From the first early summer-like days of the month to the cold end of the month when winter can be smelled in the air, everything changes.
|The fothergilla is just coloring up, beneath a redbud still in its full green cloak in early October.|
|The same scene along the walk just a few weeks later. The redbud is a timid lime yellow, but the fothergillas are bold and bright.|
|These are young shrubs, just in their third year in my garden, growing all helter skelter right now, but they will get large and moundy, and hopefully be consistently yellow in the fall.|
|'Immortality'. She bloomed in spring, and now again in late October|
|It was a lovely combination when the hazel's leaves remained a mid-green, but suddenly the witch hazel went golden in late October and the combination got weird.|
|That maple in the distance is the focal point of this sheltered walkway. In another few days it will be fiery red. Stay tuned and I will post a picture of it in its glory in November --- even though it's called 'October Glory' (Acer rubrum).|
|Amsonia hubrichtiis have a sticky white sap that is just awful when it gets on your hands. To take this picture I had to stake the plant upright a little, and yuck .... sap all over my hands.|
|Another amsonia, but in a paler soft yellow. This one is 'Blue Ice' and it is a small mounder beneath the spreading doublefile viburnum 'Shasta'. A red patch of fleeceflower 'Dimity' shelters below the amsonia. I just love perennials that have fall color.|
|Dogwood flowers are an icon of spring, but its best season may be late October when the leaves turn a saturated crimson.|
And 30 years ago this month my life was altered dramatically on one glorious October day.