Saturday, October 02, 2010

Autumn has arrived...




Autumn has arrived on the balcony ...

We had a stupendous September. Warm and sunny, but without the oppressive heat and humidity of summer. In terms of weather, it was the nicest month I remember for a long time. But now it's October, and there are clear signs that the summer has gone for good ..

The flowers of the annuals are just a memory. Their containers are already stripped and bare, waiting for the winter bulbs to go in ..



On the Four O'Clocks, seeds have replaced the flowers, and are ready to be collected.



The peppers are ripening fast ...



And the winter flowering pansies have gone in. They may not look much now, but they'll provide the odd flower right through the dark months, and then in spring will suddenly explode again into a riot of colour. Definitely a flower no balcony should be without...



But much sooner than that, the chrysanthemums will be in flower. They're full of buds ...



Bye bye summer. Time to get the winter woollies out again.




13 comments:

Jan said...

I find I don't need to collect those 4 o'clock seeds, they self seed freely all around! My sandals have already been put away... and then got out again. The weather can't quite make it's mind up.

Victoria said...

I've just been looking at winter pansies and bulbs in the garden centre, but felt I didn't have the energy to plant them when I still had other chores to do. Having read your post, I may now sneak back and get some. Very inspirational, Sue!

Barbee' said...

Some of my favorite flowers, Sue. Around here (Kentucky, USA.) some people dig and store the roots of 4o'clocks then plant them in spring's warm weather. It gets them off to a quicker start, but I have never done that. I just do seeds. I suppose if they have favorite colors they want to keep, that is a good way to do it. Enjoyed your post!

rohrerbot said...

Absolutely gorgeous orange flower...thanks for sharing!

easygardener said...

I think a trip to the garden centre is in order. Once I buy winter bedding I am more likely to do something with it.

catharine Howard said...

Dear Sue I love that you stuff so many plants into that balcony space!

Meredehuit ♥ said...

Four o'clocks! I love them! They grew in my childhood garden. I was always fascinated with the ideas that they bloomed around 4:00.

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

I was going to mention what Jan said, that four o'clocks seed freely. You have a really nice blog. I have been looking it over, and I will be back.We too need to get out the sweaters here in Niagara Falls. A chill is in the air. Flowers are feeling the nip of the fall.

gittan said...

Fall hasen't arrived quiet yet in my part of Sweden but it's on its way. We still have a wonderful weather and this post made me wonder if the pansies would bloom thrue the winter here as well? I'll keep my eyes on the pansies in the raised bed to see if it's so.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Hi Sue! There is summer here yet. It arrived later than usual. We, at last, are eating our own tomatoes. But I hear what you are saying and will prepare my woollies... Have warm and pleasant October!

Natti said...

Hello Sue,
I have invited you to play a small gardening game over at my blog.
Do join in.

Ever Green Tree said...

Yeh, Autumn is here.... The Orange flower is Beautiful

Chrysantemum man said...

Hope your Chrysanthemum starts to bloomin soon - its a real life saver in the autumn - mine is just beginning to bloom now although worms tried to eat it earlier in the season :)

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