Six on Saturday | October Colours #4

As October draws to an end I am astonished to see so much colour in my garden. You do need to look for it amongst the death and decay, but fuchsias are still going strong, geraniums are flowering again and even roses are in bud.

So let’s have a wander:

These asters are lasting so much longer now that they are in the ground. A sure sign that I must remove those in the container.
It’s not just flowers that catch your eye at this time of the year, look out for foliage too – here the beautiful marbled leaves of a cyclamen. The flowers started in August and have pretty much finished now, but the leaves are very pretty.
More blues. You can’t keep Rozanne down for long, despite a very harsh cut back in August, she’s back. Along with some if the annuals I grew in a container.
Talking of annuals, this could be one of the new nasturtiums I sowed this year. There should be some dark red and yellows among them, but so far mostly leaves. Still this orange has a lovely yellow throat if you look closely .
Another container plant is this Osteospermum. It’s had a bit of a rest recently, but beginning to flower again, though my main reason for this photo was the light through the leaves.
Finally a bit of a mystery. I received some Cosmos plugs from an online nursey this spring, the carmine pink and the white ones are pretty much over, but there was one plant which grew and grew and grew, with no sign of any buds. Until now. Question is has it left it too late? Will these flowers actually ever open?

The feature image is of my Chocolate Cosmos which is another plant that has flowered its socks off this year, though often obscured by the daylilies. I usually leave it in the ground and just pack some woollen pads over the top to protect it from the wet. This year I might try some form of a cloche.

This week marks the first with our new expert host, Jim of Garden Ruminations. As always, if you want a peek over other people’s garden walls then please pop over to his site where you find links to many more wonderful garden enthusiasts from all over the world. See here for the participant’s guide.

Six on Saturday


  1. Rosie Amber says:

    I have enjoyed seeing everyone’s Asters this year, I shall plan to have some more of my own for next year.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are rather lovely for this time of year, I did have a pink one but that seems to have died. I wouldn’t mind a dark pink if I could find room!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    My asters have been magnificent this year too. They started as a little free promotional plant from somewhere or another and now fill at least a 3′ by 3′ foot spot.

    1. Heyjude says:

      These have done well since being moved out of a pot, I must move the others as they only flower for a very short time.

  3. restlessjo says:

    There’s always colour, if you look for it. Forecast here, rain, rain, rain…but it didn’t arrive till a 4 o’clock shower. Why must the forecasters go over the top?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Rainy day here today, but that’s ok as I can catch up with blogs and chat to Genna. I don’t think the colour will last much longer though.

  4. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I love the cyclamen leaves as there seems to be an endless variation of patterns. Your photo of the chocolate is lovely. Mine hasn’t made an appearance this spring and I think I must have lost it. It probably drowned!
    I’m having trouble commenting on your blog, Jude, and can only do it via WordPress reader. It never works from your email. I shall try an unfollow and then re-follow.

    1. Heyjude says:

      There have been some issues with commenting on WP recently, which browser do you use? I always use the Reader to view posts and often to comment too. I find on the WP app on my phone it often thinks I am not logged in to my own site, which I am. And I never follow anyone by email so I don’t know how that works. Sorry!

      1. janesmudgeegarden says:

        I have the same trouble with the WordPress app if I comment directly from (now) Jim’s post. I have to put in my details every time.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Try using the Reader – it works much better.

  5. Of course I love the nasturtium, but your autumn colours are all lovely.

  6. Helen Jones says:

    Lovely photos, I especially love the chocolate cosmos.

  7. Lovely, lovely photos once again. You’ve captured the back light beautifully. Rozanne is looking great with the white eye.

  8. I do like chocolate cosmos but have never seen seedlings at the nursery. I must investigate further.

  9. Lovely colours and, if I get my wellies/swimsuit on to go down the garden, I may still find plenty of colour in my plot! We haven’t seen rain like this since July 2007 when there were floods all around our town although we were all right. Keep us posted on that last plant, it will be interesting to see how it unfurls.

  10. Cathy says:

    Glorious colours and photos, Jude – and isn’t cyclamen foliage wonderful? My cyclamen are still blooming though. Having begun using the WP Reader for the first time, as you suggested, I now don’t have problems commenting on your blog and although I am asked to log in on other WP blogs it does actually remember my details once I start typing (but I never got that far with yours!)

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