Like much of our planet, October here was officially the warmest in 90 years of record (average day and night temperatures were 15.1°C/59.2°F which is 3°C/6°F above the long term average), and that’s despite the snow mid-month…it is closer to the average for the start of summer rather than mid spring.
It’s little wonder many spring flowers are starting to go over and summer flowers are starting to awaken.
The first of the Aquilegia to flower, ‘Bordeaux Barlow’ is now at its peak. It’s been a pretty thing, and I’ll definitely be collecting the seeds for next season.
In one of the sunny beds (that gets the hottest afternoon sun) at the front of the house the creeping thrift – Phlox subulata – has begun to bloom:
And the first of the Salvias, here with some (almost) matching annual dianthus has started to bloom:
I hope those of you in the Northern Hemisphere are enjoying the last of the record autumn warmth before winter sets in…..
Happy Gardening 🙂