More late bloomers

I was on my way to my local egg purveyor last week and came upon this gorgeous wildflower meadow in someone’s yard. I pulled over and snapped a few shots. Can you see all the sweet alyssum?  The scent was surprisingly strong.

Then on Thursday night, the temperature plummeted to 19F, so I’m pretty sure all those plants are reduced to a dry, brown crisp now.

Likewise this salvia border at my favorite nursery, which was still going strong before the killing frost.

This border, which is planted next to the parking area, always blows my mind. It’s all annuals, but the variety of salvia cultivars, with verbena bonariensis mixed in, is not only stunning, but buzzing with pollinators. I am going to try and replicate it in one of my beds next year.

Winter came to Rhode Island very decisively this year. I’m heading out now to toss the annuals onto the compost pile.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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4 Responses to More late bloomers

  1. CJ Wright says:

    It’s sad, but it also holds the promise of another spring…and autumn. 🙂 Your header photo is really nice, dn.


  2. Anubis Bard says:

    I had a couple of red raspberries yesterday – chilled, but good. (Despite the fact that the Irish told me you should never eat hedge berries after Halloween, because the fairies will have peed on them. Hopefully Rhode Island fairies have different traditions.) I think some plants got the impression they could have another go – and there is a lot of crisped leafage around at the moment.


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