Can It Be Mid-October?


The lingering virus from which we have now recovered has really rather reduced gardening for a month. Today, I wandered around on a survey mission, and was pleasantly impressed.

View across grass

The grass could do with cutting, but there is also colour in abundance.

Dahlias we would expect;


and chrysanthemums;

but clematises?;

roses Just Joey, Margaret Merrill,

Penny Lane, or Altissimo?,






and fuchsias in abundance?


Not to mention honeysuckle,

Bee and asters

or bees frequenting asters.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s delicious pasta beef arrabiata. Her beverage was Hoegaarden, and mine Santa Julia malbec 2015.


65 responses to “Can It Be Mid-October?”

  1. I too thought it seemed the wrong time for fuchsias in profusion. We’ve got ’em too. And roses, but not such good specimens as yours. Our gardening expertise and application is way outstripped by those Johhny-Come-Latelys to the new Forest, so I’m amazed we’ve even got what we’ve got.

  2. The garden seems to have carried despite your absence, Derrick. That shows you and the Master Gardener gave them a solid start. Glad all is well.

  3. I’m tired of breathing air conditioned air, but at least I can open my windows at night. We’re about 8 degrees above the average temperature for this time of year. Doesn’t seem like a lot, but it keeps increasing every year. Maybe we should all move to Antarctica. πŸ™‚

  4. Such beautiful colors–that grass! It does look like spring. Some trees here in southern New Jersey have turned, though many are still all or mostly green. I was surprised though to see grape hyacinth.

  5. Beautiful photos – it is amazing isn’t it? We have had quite a few variety of bees buzzing around the garden, not to mention a few gnats and our nasturtiums are in abundance. We’ll be turning our clocks back in a few weeks.

  6. The garden must be a sight for sore eyes, eh, Derrick and Jackie? Such pretty colours in mid-October. We’ve been having a mild autumn here too, though the leaves have started changing colour on maples and oaks.

  7. Sounds like you are having the weather that we should be having. It has been COLD (below 10ΒΊC at night) but we’ve already had temperatures of over 30ΒΊC in the day too. My garden plants are also confused.

  8. When you said “lingering virus” I thought it was going to be the computer rather than your good selves! A lovely garden still, we’ve been a little battered by rain, of late and it’s been quite cold this week.

  9. Very, very mild here, too. We haven’t even had a frost yet. I’m of two thoughts: It’s very weird, but I must admit that I love it.

  10. I’m glad you’re both recovered. When I read the words… The lingering virus, I thought you were going to talk about your Mac. Oh well πŸ˜‰

    Mid-October looks good.

  11. I am glad to hear that you’re recovered, Derrick. It’s a great news πŸ™‚
    I am also glad that your garden is OK, too. Beautiful pictures, by the way.

    Stay blessed,
    Monica <3

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