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October Bloom Day- Zone 4 Garden

Posted Oct 15 2010 8:24am
I Usually I do not have much of a garden by October 15th. Our freeze date being from September 15th to the 29th. A frost that killed the warm weather vegetables came on October 13th. We have had the most amazing fall. Yesterday was 78 degrees here in Hot Springs, South Dakota. I still have some roses blooming and a flower here and there.  Yesterday I brought in my little dwarf potted little citrus collection. I keep a kumquat, lime and lemon upstairs in the south facing window. They all flower and give fruit.
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The Amur Maple, Acer ginnala is the star of my fall garden.
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Snapdragons shine when other flowers are fading. They also are deer resistant. Note to self: plant more of them. Most of them survive winter and do some self-sowing.
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Eupatorium rugosum, 'Chocolate' was purchased late this summer.
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I have 3 of these 2ft tall perennials. Hollyhock Zebrina, Malva sylvestris.  Eleven years ago my dear friends Dell and Jim were married at our home. It was a mild October day and we went out in the garden to take pictures. This little hollyhock was in bloom.  Dell and Jim were happily married for a little over 9 years until Jim got cancer. We miss him and I will always remember him when I see this little flower.  Last weekend Dell and I had our annual yard sale.  She runs the sale and I make us lunch. Yard sales are a lot of work, but they are a time for Dell and I to spend together, and to help recycle. Dell laughs at me because most of my stuff I have priced for 25 cents. I want people to take something home that they can use. Sometimes we  put out a big free sign at the curb and most things disappear quickly.
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