Monday, October 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers' Day in Mid-October

It's already mid-October, summer's gone and the plants in my garden are preparing to overwinter. Some of them faded but others are in their last bloom. I love this decorative bush Symphoricarpos albus or Snowberry. It blooms in summer with small pink flowers that make all pollinators happy. When comes autumn snow-white round waxy berries appear and persist until spring on Snowberry branches. Birds, small mammals eat them during winter cold months.

 


This Hydrangea paniculata that just a month ago was in creamy-pink colors now is brown and semi-dry. Soon at the end of the month I will cut dry flowers of hydrangea and will use them to shelter tulips from the frost.


There are blooms in the greenhouse, where temperature is higher than +14 C outside. This clematis 'Blue angel' continues flowering and the last bud of water lily is opening (I moved the basket with water lily in the greenhouse).



The paths are to be cleaned because of faded slippery leaves of Virginia creeper and apples that fall down time to time. It's my job for next days. Under the apple tree there is a sack full of red apples. Guess, how many apple pies I have to cook? :-)




Some wild plants as Solidago (Goldenrod) and Topinambur (The Jerusalem artichoke) grow behind the garden fence and look nice under the autumn sky.



The bushes are still green as this Cornus alba variegata. The evergreen rhododendrons are OK in autumn rainy weather. This one is 'Helsinki University'. Yesterday I feed all rhododendrons with potassium and magnesium for better wintering.



I finish this post showing you the last flower of the rose 'Summer wind', that grows the second year in my garden and is healthy and hardy to our climate.



What glad you in this season?



50 comments:

  1. Nadezda -- It is turning cool in the U.S., too. I live in the state of Florida where it is still hot and the air-conditioning is still on but I understand they've had snow in Illinois already. My cypress trees are starting their fall decline. I will miss their airy, frothy leaves during the winter.

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    1. Cypress tree is an interesting tree, I have specially read about it. Can imagine your cypress tree throwing leaves. Autumn is yellow-gold here.

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  2. Надежда,ваш сад и осенью красивый!!Яблоки красные очень аппетитные и пирогов много можно испечь.
    В этом сезоне меня порадовала гортензия метельчатая.В этом году по весне купила кустик этой гортензии,хорошо прижился и зацвел.Цветы не обрезала(розовые),уж очень хотелось по-любоваться этим кустиком...

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    1. Надежда, гортензия метельчатая неприхотливая, морозостойкая. Надеюсь она у вас она перезимует хорошо и на следующий год порадует цветами. Цветки я обрезаю осенью, весной сразу идут молодые побеги.

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  3. The snow berries are really interesting me. I have never seen before

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  4. Hello dear Nadezda!
    I haven’t seen white berries before!
    Your garden is changing to Autumn colors!
    Wow!So many apples you collected!
    Your Summer wind,rose is gorgeous!
    Wishing you a lovely day and a happy week!
    Dimi...

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    1. Thank you Dimi, I' m glad you liked my autumnal garden and yes, a lot of apples ripened this year.

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  5. Won’t the waterlily survive outdoors? Do you keep it in water in the greenhouse?

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    1. Sue, the water lilies overwinter in the deep part of the pond, not in the greenhouse. I've transported a waterlily into the greenhouse to see its last bloom in warm spot.

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  6. Your garden is beautiful in the autumn. Have a nice week

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  7. Muy bonito el jardín. Por aquí también bajaron las temperaturas y hoy está lloviendo... pero me encanta el otoño. Besitos.

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    1. El otono es un coloroso tiempo, tienes razon Teresa.

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  8. Dear Nadezda!

    The white berries are very pretty. They are decorative until frost comes, and sometimes later. Nice to have enough apples for applepies.
    I wish you a nice week! Hugs!

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    1. Marit, this quantity of apples is abundant, have no idea what to do with them...

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  9. Hola Nadezda, me encantan tus fotos y lo que en ellas se ve, el otoño sin duda es una estación hermosa. Feliz semana. Besos.

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    1. Gracias Lola, estoy de acuerdo, me encanta el otoño.

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  10. So much beauty in your garden even in autumn, Nadezda! The word that came to my mind when reading your post is "bountiful". The red and green (in the header photo) apples look crisp and juicy and you have some wonderful plants still blooming.
    The autumn colours have been particularly nice this year and we have also been able to enjoy unusually warm weather in these days - probably you as well.
    Thank you for your comments! Have a happy week!

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    1. Yes, the weather gifted us warmth this October, Sara. It's unusual temps +18C this week. I especially love seeing orange-golden maple leaves dropping down, but soon trees will be naked and sad.

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  11. Runsasta syksyistä kauneutta puutarhassasi.

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  12. Aún se ve bonito. Las dos primeras están preciosas amiga, como bien dices parecen de cera.
    Ahora toca limpiar tosas las hohas que caen.
    Te deseo una buena semana Nadezda.
    Besos.

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    1. Si, Laura, estas bayas parecen de cera y los chicos les gusta jugar con ellas.
      Buena semana!

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  13. So much autumn beauty in your garden! It looks like you'll be baking apple pies for some time. Happy autumn, Nadezda!

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    1. Oh, Peter, I do not want to spend much time in the kitchen :-( I think I'll do the apple juice instead of pies.

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  14. Nadezda, you have so many apples! I have an apple tree but the apples fall from the tree before ripening because of the heat, it nevertheless produce nice flowers that bees love. Happy gardening!

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    1. Apple trees need cold and warm seasons, Manolo. Therefore they do not grow or produce fruit everywhere, I'm sorry. I advice you to plant any hybrid apple tree, special for sub-tropic.

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  15. Still lots of colour and beauty, Nadezda, but the harsh season is just around the corner. I am sure that gardeners are aware of this more than most of us, and a good deal of preparation is underway. I just arrived home from Australia yesterday and the colours on the trees are still magnificent, but there is a high wind today and most of them will soon be on the ground.

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    1. I do prepare my garden to overwinter, David. It seems winter will be cold and frosty. What a treat to visit Australia in spring time! I can imagine colorful nature and blooming there.

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  16. I enjoyed your October views Nadezda. I especially love the Snowberry shrub and all those wonderful apples! I am sure your apple pies are delicious!

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    1. Yes, they are Lee, but I'm tired to cook pies, it's time to stop :-) I propose apples to neighbors and other gardeners now.

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  17. I would like to be able to come over and help you pick up the apples just so I could have a slice of apple pie with you. It sounds so good. I am interested in your lily in a plastic basket??? I must have missed the post you wrote about it since I haven't read your blog for long. The rose is amazing that it is still blooming. Be careful on the slippery path.

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    1. Lisa, my water lily grows in a plastic basket, its roots come out on the pond bottom. When I want to move it somewhere, I take the basket with the wires and do that. Now all 4 water lily baskets are in the deep part of the pond, where they overwinter well until spring, when I lift them up.
      I newly cleared all paths and put all collected leaves in the compost bin.

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  18. P.S. I love snowberry bushes. Mine makes many berries but the birds have already eaten them. They never last very long in my garden. Maybe I should plant more.

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    1. I thought to make Snowberry cuttings too, Lisa to have more such funny bushes. This autumn the birds have eaten all berries around, so perhaps Snowberries won't last too long here too.

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  19. The nature is spectacular in all seasons. In spring the flowers enchant us with its beauty and a plethora of colors, but now, in the fall, the nature is dressed in orange, yellow and brown tones to enchant us again.
    Thanks for this great photo report.
    Have a nice weekend
    Maria
    Divagar Sobre Tudo um Pouco

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  20. Enjoy the garden in autumn is wonderful, Nadezda. Yours is very beautiful.
    I love apple pies!
    Happy week!

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  21. Fall is taking its toll! Lucky we are that there are still some blooms in our gardens, isn't it?! :)

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    1. Yes, it is Tistou. October is warm until now but soon forecast snow fall, it's a pity.

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  22. I like the Snowberry bush at this time of year Nadezda. Only thing is, its a long time until Spring.

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    1. Oh, it's true Alistair. Many months are to pass when spring comes.

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  23. I always like the snowberries. Unfortunately a large bush near me was cut down recently, I was very cross! I wonder what kind of apples those are.... perhaps a Russian variety. To me they look like "Worcester", which are a very early apple (so not them) but the flesh is very sweet, yet the apple goes soft quite fast and doesn't keep. Or, perhaps a "Spartan" which is a hard apple and also that brilliant red and not too bad. My favourite for cooking is "Bramley" which goes into a soft mush that is both sweet and tart.

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    1. Jenny, it's a pity your Snowberry bush was cut, it's so decorative in winter. The apples are sweet and juicy and what is interesting that an apple flesh is pink! I think it's 'Red Katy' variety. I love these apple in 'Charlotte' pie because of its pink color.

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