October was warm and humid making gardeners wonder if fall was ever going to arrive. The nights are longer though and signs of fall are starting to appear. Last month my garden was still full of bright reds from Swamp mallows (H. moscheutos) and cannas but slowly there are more yellows and oranges appearing. Chrysanthemums are on sale everywhere, including the Burpee site, and being potted up in containers in front of businesses as well as porches to welcome guests. The roses are also having a second bloom which includes this little yellow blooming carpet rose.

Bronze chrysanthemum

Reblooming Rose

Another fall delight are grasses which vary in size and seed head but I have a lovely little red grass that brings fall color to the perennial garden and shines in early morning sun. Other shrubs are starting to change to their end of year color. The little nandina has fresh green leaves from spring until fall, then the leaves turn bright red and remain that color throughout the snows of winter. It looked lovely in winter in my northern garden so now that this one is growing in my southern garden, it is nice to know that it still shows some change for fall.

Red Grass


As some of the mornings have been a little cooler I have been busy making new raised beds for my veggies next year. The wood was cypress which I have not used before and is a very hard, weather resistant wood just like cedar. I planted a few more rows of quick snow peas, and carrots plus relocated my asparagus which has been in a temporary spot since we moved last spring. I hope to get some more roots to make a nice large asparagus bed for next year. I also had an order of 3 Heritage raspberries that were not so lucky to get space in the gardens this year – mark that down to poor planning on my part! They are planted in soft sided pots and will be fine until next spring when they will be transplanted into a permanent bed. The Heritage raspberries bloom and fruit on both old and new wood so they should be fine assuming I get them settled early next year before they break dormancy.


Heritage Raspberry