It never fails, the end of gardening season produces some of the most beautiful Dahlia & Rose blooms of the year.
I don't know why that happens ~ maybe they respond to the cooler weather with a sigh of relief?
Above: Dahlia 'Apple Blossom'
Or maybe they're spurred on sensing the imminent end to the season?
Dahlia 'John F. Bloomquist'
Whatever the reason, it is nothing short of spectacular, the "grand finale" of gardening, if you will.
Above: Dahlia 'Tropical' bud
So exquisite it almost breaks your heart knowing what's to come.
Below: Dahlia 'Peaches 'N Cream'
David Austin Rose 'Crown Princess Margareta:'
along with 'Abraham Darby'
'Lady Emma Hamilton:'
and 'Winchester Cathedral'
Also, one last cluster of pink shrub roses.
There's more to share, I just haven't gotten all my photos uploaded yet although I do have a few pumpkin "scenes" for you.
Above: Antique Colander filled with mini pumpkins
Pie Pumpkins in the Vintage Iron Planter:
Finally, for the first time, I took the insert out of my green reproduction planter & filled it with pumpkins.
Not sure why it just occurred to me??
The open "lattice" sides are the perfect foil for showing off the pumpkins.
Today it feels like Fall. Overcast and cool.
But by the weekend we're supposed to be back up in the mid 80's!
p.s. My Monarchs are STILL in their chrysalis ~ I keep thinking any day now, they'll emerge. I've been seeing other Monarchs flitting about the garden tho. Yesterday there were two spiraling upward together over the Buddleia 'Honeycomb' ~ they looked almost "joyous" or maybe that's how they made me feel watching them? Don't worry, I'll continue keeping tabs on them & post when anything happens. :)