Gardens Eye Journal-November 2014


In the garden we corral nature’s blossoms and fruits for our pleasure and nourishment.  She responds on her own terms, giving some gifts we never thought to seek and withholding others we crave.  ~Patricia Monaghan



October was a strange month for me in the garden.  The perfect ending to a gardening year that was itself strange.  This year, the weather was out of sync with the seasons, keeping some flowers blooming longer and others flowering late.

In late April I finally cleaned up my garden and was ready for the garden season.  That was promptly cut short with surgery, and nothing was done to the garden beds the rest of the spring, summer and early fall.  Now without doing any gardening, I am ending my garden season by cutting back most of the garden all over again.

I usually leave lots of plants up through the winter for birds as they eat the seed, for insects that overwinter in them and for winter interest.  But since the gardens were so overgrown, it made sense to cut much of it back to find bushes and plants again, and to take the cover away from voles.  In this garden journal, I am highlighting the front and side gardens.  I’ll leave the back garden clean up for next month’s garden journal post when I will finally finish those gardens.

I am joining Helen@The Patient Gardener’s Weblog for her End of Month View as I review my October garden.  And I am linking in with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  I love including mosaics or collages in my end of the month garden review, and this is a great link up to connect with others around the globe.






 oct skies

Theses images were typical of many days and nights in late October.   The inserted image is a sunrise while the outer image is a sunset.  Not much difference in them as far as color.  October was warmer than usual for the first half, and then we had cool nights with another mild frost.  But the second half was mostly seasonable with many sunny days allowing us to clean up the garden slowly.

The days we had rain brought intense storms even thunderstorms as we generally had an inch or 2 at a time adding up to over 6 inches in October.  And the good news was we had no hard frosts or freezes at all.




Garden Views

As I follow my gardens, I am joining in with Xericstyle who hosts The Wide Shot meme the first of every month.  I am showcasing the front and side gardens this month as the gardens are closing down.


 oct front garden

Here is the overgrown front sidewalk gardens (left) in early October.  We finally were able to begin cutting down the gardens in the last 2 weeks of October.  A few hours of work and the garden now looks a little cleaner as seen in the center picture.  At first glance it doesn’t look too different but many of the perennials are cut back, and most volunteers removed.  I left a few hyssop volunteers as I want those for next year, and don’t have time to move them now.  And the big grasses still need to be trimmed and maybe the trees and shrubs could use a bit of a cut too.  It will depend on the weather if we get to it.  The last shot is the side view from the driveway looking along the porch.  

There are still loads of weeds still needing to be removed, but as I cannot kneel that will have to wait until spring.  At least the garden is cut back so I can hopefully start the weeding in early spring next year.  And with much of the dead and decaying plant material removed, we are hoping the vole damage may be kept to a minimum.




kidney garden oct

Here is the front kidney garden.  It doesn’t look like much was done, but some things were cut back and some Echinacea removed due to Aster Yellows disease.  And the twig of a new tree (see the black tube in the second picture) is covered against the deer and rabbit nibbles.  This is a shared bed with our neighbor, unfortunately the house is a foreclosure and we await a sale if the bank ever decided to sell it.  The house has been abandoned for 5 years now.  But I am thinking I am going to redo the bed a bit.  Remove some plants and divide others.  The grass is dormant in the front yard, and that shows off all the weeds better like the green clover in the second picture. 




wall garden oct

The walled garden was a mass of flowers all summer.  In the fall the mass became a mess of spent flowers.  This garden took a few hours of digging out all the volunteering monarda, Northern Sea Oats and heliopsis.  All natives I love.  But they can get a bit aggressive and will spread easily.  Now we can see the bushes and vines growing here.  The red bush is an incredible Oakleaf hydrangea that is happier now that it has room to breath.  And the big grass will be cut downagain voles do less damage when we cut down the grasses.




oct side garden

Lastly is the side garden.  A couple of years ago we removed the butterfly bushes that were overwhelming the garden with seedlings everywhere.  I have tried a few ideas and young trees here, but I am not happy with how it is progressing.  

The bottom left picture shows how the first half of this garden looked in the summer.  The next two bottom pictures show the whole side garden once all the blooms faded for the most part.  And while the rudbeckias and Joe Pye gave it a nice look, it needs lots of work.  Specifically the grass has moved the bed in by several inches, but that is a common problem in all the beds.

Cutting back this garden (top two pictures) gave me an idea of what bushes, trees and vines were thriving.  And how I might move some things around in this garden.  The ideas have definitely been percolating, and I hope to have some preliminary plans this winter to share.




What’s Growing



This month I am also linking in with Floral Fridays.  Floral Fridays is a monthly photography project with different themes each month.  Trishie@Under Lock And Key  decides on the monthly theme, and this month’s theme is “native blooms”.  Trishie has asked us to tell about our native blooms (what is it called, when does it flower, does it have a scent).   You can link in to see the blogs participating on 11/7.  To take part, email her for next month’s theme. 


DSCN5463Gaillardia pulchella is a favorite native flower also know as Indian Blanket that is still blooming a bit.  It blooms here from June until the first freeze, and it does not have a scent that I have noticed.  I have not done a profile of this native yet so look for one in 2015.





This is Helianthus maximiliani or Maximilian sunflower a native that blooms in early fall.  No scent, but its 8 foot stems support dozens of blooms that the pollinators and monarchs love.





I was shocked to see this hardy hibiscus blooming through the cold nights in October.  This 6 foot tall plant should have bloomed in mid to late summer, but it chose to bloom in cool October.   Known as Hibiscus moscheutos or Crimson-eyed rose mallow, the hummingbirds are supposed to love these, but my hummers missed them this year.

One more native plant is the American Linden tree pictured at the top of the post.  It is a new 5 foot tree that just flowered and produced some fruit this year.  I expect I may be following this tree next year.





DSCN5883Crocus sativus or Saffron Crocus bloom later than my other fall crocus.  My earlier fall crocus are actually not a crocus at all, but are Colchicum bulbs.





I was able to uncover  a few hardy cyclamen as we did our garden clean up.  Love this lilac-pink bloom as did the fly. 





And what a surprise to find toadlilies growing.  I have one plant left, but I am grateful for it.  





 oct pond

You can see the dark waters of the still pond in October (in the top left picture).  We take out the pump and let the pond freeze over.  This year we didn’t remove the pump until the 30th which is quite late.  As it gets colder, the lily pads change color and fade with few left now.

I am not showing the meadow as it has not changed much.  Soon the meadow’s spent blooms will catch snow and ice and take on a completely different look.  But I can wait another month for that.





 October wildlife

We had a number of bird visitors in October.  The top two sparrows (American Tree Sparrow and White-Throated Sparrow) were new to our garden as they stopped by for a bite on their way south.  A blue jay who lives in the woods behind us has been visiting a bit now and then making his presence known.  And a spied a few juncos already too.  Hunter, our young fox, has been running about and the twin fawns are growing up getting their winter fur now.

Monarchs are gone, but they lingered here and there until mid October, quite late for them.  Lastly is our newest resident, a gray squirrel.  I’ll have his story this winter as I am sure we will see him about a lot since he built a nest in our tall ash tree.  His nest is lower than we have seen others build in past years.  Could that mean we will have a milder winter?




In A Vase On Monday

To end the garden review, I am joining Cathy@Rambling in the Garden for her memeIn a Vase on Monday.  I am also linking in with Today’s Flowers hosted by Denise@An English Girl Rambles.  Seeing what flowers I have been picking for vases lets you know what has been blooming in the garden recently.

So what flowers are catching my eye now as October ends and November begins?  Just enough to make a couple of interesting vases.  The cold, rainy days did not deter many flowers, especially since we had not had a freeze yet.




This first one has all the lovely delicate flowers still blooming bravely:  Japanese anemone,  pink Fairy roses, lavender, coreopsisknautia and toadlily.  The bouquet rests on Lady’s Mantle leaves. 




Oct rose vase

How amazing to still see these blooms in late October, early November.




DSCN6649And there were some amazing autumn colors left for a second vase.  Bright red hardy geranium foliage, various rudbeckias sending out a few more blossoms, and white blooms of Chocolate Joe Pye perfect to contrast the other bright colors.




last fall flowers

But this vase will fade faster than the first vase.  But my foliage vases from last week and the week before are still going strong with the cattails.


So there you have 2 more vases with lots of late flowers in early November.  I imagine more vases in the future using some foliage and grasses in the garden as we are due finally for our first hard frost sometime this week.



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  1. Christina says:

    So much to digest in your comprehensive post, Donna. Firstly I hope that by next spring you will be fully recovered and able to do all you want in the garden; maybe this year winter’s cold, keeping you indoors will be useful. Your vases are lovely, you have more blooms than I have this week. my vase will have to be more artful. Have a lovely week. Christina

    • Donna says:

      Actually a few blooms here and there gathered for a vase or 2 Christina. But as I cut down most of the garden I know the cold will envelope us soon and I have one more flower vase it seems for next week. But that is the fun, being creative with what we have.

      And I am also hoping for a restful, healthy winter to regain my garden legs and knees. I have finished the major cutting down of the gardens and will be doing a bit more of some clean up, but I feel pretty good.

  2. Sara D.B. says:

    Beautiful photos, Donna! Of course I especially loved the flowers. When I have seen the delicate petals of your hibiscus, I thought “ha! once it’s easy to pick my favourite!”, but then I have seen the crocuses… and the gorgeous bouquets…
    Thank you and have a nice week!

  3. rusty duck says:

    You have been busy! It must be so frustrating to be limited in what you could do this year, but I wouldn’t have known it looking at your pictures today. The garden looks lovely.
    Squirrels and voles, arch enemies here!

    • Donna says:

      I am amazed at my gardens too. It has been a bit frustrating, but I am glad for a new start next year. We continue to battle the voles daily here…

  4. DeniseinVA says:

    You have a beautiful garden! I enjoy your posts so much from beginning to end. Thank you for stopping by and ID’ing my flower 🙂 Have a great week!

    • Donna says:

      Thank you Denise… your Spiderwort is one of my favorite flowers and I was happy to ID it for you. I hope you have a wonderful week too!

  5. Pam's English Garden says:

    I must get toadlilies, Donna. I have a spot for them where the deer wont find them (I hope). You seem to be well ahead of the fall I chores. I still have lots to cut back. It’s going to be a little warmer the next few days, so I plan to be out there, finishing off. We haven’t closed the pond yet, as we have fish and they are still active. You and I both need a rest, my friend! P. x

    • Donna says:

      We are almost done here Pam…heavy cutback done except for meadow which is cut in April. We hope to finish tomorrow. Indeed, I think you and I deserve a rest my friend. Good luck!

  6. susan troccolo says:

    Toadlilies! Wow….those are completely new to me. And I envy you your little red fox who comes for a visit. That is priceless. Wonderful to really get a sense of your entire place. Your garden looks ready for winter. Of course, as the chief cook and gardener, you see all the things left undone, but I think it looks pretty tidy in advance of winter’s snow.

    • Donna says:

      Toadlilies are amazing Susie. We are just about to button the garden up for winter this week. But I bet I get a few more foliage vases out of it. I hope to survey the gardens to take an inventory in prep for spring and a redo. Good changes!

  7. nicole says:

    I enjoyed seeing the different views of your garden around your home! And the critters in the pond are so fantastic! I wish our season was a bit longer so I could just squeeze more in!!! Happy fall to you…your arrangements are stunning! Nicole xo

    • Donna says:

      Thanks so much Nicole. I wish for a longer veg garden season, but I am ready for some rest and reflection. Enjoy the rest of fall!

  8. Judith@Lavender Cottage says:

    So nice to wander through your gardens, see the flowers, lots of natives and the wildlife.
    I lost a number of echinacea last year to asters yellow – it seems to affect the cultivars more.
    Can you explain why cutting the ornamental grasses back has an advantage against the voles? The dog caught one this summer and kept throwing it up in the air like a toy and of course it had died by the time I got it away from him. I’m thinking he senses my dislike of them. 🙂
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Donna.

    • Donna says:

      What we found Judith is they will saw the grasses down or through and around them making nice winter nests against their base. We found less destruction of the gardens and less killing of the grasses when we cut them down. They will still use the base of the grass, but not as easily causing less overall destruction. I am now finding the asters yellow affecting the purple cultivars as well. But less with the native species which I will likely just plant from now on. Glad you enjoyed the gardens.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Tammy. I was shocked to see who made it through this year and it brought me great joy! Definitely cathartic the clean up this fall.

  9. Snap says:

    Beautiful post! Your gardens are lovely and the critters who visit must love your garden, too. I’m trying to plant more natives with the hopes that I make the critters happier!

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Sue. Could be it was too cold up there as cyclamen usually is hardy down to zone 5. Mine is heavily mulched by leaves from trees and it seems to survive that way.

  10. Kathy Sturr of the Violet Fern says:

    Oh Donna, you have reminded me of all I have to dig out – Black-eyed Susans especially. But I think my digging/dividing will be postponed yet again. I still have much clean up to do. You also have Juncos! My Dad does, too, and he is about an hour and a half South of me. I haven’t seen any Juncos yet but yesterday morning, several Evening Grosbeaks came through! I love those birds. My friends in Maine are buried in snow – it’s lighting a fire under my butt to get going and get things done!

    • Donna says:

      Oh I would love to see Evening Grosbeaks. I only saw the Juncos once but I will bet they will be around to clean up all the seed that has been flying since we cleaned up. No dividing for me either this year, but I hope next year to get to my irises finally.

      We should be buttoned up here tomorrow just in time for the cold weather to set in. Hope you get your garden chores done as you want to Kathy!

  11. Tina says:

    A great tour of the year and your beautiful garden. So many lovely photos, but-wow!–that shot of the Maximilian sunflowers–too beautiful.

  12. Carolyn @ Carolyns Shade Gardens says:

    You have packed a lot into one post. Lovely flowers. I am jealous of your clean up as I have not really started cutting plants back. I am waiting for a frost to knock back the hostas. I heard that Maine got a lot of snow last night and wonder if you did. Too early for that!!!

    • Donna says:

      Up here I have to be done by the end of October or we hit that snow and cold issue. No hard frost here yet either so it was weird cutting back flowers and plants still blooming, but necessary.

      NO snow and nothing below 35 at night so the mosquitoes are still alive…crazy!

  13. Aaron Dalton says:

    I agree with Christina — there is a LOT to digest in this comprehensive post!

    Hm. Overall I just want to say that even the ‘before’ photos of your overgrown garden look beautiful — but then I much prefer a wild rumpus of a garden to one that’s sterile and still.

    In terms of specific plants, I too struggled a little with aster yellows in the purple coneflowers for the first time this year. I’m a bit nervous as to whether the disease will rear its head again next year as I have a lot of coneflowers. And even though sometimes I feel ambivalent about them (they’re FAR from pristine in my garden), I do like how they feed bumblebees and finches.

    I’m very curious about your Maximillian sunflower. I’ve heard that it can get a bit…out of control through both runners and seeding. Has that been your experience or have you managed it without too much trouble?

    • Donna says:

      Actually Aaron, I have more trouble with goldenrod and Joe Pye than Maximillian sunflower. The Maximillian sunflower grows eight feet tall and about 10 to 12 feet wide against the fence for support. Once this clump was established it has not really gotten bigger nor have I tried to divide it although I don’t think I could. It has sent some seedlings to some nearby gardens, but very few and they are easily pulled out unlike the Joe Pye. So I really adore my Maximillian sunflower.

      So glad you enjoyed my messy garden. In bloom, it really was pretty. I have been pulling out the clumps of Echinacea affected by asters yellow, but not the entire clumps and that has helped. I found more of it growing later in the season and wonder if I cut it back after it bloomed if that might have helped. I am resigned to the fact that it may come back and if I have to rip more out, then I will plant tall annuals.

      • Aaron Dalton says:

        Thanks for responding so quickly and helpfully, Donna.

        I’m going to add Maximillian Sunflower to my wish list based on your favorable review.

        I love tall perennial sunflowers (well, I only have one so far – Lemon Queen – but I love that one), but I was a little worried about unleashing a beast. Sounds like the beast is not so fearsome after all. Of course, once unleashed down here in Tennessee… 😛

        Hope you are feeling recovered from your surgery. Best wishes for a lovely autumn…

        • Donna says:

          I also have Lemon Queen which actually seeded a bit more than Maximillian sunflower. Maximillian does need lots of space and support. Also, I found it seeded less when I planted it in drier clay soil. My Lemon Queen is in moister soil and I think that led to its being a bit more aggressive. But again easy to pull out.

          Oh, and Maximillian sunflower will grow fast so put it where you want it to grow as it will be hard to move after a couple of years.

          I am doing much better now and it seems the surgery is fully healed, but I still have to be careful I found out. When you have been out of shape from not gardening boy can you overdo it fast. Enjoy your autumn down there too!!

  14. Beth says:

    Hi Donna, I placed Japanese anemone on my wish list for 2015. I have white anemone that blooms in the spring but I really love yours, and autumn bloomers are few and far between in my garden. Surprised to see your coreopsis still blooming! Yellow and pink with a little purple mixed in makes for a pretty vase! :0)

    • Donna says:

      Glad you enjoyed the vase and anemone Beth. I love my late bloomers and anemone is a trooper. And the coreopsis is a late bloomer too…blooms all fall. I believe it is ‘Full Moon’.

  15. Kris P says:

    You’ve gotten a lot done in cutting back your garden, Donna. I’m impressed by your energy! I’ve yet to tackle the clean-up required in my own space as I’ve been too preoccupied with the front lawn removal project.

    Your vases are wonderful yet again this week despite your apprehensions about the availability of floral material as colder weather sets in your way. I particularly like the bright cheerfulness of the first vase.

    • Donna says:

      Kris I was surprised we were spared the killing frost and I will have one more chance for a floral vase with roses as the forecast is for our cold nasty weather to set in soon. I was also surprised at how much we did get done in the garden, but we took our time and lots of breaks.

  16. Angie says:

    Just started the clear up in my garden yesterday, you’ve got lots done already. I’m one who like to cut everything down as I find the dead and decaying foliage just provides somewhere for the slugs to over winter. I know other insects and birds would benefit but no matter how hard I try not too – that itch just has to be scratched!
    Your vases are lovely Donna and I’m sure we’ll enjoy reading out the antics of that squirrel in winter, he will be a pleasure to watch.

    • Donna says:

      I agree Angie about the squirrel. He will be amusing. And I understand that itch about clearing the garden. I left a few things but not much.

  17. Freda Mans says:

    Those skies are stunning, and I love all those flowers! What a great post!
    I had a tough time with the garden too this year. The figs normally are done around October, and this year the figs were still maturing on the weekend. Sadly, we got frost and a touch of snow so we had to scale back the tree and cover it up. It killed what was almost ready, and the rest is no good now. In the end, no yield this year. Hate to think about next year.

    • Donna says:

      Oh Freda I am sorry to hear about all the figs. How sad. But we can hope for a better harvest next year; your figs and my melons.

  18. Petra Pavlátková says:

    Donna, your journal consists of so many interesting bits and pieces, it must be an intensive feeling to keep in touch with your garden this profoundly! I love the way you’ve connected the sunrise and sunset by means of the circular insertion, it looks beautifully, and I admire the bouquet in your vase.
    The Indian Blanket you’ve captured looks wonderfully as well. You’ve made me feel refreshed, thank you. 🙂

  19. Susie says:

    So interesting to see the scope of your gardening endeavors. The wildlife is interesting too. Love to see juncos. Your flower arrangements are lovely–so glad you’re still having cooperative weather to keep those blooms coming.

    • Donna says:

      Literally only a few blooms left for one more vase Susie and then foliage will be my vases main material…I feel good that we have the garden pretty buttoned up now.

  20. Janet/Plantaliscious says:

    Hi Donna, such glorious photographs, I love the sunset and sunrise, and all the details of the flowers. I suspect you are going to have a lot of fun re-planning your side garden, and look forward to seeing what you decide to do there. I really hope that you are fighting fit next year and can tackle your garden re-planning and lay waste to weeds with gay abandon! I know what it is like to have to just watch as the weeds flourish because you just can’t do anything about them. Galling, but there is always next year. Your oak leaf hydrangea is magnificent! I miss mine, but I am not sure where I can squeeze one in here…

    • Donna says:

      I hope I am fighting fit as well Janet. I know that you understand the frustration of not being able to garden when you want. I have so many ideas running around my head but will take my time. Glad you enjoyed seeing the garden.

    • Donna says:

      It has been a treat having the flowers stay longer still Gunilla…and Indian Blanket is one of the most beautiful flowers especially when it catches the morning light.

  21. Elizabeth says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading through your post, Donna, and seeing what flowers you still have in bloom at this time of year. The Gaillardia pulchella is stunning and I love the shot of the cyclamen with the fly on it. Your colourful arrangements are just the thing to cheer us up as we hurtle into winter here … we’re told the temperatures are going to drop to minus zero this week so frost will probably finish what flowers we still have in the garden.

  22. Cathy says:

    Such comprehensive posts, Donna, and always enjoyable to read for more than just your lovely vases at the end! Who would have thought you would still have so much colour to enjoy in November! Even if the blooms are sporadic or spread thinly around the garden, collecting them in a vase showcases them where you can see them all together. Lovely – thanks for sharing!

  23. debsgarden says:

    Donna, I am tired just reading about all you have done! Perhaps your photos were lying, because the before images did not look so bad, though I know how innocent weeds can look! It is so frustrating watching the garden grow rampantly while recovering from surgery. Fifteen months after my own surgery, I am still limited in what I can do, and often I have to get things done on dear hubby’s schedule rather than mine :<

    • Donna says:

      I know how much you empathize with me Deb as you are still not able to garden as you wish 🙁 I am hopeful we will both be able to garden as we wish in the future.

  24. Chloris says:

    Your posts are always so packed full of interest and I love your mosaics. Gorgeous vases too, what a lot of flowers you still have in bloom.
    I hope next year you will be fighting fit and able to do all you want in the garden. It must have been so frustrating not being able to kneel.

    • Donna says:

      Oh Chloris it was frustrating but I never would have been able to get to the many weeds in a few weeks, but I have next year! Thanks for the good wishes and so glad you enjoyed the journal post!

  25. Julie says:

    A lovely informative blog post Donna, interesting to see photos from earlier compared to now. The photograph of your Crocus is really gorgeous. I very much like your first vase today, the vase is beautiful and the shape perfectly compliments the shape of your bouquet. I am looking for signs of a mild winter too!

    • Donna says:

      That is my favorite vase Julie especially for the little delicate flowers…it was such a pleasure to gather those tender last flowers…..seems I will have one more vase as the freezing temps have stayed away.

  26. Eileen says:

    Lovely post, Donna.. The sky shots are beautiful. I am envious of your late blooms, they are so pretty.. The in the vase photos are beautiful too. Gorgeous flowers! Have a happy new week!

  27. Donna says:

    You do have quite a bit of energy with your cleanup. I really like that you have a fox. I know we have them close by in the gorge, but I never see them. Funny how I am always saying I get so many gorge creatures but never deer and what shows up in my front garden before I left on my trip, but 4 doe. I was wondering of their fate since they were heading right for Main Street.

    • Donna says:

      Oh I hope they were OK Donna…we have been seeing our twin fawns growing up so fast. It is so wonderful to observe nature. And I am glad I finally had the energy to get some garden work done even though it was at the end of the season…but I’ll take it.

  28. Cathy says:

    There is so much to see in this post Donna – ver enjoyable! I love that first vase especially, as it really looks as if summer is hanging on! I do hope the voles don’t go on the rampage again this winter and that you are fit by then for a new gardening season.

    • Donna says:

      I am keeping my fingers crossed that the voles can stay at bay a bit this winter Cathy…it would nice! I loved the first vase too for the same reason…summer seeming to hang on a bit longer.

  29. Cathy Thompson says:

    The whole post was fascinating Donna – more here than I could begin to comment on. I especially like the way you use your photo mosaics and the picture of the linden is superb. I like plants left to get frosted and provide birds with seed as well. Verbascum used to be my favourite to leave like that – and then my husband researched and told me the birds don’t even eat them – so they are out now for their self-seeding habit. But I homed in on your vole experiences – it’s taking me time, but I’m working this out and beginning to follow your example. Many thanks for an action-packed post!

    • Donna says:

      So happy you really enjoyed the post Cathy…and we will have to share our vole stories. I left a few seedheads for the critters but I know they will be disappointed that there was not more this year.

  30. Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow says:

    I love that first photo and then the sunrise / sunset combo. Wow! 🙂

    So many lovely flowers…we have had temps of 29 and 30 at night now so most is gone here…sweet alyssum still going strong though! 🙂

    Ugh, voles. I had them one year..not only me but my neighbor. It was horrible.

    • Donna says:

      Deb we have voles every year …wish they were gone. No killing frost yet which is so strange. It will be here soon though. So glad you enjoyed the post!

  31. Nadezda says:

    Donna your garden looks as my autumn garden, only I have no blooming plants now. Did you have frost? I’ve seen on TV that many areas are cold with rain and snow. Love the cyclamens and hardy anemone, I’d like to grow them too.
    Have a nice week!

  32. Hannah says:

    Your garden looks good for your being out of commission for the summer. I like your driveway beds, that is a difficult area for me that needs work. You have quite a variety and amount of flowers in your vases for so late, I couldn’t come up with so many. I’m starting flower seeds soon to hopefully have flowers sooner next year, and am going to try to grow more Gaillardia, the ones I grew this year didn’t bloom and yours looks so pretty!

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Hannah. The garden is resilient even without my care. I am again fortunate this week to see so many flowers especially roses for a vase. We still have not had a freeze. I too need to start flowers sooner perhaps in february as then in April when the weather is better, I can put them out.

    • Donna says:

      I usually have gaillardia until a killing frost every year, but the hibiscus was a surprise this year. Autumn crocus are wonderful and I enjoy seeing them every fall.

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