The weather and temperature says it’s autumn. Leaves are turning; geese are migrating. But in some small niches, one can still find the last exhalations of post summer being played out in bursts of color by late seasonal blooms. Visit a local, public garden and you will most likely be surprised by what is still blooming or recently bloomed. Here, in the Puget Sound region, we have areas with their own micro-climates. Vegetation closer to the water is protected from extreme temperature swings due to the consistent water temperatures year long and, hence, a longer wait for frost. Instead, we have consistent foggy mornings (and, sometimes afternoons) this time of year.
Over the weekend I went looking for these bursts of post summer color and found them here and there throughout neighborhood front lawns and gardens. My drive ultimately brought me to Point Defiance Park, Tacoma. Here one can still find remnants of summer along with the welcoming colors of autumn. Stroll around the park gardens and you’ll still find plenty of rose blooms still hanging in there, although not in the best of condition. What really impressed me the most were the Dahlias. These hardy blooms are still standing tall through October and are gorgeous! The Fuschias are in full bloom, as well. There is even an early fall variety of Crocus that blooms in October. They are a pale purple with long, translucent, tubular stems. I managed to spot only a few left standing. The recent heavy rains did them in. Here’s a couple of photos of them.
I spent quite a bit of time in the Dahlia garden. Here, you can see how gorgeous these blooms still are.
I was going to include photos of the lovely, autumn colors of the Japanese Garden in the park, but will include those in another blog post dedicated to those specific, seasonal colors.
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© Peggy A Thompson