23 October 2014

October Fool

come alive again

Autumn abated early when we experienced our first snow accumulation in early September. The wonderful moisture and warmer temperatures that followed tricked my garden into thinking winter had passed. Many of my flowers began trying to bloom again!

Indian Summer brought back a few hardy polinators and leafeaters, too.

hummingbird moth with revived lavender
the little Nikon

Sip Away
the iPhone

Stop eating my kohlrabi!!!
the little Nikon

next year's praying mantises
the little Nikon

Because my Big Gun was in surgery, I was forced to try to capture this splendid phenomena with the iPhone and the little Nikon point-and-shoot. They do okay.

moist blue
the little Nikon

blue heaven
the iPhone

Thankfully, my Nikon D300 came back just in time to catch the biggies! One of the day lilies I planted at the end of August wasn't supposed to bloom or even grow until next summer. It quickly made a triple fan and began shooting tiny little buds skyward in October!!! A glorious but stubborn hyacinth, which doesn't get as tall, wasn't expected to display its true colors again until next April or May.

autumn delphinium

California Poppy

shy hyacinth peekaboo

autumn day lily bouquet

I hoped each of them would hold on until the Big Gun returned. Or that the mercury wouldn't drop below 32 degrees again until afterbloom.

Be careful what you ask for. You might just get it.

Gotcha!

new blue

9 comments :

  1. The first ones aren't bad indeed, but you can tell the difference with the big gun.

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    1. Me too, Pat. Macros are ALWAYS better with The Big Gun...

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  2. Your photos are so indicative of this time of year. I just looked around one of my own gardens to see what's new!

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    1. Ours finally comes to an end tonight, Karen. Hard freeze. Had to kiss the day lilies goodbye until next summer...

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  3. Just spectacular, right down to the beautiful bachelor's button at the end!

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    1. Too bad those rascal bachelor buttons are so prolific, though, Fundy. Boy, do they sport the most phenomenal shade of blue!

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  4. We had the same thing happen here. It's wonderful, isn't it? Flowers when you least expect them.

    Those hyacinths and daylilies - wow!

    P.S. Completely unrelated, but did you see this story? https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/world-of-sport/cerebral-palsy-athlete-astonishingly-completes-iron-man-092137300.html

    Amazing.

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    1. It has been like a dream, Sue. I can't believe we got an extra six, nearly seven weeks out of my garden. I brought in the peppers tonight to see if I can coax them through the winter. In the past, the shock has been a difficult transformation for them, but some have started blooming and peppering again by February, so fingers crossed...

      Off to check out your link now...

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    2. Well, Yahoo is down and will be back later, so I guess I'll check out your link another day when I actually have signal...

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