feeling better now just in time for my favorite months of the year.

    Take care.

  5. Bonjour,

    Un jardin extraordinaire ! Quel travail aussi ! Mais je suis certaine que vous aimez vous en occuper.

    Je vous souhaite un joli mois d'octobre.

    Gros bisous ūüĆł

  6. What beautiful colors has autumn in your garden !!!!Are these real mushrooms in the foreground??
    It's so true and it's so beautifully said : Spring always reserves us wonderful surprises.

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  10. Yes, Santa Barbara daisies tend to over grow - the same happens here. I still have lots of color in my garden - pineapple sage, Mexican sage, swamp sunflower, gaillardia, calamint - I'm quite happy with that. So are the bees. It's the summer veggies that I discard the first in October. Your grasses look beautiful - purple fountain grass belongs to my favorites.


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