Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday...my garden style...

Did I mention how much I love Fall? I'm sure I have...gardening this time of year is my favorite, although it is more physical than the rest of the year...maybe that's why I like it...this is the step up to my front porch...the yellow mums are starting to bloom pretty well now. I had them in the back in the shade all summer long...now they get to come back and show their pretty blooms.
Here's a close up...they are very tiny mums..cute and delicate.


How do you like my new addition to the garden? I think she is just great! My son, Stephen's girlfriend, Anna made it for me!!Yes...I said made it. She is so artistic and a while back I mentioned how much I wanted a topiary shaped like a dog because I love topiaries and I miss my sweet Sydney...so Anna made me one that's shaped just like Sydney...I planted a heather in there...I wonder how long it will take to fill in...it will be fun to watch!
Autumn also means the beginning of the cold weather plants start to shine...snap dragons love the cooler weather in these parts and they are starting to bloom a bit...


Gerber daisies too...they like the cooler days as well.




Oh my...violas are one of my favorites...I gather seeds from the spent flowers and start sprinkling them about in September...they are starting to bloom now! I love all the pretty colors...





This is one of my favorites...I have these everywhere!








I can't remember the name of this flower...I have two plants in my front...I thought it was a Spring bloomer, but this one has quite a few blooms on it now. The other one not so much...maybe it's because this one gets more sun.





Blue Salvia is a cool weather bloom too...can you see the bee busy at work?











All of a sudden I have a ton of flowers on the Rudabeckia...I guess it enjoys cool weather too...this is my first one. I planted it in full sun too.







There are still plenty of zinnias but they are fading....they don't like the cold weather...they like the sun!











The zinnias that are still doing well are the ones that get the most sunshine...some of the ones in partial sun are bidding farewell...










These small zinnias are hanging in there...













The Impatiens are doing pretty well too. I went and cut more of the longer stems down...usually about 1/2 of the plants make it through the winter. I have a couple of the pink ones that are several years old...they are supposed to be an annual, but in my neck of the woods an annual doesn't always mean that. I have a couple snap dragons on the east side of my house that are more than 3 years old! You never know what will fade and what will stick around...that's the fun of it!
I hope you are enjoying wonderful Fall weather where you are...and go on over to Susan to see more Outdoor Wednesday posts...
Enjoy the day!!












16 comments:

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

Such beautiful flowers! My impatiens are looking good as we are still having warm weather! This week will probably be my last week for them, though if the weather gets cool. They "volunteered" this year- I didn't plant any impatiens this past spring. I love your little violas, too! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, these are just GORGEOUS. My flowers are holding up pretty well, but I noticed a decline in the blooming this week. But yours are doing great!

Fall is such a lovely time of year. Thanks for sharing and Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Teresa~ Gardening with Soule said...

Very nice garden. so lucky to be able to keep enjoying your flowers into fall. a frost last week took out many of mine but that's about the right time for that. at least the fall is making up for the color. when I arrived at your blog I saw that you and I have both been married for 30 years and have two sons. aren't we lucky? have a great week

Judy S. said...

Beautiful flower photos, Linda! Everything here is extremely soggy and I just brought all the tender potted ones into the garage till spring. It's definitely fall here!

Elaine said...

Beautiful flowers. If they were here they would be blown all over the yard or down the block.

Mary said...

Gorgeous flowers~ LOVE the topiary, what a perfect garden accent!

Melissa said...

Oh that topiary is wonderful! I really need to put some pansies in my beds next year. I just think they are so cute!

deb said...

WOWOWOWOWOWOWO...ANNA..amazing job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

She Uses Her Words said...

Hi Linda,
Thanks for stopping by to visit. I love your garden and the porch picture! Happy Fall!
Karen

cherry said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!
What beautiful flowers you still have..
hugs from Savannah, Cherry

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos, you have a lovely garden. I would like to see the topiary when it is filled in.

brooke lynn said...

beautiful!!! that dog is awesome! what a great, meaningful gift!

Donnie said...

Those were beautiful photos. You sure have a lot of lovely flowers. I'm glad I got to see them. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

Pam said...

What a beautiful flower showing. We have very few flowers left at this time of years. Mums and some hardy geraniums. I love that dog form. That will look gorgeous when it's all filled in.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Linda the thought of three year old impatiens are amazing to me! It must be nice not to have bitter cold and snow like we do in winter. Your flowers are amazing!

Icy BC said...

Love all the different colors and flowers you have in your garden. They are gorgeous!