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October Color


As the seasons change and we are now finally into Fall, the thing most of us talk about is the beautiful leaves on the trees. So many vibrant colors everywhere. Just driving to my mother’s home, I watch the leaves change a little more each day.

But there are so many other busts of color. The annuals that are in flower beds and in the big beautiful pots on front porches are showing off during these October days. It seems that in October they are just spectacular. Since we have not had that first hard frost, you will still be able to see the colors of Fall.

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Walking around our yard while waiting for my grandson to get off the bus the other afternoon, I saw our Knockout rose all budded up and ready to burst open. I hope that happens before that cold snap shows up. I started looking closer along our fence line, and there were our reblooming yellow iris and our ‘Happy Returns’ daylily, the latter with one solo bloom left. Of course you cannot forget the beautiful hydrangeas that just are still as stunning in their Fall drying color as they were when they were snow-white back in July.

ornamental grass

Our ‘Autumn Joy’ Sedum, which our bees love, has turned from a pale pink blush to this rusty autumn color. The plumes of our grasses were waving in the wind, and I got to thinking maybe I need to go out with some clippers and make a Fall arrangement. But do I really want to do that? I am always torn since I love seeing these plants outside in nature, and when I cut them, they just do not last that long.

Once my grandson arrived home, we decided to take a walk with his little sister and came across his mother’s purple aster. You cannot see it, but the bees and butterflies were in their glory with this one plant.

I hope you have time to enjoy your garden and the colors of Fall. Take a walk around your yard or neighborhood. See what catches your attention and make a note if it is something you might want to add to your own garden next Spring.

by Stephanie Fleming, Beyond Behnke’s

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Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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