The garden is still giving up some unexpected (& a few expected) gifts.
A newly emerged Monarch butterfly:
was a complete October surprise. We usually don't see them here this late in the season. Thank goodness there are still some blooms left to provide a little sustenance.
In a year of strange bloom times (most earlier than normal) Monkshood is running behind, the buds just now preparing to open:
Excuse the spots on the image (my camera is long overdue for a cleaning, hopefully to be accomplished once the weather turns inclement.)
Meanwhile, (it feels like) Brugmansia 'Ecuador Pink' has been competing with Monkshood to see who could bloom last.
A risky move...
The only way these little buds will reach blooming stage is by moving indoors!
Foxglove 'Camelot Cream' is reblooming:
the pop of white in stark contrast to the rest of the garden, cloaked in autumnal colors.
Canterbury bells are proving extremely hardy, persisting thru the chilly nights to eek out a few more buds & blooms:
Sadly, despite the continuation of blooms, our fall foliage is now past its peak. :(
More bare branches are visible every day. The leafless trees already dredging up feelings of melancholy (what's new?) about the upcoming winter.
Trying to stay in the moment tho, with small changes to reflect the season:
Like a 'Cinderella' pumpkin in place of the birdcage planter.
And a pumpkin filled lantern (instead of an umbrella) on the patio table.
I hope there are a few more nice days because my fall bulb order only arrived last week.
I prefer not to plant in freezing temps!
Crossing my fingers....