Above, last week, the Hummingbird Gate to the vegetable garden hinted at the blue morning glories within.
Our growing season is officially over now, with our first frost last Friday night. The morning glories, most of the dahlias and a few other tender plantings have finished for the year. My marigolds, Joe-Pye, one dahlia, and the geraniums are all hanging in there. The geraniums will make their annual trek up to the attic soon, and my Christmas cacti, spider plants and ferns are all safely inside again.
Pretty in Peach—This perfect dahlia was pointing towards the ground, so when I photographed it from below with a close focus, the leaves and sky above show up as impressionist shapes and colors
The Golden Pair—I forget the name of this annual, but they're still going strong in both cast-iron Victorian planters.
Slow to Unfurl—Dahlias tend to look a bit pie-eyed or lopsided as they slowly unfurl their glorious petals. The soft-focused morning glories formed a ring behind them. Orange and blue are great together!
A giant honeybee is in the shadows of this Butterfly bush flower, was so intent on fattening up for the long siesta coming up he couldn't pay me any attention at all. I swear we had hummingbirds smaller than this bee!
Another view of this perfect peach dahlia. I took hundreds of photos of my few dahlias this year so we'll have plenty of nice colors for the winter blog!
Pink Gardens recently received its final coats of paint. The color is a beautiful dark, almost ruddy, salmon. It reminds me of the women's fashion trend from the '80s for darker cheek rouge!