Blooming October 1

At our elevation, you have to love the late bloomers! We haven’t had a hard frost yet, so that means some perennials are covered in flowers like they think it’s mid-summer. And some plants, like this asters, are just starting. Here are a few that caught my eye yesterday.

Aster 'Bill's Big Blue'

Aster ‘Bill’s Big Blue’–The first flowers opened October 1!



Achillea 'Pomegranate'

Achillea ‘Pomegranate’

Vernonia 'Iron Butterfly'

Vernonia ‘Iron Butterfly’


When I saw Vernonia larseniae blooming at Kendrick Lake a few years ago, I fell in love. But I’m not sure it will ever bloom at my elevation. This is its second full summer and it does have a few buds on it. Will they have time to open before we have a hard freeze? I’ll let you know.

Vernonia larseniae

Vernonia larseniae–a closer look at its lovely silvery foliage.

Clematis viticella 'Venosa Violacea'

Clematis viticella ‘Venosa Violacea’

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