October Bloom Day

Marigolds
Marigolds
My attempts at creating a stone mosaic in the Secret Garden.
My attempts at creating a stone mosaic in the Secret Garden.

And the middle of the month is upon us.  The garden is winding down but I’m celebrating my new brick pathways.  I’m gradually replacing the rocks that used to line the crushed limestone paths, but were used in some of the stone mosaics in the pathways.

The new brick and field stone entrance to the Secret Garden. Note the single white clematis bloom a the lower left.
The new brick and field stone entrance to the Secret Garden. Note the single white clematis bloom a the lower left.
Where the two paths diverge, a stone and brick flower...
Where the two paths diverge, a stone and brick flower…

The marigolds are the true champions of October.  Though the ones in front of the boxwood hedge did poorly this year, the marigolds I planted near the back door and in front of the Secret Garden are lush.  And, the Honorine Jobert anemones are still blooming.  The nameless pink anemones are done and I’ll be cutting them back soon.

The fruit from the kousa dogwood is ripe and falling onto my new brick paths.  The flies and bees are thick around the smashed fruit.  I’m surprised I don’t see more birds and squirrels in the tree.  The fruit is sweet and edible and I keep thinking I should try making a jam out of it.  I wonder why more people don’t harvest and eat the fruit.

Do scroll down to earlier posts to see more pictures of the pathways.  And please click on the video I made using stills of the garden.

Honorine Joubert anemone
Honorine Joubert anemone
The weird and edible Kousa dogwood fruit.
The weird and edible Kousa dogwood fruit.

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