I Usually I do not have much of a garden by October 15th. Our freeze date being from September 15th to the 29th. A frost that killed the warm weather vegetables came on October 13th. We have had the most amazing fall. Yesterday was 78 degrees here in Hot Springs, South Dakota. I still have some roses blooming and a flower here and there. Yesterday I brought in my little dwarf potted little citrus collection. I keep a kumquat, lime and lemon upstairs in the south facing window. They all flower and give fruit.
The Amur Maple, Acer ginnala is the star of my fall garden.
Snapdragons shine when other flowers are fading. They also are deer resistant. Note to self: plant more of them. Most of them survive winter and do some self-sowing.
Eupatorium rugosum, 'Chocolate' was purchased late this summer.
I have 3 of these 2ft tall perennials. Hollyhock Zebrina, Malva sylvestris. Eleven years ago my dear friends Dell and Jim were married at our home. It was a mild October day and we went out in the garden to take pictures. This little hollyhock was in bloom. Dell and Jim were happily married for a little over 9 years until Jim got cancer. We miss him and I will always remember him when I see this little flower. Last weekend Dell and I had our annual yard sale. She runs the sale and I make us lunch. Yard sales are a lot of work, but they are a time for Dell and I to spend together, and to help recycle. Dell laughs at me because most of my stuff I have priced for 25 cents. I want people to take something home that they can use. Sometimes we put out a big free sign at the curb and most things disappear quickly.
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