Nice autumnal color combination coming up: Geranium “Rozanne” weeping into Sedum spectabile “Autumn Joy.” A little Miscanthus sinensis “Gracillimus” is leaning in for the shot. The pretty-looking leaves in the lower left are some thorny weed that came in with a load of compost I bought in the spring. Ouch!
Next is the barn through a haze of red zinnias. After the killing frost, I nipped off a bunch of dried flower heads and saved the seeds for next year. Does anyone out there in Internetland know whether zinnias reproduce true to color? I’m going to do a test germination run soon. If the seeds are viable, I’ll be glad to send some to anyone who expresses an interest via a comment. Don’t be shy! (I just sent a SASE for some seeds of stock that I learned about from a post I read on Blotanical.)
Below are some of the summer’s famous dahlias (and a few red zinnias) cut to give to friends and family. The purple is a clutch of Verbena bonariensis, a nice self-sower I recommend heartily.