I was just out doing some more garden cleanup, wearing a heavy sweater. It’s getting chilly out there, as October winds down!
And yet I couldn’t help observing, in my own yard and garden as well as those around town, that there are some especially cold-tolerant plants. They seem reluctant to pack it in for the winter, though we all know they must and will soon. They’re still colorful.
One example is zinnias. Everything else around them fades and collapses, and their bright flowers carry on. As I tore out the last of them, noting the fading and somewhat mildewed leaves, I couldn’t help but admire their pluck. I saved the most presentable ones for one last bouquet.
In the kitchen garden, mostly what is left after some cold nights is parsley. Still bright, still green, in fact still edible.
In my neighbor’s yard, I love one of the prettiest sights in town, a PeeGee hydrangea grown or pruned into the form of a small tree. Cold weather only made it more beautiful, as the flowers blushed rosy-pink and some of the leaves turned yellow.
Color of all kinds is so welcome about now, as the gardening year winds down. For a really nice rundown, check out this article, Fall Color Secrets, from the main Birds & Blooms website.