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Early October Images

Today the sky is bright blue, and the air is cool. Summer is gone.I watched dark clouds yesterday, first faint on the horizon, then gathering power and rolling toward us, until at last they poured out much needed rain and forcefully pushed away the last high temperatures of the year. This morning I breathed in the fresh air and reveled in the low humidity and chill breezes. Autumn is only peeking at us and blushing a bit now, but the next few weeks should bring some wonderful color transformations as the season displays its full glory. Meanwhile, Lou is already busy raking leaves.a sampling of autumn leaves
This skinny squirrel is probably watching, not leaves, but all the acorns falling from the trees! Maybe they will fatten him up!

Here are a few early fall scenes around the garden:

Tropicana canna Lily is noted for its outstanding foliage and fiery blooms, but I am also impressed with its seed pods.

This seed pod is from a Southern Magnolia tree.

There are still some flowers blooming in early October. Most of these will bloom until frost:Counterclockwise from top left: Spider lily; Purple Sage; Autumn Sage; Red Cascade rose; Hardy Morning Glory; Wild ageratum; Plectranthus; Penelope rose.

October blessings to you all; have a great week!    Deborah

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Reader Comments (23)

And October blessings to you too! Fab photos and seeing photos of your garden is always a delight!

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark and Gaz

That has to be the skinniest squirrel I've ever seen... clearly it hasn't been filling itself up on your bird food. Beautiful photos as always. Wishing you a wonderful October too.

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Gardening Shoe

your Penstemon looks like a Plectranthus? Goodness but your garden is lovely!

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Studer

Fall creeps in on little cat feet, like Sandburg's fog. A red leaf here, a cool breeze there, mist, new blossoms, seeds.

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNell Jean

Diana, Oops! You are right! Of course it is Plectranthus. I knew that! Thanks for the correction, and I have amended my post to name the correct plant. Deborah

October 7, 2013 | Registered CommenterDeborah Elliott

Hi Deb
Fal has arrived in Southern Ontario as well. Highs of about 16C (60F) tomorrow so a good day to get out there and start some clean up jobs. I would be reluctant to do so if I had as many gorgeous flowers as you have left. Jealous!! Hope your hip is almost completely healed up and you're feeling back to normal.

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAstrid

Beautiful! We have had an amazing fall here so far. Our boat is still in the water it's been so nice. I really must try some Canna Lilies. Those seed pods are very interesting. I also like the seed pods of Datura and Trumpet Vine.

So lovely seeing the autumn light in your garden and what a stunning blue sky! Autumn is creeping up on us too, we are told that the temperature will be much lower by the end of the week. Your squirrel looks so thin, maybe it needs to fatten up on your acorns.

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpauline

You have so much beauty to look forward to as autumn shows its true colours. Here we have much needed rain, bt as always too much at one time so that the lane is covered with mud, depressing.

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Your October Blessings garden is beautiful. I love that close up of a spider's dewy web. This is such a great, quiet,restful time of year.

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaurrie

That canna lily stalk looks so evocative with the perked up seed pods, I expect the image to hop like a bunny.

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLee May

Great pictures capturing the feel of October! Plus a really hungry-looking squirrel!

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason

I've been trying to deny it, but autumn is quickly hitting full stride here, too. Still no hard frost, but the leaves are turning fast. This week is gorgeous with temps in the 70sF and bright blue sky--can't beat it! Your woodland setting and gardens are so enchanting, Deb!

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPlantPostings

The photo of the squirrel is fabulous! He must have been posing for you! And your fall scenes are wonderful, too. I love the seed pods of cannas just as much as their blooms. They look a bit alien to me!

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHolleyGarden

That is quite a skinny squirrel - he needs to go raid some bird feeders! You look like you still have quite a bit going on in the garden. Fall is my favorite time of year. I just love the cooler weather!

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIndie

Beautiful walk around your property Deb, especially through your woodland. You captured the feeling of Fall with every pretty image.

October 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Skinny squirrel, seed pods, spider web, summer is gone indeed. But your garden looks magical as ever, Deb.

October 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

That blue sky is really blue! Your garden looks beautiful in early October. We don't see nearly as much in the way of leaf color changes. We do have much fatter squirrels, though! If there's a squirrel heaven, I suspect it's right here - the silly creatures still bury food for winter but they have good pickings year-round.

October 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKris P

No matter what the season, your garden always look so beautiful! But of course I was riveted most by the sad skinny squirrel. Now that I've stopped growing vegetables, I am free to feel sorry for them again. But how can a squirrel be skinny in the south? There is always so much for him to eat!

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October 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShipra

I am always inspired by your images of your garden...such beauty in so many layers.


October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

I'm finally giving in to Fall... though I really didn't get my fill of Summer. Your seed head is enchanting,
I've never seen one quite like that before.

October 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

Deborah fall is certainly showing off in your garden and it is just starting...I can't wait to see it when it is in full swing.

That is one skinny squirrel :)

October 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna@Gardens Eye View
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