Outdoor Flowers 2014

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What a rotten year for pansies. It being so cold, I thought it would be a good year... Anyway, looks like this week is as close to pansy fest as it's gonna get! Some of my fave blooms at the moment:

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Starting to look pretty dead

Starting to look pretty dead out there. But -

All three hollyhocks survived the summer. No blooms. But I expect Big Things next summer. smiley

Some pansies, calibrachoa, baby duck petunias, and snapdragons are still hanging in there. I think most of those will die. But moved most of the pansies from containers into the ground - those will probably be gorgeous next April. A bunch of herbs might make it, too - rosemary, parsley, oregano, thyme. A few spinach.

The dark picture with Christmas lights was from 4pm this afternoon. frown

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The weather reports sound so

The weather reports sound so dire, but here - we just got our first freeze last night. Some of the flowers are dead, and more will likely die tonight. But on the whole, mid-November is pretty late for the first freeze. The trees are still gorgeous. I moved most of the pansies out of containers and into the ground a couple weeks ago, so they may keep going quite a while.

 

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Fall fell, just this week.

Fall fell, just this week. The apples are all harvested from the orchards. I've still got flowers looking great outside, valiantly competing with the New England fall colors - it's tough to stand out against that! But it's getting dark out there. Awfully pretty.

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It's been absolutely gorgeous

It's been absolutely gorgeous Indian summer weather here. Autumn is progressing, and the maples are turning in earnest. The earliest-turned maples are starting to get bare. Went swimming both days this weekend, raspberries and pears and apples harvesting at the orchards... Nice!

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Wow, the true sign of a cool

Wow, the true sign of a cool summer - I've still got pansies for fall! yes Not all of them, of course, but some. I have plenty of volunteer balsam and calibrachoa, too, but they're just starting to bloom in September. The supposedly huge hollyhocks barely made it to knee-high, so maybe I'll get to see them next year. Really enjoyed the gazanias across the front this summer, but they weren't so floriferous today. Not as pretty as daybreak petticoat mix gazanias, but I bought them, didn't have to start them.

These pictures were right after cutting boxes back, trying to set them up for autumn.

September has been odd. The first week was hotter than almost all summer. But that's all over now. This week is around 72°F daytime highs, and around 50°F nights.

 

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Thanks, Corinne. Actually, it

smiley Thanks, Corinne. Actually, it didn't turn out such a bad year for pansies, just very late...

The gazanias are in the ground, edging the little garden plot in front of my home. They're the successors to the pansy border (growing to flowering size while the pansies have their day). I like a short flower border around the front-yard vegetables. Sort of a neighbor-complaint repellent. But mainly because they're pretty.

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Are these in rail pots or

Are these gazanias in banister  pots or down in the garden? They are SOOOOO pretty and sunny!

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I get a huge chuckle every

I get a huge chuckle every time I click onto this thread. It starts out with "What a rotten year for panseys" and has a photo of Ginger's rail boxes teeming with flowers beautiful enough to be part of a botanical arboretum!!!! LOL  I love the colors  Ginger chooses for her mixes.

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The gazanias are in bloom now

The gazanias are in bloom now. smiley

 

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So I've been getting more

So I've been getting more feedback on my flowers than my vegetables lately. laugh This year, I grew the pansies, impatiens, and baby duck petunias from seed. Some other things didn't really succeed, and I didn't push it. The pansies are a bit past their prime now, but still very pretty, and the summer-succession flowers haven't kicked in yet.

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