The first fingers of fall rest lightly upon us in upstate New York. We woke up yesterday with temperatures in the low 50's and wind. Today, when I woke up, it was 47 degrees (8 Celsius) but at our airport, a record low of 36 (2 Celsius). Another cold front is supposed to come through tonight.
It will be warm again by Tuesday, true. But each time a cold front comes through, it will be less warm. The winds have become biting and no longer refreshing. Fall lays upon us with the coming attraction of the impending winter, my least favorite time of year. We could have a frost before the 15th of next month. And then it will be months of lake effect clouds, snow, ice, and the dead brown of a sleeping nature.
But there is one thing that keeps me warm - Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. This meme, brought to us on the 15th of each month by May Dream Gardens, brings gardeners from all over the world together to show what is growing, inside and/or out. If I'm cold, I just transport myself to a warmer part of the world.
So this is what is blooming for me this month.
In our front yard:
New Guinea impatiens. Our more common impatiens have all died off, every one, apparently from the impatien blight, but these are going strong.
And in our back yard -
And now, my mystery flower of the month. Last year, our neighbor a few doors down was dividing these plants and offered us a plant. This got buried, and we forgot all about it. Today, I found it, hidden (and almost drowned) in a patch of aggressive herb plants. I suspect it is a hardy mum.
Finally, I wrap up with a blooming houseplant.
October art trail stop in Ithaca, New York. - gave it.
Be sure to visit some of the other gardens from all over the world today, on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
What's growing in your garden, or in your house?