Six on Saturday: Oct. 23

“Bon Bon” Calendula

Only one week of October is left, and we’ve yet to have a frost! Highly unusual, but I’m not complaining at all. The days have been sunny and reasonably warm, with chilly evenings down in the mid 40’s to 50’s. The leaves are just beginning to change and plants that like it cool are very, very happy! The calendulas that languished during the upper 90 degree days of summer are suddenly rejuvenated and bursting with color.

Dahlia “Sylvia”

The color of the dahlias intensifies in cooler temperatures. It’s a good thing we haven’t had frost, because a couple of the dahlias have yet to even bloom! Laggards! But, I’m picking bouquets of dahlias and celosia.

Mum “Sheffield Hills”

This week, the pale apricot “Sheffield Hills” mum began opening their daisy blooms. They look great with the dahlias and celosia, with bright accents of intense “Blue Bedder” salvia.

Reblooming roses

The roses are showing their stuff as well. Some of them have been in continual bloom all summer, but right now all of them are filled with buds and flowers. What an autumn treat! And it’s not just the flowers that are enjoying cooler weather.

“Oregon Giant” snow peas

The snow peas are climbing the trellis and loaded with bloom and pods that are ready to harvest. With all the peppers needing picked, there definitely lots of stir-fry in our future.

Lettuce in front, radishes and pak choy behind!

Joining the peppers & snow peas in the stir fry will be baby pak choy, which is difficult to see in the photo, but it’s there amid the radishes. Wilted lettuce is one of our favorite salads, and we can add it to the menu immediately.

So that’s six things (besides myself!) that are enjoying the cooler weather. If you’d like to see what other gardeners find interesting on a Saturday, visit The Propagator, host of this meme.


About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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4 Responses to Six on Saturday: Oct. 23

  1. We haven’t had any spring frosts and I’m now harvesting snow peas too, from those plants that the possums haven’t eaten. 🙂 And the calendulas started flowering a couple of weeks ago. It’s interesting to see the overlap between your autumn blooms and produce and my spring ones.

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  2. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I must try sowing peas in succession next year – I had no idea they could fruit this late. I have dahlias in bud too – what is going on?


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