Friday, November 8, 2013

Frost and More Fall Color

Yesterday morning was the first frost that I have noticed. When I went out to take photos, Heidi was in the back yard, and she was a little unhappy with me for being out there without her. 

This is Golden Alexander.

The Wild quinine foliage looked sparkly in person, and the Salvias I can't think of the name of, had lines of frost on the leaves, but the blooms are still holding on so far.

Looking at the Aster blooms makes me shiver!

Narrow leaf mountain mint:

Brr!  It looks like winter!

Lanceleaf coreopsis:

I forgot which kind of perennial Geranium this is.

A wider view:

I've mentioned this is the first year I've grown Sweet black eyed susans, and I'm loving the fall color.  I guess the frost didn't show up as well in the photo.

Prairie smoke geum is native to the states near Nebraska.  It is one of the early spring bloomers, and the foliage looks good all season.  The seed pods are Wild senna.

Later in the day, I took Heidi out to take more photos.

The Jupiter's beard still has blooms.  I don't remember if it normally does this late.

Snapdragons have a long bloom time, too.

This is an area by the curb where I have been taking daylilies out.  I hope the new plants, such as Amsonia hubrichtii, Big leaf aster, some grasses, and such grow well next year.  This is an agastache that I moved from somewhere else in the yard, where it had volunteered.

The frost did not harm anything that I could tell.  I hope the plants that are in the area in front of the fence leap next year, as most of them will have been there 3 years.

I like the color of the Switchgrass, 'Heavy metal'.

I've noticed that Mexican hats like to reseed.  I think I'll let them fill in any bare spots left in this area.

Please bear with me as I seem to like to show photos of the Grayhead coneflower and Riddell's goldenrod.  Oh, and there is some Little bluestem in front of the goldenrod, and the goldenrod on the far right is Rigid.

The east front bed also still has some nice color.

I am amazed at how well these irises are doing.

I've really come to appreciate the Heuchera richardsonii.  It has a nice fall color, and I'm thinking the foliage doesn't die back.  I'll have to watch and see.

I don't remember if I have mentioned that I clean up the garden in the spring.  There are some insects that overwinter in the stems of plants, and birds eat many of the seeds on the plants.  Plus, I like the look of plants, even if they are dormant or finished with their lives. 

This turned out to be a bit of a hodge podge post.  I hope fall is treating you well.  In case I don't post again before Thanksgiving, I hope you have a nice one!


  1. Wow! Frost and we are still dealing with temps in the 80's. I love seeing what other parts of the country look like at different times of the year.

    I hope you'll share this on the Maple Hill Hop this coming Tuesday.
    Stay toasty!

  2. First frost? Goodness--that's MUCH later than us. We had snow's not so beautiful on the plants as your frost is! Gorgeous photos, Sue!!

    I've started cleaning up my beds in spring as well. The birds so love the seedheads, and I like all the "free" plants in the spring!!

  3. Hey Sue,
    I'm scratching my head over you Irises.....I thought they only bloomed in Spring.
    Your garden is beautiful, as usual and it wears the frost well! I clean up in Spring as well. I'm glad I live in an old neighborhood where having a manicured yard isn't an issue.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too!

  4. So many native plants. I'm trying some of them next year so it is interesting to see how they are doing after several years in your garden.

  5. Love the textures. Let me know if you find out the Geranium variety as I would be interested in planting some.

  6. I am surprised at the number of flowers you have. Mine are all finished. You got quite the frost dusting which looks great on the asters and geranium!

  7. That Geranium is gorgeous...with the red-flushed leaves and rimmed with frost...just love it!

  8. You got some great frost photos! The shot of the Geranium with frost is especially lovely. Prairie Smoke is native here, too, and I love it--beautiful little plant and flowers.

  9. Beautiful frost photos!
    Have a nice sunday! RW & SK

  10. Hi Sue! I'm here visiting your blog. I'll be living in Omaha for some months, but I have a garden in Virginia. It looks a lot like yours! I also don't clean up the garden until spring. For the same reason, good bugs need shelter in the winter time and birds visit me to eat the seeds. Love when cardinals come, they give color to my mostly brown garden!

  11. There's something so appealing about the first frost in the garden--you've captured it beautifully, Sue! Those irises are amazing; you must have the re-bloomers, but I thought they would be done in by the cold. I'm surprised, though, that your frost came so much later than ours--we had the first frost several weeks ago. Like you, I wait to clean up until the spring. Besides the shelter for the insects and all the treats for the birds, it helps me remember in the spring what is planted where:)

  12. Its amazing to see your plants are coated with frost and to see a layer of thin sheet of ice along the streetpath.
    Hope the fall & winter gracefully flow well in your garden time schedules as you are able to keep up with nature's timing.

  13. You hear so much about fall colors in trees, but rarely do you hear how pretty some of the perennial foliage can be. Black eyed susans are a good one, aren't they? My past experience with heucheras is that they keep their foliage through most of the winter. Always a plus!

  14. Your garden looks lovely in its frosted look, you still have a lot of flowers – the irises look beautiful. Here in London we haven’t had a any frost yet so the autumn flowers are still going strong – so far. Take care, Helene.


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