OVER THE LAST WEEK I HAD TO TAKE A BREAK FROM LIFE IN THE VEGETABLE GARDEN and the related canning chores, so I took a look around for the bright spots in the fading fall garden. I have several patches of fall blooming cyclamen, pink and white, around the yard. They make themselves right at home and spread ever so slowly, their dainty petticoats upturned.
Little Stell d’Oro is reliably long blooming late into fall along with dahlias and chrysanthemums.
There are beautiful deep blues this time of year with ceratostigma, also known as plumbago.
This white chrysanthemum was given to a friend as a potted plant when her father passed away about fifteen years ago and she asked if I wanted it. I planted it out at the edge of the vegetable garden and I think of her when it begins to bloom. I is vigorous and blooms for a long time.
Other reliable bloomers into the fall are hardy fushcias. They don’t need babying, aren’t to fussy and do well in filtered sun or shade. This year they were slow to take off and start blooming due to a couple of hard cold snaps.
I take some comfort in the slowing down that fall brings. There is a certain beauty in the decay that comes with this time of the year, and knowing that most outdoor chores are over for about four months or so. But there is still some preserving left to do this weekend and that should be the end of it.